First-Round Notes – 2018 U.S. Open

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2018 U.S. Open
First-Round Leaderboard
Scott Piercy                        69 (-1)
Ian Poulter                         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
#2          FedExCup
#1          OWGR
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
#27        FedExCup
#27        OWGR
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
#95        FedExCup
#58        OWGR
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
#34        FedExCup
#181      OWGR
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.
Course Statistics
Toughest Hole                  
R1: par-4 14th (4.814)
Easiest Hole
R1: par-5 5th (4.686)
Yardages
R1: 7,448 yards
Scoring Averages
              Front 9                 Back 9                  Total                    Cumulative
R1:         37.699                  38.776                  76.474
Bogey-free rounds
R1: None

 

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