Sights, sounds and best moments from Round 1 of the 2022 US Open

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Sights, sounds and best moments from Round 1 of the 2022 US Open

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Perhaps the LIV Golf vs. PGA Tour talk will die down for a few days when the US Open at The Country Club officially kicks off here. Or at least until Phil Mickelson returns to the course on Friday. Mickelson, the face of LIV Golf, is still looking for the one missing piece on his Grand Slam resume: a US Open win.

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During the first round, two kids ran away with defending champion Jon Rahm’s ball on the 18th hole. Rahm got a free drop on the hole while the kids snagged a souvenir.

Adam Hadwin led by 4 under 1 at the end of day one. Rory McIlroy is part of a pack chasing him at 3 under while Phil Mickelson struggled mightily and sits at the bottom of the rankings at 8 over.

Here’s a recap of the sights and sounds of day one.

LIV almost really meant 54 (over)

The 15 LIV golfers in this week’s field mostly battled their way through the opening round of the US Open. How bad was it? They almost teamed up to shoot her name.

LIV, in Roman numerals, is 54.

The 15 LIV players scored a total of 53 overs on Thursday. Dustin Johnson (2 under) and James Piot 1 (under) were the only ones in the group to break 70. Jed Morgan had the worst day with a 12-over-82. Mickelson wasn’t much better and shot 78. Louis Oosthuizen, playing with Mickelson, went around 77.

Dustin Johnson: 68
James Piot: 69
Shaun Norris: 70
Patrick Reed: 70
Richard Bland: 70
Bryson DeChambeau71
Sam Horsfield: 73
Sergio Garcia: 74
Talor Gooch: 74
Kevin Na: 75
Jinichiro Kozuma: 76
Branden Grace: 76
Louis Oosthuizen: 77
Phil Mickelson: 78
Jed Morgan: 82

Not a good start for Mickelson

After making the turn at 5-over 40, Mickelson bogeyed on the par-4 10 to go to 6-over. He eventually picked up a birdie on the par-3 11th with an 8-foot putt. But then things really went away from Lefty. He double bogeyed on the 12th hole after driving his tee shot into the deep rough on the right. It took him two shots to get back on the fairway and he ended up carding a double-bogey 6 to drop to 7 overs. – Mark Schlabach

Phil Mickelson made a four putter on the 6th hole of the par 3 after landing his tee shot on the green about 15 feet from the hole. After missing a potential birdie putt, Mickelson slid the par putt wide of the hole and missed the comeback putt for a bogey.

“Wow,” he said to himself as the third putt failed to find the hole.

Mickelson has yet to birdie and is sitting over at 5 after six holes. – Paolo Uggetti

Koepka’s early game

Two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka touched them all on the 15th hole.

205 yards from the left hole after hitting his tee shot mid fairway, Koepka jerked his approach shot to the left. His ball flew into the stands and bounced around before coming to rest.

After getting a free drop at the foot of the grandstand, Koepka chipped to about 9 feet and made a par putt. After seven holes he was 2 over. — Markus Schlabach

Club throw all the way up

After catching fire in the back half of his round and getting 4-under, Rory McIlroy attempted to go for the pin on the ninth par 4 but missed wide and right. He had blocked the shot twice and previously changed the racket. Seeing it land, McIlroy immediately threw his bat. As he reached the green, he kept pointing to the left and indicating how much space he had, instead putting it there. The frustration carried over to his bogey putt. While waiting for Hideki Matsuyama to finish, McIlroy pulled his white hat down over his face. Still, his 3-under round was good to secure the lead.

Early on in his round, with the crowd around the 18th green already four and five deep, McIlroy got an easy Thursday roar as he emptied a 16-foot birdie putt to go 2-under and 1 shot from the early lead get. The 2011 US Open winner started from the 10th tee early Thursday morning and scored a thrilling win at last week’s RBC Canadian Open as well as two top-10 finishes at both of this year’s majors.

“It’s been eight years since I’ve won a Major and I just want to get my hands on one again,” McIlroy said after the round.

He’s trying to win a major the week after winning a PGA Tour event after winning the RBC Canadian Open last week. The last player to make it? McIlroy. He won the 2014 PGA Championship the week after winning the WGC-Bridgestone. No player has ever won the US Open after winning on the PGA Tour the previous week. The closest was Arnold Palmer, who finished second in 1963 according to ESPN Stats & Information Research.

— Uggetti and Schlabach

Turkeys on the course

backyard battles!

An almost ace!

Justin Rose, the 2013 US Open winner, had a great shot to start his round.

Where’s the after party?

After shooting 3-under, Joel Dahmen held part of the lead as he completed his first round. He’s never finished a major higher than 10th, so maybe he’s nervous and could take it easy before round two.

Doesn’t sound like it.

Ben Rector is a Nashville-based pop singer/songwriter who has released seven studio albums.

Golf can be cruel

Golf is tough – even for the best players in the world. Chances are that most players will get a bad break at this week’s US Open, considered the toughest test in golf.

McIlroy found this out Thursday on the par-4 fifth hole at the country club. After pushing his tee shot to the right, his ball landed in thick grass over a bunker. His feet were well under the ball, so he managed to hit it only about 10 yards – into another fairway bunker. He slammed his bat twice wildly into the sand.

Remarkably, McIlroy was able to get up and down off the sand to save par. – Schlabach

This is Matt McCarty’s fifth hole birdie attempt. I figured the blocked shots in the Boston area would come later Thursday.

Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, had this shot that hit just three yards. However, he saved the par on the hole.

LIV Golf is not far away

LIV Golf made sure to spread the word that even though this isn’t their event, the boys are still here.

Early riser

Reigning champion Jon Rahm is one of the golfers eliminated early along with Max Homa, former Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth and two-time Major winner Collin Morikawa.

There is more than just golf played here

Sure, New England fans are here to watch golf. But forgive them if they’re a little distracted. They have something else in mind – about 7.2 miles down the road.

The Boston Celtics are hoping to keep their NBA title hopes alive in Thursday’s Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors. (9pm ET on ABC). The Celtics are 3-2 down in the series.

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