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How Tiger Woods was consistently inconsistent to start the U.S. Open

  • Senior editor for college basketball
  • Joined ESPN in 2008
  • Graduate of the University of Maryland

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Tiger Woods’ first round at the U.S. Open was a microcosm of the state of his golf game since he returned after the three-month shutdown because of the coronavirus — he had some rough moments, a few good moments and plenty of moments of inconsistency.

There were stretches of bogeys. A back-to-back-to-back birdie run. One messy double on the final hole of the day. A steady diet of missed fairways.

In the end, the scorecard added up to a 3-over 73.

A lot happened to get to that number. Here is how his first round at Winged Foot unfolded:

No. 1: Par-4: 451 yards

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Score: Par

Total for the day: Even

No. 2: Par-4, 484 yards

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Score: Par

Total for the day: Even

No. 3: Par-3, 243 yards

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Score: Par

Total for the day: Even

No. 4: Par-4, 467 yards

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Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 1 over

No. 5: Par-4, 502 yards

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Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 2 over

No. 6: Par-4, 321 yards

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Score: Birdie

Total for the day: 1 over

No. 7: Par-3, 162 yards

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Score: Par

Total for the day: 1 over

No. 8: Par-4, 490 yards

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Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 2 over

No. 9: Par-5, 565 yards

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Score: Birdie

Total for the day: 1 over

No. 10: Par-3, 214 yards

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Score: Birdie

Total for the day: Even

No. 11: Par-4, 384 yards

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Score: Birdie

Total for the day: 1 under

No. 12: Par-5, 633 yards

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Score: Par

Total for the day: 1 under

No. 13: Par-3, 212 yards

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Score: Bogey

Total for the day: Even

No. 14: Par-4, 452 yards

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Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 1 over

No. 15: Par-4, 426 yards

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Score: Par

Total for the day: 1 over

No. 16: Par-4, 498 yards

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Score: Birdie

Total for the day: Even

No. 17: Par-4, 504 yards

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Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 1 over

No. 18: Par-4, 469 yards

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Score: Double-bogey

Total for the day: 3-over 73

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