"I thought there were a few pins that were, I would have said, why didn't you put them two paces closer", Spieth said after an 11 of 18 greens-in-regulation effort.
The Hollywwod had been bullish about his prospects after a lengthy spell of preparation at Shinnecock and other courses on Long Island, but his prospects of a second US Open title were quickly blown off course.
But former world No.1 Day wasn't the only casualty on a disastrous first round for many of golf's big names, with play expected to worsen as the afternoon groups face even stronger winds.
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McIlroy looked composed and confident as he split the 10th fairway with his opening tee shot and clipped a good second to seven feet, although he missed the chance for birdie and then bogeyed the next two holes to give an indication of his troubles to come.
The flip side of the groups includes a Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy threesome that should be vast as well. According to ESPN Stats & Info, it was the first time ever that Woods opened with a triple bogey at the U.S. Open. He won the British Amateur Championship the year before.
Gregory, who has no status on any worldwide tour, couldn't recall the last time he had failed to break 90 for 18 holes.