After the exciting US Open tennis tournament wrapped last week, now it's time for the US Open Golf Tournament -featuring the sport's biggest talents facing off on the Winged Foot West golf course in Mamaroneck, NY- to begin.
McIlroy had spoken on Tuesday about the need for a good opening round as he looks to claim a first major title since the 2014 US PGA Championship. On Thursday, there were 21.
"If you can get off to a good start, you're not chasing as much". "She had sent me a video wishing me good luck, but that's way better".
Thomas sunk a 25-metre putt on the 18th hole for birdie at Winged Foot to take a one stroke advantage over Reed, with 2011 champion Rory McIlroy two shots off the lead in third.
Reed had a hole-in-one at the par-three seventh, as did Will Zalatoris in a 70.
"It is going to be really, really tough". Unfortunately, I told myself going into the round that I would just play draws, just play draws. "It's one of those rounds where ... next thing you know, you make the putt on 18, you're done for the day".
Tiger Woods is on quest for his 16th major crown at the U.S. Open.
New Zealand's Ryan Fox shot a disappointing four-over 74 to be well off the pace while fellow Kiwi Danny Lee got to two-under before ending his round at level par.
Woods found a bunker at the par-3 13th to make bogey, went in deep rough at 14 on the way to another bogey and closed bogey-double bogey to fall from within reach of the leaders to well off the pace. Starting his round on No. 10, the South African shot 37 on the back nine to turn in 2 over.
After shooting 73 on Thursday, Berger had four birdies on the front nine to improve to 1 under. If you miss the fairway this weekend, you might not even find your ball.
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Reed prefers the U.S. Open to be a battle for par, and so it was for those who got out of position. So the members have had a U.S. Open test for most of August and the first couple weeks of September.
Paired with Rickie Fowler and Viktor Hovland in the opening round, Wolff shot a 4-under 66 at Winged Foot to finish in a three-way tie for second, a shot behind Justin Thomas. Even so, low scores - at least by Winged Foot standards - kept coming.
Raise your hand, Phil Mickelson. Nine years before that, also at Winged Foot, but at the 1997 PGA Championship, Woods and Mickelson were for the first time in their pro career paired in the final group in a final round. He went rough-to-rough on the 18th and shot 79.
Low clouds added to the soft feel of Winged Foot. The greens were fast but not as firm.
Two holes in, Jordan Spieth had reason to believe it might be a long day and a short week. "I took a little off it, 90%, and one-hopped it in". He guessed wrong, the ball rolled down the slope to the front of the the green and he three-putted for bogey.
Thomas judged it correctly with a short iron left of the flag that spun back close to the hole for birdie. There were few complaints the rest of the way.
Thomas carded six birdies and a solitary bogey in his 65, outscoring playing partner Tiger Woods by eight shots. That puts him in a tie for second with Patrick Reed, one behind Justin Thomas.
Thomas said his speed control was "terrible", and Graham seems to have helped work on it with better visualization and green-reading.
Thompson birdied Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 11 to drop to 4-under at Winged Foot.
Of course, there have already been plenty of highlight-reel shots, including long putts, lovely approaches, eagles and even a hole in one.
Woodland will play alongside 2019 British Open champion Shane Lowry of Ireland and US Amateur champion Andy Ogletree, teeing off at 13:05 (19:05 SA time).