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U.S. Open – Round 1 Recap

Phil Mickelson’s chance of completing a career grand slam looks like it will need to wait after a first round 75, putting him eight shots behind the leader at a fog affected US Open.

US Open first-round leaderboard
-4 R Henley (Can), L Oosthuizen (SA)*; -3 F Molinari (Ita), R Cabrero Bello (Spa); -2 B Koepka (USA), X Schauffele (USA), H Buckley (US), H Matsuyama (Jpn), J Rahm (Spa), S Munoz (Col)*

Selected others: -1 A Scott (Aus), R McIlroy (NI); Level D Johnson (US); S Garcia (Spa); +2 J Thomas (US); B Dechambeau (US);  +4 C Morikawa (US), P Mickelson (US)

Lefty hit five bogeys and a birdie at Torrey Pines, a place that he has always found challenging. The 51-year-old is likely to miss the cut and continue his run of bad form in majors – minus the unexpected victory at the PGA Championship in May. 

Brooks and Bryson kept apart in many ways

The talk before the tournament was all about the spat between Brooks Koepka and Bryson Dechambeau. 

The pair have been at loggerheads ever since Koepka, rightly, complained to officials about Dechambeau’s speed of play, in 2019. 

Koepka’s dislike of Dechambeau was clear to see during the PGA Championship. During a post-round interview, he lost his train of thought after Bryson walked past him very loudly. 

It is also reported the two players were kept apart during the groupings for the US Open after Dechambeau refused to play with Koepka, which he has denied. 

After contrasting rounds, it looks unlikely for the two players to be paired up at any stage with Koepka sitting two shots off the lead at two-under, while Dechambeau closed with a birdie to end the round two over.

The latter had promised to “bomb and gouge” his way round Torrey Pines in a similar fashion to the way he won last year, in New York. Hasn’t worked out so well for the American so far. 

Stacked leaderboard

Russell Henley and Louis Oosthuizen currently sit at the top of the US Open leaderboard after playing a couple of solid rounds. 

The tournament is usually dominated by Americans, which is not the case this year. With fourteen non-Americans under par (22 in total), the dominance of the home nation players is being challenged. 

Pre-tournament favourite, Jon Rahm, is carrying on from where he left off two weeks ago. 

The Spaniard’s fellow countryman Rafa Cabrero Bello is only a shot behind the leaders thanks to a chip-in eagle at the 18th. Italian brother Francesco and Eduardo Molinari are both within striking distance, too. 

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama is another player that’s two shots off the lead but it could have been so much better for him. Matsuyama had plenty of putts for birdie, missing (badly) on plenty of attempts.

Who’s at risk of missing the cut?

The US Open cut line is the strictest one of all the golfing majors. The top 60 players and ties make the cut. There is no 10-Shot Rule, which would also include any player within 10 shots of the lead.

As it stands, the cut line is at one over par, but that is expected to change. Most experts believe that three or four over will be the cut-off point come the end of round two.

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