Tiger Woods has mixed return in first round of golf in over a year

Tiger Woods has mixed return in first round of golf in over a year

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Tiger Woods ruined an otherwise impressive return to golf Thursday with two double bogeys over the final three holes for a 1-over 73 at the Hero World Challenge.

For eight holes, it sure didn't look as though Woods had been out of competition for 15 months while recovering from two back surgeries. His 6-iron to tap-in range on the par-3 eighth tied him for the lead.

But his mistakes, while not big misses, were costly. He took a 6 on two par 5s. He hit into a bush from the middle of the 16th fairway and made double bogey, and he pulled his tee shot into the water on the final hole for another double bogey.

Woods was nine shots behind J.B. Holmes, in 17th place in the 18-man field. Only Justin Rose had a higher score at Albany Golf Club.

2018 U.S. Open Golf Predictions, Picks, Analysis, Odds

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2018 U.S. Open Golf Predictions, Picks, Analysis, Odds

The 2018 U.S. Open Golf Championship is back at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Tuckahoe, New York, and the weather conditions are going to make the most difficult golf tournament on American soil even more difficult.

Dustin Johnson enters the U.S. Open as the betting favorite at 9-1, with former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose behind him on the odds board at 12-1. Golf stars Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas are all listed at 14-1.

The gusting winds at Shinnecock Hills are going to cause a lot of trouble for golfers who hit with a lot of height. Johnson, the favorite, is one of the PGA's biggest big hitters, which may make his time at the second major of the year a bit challenging. 

The panel of golf experts offering their predictions, picks and analysis are:
Chris Garosi, The Fantasy Fix
Geoff Feinberg, Fantasy Golf Expert
Garrett Johnston, NBC Sports Washington
Kenny Kim, Fantasy Golf Degenerates Podcast
Troy Machir, NBC Sports Washington
Doug McKinney, NBC Sports Washington/Sports Junkies
Matt "Valdez" Myers, 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies

2018 U.S. Open Golf Picks:

Geoff Feinberg: Jon Rahm
While everyone seems to be calling the DJ win, Ill happily promote Jon Rahm to lift the trophy Sunday night. He brings that Dustin Johnson-esque skill set to this demanding layout though I wish he had Dustin's temperament at times.  I'm confident Rahm will be the next PGA Tour young gun to win a major.

Chris Garosi: Justin Rose
It’s hard to pass on Justin Rose given his success on links courses and his current form. His game is trending to a win here and he’ll be the favorite on a lot of cards this week.

Garrett Johnston: Dustin Johnson
He dominates at driving distance and US Opens are becoming mostly about that.  Oh, and he won last week.  If anyone is going to break the streak of US Opens not won by players who won the previous week, it’s Dustin.

Kenny Kim: Justin Thomas
Every facet of his game fits the course and has become a hard course specialist as he has won on the 3 toughest courses on Tour in the last 10 months (Quail Hollow, PGA National, Nine Bridges).

Troy Machir: Justin Rose
Won the U.S. Open in 2013 U.S Open and has great success on links-style courses and playing in brutal winds. 

Doug McKinney: Rory McIlroy 
I said at beginning of the year he’d win this event; I’m stubborn and staying with it.  Good form coming in and he can play links golf.  He calls Shinnecock Hills one of his "favorite golf courses in the world."   I think he will back up that statement with a win this week.

Matt Valdez: Jason Day
Long off the tee and with wider than usual fairways, should play to his advantage.  High trajectory helps hold fast and undulating greens of Shinnecock.

2018 U.S Open Golf Sleeper Picks: 

Geoff Feinberg: Tommy Fleetwood 
Over the last 12 months, Fleetwood has played all over the world and in many ways has quietly become the 12th ranked golfer in the world primed for a breakout on American soil.

Chris Garosi: Branden Grace, Brandt Snedeker
Branden Grace at a major? Sign me up. He has five top 10s in his last 12 major starts including two top 5s in his last three U.S. Opens and a T6 at last year’s Open Championship...If poaannua is on the greens, Brandt Snedeker also has to be in consideration as his putters sings on greens like these. He has five top 10s in for his career in the U.S. Open and has three top 25s in his last five Open Championships. 

