Tiger Woods struggles to get going on moving day

By Sports Desk June 15, 2019

Tiger Woods was struggling to get going on moving day at the U.S. Open as he made the turn at one over for the day and tournament.

Woods, who claimed his 15th major at this year's Masters, posted two birdies and three bogeys in his first nine holes at Pebble Beach on Saturday.

The 43-year-old dropped shots on two of his first three holes but bounced back with successive birdies, sinking an impressive 24-foot putt to post his second gain on the par-three fifth.

However, Woods made a bogey at the seventh and then missed a makeable putt at the eighth to move back over par.

Danny Willett moved to within five shots of leader Gary Woodland by birdieing four of his first seven holes, but he slipped back to two under for the day and tournament with a dropped shot either side of the turn.

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    Lowry's stunning six-shot triumph at Royal Portrush on Sunday represented the 10th major victory by a player from either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland in the last 12 years.

    The new Open champion, who hails from County Westmeath in the Republic, follows in the footsteps of Padraig Harrington, the winner of The Open in 2007 and 2008 and also the US PGA Championship victor in the second of those seasons.

    Northern Ireland, meanwhile, has had three major champions in the past decade, with Rory McIlroy winning four titles and triumphs also coming the way of Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.

    Since the start of 2007, the year Harrington first tasted Open glory, only the United States - with half of the 52 titles since then - can boast more major wins than either Northern Ireland or the Republic, and Lowry denied America a clean sweep in 2019.

    We look at how many major winners have come from each country in that period.

     

    Major wins by country since 2007:

    26 - UNITED STATES - Brooks Koepka (4), Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth (both 3), Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson (all 2), Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland.

    6 - NORTHERN IRELAND - Rory McIlroy (4), Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke.

    4 - REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Padraig Harrington (3), Shane Lowry; SOUTH AFRICA - Trevor Immelman, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els.

    2 - ARGENTINA - Angel Cabrera (2); GERMANY - Martin Kaymer (2); ENGLAND - Justin Rose, Danny Willett, AUSTRALIA - Adam Scott, Jason Day.

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    The 148th Open Championship came to its rain-drenched climax on Sunday as Shane Lowry claimed the Claret Jug.

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    "That's true... fair deal." Compromise is lovely.

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