Tiger Woods is still not back, at least not according to his play at the 115th U.S. Open.
Woods carded bogeys on four of his first six holes, and then this happened on the par-5 eighth:
To understand how bad Tiger’s round started, that was actually one of his better holes, as he scrambled to make par following that shot.
Things got worse on the back 9, when he went bogey-bogey-bogey-triple to balloon to 10-over.
A birdie on 16 – his first – moved him up one to 9-over. For a minute.
On 18, he topped his second shot into a deep fairway bunker known as Chambers Basement, his round at that point disintegrating beyond frustration. With little to lose, he pitched it out without much thought en route to another bogey – the eighth of the round to go along with the triple.
The damage: 10-over 80.
That’s how it is these days for the 14-time major winner turned world’s 195th-ranked player.
Last we saw Woods he was carding a career-high 85 at the Memorial on June 6. He didn’t go quite that high, but he is in serious (read likely) danger of missing the cut. Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson set the early pace with a pair of 5-under 65s. The cutline will be top 60 and ties, currently putting the cut at plus-2. Tiger’s tied for 153rd out of 156. Not much math needed there.