Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson started very badly


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports # Steve DiMeglio dissects the historic course last seen at the US Open in 2004.

SOUTHAMPTON, NY – Carnage is on its way to the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and the 118th US Open on Thursday.

While the congestion on nearby arteries disturbed everyone in their vehicles, Shinnecock's sunlit green boulevards caused plenty of irritation in the first round of the national championship.

Winds of Long Island sound From the first start time to the last time, they were stubborn and strong, turning the historic track into a survival test rather than an attack on Par. The anticipated winds, with gusts of 25 mph 20 Miles per hour, the US Golf Association caused the setup and pin positions to be changed before the round to limit the damage.

It's hard to imagine how things could have been worse.

Tiger Woods started his round with a triple bogey and four-putted the 13th. Jordan Spieth made his second hole three times and added five bogeys and a double bogey. Rory McIlroy had a trio of double bogeys for the first time in Major.

With many elevated greens setting the dangerous shabby drains at the mercy of the air currents, tall, thick fenders wrestle the holes and smooth seating surfaces waiting for each hole. The Par-70, 7,448 yard course was playing one Average of 76.2. With only a few players left to finish their rounds, only four were in the 156 division under par.

The chaos was no longer compounded by the morning tent group of Spieth, McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, winners of 12 majors below

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The bunker shot over the green and his next chip got back on its feet.

Meanwhile, McIlroy made two bogeys and two double bogeys in his first five holes, and Mickelson made four of his six holes.

At the time three reached the scoring trailer, Mickelson was the lowest man in the group with a '77, although only one lacked fairway in regulation. Spieth scored 78, his highest score in a major, while McIlroy shot 80.

Others in misery included Bryson DeChambeau with a 76, Bubba Watson with a 77, Jon Rahm with a 78 and Jason Day with a 79. Scott Gregory, The British amateur champion of 2016 scored 92, which is the highest score in this Tournament since 1990.

Somehow, Scott Piercy shot 69 a day after wondering after a shortened practice session what was going on with his play

I ran off the course after four holes because I was so frustrated with my preparation ", said Piercy, adding that he lost five golf balls in four holes, "I did not expect this morning. I regrouped last night and tried to return to a few things that worked all year round.

"I could reassemble it."

Russell Henley also shot 69 despite a load-hole bogey.

"I just tried to stay patient," he said. "I knew it would be a tough day with this wind, so you just have to be patient and give yourself as many opportunities as possible, the course has gotten tougher and the greens have been harder to putt."

And Ian Poulter brought his 69er round with a new attitude together. He said that he did not enjoy playing in many US Open, that they made him feel like his teeth were being pulled on every hole.

"I'm here to play golf this week, play free and go out just play golf," said Poulter. "If I hit it rough, I'll hit it rough, I'll try the hard way and not be too busy."

"It's difficult out there. It is difficult for everyone. Today is just a good day and I have three hard days left.

Sounds like everyone else.


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