Day 1 at Pebble Beach

Carrie Guzman
June 14, 2019

Justin Rose, whose first-round 65 has him alone in the lead at the U.S. Open, greets spectators at Pebble Beach during his round Thursday.

Fowler, who's seeking his first major championship in his 39th try, was an early leader in the clubhouse from the early wave of tee times before Rose began his round. "You're not going to beat the scenery and everything about this golf course, and it's just the weather we're having at the moment, it makes this week really special".

"I kind of proved that today". Asked if he had a number in mind for the week, he replied, "I think four 69s would do it". "Very pleased to shoot under par today".

Caught between clubs at the par-3 fifth, hit a 6-iron way left.

He even spent No. 18 whacking a ball onto the golf cart where an unsuspecting fan with some sort of beverage in her hand reached over to pick it up until a marshal instructed otherwise.

NOTABLE: Phil Mickelson's 72 included a miss from inside of 2 feet on the third green.

"A awful tee shot". I was in the middle of the fairway on 18 and I had to hit a golf shot. "I did what you are supposed to do at a US Open - made lot of pars, chip off the birdies when you can and it was a good day's work".

A fan bent down to pick up the ball, but a marshal stopped her. Koepka, who missed about two months past year, including the 2018 Masters, with a wrist injury, examined the shot and told caddie Ricky Elliott he'd rather play the ball off the path than take his chances with a drop into the trampled grass. "And a simple little pitch shot, if I leave it 10 feet below the hole, easy shot, move on with the bogey".

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"It seemed like the majority of the guys were under par through the first seven holes, and then nobody was making hay after that", Woods added.

Woods was nowhere near that kind of form but the Masters champion scrambled superbly and single-putted 11 greens to card a 70, the same score he posted in the first round at Augusta National in April.

"I think I did what I wanted to do, which was hit it in the fairways for the most part, hit a lot of greens and when I didn't I was able to get it up and down", McIlroy said. Overall, pretty lucky to get this one in the books under par.

"It's just fighting it out and grinding it out", Woods said. "Yeah, lucky finish", he said, then spoke some near-other language when he said, "I hit a toe ball there". The putting surfaces are as good as I've seen them.

Scott Piercy: By missing the cut at last week's Canadian Open, Piercy risked his spot at the U.S. Open.

He had top 10 finishes the next two years, including a tie for fourth at Pebble Beach in 2010, but has had little success at this tournament of late.

The 2013 U.S. Open champion, who has flirted with the No. 1 ranking several times this year, birdied the last three holes and also had an eagle.

All four of his Major wins have come on the heels of opening rounds in the 60s and he's now got the ideal platform to go on and challenge for number five.

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