Woods used to be taking part in for the primary time since profitable that outstanding 15th primary name at Augusta, however he struggled at the notorious Bethpage Black route on Lengthy Island and ended with a two-over-par spherical of 72. Woods' woes, no longer helped by way of a chilly putter, had been a a long way cry from taking part in spouse Brooks Koepka, the protecting champion, who stormed to a seven-under 63 -- one off the all time primary file set by way of Branden Grace within the Open at Royal Birkdale in 2017 -- to set a searing tempo. Koepka has gained 3 of his final seven majors and beat Woods to the PGA name final 12 months earlier than completing 2d as the previous global No.1 clinched his 5th Inexperienced Jacket final month. Whilst Koepka coasted, Woods' spherical started in ignominious type with a double bogey courtesy of short-game problems after beginning on the 10th.The 43-year-old steadied the send and collected a birdie at the 15th, his 6th, earlier than every other double bogey by way of the sand at the 17th took him to the flip in three-over 38.A brace of birdies beginning the again 9 after which an eagle 3 on the signature par-five fourth to get to at least one beneath appeared Woods had in any case shaken off the rust after best taking part in 9 holes in observe this week. "I were given just a little bit in poor health, so I made up our minds to stick house," he later instructed journalists.However the global No.6, who nonetheless has to control his again after spinal fusion surgical operation in April 2017, dropped a shot on the 5th and two extra on the 7th and 8th, his 16th and 17th, throwing his head again in annoyance as every other makeable putt stayed out."It wasn't as blank as I would love to have it, needless to say," Woods, who gained america Open at Bethpage in 2002, instructed journalists after his spherical. "Were given it again beneath par for the day, and let a pair slip away with a pair dangerous putts and a pair errors on the finish."He added: "I felt adore it's no longer that arduous to make bogeys out right here, however it is exhausting to make birdies."READ: Woods' Masters win has Nicklaus "shaking in my boots"READ: 'It is surreal,' says Woods of 15th primary'Center of attention on me'The robust Koepka used to be on cruise keep an eye on along the spluttering Woods, proceeding the place he left off on Lengthy Island after profitable america Open at Shinnecock Hills final June.Armed with a potent putter, he picked up 3 birdies at the entrance 9 and 3 extra coming house for a fuss-free spherical in spite of the clamor surrounding Woods.", it used to be nice that Tiger gained Augusta, however I imply, we are at a brand new week now," Koepka instructed a information convention after his spherical. "I have simply were given to move in the market and concentrate on me. " what you'll get whilst you play with him. I imply, clearly everyone in New York goes to be cheering for him, and it'll be loud, particularly if he makes a putt. You may have simply were given to stay fighting and be able to get thru it."Get thru it he did, after which some."That used to be some of the absolute best rounds I have performed most likely as a qualified. This golfing route is brutal," he added.The 3rd member of the megastar trio used to be Italy's Francesco Molinari, who held off a charging Woods to win the Open at Carnoustie final 12 months earlier than seeing his hopes of repeating the feat at Augusta sink within the water of Rae's Creek in entrance of the quick 12th at the ultimate day. However Molinari additionally struggled to stay alongside of Koepka and coupled Woods' 72.On the other hand, his illustrious Ryder Cup spouse Tommy Fleetwood -- the pair had been nicknamed MoliWood in Paris -- carded a three-under 67 to guide the chasing pack, simply as he did at the back of the American at Shinnecock.