Reed - who two holes earlier had taken a nasty six on the par-four fifth - ended the day in a tie for second at 4-under, one shot behind fellow American Justin Thomas. A birdie at the hard par-4 16th - just the third birdie of the day at 16 to that point - was followed by a bogey at 17 and the frustrating double at the 18th.
Patrick Reed, Harris English and Justin Thomas are all now out on the course in the afternoon wave looking to better DeChambeau's 36-hole target of 3-under par, but with the wind picking up all the time it would appear as though that score will be tough to beat heading into Saturday. Tiger sank that unlikely putt for the first of three birdies in a row. Mickelson, Paul Casey and Jon Rahm play the first two days together. Made bogey instead of double bogey this time.
The Belgian had five birdies to offset a bogey at the par-5 12th to shoot a 4-under 66.
"It was a tough lie, going back into the grain ... and I hit it, and it came out left, went down the hill - almost holed the fourth [shot], but that's the way it is". "First round of a major you're always anxious to play well, and maybe I've overthought it at times", McIlroy said. "That's just something that as much of a feel player as I am, it's been really helpful". And then he overcame bogey-bogey on 13-14 with a birdie on 16th to get to even par with two holes to play on the first day of the 120th US Open. "And when you chase on US Open golf courses, that's when you can start to make mistakes and compound your errors", he said.
Thomas Pieters, who started the day on four under, moved into the lead with two birdies on the front nine, but unravelled after the turn as six bogeys saw him fall back to level par. "I rolled it really well, but I just didn't make any putts". I'm kind of just working through it and looking forward to having a little more time off to figure it out. You can also watch the Golf Channel with a subscription to Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV. "So it's a little more gratifying". There was something about Koepka's game and attitude that was so well suited to the majors - a unique ability to shut out the clamor and pressure surrounding golf's biggest events and focus on his own game.
Tough enough that the US Golf Association, which prides itself on a national championship that is a "searching test" of every facet of a player's game, will leave it up to the course to determine the champion, with no gimmicky set-up strategies. During a practice round this week he hit one that travelled just 10 feet and stayed in the rough.
"I have not been so perfectionist or angry, I don't get upset about anything anymore". With putting and scrambling around the greens crucial and essential I therefore like the look off Hideki Mutsuyama. I hit a lot of good tee shots. There were also some easy pin locations where you could work the ball off the slopes to get it close even if you didn't have a good angle into the green. "As great of a round and fun as it was, it's over with now and I need to get over it because I got 54 more holes to try to play well and shoot some good scores".
Compatriot Tommy Fleetwood, runner-up in 2018, struggled to find any momentum as five birdies were wiped out by nine dropped shots, including a double-bogey at the second, to put him at eight over par. Four of the five U.S. Open winners at the course finished over par for the tournament, and that trend will likely continue this year.