Are you good at golf? If you are, well, you just might be able to beat Tiger Woods.
In fact, Scott Ferrall believes he has several friends who could do just that.
“Certainly today they could have, there’s no doubt about it,” Golfweek Magazine senior writer David Dusek said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “There was, really from the get go, nothing that Tiger could do that seemed right on a course that, as the day went on, got more and more unforgiving. There was no facet of his game that he could rely on to try to right the ship. So right off the bat, when the bogey train started, he had a front-row seat and was just going to ride that damn train all the way into the 18th.”
Yes, 15 years after winning the U.S. Open by 15 strokes, Woods on Thursday looked like he had never picked up a club. He posted one of the worst days of his career, finishing with eight bogeys, one triple-bogey and just one birdie in the opening round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. Woods had four bogeys in his first six holes – the worst start of his U.S. Open career – and finished with an 80.
He has now shot in the 80s three times this season alone – this after reaching that ignominious threshold just once from 1996 to 2014.
“Today is going to literally seem like rock bottom,” said Dusek, who called Woods’ performance humiliating. “(He) completely exposed himself emotionally (and) mentally to all (of his) weaknesses and frailties. That was it right there. That was it right there.”
Woods finished the day tied for 152nd and has virtually no chance of making the cut Friday.
“This is not (a random, no-name player),” Dusek said. “This is a guy that people rightfully look at as somebody who changed the way that the sport is perceived, is played, is looked at. He’s tied for 152nd. He was just terrible.”
Just how bad was it, you ask? Cole Hammer, 15, shot a 77 – three shots better than Woods.
“Are you kidding me?” Dusek asked. “He’s playing in the U.S. Open, and Tiger Woods is shooting three shots worse. Look, I saw that kid. As somebody said, he’s the kind of kid that’s got to run around the showers to get wet when the water’s going. I think (he weighs) 125 pounds, and he’s beating Tiger Woods by three shots. It was a hell of a day.”
There were, of course, some bright spots. Phil Mickelson, who is chasing the career grand slam, opened with a 69. Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson finished tied atop the leader board with a 65. Patrick Reed was one behind with a 66.
They all had great days.
Nevertheless, much of the day-one chatter centered squarely on Woods.
“My God,” Dusek said. “The bleeding and almost just this horror show (that we saw) – what a complete day and a complete turnaround.”