Garrett Johnston: Tony Finau
Finau's lethal distance and deft touch around the greens is a winning recipe.

Kenny Kim: Keegan Bradley
Bradley has world-class tee-to-green game with horrendous putting.  The only bright side to his game on the greens, Poa is the only surface where he has gained strokes putting throughout his career.

Troy Machir: Tommy Fleetwood
He was a sneaky pick at the 2017 Open Championship and is familiar with the conditions that Shinnecock Hills will present. It's time for Fleetwood to break out and become a star. 

Doug McKinney: Tommy Fleetwood 
If I was a betting man – and I am –that 40/1 price looks juicy, because the Englishman is definitely a contender to win.  I followed him at Honda Classic this year and saw firsthand that when he gets going, only he can stop himself (or Justin Thomas in that case).

Matt Valdez: Marc Leishman
On the cusp of a major.  Finished top 10 at Masters and a very good wind player. If wind picks up during the US Open, he has the advantage.

2018 U.S Open Golf Longshot Picks:

Geoff Feinberg: Emiliano Grillo
I've long proclaimed Emiliano will crash a big boy party and this might just be the week.  His iron play has been spectacular the last few weeks and with less of a premium on birdies and more about keeping the card clean makes him a sneaky play.

Chris Garosi:  Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Jimmy Walker 
Rafa Cabrera-Bello is coming off back to back top 10s in Europe and may fly under the radar a bit. Many will focus on fellow countryman Jon Rahm, but Cabrera-Bello won last year’s Scottish Open on a links course and has had success at the Open Championship including a T4 last year...Jimmy Walker is another player who has played well on course with a similar style to Shinnecock. He also looks like he’s finally healthy as his run of five straight top 20 finishes attests.

Garrett Johnston: Gary Woodland
From many accounts, this course favors bombers.  Woodland is long and is due for a strong performance in a major.

Kenny Kim: Brandt Snedeker

Troy Machir: Ian Poulter
Sticking with my trend of taking international golfers, Ian Poulter has netted a top ten finish in every major at least once, with the U.S. Open being the lone exception (T12 2006). He keeps the ball low and is not on anyone's radar.

Doug McKinney: Gary Woodland
I understand that he went through a stretch of missing four cuts in a row, but he has a win to his name this year and is coming off a nice showing at the Memorial.  I also understand that this is a "true" US Open venue, yet it shares some similarities to an Open Championship track.  Wouldn't you know, "Woody's" best success in the Majors comes at The Open Championship.

Matt Valdez: Branden Grace
Another good wind player.  Kills it on par 70 courses ie final round 63 at the Open Championship (although Johnny Miller would disagree) and finished T2 at Chambers Bay.

2018 U.S Open Golf Fade Picks

Geoff Feinberg: Bubba Watson
While in theory, you might assume the modern US Open layouts would suit Bubba's tee game and 3-point avoidance.  But Bubba seems to excel at 'Bubba tracks' while he seems to struggle at places he's not familiar with especially if they have penalizing rough.

Kenny Kim: Jordan Spieth
Spieth’s horrendous putting seems to have affected other parts of his game.  In his last four events, he has close to 40 bogeys or worse.  When he makes a putt now it’s more relief on his face than celebration.  He used to have a swagger on the course even maybe arrogance but that is now long gone.  It doesn’t even look like he’s having fun out there anymore.

Troy Machir: Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson is fun to watch, but I'm not putting any money on a guy who crushes the ball high and wide. 

Doug McKinney: Jon Rahm and Tiger Woods
The fescue at Shinnecock should bring out Rahm's trademark temper, so not expecting him to contend here.  Howe,ver I’m seriously considering picking him for this year’s PGA Championship. As for Tiger, I fear he will forget his flat stick on his yacht docked in the Hamptons.

Matt Valdez: Jordan Spieth
Can’t pick him until he finds his putter and way too inconsistent off the tee.

