Tiger Woods about his victory at the 2000 US Open in Pebble Beach. Woods destroyed the competition win with a record of 15 shots.
Golfweek, USA TODAY NETWORK
PEBBLE BEACH, California – Tiger Woods did not have the best stuff at the US Open on Thursday.
It was an 18-hole grind that a Woods managed admirably when he put a 1-under-70 card in the opening round at Pebble Beach.
This leaves Woods five shots behind the leader and his partner Justin Rose. He is still very good on T-28 on the leaderboard when he left 18th green and did what he has always found out over the years – posting a number without his A-game.
Now he's in the running The hunt starts on Friday at 11:24 and ends with Jordan Spieth and Rose.
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Tiger Woods moves to the fifth green after leaving the gallery in the first round. (Photo: Michael Madrid, USA TODAY Sports)
Woods kept his lap intact on Thursday with his putter. That brought Woods a big fist pump on a day when he was visibly frustrated with his iron game.
Woods was mostly precise from the tee and settled in good positions, but he still noticed that he was crawling over the greens to save Par following below average approach shots.
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After a birdie in fourth place undercut the 1, Woods returned two with an ugly double bogey on the parade. 3 fifth. His tee shot was a patron right from the beginning, a double cross that sailed to the left and moved even further out over the green after the impact on a cart track.
He struck back across the green from there and could not get on and off. Carding a Double Bogey 5.
Woods rebounded with successive birdies on the sixth hole (par 5) and the seventh hole (par 3), where he dropped a 22-foot hole so that Birdie was again par under the round came.  He finished the round with 10 pars in a row, including the par-5 hole 18th, where he crashed his tee but cost a birdie chance after hitting his second in a bunker at Greenside for a hard spot suggested.
In the end he has survived a classic US Open race and must feel good about his chances to make a move on Friday and position himself for a shot at Major 16 next Sunday.