Cape Town - Tiger Woods blamed his putting for a miserable opening day
at the US Open after beginning his tournament with an eight over 78.
Woods started his round with a triple bogey on the first and
it proved to be a sign of things to come after the 14-time major winner wracked
up a pair of back-to-back double bogeys on the back nine.
There was just one birdie for the 42-year-old, who along
with the likes of fellow big names Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Rory
McIlroy faces a major fight to even make the cut.
"I didn't putt well today," said Woods.
"I thought I drove it pretty darnn good for most of the
day, but I just never really took advantage of the opportunities. And making a
triple and two doubles, that's not very good.
"It's tough out there, but I shouldn't make two doubles
and a triple. I hit two bad putts on one and two, and for most of the day I
just didn't putt well.
"After that start, all I had to do was to try to shoot
even par for the next 16 holes, and I'd be just fine. The guys weren't going
anywhere today, so I needed to hang in there. I kept reminding myself that
Lanny Wadkins almost pulled himself in a play-off in '86 with a round in the
mid-60s on Sunday, so it can be done. This golf course is kind of setting up
for that right now.
"It's frustrating because I'm hitting it well, but in
the last, I think, four tournaments, I have not putted well. So if I can putt
like I did at the beginning of the year, we've got something. I just haven't