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Tiger Woods fights Pebble Beach, survives up-and-down first round at U.S. Open

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Tiger Woods fights Pebble Beach, survives up-and-down first round at U.S. Open

PEBBLE BEACH, CA. -- Tiger Woods might not want to admit it, but he missed an opportunity Thursday at the 2019 U.S. Open. 

With the wind almost non-existent and the cloud cover keeping Pebble Beach soft, a number of players went out and posted low numbers, taking advantage of a front nine that was scoreable. 

Woods, however, didn't take advantage of a gettable course.

The 15-time major champion opened with three straight pars before getting to red numbers with a birdie at the Par-4 fourth. Woods gave the birdie right back and then some, as his tee shot on No. 5 went left of left, bouncing off the cart path and leaving Woods scrambling to save bogey on the Par 3. His second shot skirted across the green and his chip coming back left him nine feet for bogey. His bogey putt slid just right of the hole and Woods walked away at 1-over-par after the double bogey. 

He responded with birdies at No. 6 and No. 7 to get back under par, but that was all he could muster on the day, as he finished the round with 11 straight pars to shoot a 1-under-70. 

Woods' iron play, which had been solid last time he teed it up at The Memorial, was not very sharp in the first round. Woods hit only nine-of-18 greens and lost 1.28 strokes on approach to the field. 

“I didn’t hit my irons as crisp as I’d like," Woods said. "I tried to miss the ball in the correct spots, and a couple of times where I had wedges in my hand I was just dumping, center of the green, move on, get my 30-, 40-footer and move on about my business and take my medicine when I was in a bad spot.”

Thursday at Pebble was a battle for Woods.

"That was a grind," Woods said after the round. "Wow. You know, as you know, Pebble Beach you have like the first seven holes to get it going and after that, it's a fight. And I kind of proved that today, I just kind of hung in there and grinded my way along."

While Woods didn't take full advantage of the soft course, his putting saved him on the back nine, keeping him within arm's reach of first-round leader Justin Rose, who carded a 6-under-par-65. 

[RELATED: McIlroy's strong first round bodes well for U.S. Open title hopes]

Woods, who currently is tied for 28th place,  will need to rediscover his iron game quickly if he plans to be a factor in the championship. If past U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach are any indicator, the course will only play more difficult as the week goes on. With a number of players going low Thursday, the USGA likely will dry out the course ahead of Friday's second round in an attempt to quicken the fairways and greens. 

Woods, along with Rose and Jordan Spieth, will tee off at 8:24 a.m. PT on Friday.

Tom Brady silences Charles Barkley with insane birdie in 'The Match'

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Tom Brady silences Charles Barkley with insane birdie in 'The Match'

Tom Brady's start in "The Match" with former NFL star Peyton Manning and PGA Tour legends Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods wasn't great, leading to an endless parade of criticism on social media.

The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback found a way to silence the haters with this remarkable shot for birdie on the seventh hole at Medalist Golf Club.

[RELATED: Warriors' Steph Curry wants in on next iteration of 'The Match' event]

Charles Barkley is part of TNT's telecast, and was in Brady's ear all the way up until he hit the shot.

Unfortunately for Brady, his pants didn't survive the hole.

Warriors star Steph Curry and former Warrior Andre Iguodala both are avid golf fans, and were just like the rest of us after seeing Brady's shot.

The San Mateo native got his mojo back, but he and his partner Mickelson have some catching up to do with Manning and Woods in control.

How to watch The Match: Tiger vs. Phil charity golf streaming, on TV

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How to watch The Match: Tiger vs. Phil charity golf streaming, on TV

The golf event we've all been waiting for is nearly upon us.

Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson, Part 2 ... with a twist.

On Sunday, Tiger will team up with NFL legend Peyton Manning to take on Mickelson and six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady in The Match: Champions for Charity at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.

Get ready for some epic trash talk.

Tiger and Phil squared off in the first edition of The Match back on Nov. 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, with Mickelson winning on the fourth extra hole.

Now the two championship golfers will be joined by two champion quarterbacks.

[RELATED: Manning takes perfect shot at Brady]

The stakes will be high, and the side bets should be incredible.

Here's how to watch The Match: Champions for Charity on TV and streaming online:

When: Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
TV: TNT
Stream: TNTdrama.com