Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods hangs tough, opens with 70 at Pebble Beach

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods hangs tough, opens with 70 at Pebble Beach

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods hangs tough, opens with 70 at Pebble Beach

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – We’ll be tracking every shot from Tiger Woods’ opening round Thursday at Pebble Beach. Follow along for live updates and shot-by-shot analysis below.

Hole 18: Par 5, 552 yards

OFF THE TEE (6:46 p.m.): Going with a fairway wood and that’s how you end the day on a high note off the tee. Crushed it past the tree on the right side and should be able to give it a go from there.

APPROACH SHOT (6:55 p.m.): Rode the wave on the left side of the fairway but it stayed dry in the bunker left of the flag. Doesn’t look like a great lie so he’s probably going to need to get creative on this one to have a shot at a closing birdie.

AROUND THE GREEN (7 p.m.): Weird stance here with his feet out of the bunker, had to get in a deep crouch. Got it out of the bunker but way past the hole, looks like it’s gonna be a two-putt par from there.

ON THE GREEN (7:09 p.m.): Routine two-putt finish and it’s a 1-under 70 on a day that could have been a lot worse. See you bright and early Friday morning.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under 70

Hole 17: Par 3, 218 yards

OFF THE TEE (6:35 p.m.): Short and in a bunker to the left of the green. There are worse places to be on this hole, should be able to get it close from the sand.

AROUND THE GREEN (6:40 p.m.): Close, as expected. Not a gimme but looked to be in the 5-6 footer range, he’s looked confident on those all afternoon.

ON THE GREEN (6:43 p.m.): Caught the side of the cup and dropped it for a ninth straight par. Working for everything today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 17

Hole 16: Par 4, 402 yards

OFF THE TEE (6:17 p.m.): Right down the middle with an iron. Seen a lot of that today and he’ll have a good chance to contend on the weekend if he keeps it up. Highly doubtful he struggles with his irons like this for more than one round.

APPROACH SHOT (6:23 p.m.): Nicely done. Didn’t attack the flag but left it pin high for a strategical play. Next iron shot at the par-3 17th will be a real tester.

ON THE GREEN (6:29 p.m.): Another good run from 26 feet but can’t get it to fall. Make it eight straight pars after another tap-in. Guessing these final two holes will be more eventful.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 16

Hole 15: Par 4, 399 yards

OFF THE TEE (6:03 p.m.): Iron is all that’s required here and he puts one out on the right side of the fairway, might have just snuck into the first cut but won’t be troublesome.

APPROACH SHOT (6:08 p.m.): Good line on that iron shot but it’s at least a full club short, barely hanging on to the front of the green. Long way home from there.

ON THE GREEN (6:13 p.m.): Really close. Not even a foot left after that lengthy lag putt and he taps in for a seventh consecutive par. Not the worst formula for a U.S. Open.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 15

Hole 14: Par 5, 592 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:39 p.m.): Another good one with the driver. Bit of a draw to the left side of the fairway, in good shape. Still has 282 yards to go from there.

APPROACH SHOT (5:48 p.m.): Didn’t quite have the distance there but it’s in a greenside bunker and looked to be well struck. Good chance to get to 2 under and inside the top 15 on the leaderboard here.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:54 p.m.): Well that didn’t pan out as expected. Hammered it out of the bunker into the rough and he’ll be chipping with his fourth. It’s not that Woods is always on his game, but the types of mistakes he’s making today are just extremely uncharacteristic. Fourth shot goes way long of the flag and leaves a looooong par putt. Didn’t see a bogey coming from that spot in the fairway.

ON THE GREEN (5:58 p.m.): Bang! Just buried that 30-footer for par and added his first fist pump of the day. He’s absolutely putting his tail off today and keeping himself in this round. Really impressive.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 14

Hole 13: Par 4, 447 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:21 p.m.): Foul ball. Ballooned it way to the right and dropped his club in disgust. Seen a lot of frustrating shots like that but he’s keeping it together somehow up to this point. Probably thinking he just needs to finish around even par and give himself a chance to post a number in the morning.

APPROACH SHOT (5:28 p.m.): Actually had a stance and was able to put a decent swing on the ball out of the rough. Couldn’t quite muscle it up to the green but it’s close and should leave a pretty straightforward up-and-down for another par.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:32 p.m.): Gave it a serious run and just missed the cup. Really well done. Woods is in full grind mode today and still keeping the scorecard together.

