Woods has 80 shocker at US Open

Fifteen years to the day after he destroyed the field with a 15-shot US Open victory, Tiger Woods was beaten by pretty much everybody including a 15-year-old.

The 14-times major champion continued to be a shadow of his former self in a horror opening round of the 2015 US Open, sending shots wide right and left, leaving bunker shots in the sand, letting go of clubs and even cold topping a shot on the final hole.

When the round ended the pain continued as he had to sign for a 10-over-80, his worst US Open score and second-worst major championship number behind an 81 in horrendous weather at the 2003 British Open.

It left him third last in the 156-man field and a far cry from his demolition job at Pebble Beach in 2000, the first of three US Open wins.

He was 15 shots adrift of joint leaders Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson and three behind precocious 15-year-old Cole Hammer.

The shocker came just a few weeks after his career-worst 85 at the Memorial Tournament and continued the sad demise of a once mighty champion.

“Not very happy, that’s for sure,” said Woods after carding eight bogeys and a triple bogey with just a lone birdie at Chambers Bay.

“It was a tough day. Got off to a bad start… and then just couldn’t quite get it turned around.

“It’s one of those things, just got to work through it.

“I’m trying as hard as I can to do it, and for some reason I just can’t get the consistency that I’d like to have out there.”

Despite his continued troubles, Woods still believes he is on the right track with coach Chris Como who he took on board this year after separating from Sean Foley.

“I know when I do it right, it’s so easy,” he said.

“It just feels easy to control, easy to do it, easy to hit all my shots. I just need to do it more often and build from there.

“I fought, I fought hard. And that was my number. I couldn’t grind out any harder than that. So that’s just the way I played and unfortunately it was a high number today.”

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