SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio dissects the historic course which last hosted the U.S. Open in 2004. USA TODAY Sports SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods had steadied himself after a disastrous start Thursday in the U.S. Open at windswept Shinnecock Hills Golf Club when he reached the green of the 13th hole.
After making triple-bogey 7 on his first hole and then a bogey on his second, Woods was still at 4 over and in touch with the leaders when he eyed a 40-foot birdie putt on the unlucky No. 13. But his first putt stopped six feet short, his second raced four feet past the hole, his third missed on the high side and his tap-in gave him a four-putt, double-bogey 6.
He then drove his ball on the par-4 14th into the towering, thick fescue, hit his second across the fairway into more fescue, had to chop his way back into the fairway and made another double-bogey 6 from there.
Just like that he was in danger of making Friday’s cut instead of making a run at the leaders. Woods, playing his first U.S. Open since 2015 and trying to win his 15th major and first since his epic victory in the 2008 U.S. Open, signed for an 8-over-par 78 and left the course knowing he let another round get away from him.