Missed fairways leave McIlroy in rough shape at US Open

Posted June 17, 2017

He shot 75 and missed the cut.

"I've shown what can happen with one bad swing".

"We're in a good spot", Fowler said. "I got in a hazard on one".

For example, the seventh hardest hole on the course, 14, proved to be a monster for Rahm and Matsuyama as they both bogeyed the 599-yard hole. "To shoot a good round like today, I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend".

The U.S. Open was only his sixth start this year.

Right behind was a trio of players that included Rickie Fowler, who went 28 holes before making his first bogey and then went three holes without making a par.

Jason Day, of Australia, hits from a bunker on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

Still to be determined was who made it to the weekend, and where the cut would fall.

Golfer Brandt Snededker said he spotted something while on the course. "Definitely had some mojo out there". 1-3 all missed the cut in the same major.

Just don't mention that to some of the best players in the world.

Justin Maynard, a sales manager for AirSign, said the company's operations team on the ground in Erin had no more definitive information on pilot's condition, other than the pilot was expected to be OK.

Casey chopped his way to a triple bogey, only to respond with five straight birdies that carried him to a 1-under 71 to make him the first to post at 7-under 137. Reavie moved to 4-under 140, three shots back of the lead on a bunched-up leaderboard.

"I'm a little frustrated that I shot 3 over", Johnson said. "You don't think you're going to shoot 7-under par at the U.S. Open".

OK, this is his first U.S. Open.

After tying for 45th at the Memorial last month, Matsuyama arrived at Erin Hills on a downturn in a topsy-turvy season.

Mickelson had kept fans and officials guessing nearly down to the wire, hanging on to the long shot hope that storms might delay the start of the year's second major and allow him to attend the graduation and then fly from San Diego to Wisconsin to make his tee time. "It's tough out there. For me, if I can just stay where I am, just keep doing what I'm doing, I'll have a chance".

BACKING OUT: Back problems forced Danny Willett to pull out of another tournament. Willett had a bad opening round, shooting 9-over 81.

The performance of the 23-year-old from San Diego has been no less remarkable. On typical U.S. Open greens, that would have run all the way off the back of the green.

At times, it felt like a regular PGA Tour event. The last major he played in was the 2015 PGA Championship. He was 13th past year at Oakmont.

"Next week is for totally different purposes".

"You won't get a better day for scoring", Johnson said wistfully during the long walk to sign his card.

The Wisconsin native is a fan favorite in the first Open in his home state.

(This year at Augusta National he had six three-putts and finished five strokes behind Sergio Garcia, who had only one three-jack.) Of his lack of major championship hardware, Casey says, "I've got to the point, it's no longer a burden".