Tiger Woods said his left wrist was fine. It's his game that was hurting him Thursday in the U.S. Open.
Woods finished only 10 holes in the rain-delayed first round at Merion, spending far too much time trying to gouge out of the thick rough with a wedge. On at least four occasions, he was either flexing or shaking his left hand after the forceful shots.
He was 2-over par when play was suspended because of darkness, leaving him about a 4-foot par putt on the 11th hole when he returns at 7:15 a.m. Friday.
It was probably a good time for Woods to stop.
He pulled his tee shot with an iron well left of the 11th fairway, and only the thick grass kept it from going into the creek. He took another powerful hack out of the rough to clear the winding creek that fronts the green, and then played a flop shot from the rough to 4 feet.
When a USGA official mentioned that his wrist appeared to be a problem, Woods replied, ''It's fine.''
With a better forecast the rest of the week, Woods wil...