FARMINGDALE, New York – Tiger Woods won the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines despite double-bogeying the very first hole, and he will have to dig himself out of a similar predicament if he wants to lift the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday.
Woods steadied his ship to some extent, but a two-over-par 72 left him a distant nine strokes behind early leader and defending champion Brooks Koepka in the PGA Championship first round at Bethpage Black.
Masters champion Woods had gone 118 consecutive holes in stroke play without a double-bogey or worse – since running up a quadruple-bogey at the famous par-three 17th at the Players Championship in March.
Although the six-foot putt he missed at the 10th hole on Thursday was certainly no cause for panic, unlike at Torrey Pines 11 years ago, it set the tone for the day.
He missed four more shortish putts – including a four-footer at the fifth hole that was a momentum killer, coming straight after an eagle at the par-five fourth.