Rory remains at even level
His drive on the 14th par-5 encountered the rough left forcing him to fold. On the green, in three, his putt for birdie is short and he hits for par.
He went one to three, but back-to-back birdies at five and six have the defending champion at one under. A good start for the Spanish.
Morikawa is at the top of the leaderboard
But not because of his iron game, as you would expect, but because of his short game. He’s gotten himself out of trouble a few times with some sublime short-game bunker skills. He just did the same again in the sixth – shortsided and in the rough penalty, the American chips less than 3 meters from the pin. He’s going to have this putt for the pair and he does it to get two under.
Some ‘names’ for you
Here are how some beginners are doing right now.
Joaquin Niemann +1
Will Zalatoris +1
Billy Horschel +1
brookline from the air
Morikawa is in two below
That’s thanks to a birdie on the fifth par-four. He joins fellow American Russell Henley at the top of the leaderboard.
Rory in the rough off the tee on the 13th
But he has the power to force you into the water protecting the green up to 13 yards from the hole. Impressive.
Missed opportunity for McIlroy
He has a short birdie putt in the tricky 12th thanks to a wonderful approach, but loses on the high side. He shouldn’t feel too upset, however, as partnered with Matsuyama double bogeys – he was on the green on three and then three putts.
Woe to Spieth
The 2015 champion followed his bogey on the first with one on the third – not an ideal start.
Here is Matsuyama’s little bird
Also, please take the time to appreciate that par-threes don’t have to be 250 yards long…
Rahm in one-over
The defending champion missed a short putt in the third par-four. He missed a short putt to birdie in the first so it will be interesting to see how he does on the fast greens from here.
Rory enters the tournament
On the back of victory at the Canadian Open – the hallmark of the victory was his iron game, especially with the wedge. If he can manage those irons in the same way this week, it will take a big performance from someone to stop the Northern Irishman from clinching a second US Open trophy.
The famous site of the turbulent 1999 Ryder Cup, it’s a quirky course with lots of undulations, rough penalties, small greens and more like a European course than an American.
It’s also, as you’d expect from a US country club, pretty exclusive.
Par for Rory in the 11th (his second)
Pars are definitely your friends at the US Open, but birdies, like everywhere, are better and McIlroy’s playing partner Hideki Matsuyama takes a swing to go for one under.
See how Morikawa got into red figures.
Par 3 11th is Rory’s next hole
And it’s a beauty. It’s a rarity in modern golf, where all par threes are monstrous distances that would have us hackers reaching for the driver, but this is a delicious short hole measuring just 122 yards. But, as you’d expect at a US Open, and with such a short hole, there’s danger all around. There are three bunkers ahead and to the left, and they run into penalty areas on the other sides. In short, you have to hit the green to avoid the chance of registering a four or five.
Rory, you’ll be happy to hear (I suppose), find the green.
Par for Rory in the 10th
He had a nervous 1.5m shot for part on his first hole, but he hit it well – a good confident opening.
Not the best start for Jordan Spieth
The American hit par 4 first – his drive found the right path, his approach was (only long) and he couldn’t get up and down.
Morikawa makes a move (too) early
The American birdieted the second par three – it’s one of the toughest holes at Brookline – and is co-leader on one below.
Sky is currently showing a chat about LIV Golf
And that affects the game. It involves our own James Corrigan and is well worth a watch.
The defending champion is out and running
And Jon Rahm started his title defense with a pair. Playing alongside the Spaniard is Collin Morikawa and he also opened with a pair in the first.
Some tee times to watch out for
Starting at hole one:
12:18 Collin Morikawa (USA), James Piot (USA), Jon Rahm (Spa)
12:29 Jordan Spieth (USA), Adam Scott (USA), Max Homa (USA)
1:02 Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Cameron Young (USA), Will Zalatoris (USA)
6:14 Justin Thomas (USA), Viktor Hovland (Nor), Tony Finau (USA)
6:36 Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng), Webb Simpson (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA)
6:47 Phil Mickelson (USA), Shane Lowry (Ire), Louis Oosthuizen (SA)
Starting at hole 10
12:40 Rory McIlroy (NI), Hideki Matsuyama (JP), Xander Schauffele (USA)
6:03 Kevin Na (USA), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)
6:25 Brooks Koepka (US), Cameron Smith (US), Scottie Scheffler (US)
6:47 Gary Woodland (USA), Justin Rose (Eng), Bryson DeChambeau (USA)
6:58 KH Lee (Kor), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Patrick Reed (USA)
Action is in progress
And the starting leader is Fran Quinn, who is down three holes. The American is the only underwhelming man in Brookline.
The US Open Uninvited Guests
With every course comes a bit of intrigue, but it’s fair to say this one is drowning in it.
Coming just a week after the first event of the controversial Saudi breakaway golf tour, and with several of the rebel golfers playing at Brookline, it’s fair to say that all eyes will be on those who, for a few more bucks, ditch the PGA Tour.
Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Louis Oosthuizen are just four of 15 rebels on American soil. They are allowed to play the US Open, having been banned from the tour because it is a USGA event, and their presence has only added to the unease felt by many in the game over LIV Golf.
He dominated the race to third-biggest of the year and the hope of USGA Executive Director Mike Whan is that once the tee is hit, the action inside the ropes will begin to dominate.
“We are praying [focus on LIV Golf] changes and when this championship starts we will have something else to talk about”, he said. “At least for the next four days.”
After accusations have flown across the Atlantic over the past 10 days, sarcastic comments here and there, announcements of more big-names jumping ship, and foot-healing press conferences, the odds that the Saudi rebel series won’t dominate the narrative at Brookline looks pretty good. tune.
To save them from the boisterous Boston fans, many of the Rebels were drawn into the final groups today, meaning there will be no late submission tomorrow when, with the weekend on the horizon, chances are home fans will be drinking. a few drinks and possibly on your way to being vocal and worse for wear.
Mickelson and company would do well to try to enjoy their rounds, as Whan suggested this could be their last US Open. When asked if he could see a situation in the future where the rebels would find it increasingly difficult to get into this major, Whan replied with a short and to the point ‘yes’.
Let’s hope the focus can be on golf, if only for the next few days. Stay here for all the action in what are sure to be four fascinating rounds.