Phil Mickelson Misses 20-Inch Putt at U.S. Open

The course set-up at Pebble Beach will be under intense scrutiny this week

The course set-up at Pebble Beach will be under intense scrutiny this week

Where he stands: Woods was just outside the top 25 at the time he finished and five back of playing partner and leader, Justin Rose (-6).

He got a little more. Then came the 2013 U.S. Open champion Rose to birdie the final three holes and nip them all at day's end. "I kind of proved that today".

A pair of dramatic finishes has made for a three-way tie at the top in the U.S. Open, where friendly conditions are helping players go low.

'I felt like I swung the club well all through the bag, ' he said. "This is just a very small step toward outcome". "Obviously that's where you want to be on Sunday".

Follow Tiger's score and the rest of the field below with our live U.S. Open leaderboard. It's a cool moment. The idea was to start safe and make the course progressively more hard, and a forecast of dry weather for the week should make that easier to control. His opening drive finished in a divot but that made no difference either, as he played a wonderful shot to 10ft and holed the birdie putt.

Back nine (even-par 36): It's a little bit unfair to simply say that Woods shot an even 36 on the back nine with nine pars without a little bit of context. But the mistake was the third shot, and I hit it above the hole. It felt nearly as good as the wedge he holed from 95 yards for eagle on No. 11.

He is playing with Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods.

After two straight birdies, he finished with 11 straight pars for a 70.

"Pebble Beach, you have the first seven to get it going, and after that it's a fight", Woods said. It's just being disciplined and executing the shot that's at hand and what you're trying to do. But still, missing a putt from that short is both shocking and embarassing. Even so, he had few complaints about his 69 to begin his bid for a record-tying third straight U.S. Open.

"I didn't shoot myself out of it", Koepka said.

"And I hit a bad shot, but the second shot was good". Mickelson faced a 20-inch tap-in for par on the 3rd hole.and he missed it.

Woods has plenty of competition in the 156-player field.

But only 17 players were under par in the first round of 2000. For this U.S. Open, in these relatively soft conditions, 39 players broke par. That's the most for any round at any U.S. Open, breaking the record of 13 set in 1983 at Oakmont. What prevented this from being better was the one hole Woods couldn't save himself on. "Yeah, lucky finish", he said, then spoke some near-other language when he said, "I hit a toe ball there".

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So numerous competitors here at the 119th US Open were rushing under par on the first morning that it was christened "The Pebble Dash" and, thus, everyone's score had to be weighed against the benign nature of the test. The most recent came in 2010 when Graeme McDowell won by one stroke.

"That's where I need help with all my trainers and physios and workout regimes, and hopefully I can make that happen".

"I don't think level par wins this week", he said. "We'll see what we can do".

With near flawless conditions on the Monterey peninsula, little wind and soft greens, the Pebble Beach Golf Links was left to the mercy of the world's best.