But the driver has been his achilles heel this year, while the putter - Woods' most powerful weapon at the height of his powers - has also let him down.
"Have you seen the way I've been swinging?" he shot back, smiling. "Every time you come into a US Open you know it's going to be tough and I felt like my game was all there".
Billed as one of the pre-tournament favourites, world No.8 Day shot 73 to finish at 12-over, while Scott's 75 sank him to 13-over.
And then there was Jordan Spieth, who could only stand by the 18th green shaking his head after an inexplicable meltdown on the final two holes meant he had no chance for a second Open title.
Dustin Johnson has built a commanding four shot lead and is beginning to cement himself as the most dominating player of today.
Woods joins several big names in leaving NY early as Jordan Spieth (9-over), Rory McIlroy (10-over), Sergio Garcia (14-over) and Martin Kaymer (18-over) all missed the cut.
Then he dropped this little reminder of how it used to be: "One year, I did it three times".
"I'm not very happy the way I played and the way I putted", Woods told reporters. I don't know if that's their intent.
Woods, who is now 42 years old, has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open. Scott and the rest of the field dealt with strong winds on Thursday, and because of an early tee time today, he played the front nine in light rain, which he said made shot-making hard at times.
Shinnecock can punish anyone in a NY minute. "He's hitting the ball so flush and so solid".
Aguero, Messi in Argentina starting XI against Iceland
So, I think for everyone it's more enjoyable to play this way and achieve something than to play another way and achieve nothing". Iceland are in one of the tournament's toughest groups, featuring Croatia and Nigeria, as well as Messi's Argentina .
Koepka shot 2 over in the third round. The grass wrapped around the hosel of the club and sent his fourth shot off to the right across the fairway to lighter rough.
Tommy Fleetwood of England made six birdies and shot a 66, the low score of the tournament, and was at 1-over 141.
Hill held a lead briefly Thursday after his eagle on the par-5 No. 5 hole.
Sixty-seven players made the cut, which fell at eight-over 148. The Northern Ireland star, 10-over after the first round, was 14-over after a double-bogey at the ninth and a run of four birdies in six holes starting at the 11th was too little, too late as he finished on 10-over 150.
"The conditions took me by surprise yesterday and that is what really got me", said McIlroy, specifically referring to the shifting winds.
"I want to make things as easy as possible, even though they don't get any easier".
No surprise here. The 14th is the longest par 4, and just 70 yards shorter than one of the two par 5s on the course. "I think it's just going to be really tough, but if you can go shoot another 3 or 4 under (Sunday), even par is going to be a great score".
"It started to get a lot firmer and faster", he said.
Now healthy again, Woods is seeking to put it all back together, both physically and mentally, as he tries to mount a comeback and end his five-year victory drought.