Tiger Woods had to scramble a bit on the back nine Thursday, but finished his first round under par. (Matt York/AP)

For those golf fans expecting Tiger Woods to flash more of his Masters magic at the U.S. Open, Thursday’s first round proved to be a frustrating few hours. Woods had moments of brilliance, including a 30-foot bomb at No. 14 to save par, but mostly played up and down and unspectacular golf following some early drama.

The first of his three birdies, on the fourth hole, seemed like the beginning of an aggressive day for Woods. But a disastrous No. 5 ended in a double bogey and Woods fought to recover from there. Back-to-back birdies on No. 6 and No. 7 returned him to 1-under and he went on a par streak from there. He would finish with eleven in a row.

Woods was particularly inconsistent after the turn, finding one fairway after another but erasing his progress with short approach shots. On the par-5 14th, he tried to go for the green in two but couldn’t carry the green’s front bunker. He mishit his third shot from the sand, sending it flying over the green. That led to the 30-foot par putt, his best moment of the afternoon.

Playing alongside Woods, Justin Rose showed how best to attack Pebble Beach on Thursday. He eagled No. 6 and made the turn at 3-under. He got hot again late, birdieing his final three holes to take the lead at six under and tie Woods’s U.S. Open single-round record of a 65 at Pebble Beach.

The early pace Thursday was set by Aaron Wise, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen, who all shot rounds of 5-under-par 66.

Woods’s first round, hole by hole

No. 18 (par 5)

Tiger put himself in a good spot off the 18th tee but found another bunker with his second shot. He hunched over his club and grimaced as he watched his ball land in the sand.

From an awkward stance, Woods knocked his ball out of the trap and well past the hole. His birdie putt from 38 feet had the right speed but came up short. He finished his round with an eleventh consecutive par.

Woods’s final score: -1

No. 17 (par 3)

On his final par 3 of the day, Tiger hit a short tee shot that landed in a bunker. He hit a solid bunker shot to put himself in position for another par. He snuck it in from five feet out.

Woods’s score: -1

No. 16 (par 4)

Tiger opened the 16th by hitting his tee shot right down the middle of the fairway, his ninth on the day. He hit a conservative approach to the left of the hole, leaving a long putt for birdie. He nearly replicated the bomb from No. 14, but the ball ended up just right of the hole. Another tap in.

Woods’s score: -1

No. 15 (par 4)

Woods put his tee shot into the short rough on the right side of the fairway. From 153 yards out, he hit another poor approach. The ball hit the front of the green and spun backward, eliminating any chance at a birdie. From 57 feet, Woods put it less than a foot from the hole. He tapped in for another par.

Woods’s score: -1

No. 14 (par 5)

On the notoriously tough 14th, Tiger crushed his tee shot down the left side of the fairway. Still 282 yards from the hole, he takes a big swing but can’t carry the bunker at the front of the green.

Despite a good lie, Tiger mishit his third shot from the trap and it flew over the green. He chipped back on with his fourth, and faced a par putt of about 30 feet. He nailed it to save another par, giving the crowd an ecstatic fist pump.

Woods’s score: -1

No. 13 (par 4)

An ugly drive at No. 13 puts Tiger in some pretty thick rough. His second shot came out soft and landed well short of the green. Once again, he saved himself with a good chip. Perfectly struck, the shot rolled just right of the hole. He sunk an easy putt to earn his sixth consecutive par.

Woods’s score: -1

Elsewhere: On the 10th, Callum Tarren holed out from the fairway bunker for the 14th Eagle of the day. That’s a new single-round record for the U.S. Open. The previous high mark for Eagles in a round was 12.

No. 12 (par 3)

Tiger opted for a 6-iron on 12th tee. His shot successfully carried the bunker in front of green but clung to the back end. Facing another long shot at birdie, Tiger struck it well and left it just left of the hole. Another par.

Woods’s score: -1

No. 11 (par 4)

Woods hit his seventh fairway of the afternoon on No. 11, but had more trouble on the approach. From 114 yards out, Woods’s ball found a bunker short of the green.

On his third shot, Woods nearly holed out from the bunker. The ball headed straight at the hole but bounced off the pin. Woods tapped in for another par.

Woods’s score: -1

No. 10 (par 4)

Tiger continued a strong day off the tee with another fairway on No. 10. But the approach shot proved problematic for the second consecutive hole, as Woods left it short of the green. Putting uphill from about 45 feet, he left his birdie attempt short as well. An easy par putt followed.

Woods’s score: -1

No. 9 (par 4)

Woods crushed his tee shot at No. 9, but stuck his second in the rough short of the green. Woods was immediately frustrated with this approach, stomping his foot at the missed opportunity.

But a good chip gave him a short par putt. Tiger makes the turn under par.

