Scott Piercy 69 (-1)
Russell Henley 69 (-1)
Dustin Johnson 69 (-1)
Jason Dufner 70 (E)
Six Things to Know
Windy conditions, with gusts to 32 mph, led to just five players posting par-or-better scores on day one
World No. 1 and recent FedEx St. Jude Classic winner Dustin Johnson posted a 1-under 69 as he seeks to become the first player to win a PGA TOUR event and then the U.S. Open the following week
Tiger Woods opened with a triple-bogey 7 en route to an 8-over 78 in his 20th U.S. Open start
Jordan Spieth posted an 8-over 78 for his highest score in 22 major championship starts
Rory McIlroy’s 10-over 80 marked his highest score in 29 rounds at the U.S. Open
Four players tied for the first-round lead is the most on TOUR since six led at THE PLAYERS this year, including Dustin Johnson
First-Round Lead Notes
21 First-round leaders/co-leaders at the U.S. Open to win (most recently Martin Kaymer in 2014)
7 First-round leaders/co-leaders to win on the PGA TOUR in 2017-18 (most recently Webb Simpson at THE PLAYERS)
63 Low first round in tournament history (63/Jack Nicklaus/1980; 63/Tom Weiskopf/1980)
65 Rickie Fowler’s opening-round score to lead in 2017 (eventual winner Brooks Koepka was T4 with a 67)
7 Most players tied for the lead after 18 holes at the U.S. Open (Southern Hills/1977)
Dustin Johnson (69/T1)
Age: 33 (June 22, 1984)
Joined TOUR: 2008
Entering this week
232 PGA TOUR starts
10 Starts at the U.S. Open (Win/2016)
11 PGA TOUR starts in 2017-18
7 Top-10s in 2017-18 (Won – Sentry Tournament of Champions, FedEx St. Jude Classic)
Wins (18); has at least one win in each of his first 11 PGA TOUR seasons (2008-active)
Seeking to become the first player to win a PGA TOUR event (FedEx St. Jude Classic) and the U.S. Open the following week.
Has now held the first-round lead/co-lead 16 times on the PGA TOUR, going on to win three times (2009 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am/54 holes; 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am; 2013 Sentry Tournament of Champions/54 holes).
Has failed to carry the first-round lead/co-lead on to victory in his last 10 attempts, including three in major championships (2015 U.S. Open/T2; 2015 Open Championship/T49; 2015 PGA Championship/T7.
Ian Poulter (69/T1)
Age: 42 (January 10, 1976)
Joined TOUR: 2004
Entering this week
245 PGA TOUR starts
12 Starts at the U.S. Open (T12/2006)
12 PGA TOUR starts in 2017-18
3 Top-10s in 2017-18 (Won – Houston Open)
Wins (3); 2010 World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions, 2018 Houston Open
With a 1-under 69, posts a sub-70 opening round for the first time in 13 starts at the U.S. Open.
Only prior first-round lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR came at THE PLAYERS in 2012 (T25).
Russell Henley (69/T1)
Age: 29 (April 12, 1989)
Joined TOUR: 2013
Entering this week
146 PGA TOUR starts
6 Starts at the U.S. Open (T16/2010)
15 PGA TOUR starts in 2017-18
1 Top-10s in 2017-18 (T8/Houston Open)
Wins (3); 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2014 The Honda Classic, 2017 Houston Open
Seeking to top his best finish (T11 at the 2017 Masters) in his 22nd start in a major championship.
Holds lead/co-lead for the third time on the PGA TOUR (best result was T3 at 2015 Sentry Tournament of Champions)
Scott Piercy (69/T1)
Age: 39 (November 6, 1978)
Joined TOUR: 2009
Entering this week
255 PGA TOUR starts
6 Starts at the U.S. Open (T2-2016)
18 PGA TOUR starts in 2017-18
2 Top-10s in 2017-18 (Won/Zurich Classic of New Orleans)
Wins (4); 2011 Barracuda Championship, 2012 RBC Canadian Open, 2015 Barbasol Championship, 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Opened with a 1-under 69 as he seeks his first made cut at a major championship since finishing T2 at the 2016 U.S. Open.
First alternate out of the Memphis, Tennessee qualifier and added to the field on Monday.
Holds the lead/co-lead for the seventh time on the PGA TOUR (won the 2012 RBC Canadian Open)
Additional Player Notes
Tiger Woods (T101)
Making his 20th start at the U.S. Open and playing in his 70th round, posted an opening-round 8-over 78
Opened with a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 first hole
Last time he opened U.S. Open with a double bogey or worse came in 2008 when he went on to win his last of 14 majors
Mickey DeMorat (T13)
Including a 2-shot penalty for hitting the wrong ball on No. 14, posted an opening-round 2-over 72 on his 23rd birthday.
Patrick Reed (T19)
Turned in a 3-over 73 as he seeks to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year.
Six players (seven times) have performed the feat in the past, with Jordan Spieth (2015) the latest to do so.
Steve Stricker (T19)
Opened with a 3-over 73 as he seeks to make the cut for the 27th consecutive time in a major championship.
Last missed cut in a major came at the 2009 PGA Championship.
Luis Gagne and Will Grimmer (T19)
Of the 20 amateurs in the 156-player field (the most since 1962), led the way Thursday with matching 3-over 73s.
Justin Thomas (T37)
FedExCup leader posted a 4-over 74 in his fourth U.S. Open start (MC/2014, 32/2016, 9/2017).
Is in search of his ninth PGA TOUR victory (and third of the season).
Sergio Garcia (T46)
Making his 76th consecutive start in a major championship, recorded a 5-over 75.
Brooks Koepka (T46)
Carded a 5-over 75 as he seeks to become the first player to win back-to-back U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988 (The Country Club in Brookline) and 1989 (Oak Hill).
Phil Mickelson (T87)
7-over 77 marked his highest opening-round score in 99 rounds at the U.S. Open (27 starts)
A six-time runner-up at the U.S. Open, with four of those coming in New York (including in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills).
Jordan Spieth (T101)
Posted an 8-over 78 for his highest score in 22 major championship starts (79 rounds).
Jason Day (T114)
9-over 79 equaled his highest score in 27 rounds at the U.S. Open (79/R1/2017).
Rory McIlroy (T128)
10-over 80 marked his highest score in 29 rounds at the U.S. Open (78/R1/2017).
Four of seven missed cuts in major championships have come at the U.S. Open, including the last two seasons (2016, 2017).
Scott Gregory (156)
Posted a 22-over 92 to become the first player to shoot in the 90s at the U.S. Open since Felix Casas shot 92 in 2002.
R1: par-4 14th (4.814)
R1: par-5 5th (4.686)
R1: 7,448 yards
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 37.699 38.776 76.474
Your sports. Your teams. The ISN Daily Digest.
Sign up to the ISN Daily Digest and sit back while we pick the previous day’s best headlines and speed them straight to your inbox every morning.