Woods 5 Strokes Back After First Round at U.S. Open

Tiger Woods was no match against the monster known as Pebble Beach on the opening day at the U.S. Open, failing to break par even once for a 3-over 74, five strokes off the lead. Woods struggled on the stiff greens of Pebble Beach, which wreaked havoc on the rounds of a majority of the players.

Woods is tied for 47th on the leaderboard, where three players are sharing the top spot after the first 18 holes of action. Brendon de Jonge, Paul Casey, and Shaun Micheel share the clubhouse lead after shooting identical 2-under 69s. De Jonge, Casey, and Micheel were three of only nine players to break par on a day that most players would rather forget, and world No.2 Phil Mickelson may be one of them.

Mickelson, who is trying to win his first U.S. Open after finishing second five times the last nine years, was in trouble most of the time in his 4-over 75 round. The course played so tough that Mickelson believes no one will be under par when the tournament ends on Sunday. “There’s no way under par is going to win here, I don’t believe,” he said.

As for Woods, recreating his domination of Pebble Beach ten years ago appears to be out of the picture this early. “I hit the ball well enough to shoot a good score, but these greens are just awful,” said Woods. “There’s no one making a lot of putts out there. No one is going low. You just can’t.”