Woods’s score: -1

No. 8 (par 4)

Tiger found the fairway again to kick off No. 8. He didn’t like his second shot from 202 yards out, but got a good bounce and ended up with a 20-foot look at birdie. He missed it badly to the right and had to settle for his fourth par of the afternoon.

Woods’s score: -1

Elsewhere: Koepka showed that he’s human, picking up his first bogey of the day on No. 8.

No. 7 (par 3)

On the 108-yard 7th, Woods dropped his ball close to the pin but the backspin pushed his birdie putt to 22 feet. It led to his best putt of the day so far, a birdie to get him back under par. Back-to-back birdies for Woods after the mess on No. 5.

Woods’s score: -1

No. 6 (par 5)

Facing his first par 5 and needing to bounce back from the double on No. 5, Woods found another fairway off the tee. From 229 yards out, he put his second shot in the rough short and left of the green. He recovered with a pitch shot that rolled up the front of the green and settled three feet from the hole. He sank it for birdie to get back to even.

Woods’s score: Even.

Elsewhere: Rory Sabbatini nails a hole-in-one on No. 12. It’s just the 45th hole-in-one in U.S. Open history.

No. 5 (par 3)

Tiger hit his first truly ugly shot of the day on No. 5, sending his tee shot well left of the green. It took a big bounce off the cart path and ended up in some deep rough behind the green.

The trouble continued from there as Woods’s second shot just missed the bunker to the right of the green. Still hitting from the rough, he sent his third shot past the hole, leaving a tough downhill putt for bogey. He left it to the right and tapped in for a double.

Woods’s score: +1

No. 4 (par 4)

Woods began this short par 4 by hitting his third fairway of the day and then setting up his best birdie chance of the afternoon. From just under four feet, Tiger sunk his putt to get on the board.

Woods’s score: -1

Elsewhere: Brooks Koepka chipped in for birdie from the rough on No. 5. The defending U.S. Open champion got off to a hot start, 3 under through five holes.

No. 3 (par 4)

Using a 3-wood on this dogleg left, Tiger barely glanced at his tee shot before starting a satisfied walk to the fairway. His second shot clung to the fringe, setting up a birdie putt. This second look at birdie went far worse than the first as Woods sent it racing by the hole. He left himself eight feet for par, and hit it for another save.

Woods’s score: Even.

No. 2 (par 4)

Woods sent his tee shot on this long par 4 right at the bunker to the left of the fairway, planting his ball on the island of rough in the sand. He worked to get himself out of trouble from there, chipping out to the fairway and hitting his third shot from 122 yards away. Putting from inside 20 feet, Woods sank his putt to save par.

Woods’s score: Even.

No. 1 (par 4)

Woods opened his first competitive round at Pebble Beach since 2012 with a straight drive and a calm walk past crowds of shrieking fans, many with their phones out to record the Masters champion. From 158 yards out, Woods used a 9-iron to set himself up for a 24-foot birdie putt. He left it just short.

Woods’s score: Even.

Background reading

Tiger Woods returns this week to the scene of one of his greatest triumphs: his historically dominant 15-stroke win at the 2000 U.S. Open. The tournament is back at Pebble Beach, the famed northern California course that is hosting the tournament for the sixth time.

Woods hasn’t played Pebble Beach since the 2012 pro-am, where he finished in a tie for 15th, nine strokes behind winner Phil Mickelson. He tied for fourth at the 2010 U.S. Open there, three shots behind winner Graeme McDowell, and won the pro-am there in 2000.

Woods, who won two more U.S. Opens after his triumph at Pebble Beach, is again one of the favorites at this year’s event, which begins Thursday morning at 9:45 Eastern. (Woods will tee off around 5:09 p.m. Eastern on Thursday; follow live coverage here.)

“I still remember most of the shots I hit that week,” Woods said Tuesday, speaking of his 2000 win, when he took a 10-shot lead into the final round, breaking a 138-year-old margin-of-victory record.

After winning the Masters in April, Woods took more than a month off before following one of his greatest triumphs with a missed cut at the PGA Championship. He played in one tournament since then, finishing a respectable T-9 at the Memorial, one of four top-10 finishes this season. Woods leads the PGA Tour in greens in regulation and ranks third in strokes gained: ball striking.

In 2000, he dominated the field in every way, including with his putter. “I don’t know how I pulled it off, but on seaside poa annua, I never missed a putt inside 10 feet for a week,” he said this week.

On Thursday and Friday, Woods will play with a pair of former major winners: Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose. Thanks mainly to strong putting, Spieth has three straight top 10s entering the U.S. Open, including a T-3 at the PGA Championship. (Spieth has three major titles, claiming the U.S. Open and Masters in 2015 and the British Open in 2017.) Rose’s 2013 U.S. Open title came at Merion, like Pebble Beach a shorter Open venue.

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