McIlroy found trouble just about everywhere and shot 80, his highest first-round score in a major.
Dustin Johnson returned to No. 1 in the world by winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Another double bogey on the next hole saw Woods walking slowly off the green, seemingly beaten by Shinnecock's harsh greens and his failing putter. "It was just hard all day", Johnson said.
"We thought there were probably seven to nine birdie-able holes out there, but that changed dramatically with the wind blowing and where they put these pins", Woods said. But after Thursday's first round here, I don't think that record is in jeopardy.
After hitting a nice tee shot and finding the fairway on the first hole, Woods hit his approach shot over the green and into the rough. Matthew Jones (76), Jason Scrivener (78), Adam Scott (78), David Bransdon (79), Cameron Smith (79) and major championship debutant Lucas Herbert (83) all had their games shredded on a course that was meant to be set up in a more generous way by the USGA considering the weather conditions. So to get through those two very tricky par-threes in four shots is well ahead of the game.
Woods rallied by playing the rest of the front nine at 1-under par. It held the second U.S. Open in 1896, and then went 90 years until its next one.
Henley was the only player to reach 3 under at any point, and he promptly gave that back with a double bogey on No. 10.
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The U.S. Open has arrive, and with the first two rounds of tee times released, we have some pretty unbelievable groups to enjoy over the next two days. He held it together until a four-putt on No. 13, the last three of those putts from 6 feet.
A spectator said "guaranteed this one isn't short" as Woods hit shot No. 5.
"It's a different kind of enjoyment, right?"
"When's the last time you heard of two guys that play golf for a living putt it off the green, uphill from 30 feet?" Even with wider fairways, Shinnecock Hills resembled a US Open course from past years, and it played like one.
"Shoot something in the 60s tomorrow, and I'll be just fine, " Woods said.