2018 U.S Open Golf DraftKings "Price is Right" Bargain:

Geoff Feinberg: Emiliano Grillo ($7,100), Brendan Steele ($6,800)

Chris Garosi: Dean Burmester ($6,000)
There were three South Africans in the top 10 after 54 holes at Shinnecock in 2004. So, do South Africans have an advantage? If you want to find out give Dean Burmester ($6,000) a shot. He’s minimum priced on DK surrounded by a19 year old amateur and Liberty University’s best golfer this past season (maybe?). 

Kenny Kim: Tommy Fleetwood ($8,100), Louis Oosthuizen ($7,800), Byeong-Hun An ($6,900)

Doug McKinney: Marc Leishman ($7,800)
His driving accuracy hasn't been great this season, but he owns six Top 10's and has made 13 of 15 cuts.  His last four majors, he has finished T27-T6-T13-9.  It's an open track, where wind could come into play.  Wind + Leishman = LOVE LOVE LOVE "The Leish" this weekend.

Matt Valdez: Adam Hadwin ($7,000), Brendan Steele ($6,800)
Hadwin: 19 for 19 in cuts...Steele: Long off the tee and last two US Opens he’s finished Top 15 or better.

2018 U.S Open Golf DraftKings Pick(s) to build around:

Geoff Feinberg: Jon Rahm ($9,500), Paul Casey ($8,000)

Kenny Kim: Justin Thomas ($11,000) and Justin Rose ($9,900)

Doug McKinney: Phil Mickelson ($8,600) and Justin Rose ($9,900)


2018 U.S. Open Golf Championship Tee Times, Pairings, TV Channel, Odds

2018 U.S. Open Golf Championship Tee Times, Pairings, TV Channel, Odds

The 2018 U.S. Open will take place from June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York, for the first time since 2004. 

Coming off a walk-off eagle in last week's FedEx St. Jude Classic, newly minted world No. 1 Dustin Johnson leads a stacked field into this weekend's 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

He'd likely have been the favorite anyway, as the 2016 U.S. Open champion's combination of extremely long drives and a precise short game is nearly impossible to beat when he's got them both going. 

No golfer has ever won the U.S. Open after winning the PGA Tour event the week before, but Johnson's as good a candidate as any to put that stat to rest. Johnson is tied with Tiger Woods with 18 wins for the most on tour since 2008.

There are 12 former U.S. Open champions in the field this year. 

Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Jordan Speith headline the group. Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm are looking to hoist the U.S. Open trophy for the first time.

Elsewhere in the field, Woods has six top-25 finishes in his nine events this season, including two top-10s. 

He's looking to return to major championship glory, as the most recent of his 14 major wins came 10 years ago at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Phil Mickelson, who, at 47, still needs the U.S. Open to complete his career Grand Slam, won this year for the first time since 2013 and is running out of chances to finish the feat. He finished runner-up at this course in 2004.



What: The 118th U.S. Open Championship
When: Thursday, June 14th - Sunday, June 17th 
Where: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York

DAY 1 COVERAGE (Thursday, June 14):

Time/ TV Channel: 
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. FS1
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. FOX
Livestream: Fox Sports Go

DAY 2 COVERAGE (Friday, June 15):

Time/ TV Channel: 
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. FS1
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. FOX
Livestream: Fox Sports Go

DAY 3 COVERAGE (Saturday, June 16):

Time/ TV Channel: 
11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. FOX
Livestream: Fox Sports Go

DAY 4 COVERAGE (Sunday, June 17):

Time/ TV Channel: 
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. FOX
Livestream: Fox Sports Go


