The top three players in the world were all over par in the first round. (Redington/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- If Tiger Woods is going to win a 15th career major championship this week at the U.S. Open, he'll have to do something he's rarely done before.
Only three times in his career has Woods shot over par in the opening round of a major championship and gone on to win.
Friday, he finished off a sloppy first round, shooting 73 to sit six strokes off the lead of Phil Mickelson.
Woods had six bogeys and three birdies after hitting 10 of 14 fairways and a dozen greens. He also struggled with the putter for the second straight start, taking 32 in the opening round -- including a pair of three-putts.
"I missed a boatload of putts," Woods said. "I could easily have been under par.
"It's unbelievable how much faster (the greens) were this morning," Woods said. "I missed a boatload of putts. I could easily have been under par."
Woods also played through elbow pain after tweaking it while hitting out of the rough early in his round on Thursday.
"It is what it is and you move on," Woods said. "I got to get ready for this next round in a little bit."
Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott will go right back out for the second round, teeing off at 10:44 a.m. ET.
McIlroy and Scott didn't fare much better than Woods.
McIlroy also shot 73, making four bogeys over his final eight holes, including on three of his last four.
Scott was as low as 3 under when the first round was suspended due to darkness. When he returned Friday morning the Masters champ bogeyed the 12th and added another on the 14th.
The Aussie's struggles continued on 15th, where he made double bogey after hitting out of bounds, before he added one more bogey on 17.
After playing his first 11 holes in 3 under, Scott was 5 over in his final seven.