ON THE GREEN (5:34 p.m.): Cleans that one up from just inside five feet for another par. Solid.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 13

Hole 12: Par 3, 202 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:09 p.m.): Better. Much better. Good swing with a 6-iron and it’s safe, a little longer than hoped but par is fine here today. Lengthy birdie try on deck.

ON THE GREEN (5:17 p.m.): Good lag. Left it just below the hole and don’t want to get crazy in that situation regardless. Looks to be another no-sweat par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under

Hole 11: Par 4, 387 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:53 p.m.): Just a fairway wood and again it’s uneventful. Well struck down the middle. He was really good off the tee at the Memorial and we’re seeing a similar performance so far at Pebble. Now, about those irons …

APPROACH SHOT (5 p.m.): Had 114 yards out and still really struggling with the irons, missed that one short and right. In a bunker. Can’t remember seeing him fight it on these shots that are usually his bread and butter. Really weird. Perhaps a result of all the time spent working on the driver lately, which is definitely paying off.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:03 p.m.): Doink! Gave it a run out of the bunker and the ball bounced off the flagstick, came really close to dropping for birdie. That’ll be another tap-in par as Woods continues to get away unscathed after mistakes with the irons.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 11

Hole 10: Par 4, 493 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:36 p.m.): No problem with the driver on that one, smoked it. Seriously no clue what to expect on this back nine after the up-and-down start. He’s been great off the tee but not all that solid with the irons. Bizarro world.

APPROACH SHOT (4:44 p.m.): Well short with his second shot from 191 yards out. Fortunately it’s not on the beach but a few more yards to the right and that would have been serious trouble. Irons are a big concern at the moment.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:47 p.m.): Used the putter from off the green and ran it up there, just outside the circle of friendship. Think he’ll have to mark that and finish up from a few feet for par. Shouldn’t be too troublesome but you never know.

ON THE GREEN (4:50 p.m.): All good, Woods finishes that one to make it three consecutive pars. Onward.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 10

Hole 9: Par 4, 502 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:16 p.m.): Sounded good and indeed it was, piped right down the middle. Just an amazing stretch of holes right here. That is all.

APPROACH SHOT (4:23 p.m.): Had 202 yards to the hole on the downhill approach and he missed it left again. Well short of the green and Woods is running hot at the moment. Weird to see that issue crop of with his irons more than once, we’ve seen him lose control off the tee at times in the comeback but don’t recall many misses like the one we saw there and at No. 5.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:31 p.m.): Excellent. Chipped it to less than a foot and cleans that up for par with no issue. Not the easiest hole in the world so par is fine there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 9

Hole 8: Par 4, 433 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:55 p.m.): Nothing to it. Iron to the middle of the fairway and will be able to do this beautiful approach shot justice from the short stuff. Can he make it three birdies in a row?

APPROACH SHOT (4 p.m.): That’ll work. Had 200 yards to the hole and he didn’t like it off the club, but the ball took a hard kick off the front right fringe and settled into a good spot on the green. Not all that close but he’ll have a look at this one for sure.

ON THE GREEN (4:08 p.m.): Missed it way below the hole, big misread there. Still a fine par to keep things moving on the right track, just tapped that one in for a solid 4.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 8

Hole 7: Par 3, 108 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:46 p.m.): Not bad, not bad. Landed all over the hole but had a lot of check on that one, spins back to maybe 30 feet or so. That won’t hurt you.

ON THE GREEN (3:50 p.m.): Buckets! It was actually 22 feet and Tiger buried it. This round has been all over the place but we’re not complaining. High entertainment value and another birdie on the card for Woods.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 7

Hole 6: Par 5, 518 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:29 p.m.): Another driver. Leaking left again but this one is just fine, sitting up in the first cut. Good opportunity to bounce back with a birdie here and get back to even on the day.

APPROACH SHOT (3:36 p.m.): That’s fine on the blind, uphill approach shot, left it short of the green and left but away from trouble. Chance to show off with the wedge coming up.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:39 p.m.): Extremely good. Low runner that chased toward the flag and rolled just slightly long, definitely looking to get a stroke back here with the short upcoming birdie putt.

ON THE GREEN (3:44 p.m.): No problem finishing that off for birdie. Bit of an adventurous start today, eh?

