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US Open at a glance

US Open at a glance

Koepka has learned in an amazingly short amount of time the ebb and flow of major championship golf and that if your worst day is under par, particularly at a U.S. Open, you're doing fine.

With near ideal conditions on the Monterey peninsula, little wind and soft greens, the Pebble Beach Golf Links was left to the mercy of the world's best.

On the 18th hole during his first round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Koepka made the decision to smash a ball off the cart path instead of taking a free drop to get it back in the grass.

Rory Sabbatini picked up a slice of history during his round, becoming the first Slovakian to make a hole-in-one at a US Open.

Rose knew what was at stake when he stood over a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in twilight Thursday from watching the telecast some six hours earlier, and from seeing Tiger Woods standing on the edge of the green.

Wellingon golfer Daniel Hillier.

It's also a nice turnaround after he started poorly at the Masters and PGA Championship earlier this season, as well as in the previous three U.S. Opens, when he missed the cut in each.

Wellington amateur Daniel Hillier fared similarly carding a five over 76. With a number of players going low Thursday, the USGA likely will dry out the course ahead of Friday's second round in an attempt to quicken the fairways and greens. He's been a good but not great putter this season, but he needed every one of the almost four strokes he gained on the greens on Thursday because.

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Sabbatini, who previously played under the South African flag, aced the 185-metre 12 hole, for the first hole-in-one at a US Open in five years.

The defending British Open champion made double bogey and fell back to 3-under par after a stretch of three birdies in eight holes had put him in a tie for second at Pebble Beach. Koepka finished the day at 2-under, three back of the lead.

Leishman carded a two-under-par 69 to sit just four strokes behind leader Justin Rose at the iconic seaside California course.

The issues at the U.S. Open in each of the past four years have varied. Woods, who went off late in the day and helped close out the afternoon wave as the sun splashed against maybe the prettiest backdrop in all of American golf, hit the ball quite poorly but putted his way to a 1-under 70 in Round 1. Just not on this day.

Brooks Koepka says he hasn't been anxious about coming back from injury and that he's pleased with his score in Round 1.

He hit that shot to 8 feet, but couldn't convert the putt and ended up with a bogey.

Tiger struggled on his first nine holes of the first round, turning at four-over par, and looked sure to crash out.

"And I hit a awful shot, but the second shot was good". Among those playing later and hopeful of a low score is Phil Mickelson, who needs only the U.S. Open title to complete the career Grand Slam.


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