Schauffele, Oosthuizen use eagles to shoot 66 at U.S. Open

It was the kind of mistake that could cost a guy the U.S. Open. "With the weather we have, the USGA should be able to control the golf course the way they want to".

But Williams went to more of a part-time role in 2016-17, and Scott later decided he needed a full-time caddie.

Woods, who won the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach by a record 15 shots, missed the cut in the US PGA at Bethpage but returned to action with a top-10 finish in the Memorial Tournament.

"I'll be obviously an interested onlooker this week", he said.

But he hardly made the best of starts.

With 243 FedEx Cup points following solid finishes at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (tied for 11th), the WGC-Mexico Championship (tied for 19th) and the WGC-Dell Technologies match play (tied for 9th), Li needs another 23 points to attain special temporary membership.

Holding steady at even par after 11 holes, his drive on No. 3 landed in the middle of the fairway, 93 yards away, and he looked positioned for a birdie. Mickelson was among those grumbling about the way the organization has made courses so hard and pushed them so close to the edge it has bordered on being unfair.

Fowler has all the tools necessary to win at Pebble Beach. "I proved that today".

"There's (always) a couple of (slights on me) where it's just mind-boggling how - it's like, really?" "I remember the golf course, I felt like the setup was fantastic".

But he cemented his return to golf's elite with his 15th major win at the the US Masters in April.

A bogey at the par-4 third hole came when he missed a 1-foot tap-in for par. Piercy is playing in his eighth U.S. Open.

"Everybody gets off at some point in their career, and if I can make this kind of - if this is the past year or so results-wise, off for me, then - and I can use these kind of blueprints of how I've gotten back as kind of my set places to go to, then things should stay in place a lot easier and not get as far off", Spieth said. "I feel I've got a game that when it's on, I can win most tournaments". That put him on a par with players such as Fred Couples, Jimmy Demaret, Retief Goosen and Bobby Locke. Usually when we see great putting and less-than-stellar ball-striking, it can be a sign of future regression, but it seems just as likely a world-class player like Rose corrects accuracy issues and rides this to a second U.S. Open title. It's here in Pebble Beach in McIlroy's suitcase, but being in Warriors land it's unlikely to make an appearance this week.

No one was expecting a breeze the rest of the week.

He had a big grin on his face after finishing his opening round early Thursday afternoon, back to 100 percent physically and not all that discouraged by a double bogey-bogey finish to shoot 5-over 76 in his first U.S. Open round. "The goal is just to get within striking distance for Sunday".

"Pebble Beach is an iron-play course, and Woods is one of the best-perhaps thebest-iron players in the world".

He was scheduled to tee off at 7.51 a.m. from the 10th with Spaniard Jon Rahm and Australian Marc Leishman. One key figure is Dustin Johnson, who has won twice at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and has finished no worse than third in three of the last four U.S. Opens. Even as he saw low scores on the board - he had a bogey-free 69, one of 16 rounds in the 60s among the early starters - McDowell feared what was to come.

"I don't think level par wins this week", he said.

I guess we will have to wait and see.

  • Julie Sanders