After firing a three-over 74 in the first round of the US Open, a grumpy Tiger Woods moaned over the conditions, particularly the greens — the same ones he putted on when he ran away from the field by an astounding 15 strokes at the 2000 US Open. But in 2010, he needed 34 putts to get around Pebble Beach, so naturally, the greens have suddenly become shoddy.
“It was so bouncy out there,” he said. “I mean I was explaining, I was telling Tom down there, the screens are just awful. It is what it is. It’s poa in the afternoon and they’re fast.”
/reaching for the Kleenex
In other words, Tiger doesn’t like poa greens. But he feels wronged for being given an afternoon tee time.
“I played in the morning on the practice rounds and they were great,” he said. “This afternoon they were not. And you look at scores this afternoon, and no one is posting a good round this afternoon.”
Except for those three players sharing the top of the leaderboard at two-under. You know, like the guy named Brendon De Jonge playing in front of him. And the guy with low testosterone who has struggled to make a cut, Shaun Micheel, teed off only four groups ahead of Tiger. Then two groups in front of Tiger was the Englishman Paul Casey, who said he had very low expectations.
But everyone in the afternoon posted poor rounds.
“All you can do is go out there and hit good putts and hopefully they kick in,” Tiger explained. Apparently they did just that for Micheel, who only stroked his putter 22 times. Same with Casey, who had 23 putts.
When asked about the opportunity to play in the morning, he tersely replied, “I won three of these.”
Well, excuse us, y\Your Majesty.
[Photo by Ross Kinnaird]