The first round of the US Open at Winged Foot didn’t live up to its brawny reputation, but we have a feeling our friends at the USGA will make the necessary adjustments. While there were a surprising number of low scores, there were plenty of high ones too. Let’s take a quick look at where our 10 heroes stand after 18 holes:
Jason Day – 2-over: Other than a double bogey on a par 3, a simple little 233 yard hole, which shows the teeth of this course. Missed the green right, had to chip backwards to the fairway instead of going at the hole, chipped the ball 2 feet past the hole, missed his bogey putt and it ran out 5 feet past the hole. That’s right…his double bogey putt was 3 feet longer than his bogey putt. Not good.
Tommy Fleetwood – 4-over: They say you can’t win a major on Thursday but you can lose it. When you shoot 4-over in your first 8 holes, you can lose the tournament before making the turn on Thursday. Will need a really good day tomorrow to make the weekend.
Tyrrell Hatton – 4-over: We’re human enough to admit our mistakes when we make them. Picking someone who once turned his putter into a virtual rifle and pretending to shoot a body of water to win a US Open was a mistake.
Dustin Johnson – 3-over: Not totally out of it yet, DJ is likely disappointed in this round when the course was playing its easiest. We still thinking even par has a chance to win this tournament, so he’ll have to put 3 more really strong rounds together and ask for a lot of help.
Hideki Matsuyama – 1-over: Overall, a pretty solid day. Highlight for Hideki was a complete lack of reaction when playing partner Patrick Reed made a hole-in-one. We may be wrong, but pretty sure his complete apathy was Japanese for “I f*****ng hate this guy.”
Phil Mickelson – 9-over: Listen, when you go with your gut, sometimes you crap your pants. At least he has his coffee business to fall back on.
Jon Rahm – 1-under: It took awhile, but we finally have a pick that we’re not grasping at thin air to convince ourselves he still has a chance. Rahm was 2-under through 3 holes and held on for the next 15 holes to put himself in strong position.
Xander Schauffele – 2-under: Things are starting to come together with the picks…
Webb Simpson – 1-over: Dammit. Ok, Webb, at least you didn’t embarrass us like Mickelson.
Justin Thomas – 5-under: Boo yah. Listen, it’s too early to start planning the victory parade, but Thomas did tie the lowest round in a major ever played at Winged Foot. We knew he could go low. Now, can he hold on for 54 more holes with some serious thoroughbreds chasing him? We can’t wait to find out.