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6

Hole 5: Par 3, 188 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:13 p.m.): Well that escalated quickly. Tiger just dead-hooked it to the left and it would have been bad regardless, but the ball hopped off a cart path and shot off to God knows where. Safe to say he’s never played from anywhere near this spot on this hole, we’ll see if he has any chance to get it near the green. Dangerous territory here.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:19 p.m.): Not much he could do there, way, way left of the green in the thick stuff. Looked like he chipped it back over the green near a bunker, not sure if it ended up in the sand or the rough. Regardless, it looks like a tricky up-and-down to save bogey. Actually gave himself a decent look at bogey from there, maybe five feet.

ON THE GREEN (3:23 p.m.): No dice. Tough downhill putt and it never scared the hole. Ugly and unexpected double bogey after a pretty solid start. Uphill battle from here.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 5

Hole 4: Par 4, 328 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:56 p.m.): Nothing wrong with that. Pretty standard iron shot to the left side of the fairway, same position Rose and Spieth are in. That’s something Woods talked about earlier this week with distance not playing as large a factor at this golf course – lot of guys will be playing from similar spots in the fairway as opposed to Bethpage Black and any other number of lengthy major venues.

APPROACH SHOT (3:01 p.m.): That’s how it’s done. Little more than 100 yards with a wedge and lands it 10-15 feet past the hole, spins back to leave maybe 5-6 feet for his best birdie chance of the day thus far. Bit of a break in the grind.

ON THE GREEN (3:07 p.m.): Count it! No-sweat birdie and under par for the day. Tiger isn’t exactly known for getting off to great starts, so these first four holes have been promising.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 4

Hole 3: Par 4, 412 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:40 p.m.): Beauty with a wood that earns an immediate club twirl and settles in the middle of the fairway. Feels like that’s going to be the key club for him this week, not like he’ll need to hit driver on too many of these holes. Promising sign.

APPROACH SHOT (2:44 p.m.): Soaring arc on that one and it lands pin-high on the fringe. Swing looked comfortable. Gonna have a long birdie try coming up but so far so good here.

ON THE GREEN (2:50 p.m.): Yikes. Not his best. Birdie try came in way too hot and left maybe eight feet for par. Not what you want to do after that huge par save on the previous hole, but he drains the par save again! Nothing to see here and Woods keeps it clean entering the short par-4 fourth.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3

Hole 2: Par 4, 502 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:23 p.m.): Driver here and it’s leaking left. Missed it near a large bunker but his ball actually stayed out and ended up in a worse position, buried in the thick rough. Gonna have to take his medicine and punch out on this one, then hopefully get a wedge in there close enough to save par. Early test for sure.

APPROACH SHOT (2:28 p.m.): No options there other than to punch out and that’s what Woods does. Turned this one into a par 4.5 after the wayward drive.

THIRD SHOT (2:31 p.m.): Left himself 122 yards and hits the green on what looks to be the correct side of the hole, but still plenty of work left to save par. Distance looks similar to the birdie try he just barely missed at the first.

ON THE GREEN (2:34 p.m.): Bang! Drops the putt and that’s what you call a true U.S. Open par. Big momentum saver early in the round. On to the third, can’t wait to see how he plays this tee shot. Really interesting angle off the tee box into a slanted fairway moving out towards the ocean.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2

Hole 1: Par 4, 381 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:09 p.m.): Just an iron for Tiger and it’s a beauty. Low trajectory down the left side of the fairway, settles in the short stuff. We’re off and running. Tiger going with some classic scripting today, dark slacks and a gray sweater vest. Let’s do this.

APPROACH SHOT (2:15 p.m.): Nearly perfect from 158 yards out. Great line at the flag, settles just below the cup to leave a very makable birdie putt on the opening hole. Maybe 15-20 feet. Two really nice shots to start the afternoon.

ON THE GREEN (2:20 p.m.): Left it a dimple short. Actually had 24 feet so it wasn’t quite as makable a putt as it first seemed, but he had the line down for sure. Just a hair slow. Nothing wrong with tap-in pars at the U.S. Open though. Onward.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1

Pre-round

Tiger Woods is ready to rock at Pebble Beach Thursday for the opening round of the U.S. Open.

Woods tees off alongside Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose at 5:09 p.m. ET for his first competitive round at Pebble Beach since 2012. The course gave up some decent scores in the morning wave, including 5-under 66s from Rickie Fowler, Louis Oosthuizen and Xander Schauffele.

This is the site of Woods’ most dominant major victory of all time, the record-setting 15-shot win at the 2000 U.S. Open. He’s been in good spirits all week and by all accounts physically ready to go after he was in “rough shape” for last month’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

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