Fowler and the USGA off to a good start at US Open

Tanya Simon
June 14, 2019

So numerous competitors here at the 119th US Open were rushing under par on the first morning that it was christened "The Pebble Dash" and, thus, everyone's score had to be weighed against the benign nature of the test.

"This golf course is a bit more fun and shows its teeth with wind", he said. It seemed like the majority of the guys were under par through the first seven holes, and then nobody was making hay after that.

"Hypothetically if I give myself another 10 years that's 40 majors", Woods said. I look at them differently. But we are better from listening to those perspectives. You know, everybody has an opinion about how the course should play.

Koepka, bidding to become the first golfer in over a century to win three consecutive U.S. Opens, stormed through his outward nine in three-under to sit two behind co-leaders Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and South African Louis Oosthuizen in the clubhouse on five-under 66.

During the winner's ceremony on Sunday at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club, McIlroy traded his putter for a Toronto Raptors jersey and forgot to take it back before later sending caddie Harry Diamond to retrieve the club.

Phil Mickelson dug himself a hole, hitting the ball well enough to hit 13 greens in regulation, but needing 32 putts on the way to a 72.

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In the early stages of the second half, Isco met an outswinging corner with a stunning volley that whistled just over the bar. At the climax of the season, De Gea was slow to react to Gylfi Sigurdsson's long-range shot in a shock 4-0 defeat by Everton.

The following year at Oakmont, eventual champion Johnson and Shane Lowry played most of the back nine not knowing the score; the USGA waited until after the round to determine whether Johnson's ball had moved on the fifth green. For the majority of his career, he's banked scores at this place - three of 310 competitors have defeated him over two U.S. Opens at Pebble - but he's got a lot of work to do and a lot of swings to straighten out if that theme is going to continue for the 2019 version of this event.

Then past year, a few bad pin placements on the back nine at Shinnecock Hills made the course nearly unplayable on Saturday, when the final 45 players who teed off all failed to break par.

"Obviously a fun day of golf, " Rose said. "We feel good about what you see on the golf course and what we're going to present to the players as a tough but true test", Bodenhamer said.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Tiger Woods had an uncharacteristically poor day with his irons Thursday during the opening round of the U.S. Open, but he still managed to shoot 1-under-par 70 at Pebble Beach.

Woods, who claimed his 15th major title at the Masters in April, said most of his misses were in the correct spot to limit damage, just as most of his 25 putts were uphill - key to success on the sometimes bumpy poa annua greens at Pebble Beach.

Rory McIlroy swapped his putter for a Toronto Raptors jersey after winning the Canadian Open and almost forgot to get it back before heading off to the U.S. Open, said the Northern Irishman on Wednesday.

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