Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Dustin Johnson in prime spot to make own US Open history


Tiger Woods hits out of the bunker on the 11th hole on Thursday.

"My game plan was not to make any "others" and I made three of them". "So didn't do very well there". High winds and brutal course conditions contributed to several high scores in the first round, including a +10 from Rory McIlroy, who posted his worst round to par in his career at a major, according to CBS Sports. He then parred the No. 10 hole and his round seemed to be taking decent shape.

Not even Johnson was immune from mistakes, however, dropping shots on the 12th and 14th holes.

Piercy has a long road ahead toward winning his first major title, especially with some excellent golfers within striking distance behind him (Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose are just two shots back).

"I enjoy it. It's a different type of enjoyment, right?"

I was very impressed with Russell Henley, who has got a good short game and good golfing brain, while Ian Poulter plays well on hard courses and has the right mental attitude to perform here over the four days.

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"I didn't enjoy it at all, I have to say", said the European Ryder Cup stalwart. I enjoy the grind, really. He finished with an eight over par, 78. He also got a break on the fifth hole.

When he was done bouncing back and forth across the putting surface, he tapped in for a quintuple-bogey 9. His playing partner, Sebastian Munoz, managed a respectable double after following Stallings off the green from mid-range with putter in hand. It trickled over the green and down the slope, and Spieth didn't get back on the green until he played three more shots.

"It was not very good, " Woods said about the first putt. He chipped once and it rolled back down the hill. He held it together until a four-putt on No. 13, the last three of those putts from 6 feet. "For most of the day, I just didn't putt well". But then again, I think they're going to let these greens firm out a little bit.

The joint-runner-up in the 2016 U.S. Open did not enter this year's national championship in good form, as his past four results included two missed cuts, a withdrawal and a 32nd-placed finish.

That already appears to be the case.

Fox Sports Golf host Holly Sonders and golf course design analyst Gil Hanse on the 2018 U.S. Open and the difficulty of the Shinnecock Hills course. Whatever razor-thin margin for error exists around Shinnecock for a typical round was quickly eroded by a rare westerly wind, one that most players hadn't faced in early-week practice sessions.

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