If Tiger Woods is going to capture his first U.S. Open victory since 2008, triple-bogeying the opening hole for the first time ever won’t be advantageous. The three-time U.S. Open champ’s opening hole at Shinnecock Hills has gone about as smooth as Ray Charles’ reading materials.
After finding the fairway with his opening tee shot, he put it short of the green on his next shot, ended up in the rough, and shanked a seven-foot putt to end with a seven.
Tiger is obviously shaking off the cobwebs, as this is the first U.S. Open since he missed the cut in 2015 and just his second start in a major since the spinal fusion surgery that sidelined him for a year.
Here are some of notable reactions to watching Tiger dig himself into a hole.
Disclaimer: Don’t count Tiger out just yet. Woods double-bogeyed in 3 of the first 4 rounds at the 2008 Open, and he won it.