Tiger struggles in first round at US Open

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth - the only three active players with three legs of the career Grand Slam - made only six birdies among them.

Scott Piercy was in the first group to finish, sending him to the clubhouse as the leader with a 1-under 69 that held up for the rest of the round.

Watch the US Open throughout the week live on Sky Sports. He rebounded in the middle of his round, but back-to-back double bogeys on the back nine sent him near the back of the pack. "I just haven't done that".

"Is there a rule that allows me to see the ball when I hit it?" he asked. His pitch got onto the green, but not almost far enough to stay there, and rolled back down the hill a few steps to the left of where Woods had been.

The 14-time major victor turned in three-over but then bogeyed the 11th and four-putted the 13th to run up a double-bogey before dropping two more strokes at the 14th after finding deep rough on a day when the world's top 10 shot a combined 52-over.

He booked his US Open start through sectional qualifying in England but has no status on any worldwide tour. "Obviously he got off to a rough start, but I felt like he hung in there pretty good". For most of the day, I just didn't putt well.

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If McIlroy had signed off the round with a 76, he would've only been seven shots off the pace and would've still have had a chance of winning with three holes to go. "I feel like I've been playing really solid all year, I feel like I scored really well". Tiger Woods shot a 78.

"After that start, all I had to do was to try to shoot even par for the next 16 holes, and I'd be just fine".

"It's a different kind of enjoyment, right?"

Twenty-three year-old Scott Gregory shot 22 over par - dead last in the opening round of the U.S. Open - and then cheerfully answered every question from a group of reporters wanting to know what went wrong. "If you hit a great shot, you're going to be rewarded".

"I was anxious about running the (first) putt by, left it short, blocked the next one, then blocked it again", said Woods, who added another double at 14. The four putts led to a crushing double.

He bogeyed the 11th, then made successive double bogeys on 13 and 14, including a four-putt on the 13th.

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