What does Tiger need to get his game back?
A new caddy, a new woman, a psychiatrist or a change of careers?
A dose of wry humor kept Woods, who won his first U.S. Open 15 years ago, smiling after he hit a miserable opening round of 80 at Chambers Bay, Washington.
The American mixed eight bogeys, a triple bogey and a birdie to finish 10 shots off the lead, tied in 152nd place and above just two players, U.S. Open rookie Rich Berberian Jr and world No. 9 Rickie Fowler.
"The bright side is at least I kicked Rickie's butt today," Woods told reporters with a nod and a grin.