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Tiger Woods in contention after 1-under 70 in Round 1

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Dan Kilbridge, Golfweek
Published 10:35 p.m. ET June 13, 2019 | Updated 10:44 p.m. ET June 13, 2019

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Tiger Woods reflects on his win at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Woods destroyed the competition winning by a record-setting 15 shots.
Golfweek, USA TODAY NETWORK

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Tiger Woods didn’t have his best stuff Thursday at the U.S. Open.

It was an 18-hole grind, one Woods was able to manage admirably while carding a 1-under 70 in the opening round at Pebble Beach.

That leaves Woods five shots off leader and playing partner Justin Rose. He’s still very much in good shape at T-28 on the leaderboard when he walked off the 18th green, doing what he’s always figured out how to do over the years – post a number without his A game.

Now he’s firmly in the hunt entering Friday’s 11:24 a.m. ET tee time with Jordan Spieth and Rose.

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Woods kept Thursday’s round intact with his putter, most notably with a 30-foot make at the par-5 14th to earn par. That earned a big fist pump from Woods on a day when he was visibly frustrated with his iron play.

Woods was mostly accurate off the tee and put himself in good spots, but he still found himself scrambling around the greens to save par following sub-par approach shots.

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After a birdie at No. 4 to get to 1 under, Woods gave two back with an ugly double bogey at the par-3 fifth. His tee shot was a goner from the start, a double cross that sailed way left and traveled even further beyond the green after hitting a cart path.

He chipped back over the green from there and couldn’t get up and down, carding a double-bogey 5.

Woods bounced back with consecutive birdies at the par-5 sixth hole and the par-3 seventh hole, where he dropped a 22-footer for birdie to get back under par on the round.

He finished the round with 10 consecutive pars, including at the par-5 18th hole where he crushed his tee shot but cost himself a birdie chance after hitting his second into a tough spot in a greenside bunker.

In the end he survived a classic U.S. Open grind, and he has to feel good about his chances to make a move Friday and position himself for a shot at major No. 16 come Sunday.

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