Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott in the First Round of the U.S. Open
October 05, 2011
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First Round of the U.S. Open
The world's three best players met on the first tee of the South Course for their 11:06 a.m. EST start.
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Mickelson missed this eagle putt to birdie the final hole. He is at even par.
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Scott shot a 2-over 73.
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"To make two double bogeys and a 3-putt and only be four back, that's a great position to be in. Because I know I can clean that up tomorrow," Woods said of his one over par finish.
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Woods double bogeyed again on the par-4 15th hole.
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"I'm always a little rusty the front nine," Mickelson said. "And I'm glad that I was able to keep it in check and only shoot a few over and recover on the back."
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Mickelson had three-straight bogeys on Nos. 5-7.
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Woods sank a putt to save par on 13. "It was nice to make that putt and keep some momentum going in the back nine and unfortunately kind of messed that up from there," Woods said.
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Woods made the turn at one under par.
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Woods, Mickelson and Scott were followed by a large crowd all day.
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"I enjoy playing with Tiger," Scott said. "I find it a lot easier to focus because I think I've got to be a little more disciplined."
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Adam Scott, who is playing with a broken right pinkie, also made par on the first hole.
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Mickelson two putted on the first hole for a par.
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Mickelson opted not to carry his driver in the first round and used his 3-wood instead. "My game plan was that I only want to hit it a certain distance. I don't really want to hit it past 300 yards on most of the par-4s because it starts running into the rough," he said.
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"You couldn't ask for a worse start than I got off to," Woods said of his double bogey on the first hole.
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Tiger's tee shot found the rough on the first hole.
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The Big Three will tee off Friday at 4:36 p.m. EST. More Galleries from the U.S. Open
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