Tee No. 1

6:45 a.m. -- Harold Varner III, Scott Piercy, Matthieu Pavon
6:56 a.m. -- Michael Putnam, Scott Gregory, Will Zalatoris
7:07 a.m. -- Brendan Steele, Chesson Hadley, Harry Ellis (a)
7:18 a.m. -- Jhonattan Vegas, Dylan Frittelli, Doug Ghim (a)
7:29 a.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose*
7:40 a.m. -- Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka*
7:51 a.m. -- Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett, Ian Poulter
8:02 a.m. -- Kevin Chappell, Andrew Johnston, Daniel Berger
8:13 a.m. -- Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Kuchar
8:24 a.m. -- Thorbjorn Olesen, Shubankar Sharma, Patrick Rodgers
8:35 a.m. -- Lanto Griffin, Tom Lewis, Jacob Bergeron (a)
8:46 a.m. -- Kristofer Reitan (a), Luis Gagne (a), Cole Miller
8:57 a.m. -- Mickey DeMorat, Tyler Strafaci (a), Calum Hill
12:30 p.m. -- Sam Burns, Brian Gay, Dean Burmester
12:41 p.m. -- Ryan Evans, Chun An Yu (a), Wenchong Liang
12:52 p.m. -- Russel Henley Aaron Wise, Peter Uihlein
1:03 p.m. -- Tony Finau, Luke List, Gary Woodland
1:14 p.m. -- Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello
1:25 p.m. -- Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Alexander Noren
1:36 p.m. -- Cameron Smith, Kyle Stanley, Pat Perez
1:47 p.m. -- Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson*, Tiger Woods*
1:58 p.m. -- Haotong Li, Si Woo Kim, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
2:09 p.m. -- Jason Dufner, Braden Thornberry (a), Brandt Snedeker
2:20 p.m. -- Rikuya Hoshino, Ryan Lumsden (a), James Morrison
2:31 p.m. -- Cameron Wilson, Will Grimmer (a), Philip Barbaree (a)
2:42 p.m. -- Rhett Rasmussen (a), Michael Herbert, Michael Block

Tee No. 10

6:45 a.m. -- Scott Stallings, Sebastian Munoz, Matthew Southgate
6:56 a.m. -- Trey Mullinax, Matt Parziale (a), Jason Scrivener
7:07 a.m. -- David Bransdon, Eric Axley, Tyler Duncan
7:18 a.m. -- Garrett Rank (a), Mackenzie Hughes, Aaron Baddeley
7:29 a.m. -- Alexander Levy, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay
7:40 a.m. -- Paul Casey, Satoshi Kodaira, Branden Grace
7:51 a.m. -- Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed
8:02 a.m. -- Rory McIlroy*, Jordan Speith*, Phil Mickelson
8:13 a.m. -- Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler
8:24 a.m. -- Charles Howell, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman
8:35 a.m. -- Sungjae Im, Russell Knox, Matthew Wallace
8:46 a.m. Shintaro Ban (a), Sung Joon Park, Timothy Wilkinson
8:57 a.m. -- Dylan Meyer, Sulman Raza, Chris Naegel
12:30 p.m. -- Matthew Jones, Ryan Fox, Shota Akiyoshi
12:41 p.m. -- Paul Waring, Theo Humphrey (a), Ted Potter Jr.
12:52 p.m. -- Richy Werenski, Roberto Castro, Ollie Schniederjans
1:03 p.m. -- Noah Goodwin (a), Richie Ramsay, Kenny Perry
1:14 p.m. -- Keegan Bradley, Emiliano Grillo, Xander Schauffele
1:25 p.m. -- Lucas Glover*, Webb Simpson*, Graeme McDowell*
1:36 p.m. -- Ernie Els*, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk*
1:47 p.m. -- Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer*
1:58 p.m. -- Kevin Kisner, Ross Fisher, Adam Hadwin
2:09 p.m. -- Shane Lowrym Byeong Hun An, Chez Reavie
2:20 p.m. -- Lucas Herbert, Brian Stuard, Stewart Hagestad (a)
2:31 p.m. -- Franklin Huang (a), Sebastian Vazquez, Michael Miller
2:42 p.m. -- Christopher Babcock, Timothy Wiseman (a), David Gazzolo

*: Denotes Former U.S. Open Champion
Bold: Denotes 2018 FedEx Cup Top-10 Player


Odds courtesy of Bovada

Dustin Johnson: 9-1
Rory McIlroy: 14-1
Justin Thomas: 14-1
Justin Rose: 14-1
Jordan Speith: 16-1
Jason Day: 18-1
Tiger Woods: 18-1
Rickie Fowler: 18-1
Brooks Koepka: 20-1
Jon Rahm: 22-1
HIdeki Matsuyama: 28-1
Phil Mickelson: 30-1
Henrik Stenson: 33-1
Branden Grace: 33-1
Patrick Reed: 40-1
Bryson DeChambeau: 40-1
Tommy Fleetwood: 45-1