Tiger Woods needed to make a lot of birdies Saturday to claw back into contention at the U.S. Open. He did. Five. Unfortunately for him, he also made five bogies.
“I got off to a crap start,” he said after his round, which left him at even par for the tournament, 10 back of the lead at the time.
The “crap start” would be a bogey on 1 and another on 3. He’d card back-to-back birdies at 4 and 5, but from there it was basically one step forward, one step back.
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He came into this tournament with high expectations. With the Masters win in his pocket and returning to the site, Pebble Beach, of his decimation of the field back in 2000 when he won by 15 strokes, Woods was pegged at 10-1 odds to win. Only Dustin Johnson had better odds.
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But he never got it going through the first two rounds, carding par after par after par. In a normal U.S. Open, that would have put him in contention. But not this year, not with the USGA gun-shy of irking anyone with a tricked-up course.
Deep red numbers were aplenty from the get go, meaning even Tiger’s 1-under opening round wasn’t enough to make him a threat.
Now it’s on to the British Open in search of Major No. 16. Earlier in the week, Tiger was asked yet again about his quest to catch Jack Nicklaus at 18 major titles.
“If I keep progressing how I am physically and how I'm getting better and better physically the last couple of years, I just need to give myself chances,” he said. “Hypothetically, let's say I give myself 10 years. That's 40 major championships. That's a lot of majors.”
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