US Open day one: Rory McIlroy off to fast start as Justin Thomas takes the lead
Two days after stressing the need for a fast start in his pursuit of a fifth major title, Rory McIlroy’s prayers were answered on day one of the 120th US
Open at a surprisingly benign Winged Foot.
Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy shot five over par to win the last US Open at the
venue in 2006, while American Hale Irwin was seven over in surviving the
so-called “Massacre at Winged Foot” in 1974.
However, on a day when 21 players broke par, McIlroy’s 67 left him two shots off the lead held by Justin Thomas, with McIlroy’s former Ryder Cup partner – and fellow new father – Thomas Pieters alongside Matthew Wolff and Patrick Reed on four under par.
Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen were alongside McIlroy on three under, but world number one and FedEx Cup winner Dustin Johnson struggled to a 73.
Tweet of the day
Matt Fitzpatrick struggled to an opening 74, but still had the last word after receiving some abuse on social media following an earlier post by his caddie Billy Foster.
Quote of the day
Phil Mickelson’s approach to the ninth was so far off target it ended up on the first tee – and he was not impressed on his way to a dismal 79.
Shot of the day
Patrick Reed was two over par after five holes, but birdied the sixth and then made a spectacular hole-in-one on the seventh.
Round of the day
Justin Thomas carded six birdies and one bogey in his opening 65, the lowest score in any US Open at Winged Foot.
Statistic of the day
Unsurprisingly, the par-five ninth was the easiest hole on the course and played to an average of 4.639 with 56 birdies and two eagles.
The 498-yard par-four 16th was the toughest, playing to an average of 4.340 and yielding just seven birdies.
On the up
The chances of some firmer greens and tougher pin positions after 21 players broke par on the opening day; only Colin Montgomerie did so in 2006.
On the slide
Phil Mickelson’s increasingly slim chances of winning the US Open to complete a career grand slam. The 50-year-old slumped to an opening 79.
Justin Rose leads by one shot as bad weather halts play at Augusta
The hooter sounded to call the players and spectators off the course due to an approaching thunderstorm.
Justin Rose battling history and Masters specialist Jordan Spieth at Augusta
The Englishman has finished second twice at Augusta National.
Masters day two: Justin Rose takes one-shot lead into the weekend
Defending champion Dustin Johnson missed the halfway cut along with Rory McIlroy.
Justin Rose maintains narrow lead as Dustin Johnson bows out at Augusta
Rose heads into the weekend with a one-shot lead after carding a second-round 72.
Rory McIlroy encouraged to take a break as early Masters exit beckons
McIlroy has not won a major championship since 2014.
Justin Rose maintains lead at Masters after stuttering start
At seven under par, Rose was two shots ahead of 2015 champion Jordan Spieth and Australia’s Marc Leishman.
Justin Rose fights back to stay on top at the Masters
The Englishman made three late birdies to fire a level-par 72.
Bernd Wiesberger makes ground after Justin Rose’s shaky start to second round
The Olympic champion’s first-round advantage is cut to a single stroke at Augusta.
Jordan Spieth: ‘When you’re a yard off here, you’re about 40 feet away’
Augusta isn’t feeling very generous, Spieth said after a battling opening 71.