Woods started out the day one under par and in a three-way tie with Jim Furyk and David Toms for first place. Unfortunately, his round went downhill quickly with bogies on two of his first three holes. Woods finished his round with six bogies and only one birdie, which came at the ninth hole.
After an embarrassing finish on the 18th green in which his chip shot caught the fringe and actually went backwards on the green, Woods stormed off in frustration. As he moved through the photographers and fans, he seemed to have bumped into someone. At first glance, it looked like Woods actually pushed a photographer out of the way. However, a replay revealed he had hit his hand on the photographer’s camera. The 36-year-old winced in pain and moved his hand around in an attempt to regain feeling in it. And knowing Woods, there is a good chance some vulgar words exited his mouth as well.
The surrounding people seemed to be just surprised, as no one appeared to have a clue what was going on. The fans could be heard gasping and in silence as if they were appalled by what they had just witnessed.
When asked about the incident and how his hand was feeling Tiger had very little to say.
“It’s fine,” said Woods.
He seemed to be more upset about his round than anything, but one has to wonder how the collision could affect his game tomorrow. Being six behind leader Graeme McDowell is rough but having to possibly play with a hurt hand is far worse. I am sure no serious damage was done but there is no doubt he banged his hand on the camera pretty good.
Obviously, the big story of the tournament is that of 17-year-old Beau Hossler, who would be the first amateur to win the U.S. Open since Francis Ouimet first accomplished the feat in 1913. Hossler is five shots off the lead and one ahead of Woods. I fully expect the high school senior to be near the top of the leaderboard throughout Sunday.