Defending US Open champion, Jordan Spieth, remains upbeat about his chances after carding a two over 72 in his opening round at the Oakmont Country Club.
The 22-year-old is looking on the bright side of his mediocre opening round, which left him six shots off the lead.
Speaking after completing his opening round of the US Open, Spieth said: “I didn’t shoot myself out of it.
“Ideally, I would have been where the leader is at four-under.
“But I honestly don’t think that was even possible for our tee time."
The world number two commented on conditions, which, due to the weather were radically different from the practice rounds.
“Now, you know, it’s still great, but it’s a different golf course," he added.
“Overall, I felt like I played well. I felt like I didn’t quite get rewarded with my score for how I felt like I played.
Despite his opening round struggles, the Texan is confident of getting back in contention over the next couple of days.
“A couple tough breaks. It’s a US Open. Still in it," Spieth continued.
"I know that at the end of the day, the USGA is going to try to have even par win the golf tournament, and I know that I can shoot two-under in the remaining 54 holes no matter how the course plays."
Spieth will tee-off his second round on Saturday six shots adrift of leaders Andrew Landry and Dustin Johnson.
The US President was among the viewers watching the TaylorMade Driving Relief.
The US President phoned in as McIlroy played in a Sunday fundraiser for coronavirus victims.
Syme donated his prize money to charity.
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The Northern Irishman is ranked number one in the world.
Players entering the United States will face a 14-day quarantine period, while a strict testing regime will be in place at each tournament.
The experienced duo will be involved at Whistling Straits.
The world number 98 intends to split the 10,000 euros prize money between his own charity and a hospital in his native Rotterdam.
The biennial event between Europe and the United States is scheduled to take place from September 25-27.