The 2018 U.S. Open has brought all of the big names — yes, that means Tiger Woods — to Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y. The old-school course has many players struggling early.
• Tiger Woods tees off at 1:47 p.m. Eastern.
• Rory McIlroy (+10), Jordan Spieth (+8) and Phil Mickelson (+7) are through the first round.
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How to Watch: Fox Sports 1 has the broadcast at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, but you can stream it here.
A Tale of Two Scotts
Ian Poulter is in the clubhouse with a 69, and he’s in good company: He and Scott Piercy are the only players to shoot under par so far through Round 1 on Thursday.
Meanwhile, fellow Englishman Scott Gregory did not have such a great round. The 2016 British Amateur champ did not manage a single birdie on his way to carding a 92, or 22-over par. It’s the first round over 90 at a U.S. Open since Felix Casas shot 92 at Bethpage in 2002.
Phil Mickelson. Jordan Spieth. Rory McIlroy. It sounded like a great group to follow in the first round … but it hasn’t turned out that way. To be fair, no one is playing all that well today with the wind, but take a look at these scores through 16 holes:
• McIlroy +9
• Mickelson +6
• Spieth +8
Ugly Misses for a Spiraling Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy came into the U.S. Open this week feeling so good about his game that he was happy to have an early tee time on Thursday. But things have spiraled out of control quickly for the 2011 U.S. Open champion.
Starting on the back nine, back-to-back double bogeys on the 13th and 14th put him in a deep hole and things continued to only get worse. Another 6 on the par-4 1st hole followed by a bogey on the 2nd saw his score at 10-over par after just 11 holes. Yikes.
McIlroy has hit only 21.3 percent of greens in regulation, and some of his misses have been ugly. After hitting into a fairway bunker on the 16th, he failed to clear the lip of the trap and the ball bounced straight up in the air.
Birdies on the 5th and 6th have mitigated some of the carnage on his scorecard, but he is still looking at a score approaching the 80s.
Wind is Wreaking Havoc Early; Worse Coming
Most players at Shinnecock should know that the wind is always a factor. Not sure they expected Round 1 to go like this, though.
The wind has been blowing steadily at 15 to 20 mph throughout the morning and gusts are expected to reach 30 mph in the afternoon. This has made things challenging not just for driving and approaching, but tricky for putting as well.
On the par-4 14th, Scott Stallings reached the green in three and then needed six putts to finish the hole. The second hole, a 255-yard par 3 that is playing into the wind, has also been nightmarish for a lot of groups.
Looking for Birdie
Jason Day has bogeyed eight of the 14 holes he’s played so far today, and he shot each of the other six at par. It’s been a rough round for most players who teed off this morning. Only two — Scott Piercy and Ian Poulter — are under par.
U.S. Open Round 1 Top Story Lines
• The story of Day 1 may be the fescue. The U.S.G.A. brought in nearly 200,000 square feet of the tall grass to surround the fairways that were widened after 2004. And players are finding that it is best to steer clear.
• The “Super Group” of Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy is not living up to its billing. The trio combined for nine bogeys, three double-bogeys and only one birdie through eight holes.
• McIlroy had an embarrassing misfire out of a bunker on the 16th; the ball hit the lip and bounced straight up in the air.
• Looking for his first major title, Charley Hoffman (-1) got off to an early lead with two birdies in his first four holes. But he also didn’t have to deal with all the early-morning traffic getting in. He’s staying in an RV this week parked within walking distance of the course.
• Tiger Woods will tee off at 1:47 p.m. Eastern. He is grouped with PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas.