He had 30 for the round, including an ugly 4-putt at the 13th green from 40 feet.
After Woods set the putter down behind his ball on the 10th green, he backed away when the ball moved. He's never had four double bogeys in a round, regardless of tournament.
The par-70 course yielded just four sub-par scores, and there were 27 at 80 and higher, including a score of 92.
"It's tough out there, " he said. "Making a triple and two doubles, not very good".
"It was brutal out there and I'm glad they have widened the fairways otherwise I don't know what the scores would have been". The wind actually knocked it down, didn't carry it. Then I hit two bad putts on 1 and 2. I'm here to enjoy my golf, play freely and just go and play.
Take Woods, the 14-time major champion on his comeback trail from painful injury and personal insult, who felt for sure he was ready to put the variously successful aspects of his game together for one great weekend, but who opened his day with a triple-bogey/bogey start.
Johnson added another birdie on the par-3 11th hole after draining a long putt. He putted again, getting to 6 feet, but pushed the putt. Woods was actually in decent shape at 4-over par with a par-5 upcoming.
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"I was anxious about running the (first) putt by, left it short, blocked the next one, then blocked it again", said Woods, who added another double at 14. I blocked the next one, (and) blocked the next one.
That number was the first thing on his scorecard Thursday in the U.S. Open.
Tiger wasn't alone was a rough day at Shinnecock Hills for plenty of major champions.
Woods did play the next 10 holes in even par - with one birdie and one bogey.
Piercy said he was inspired by his Instagram account and some pizza after walking off in frustrating after just four holes of his final practice round.
"Part of me was thinking, like, is it better to get punched in the face by surprise, or is it actually better to be prepared to be punched in the face?" "It was just hard all day".