SOUTHAMPTON, NY – The wind of Long Island Sound rattling corporate tents, flagpoles and nerves at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club – a course that does not require such assistance.
He already has a reputation as one of the games In the first round of the 118th US Open on Thursday, the venerable, ancient scene found its biggest challenge.
The odds may not be with Dustin Johnson, but at least he's in a good position. The rest of the top 10? They will have to work on Friday to secure a seat for the weekend.
Three of the biggest names in the sports world walked away from Shinnecock Hills, looking dazed and confused. On the first day of this US Open they were not alone.
A triple bogey and two double bogeys thwarted Tiger Woods's opening round at the US Open, which put him in a precarious position in his first appearance at the US Open tournament since 2015.
A year after the players defeated Erin Hills in Wisconsin with several lower scores, Shinnecock stood up to remind the world's best that the US Open can be an exercise in misery.  The course reached the highest US Open average in 25 years, when 29 players did not break 80, and for the first time in 16 years there was one player who shot in the 90s. The first-round average was 76.149 on the par 70 price.
Jordan Spieth was one of the many who had to contend with a 78, his worst result in a major.
"There were certainly some tricky pins" "Spieth said." But at the same time there were people shooting under par. So I could have played better.
Charles Howell III, who scored a 71, was one of those who played better than Spieth, yet he knows why Shinnecock was so challenging for so many.
"It takes every mistake you make and just makes it worse, "Howell said," And with those corner holes, right on the crowns, it's really hard to close the ball. So you will play defensive golf pretty often.
"It's hard to recover with these US Open setups, you never really play out here aggressively, it's about saving yourself."
Then there was the tent grouping of Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Spieth early tee and early pace for the tournament, they were fraught with a number of mistakes, some wind-related but others simply a matter of bad golf.
The trio of multiple captains that completed the 10th hole combined to shoot 25 over par with McIlroy Shoot 80 and Micke Lson shot 77 to go with Spieth's 78. Spieth had a triple bogey on his second hole.
"I played the aggressive route and it hurts you, you can not really do that at the US Open." Spieth said, "If you're not in position, you have to give yourself a chance to save par, and if you do bogey, you make bogey. " At one point, Mickelson, who declined along with McIlroy to speak with reporters after their rounds, became so upset when he tried to get his ball near the 12th. Green – where twice he had gone away and had trouble finding that he said to a referee, "I can not see the ball when I swing, is there a rule that allows me to see the ball?"
Of course it does not exist, and that embodies the type. The reason is that a US Open can be so different from a weekly tour.
"You never see three feet deep eight feet from the fairway," said Ian Poulter, the 69th In the first round, Dustin Johnson, Russell Henley and Scott Piercy are number one. "That's why you see the results you see, we've got a lot of crosswinds on a lot of par-4 and par-5, it's easy to make a mistake and even the par-3s can double you, triple them very fast if you are dealing with short sides.
"This is a very good golf course. It is a very difficult golf course. And when you mix it with drying greens and a perfect day like today, it just gets tough. You can not compare it to a regular event. It is not a regular event.
And it took its toll on some of the best in the world In addition to McIlroy's 80 and Spieth's 78, Jason Day had 79, while defending champion Brooks Koepka shot 75, as did Hideki Matsuyama.
Of the top 10 ranked players Johnson only scored par or better in the world, allied to shoot 52 over par
"Balls jump and release more than they were in the practice rounds," said Master Master Patrick Reed, who shot 75. "And if that happens when you're not there – in every aspect of the game you'll have to fight. & # 39; & # 39;
Then there's Scott Gregory, 23, a qualifier from England playing at his second US Open. He found the US Open Record Book at 92, the first result in the '90s at the 2002 tournament. Gregory made only three pars, scored only five fairways and only four greens.
"I did not get it in the game of tea, Gregory said," which is obviously a big problem here. No matter where you go, you can not really attack Pins and get on the greens. I knew it would be tough. It was windy and I played in the wind before, so that was not the problem. The problem was that I did not do very well with the short stuff.
Among the crazy statistics: Mickelson hit 13 of 14 fairways and still struggled – he hit only 9 of 18 greens and made only one birdie.
Woods found the fairway at the first hole, one of the few light on the Course, then he went long with his approach, missed his next shot on the green, putted and come back and make a triple bogey 7. He also has a fourteenfold green of 40 feet for a double bogey 6.
" It's a lot of guesswork, and you have to be patient, & # 39; & # 39; said Poulter, who played his first US Open at Shinnecock in 2004 and scored 83. "You will not always do it right, you will not always predict the wind correctly, and you will not always hit the perfect golf club."
"All these factors make it a stressful day. I think I'm just a little less stressed than others. "