Rose, who won the title at Merion in 2013, birdied his last three holes to card an opening six-under-par 65, equalling the lowest round ever in a US Open at Pebble Beach set by Woods on his way to a record 15-shot victory in 2000. The two-time defending U.S. Open champion just went wire-to-wire at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black and is positioned as one of the clearcut favorites this week on the West Coast. Two amateurs - Viktor Hovland and Jovan Rebula - broke par. He shot 70 even after hitting one near a house where nobody could have blamed him if he went in for a drink.
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.
"Obviously a fun day of golf, " Rose said.
"I try to find some positive, even when something negative happens", Koepka said.
After holing his second shot from just under 100 yards at the par-four 11th, his second hole at Pebble Beach, Oosthuizen raised his arms in triumph and broke into a broad smile before high-fiving his caddie. Since shooting an opening-round 69 in 2012 at Olympic Club, Woods had failed to break par in 11 straight rounds heading into this year's tournament. He pitched it back through the green, chipped past the pin and missed a 10-footer for bogey.
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He missed three of the past five U.S. Opens with injuries and missed the cut the last two times he played in 2015 and '18.
Woods is a three-time victor at the U.S. Open. At the par-5 14th, after an excellent driver, Woods came up short in a bunker, then flew the green before a tough chip to 30 feet - and made it. The fescue on the greens at Chambers Bay in 2015 was all but dead when the tournament started, and putting was severely hard by Sunday.
Unless conditions change dramatically, this U.S. Open figures to look a lot more like Brooks Koepka's win at Erin Hills in 2017 (when he finished 16-under) than his victory at Shinnecock Hills a year ago (when he was 1-over). That's what I took from Merion. Fortunately, it came off.
"It's benign conditions, very soft for a US Open, so you needed to get out there and shoot something in the 60s".
The 15-time major victor is five strokes adrift of leader Justin Rose despite not being at his best in the first round at Pebble Beach. Fowler's mantra at majors is keeping it simple and stress-free. "I'm right there. I feel like if I get off tomorrow to a good start, I'm right back into it". I'm happy with the start. "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.
"I've played this course for so many years and I know how to shoot under par on it", he said. And we've engaged them.