U.S. Open champ off to a rough start

The Associated Press

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland–Tiger Woods was the last player to win the U.S. Open and the British Open in the same year back in 2000.
At this rate, that doesn’t look to change.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is spending way too much time in all the wrong places.
Koepka, who became the first player in 29 years to win back-to-back in the U.S. Open, made his second double-bogey at the British Open when he took three shots to get out of a bunker on the par-three eighth–starting with one shot from his knees because the ball was so close to the edge.
He had to play another bunker shot with one knee on the grass because of a similar lie on No. 6.
On the fifth hole, he missed the green so far to the right that workers had to lift TV cables for him to putt under from some 100 feet away.
And then he three-putted for double-bogey.
It added up to four-over par through eight holes–and Carnoustie wasn’t getting any easier as the afternoon wore on.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, returned to the British Open with a birdie.
Woods teed off to a rousing ovation on the first tee at Carnoustie, wearing a pair of kinesiology tape strips on the back of his neck because of soreness.
He fired an iron down the crispy fairway and a wedge that settled eight feet left of the cup that he made for birdie.
It was a much better start than his last major, where Woods opened with a triple-bogey in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills last month.
Kevin Kisner has set the early target of five-under 66, one shot ahead of Erik Van Rooyen of South Africa and Tony Finau.
Kisner hit fewer than half the fairways and found just 50 percent of the greens in regulation in his first round at the British Open.
It was his putting that took him atop the leaderboard in the early going.
Kisner had only 22 putts, comfortably the fewest so far at Carnoustie, and said he was happy to see the greens quicker than he’s usually found them at British Opens.
Defending champ Jordan Spieth ran into trouble late to stumble to a first round one-over 72.
Spieth was contending for the lead before dropping four shots to par on the final four holes.
The round left him six shots behind Kisner.
Spieth, who won last year at Royal Birkdale in a final round showdown with Matt Kuchar, was three-under and bogey-free when he hit his second shot on 15 into the sand.
His third was left into the rough and he ended up missing a 25-footer to make double-bogey.
Spieth went on to bogey the next hole and added a final bogey on No. 18 when he hit his driver into the water.
Carnoustie is widely-known to have the toughest closing holes on the British Open rotation–and it’s proving the case in this first round.
The first eight groups have finished and there only have been two birdies between the 24 players on Nos. 16-18.
The aggregate score over those three holes was 28-over.