Fowler and the USGA off to a good start at US Open

The USGA lost control of the course on day three last year when Phil Mickelson was penalised for hitting a moving ball

The USGA lost control of the course on day three last year when Phil Mickelson was penalised for hitting a moving ball

How gettable was Pebble on Thursday? Hovland shot a 2-under 69 and Rebula a 1-under 70.

Rory McIlroy putts on the 10th green during a practice round of the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Rose seized the first-round lead with a birdie on his last hole of the day, No. 18, which was his third consecutive birdie to close the round with flair.

Bodenhamer said the USGA didn't have enough water on the greens that 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. But the mistake was the third shot, and I hit it above the hole.

Woods then made par on the final two holes after ending up in the bunker to complete a round that included 11 one putts.

Rory McIlroy, who won by seven shots at the RBC Canadian Open last week, is trying to change that.

That would be only miscue by the Northern Irishman, who is bidding to become the first player in 119 years to win the U.S. Open after victory the week before the major. The two-time defending U.S. Open champion just went wire-to-wire at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black and is positioned as one of the clearcut favorites this week on the West Coast.

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Back nine (even-par 36): It's a little bit unfair to simply say that Woods shot an even 36 on the back nine with nine pars without a little bit of context.

During the winner's ceremony on Sunday at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club, McIlroy traded his putter for a Toronto Raptors jersey and forgot to take it back before later sending caddie Harry Diamond to retrieve the club.

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. That's what I took from Merion. Playing the back nine first, he stumbled with a bogey at the 10th after short-siding himself with a poor iron shot. Fortunately, it came off.

American Xander Schauffele had an eagle at the last to join compatriot Rickie Fowler and South Africa's Louis Oostuizen in the lead on five under.

World No. 11 Fowler felt there were opportunities that passed him by, but does not feel his first round could have gone much better.

Fowler, who hit 13-of-14 fairways and 15-of-18 greens, called his round "very stress-free, " adding: "The execution was very good". "I'm happy with my day's work".

Woods said: "As I said, the first seven holes you can get it going, and you can be four to five under through the first seven holes". "These are the events that we mark on the calendar and you want to peak for and you want to be ready for". Yes, we look at them differently.

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