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US Open: Adam Hadwin takes control ahead of Rory McIlroy

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BROOKLINE, Mass. – Canadian Adam Hadwin took the lead in the US Open with a round of 66 in the opening round of the US Open Thursday at Brookline Country Club near Boston.

Hadwin quickly climbed to the top of the leaderboard by playing minus-4 on his first nine. After a bogey on the 3rd hole, Hadwin birded four on the next five holes to push himself to the top of the rankings. The Canadian has played par in the last nine to stay only at the start to the end of the first day.

The British Colombian’s previous best score in a major tournament was 68 three times, most recently in 2020 at the PGA championship.

During the morning rounds, Rory McIlroy took the lead with a 67 (-3) in the first round.

Very animated during this first round, McIlroy finished his first round in provisional command with Englishman Callum Tarren and Swede David Lingmerth and American Joel Dahmen at the end of the morning rounds, before being overtaken by Hadwin.

On the fifth hole, McIlroy tried to hit the green in one shot, but the ball hit an awkward spot above a bunker.

Having to stay in the sand, he found himself in another bunker – then dropped his cane to the ground twice, in frustration. But he managed to save normality.

“At the US Open, there will be some special things going on, whether it’s a ball in a difficult spot or whatever,” he said. It’s hard not to get frustrated. “

He failed to save his par in that ninth hole. But a 67 is honorable and has not apologized for his gestures of frustration.

“It was a bit of a reminder to yourself how much you care,” she said.

McIlroy is aiming for a fifth career title, but his first since his 2014 PGA Championship triumph. He hopes to be on the ball after winning the Canadian Open last week.

“It’s been eight years since I won a major tournament,” said McIlroy. I just want to get my hands on it. “

For his part, Tarren was the first golfer to return to the locker room and was in the lead after a spectacular end of the round. The 31-year-old Englishman scored a 67 (minus-3) on Thursday, climbing to the top of the leaderboard on his last five holes at The Country Club.

Tarren’s name was nowhere to be found on the scoreboard, as he was even more-1 after 13 holes. However, he followed with birdies on the fifth and seventh holes, before adding an eagle on the par-5, eighth hole from 557 yards.

Joel Dahmen and MJ Daffue also scored 67 seconds to equalize for second place.

Dahmen discussed whether to play a 36-hole qualifier 10 days ago in Ohio.

The movements and mediocre scores made him a little exhausted and plus it had to rain. But he went anyway and he qualified by a small margin.

During the morning session, title contenders such as Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm, Adam Scott, Max Homa and Will Zalatoris all posted 69 (-1) cards. Rahm is also the reigning champion of the event.

Phil Mickelson, who made headlines for joining the LIV circuit, had a tough day with a plus-8 overall. A fan favorite for decades, Mickelson was received more subdued than usual when he was presented with his first tee in the afternoon. “Lefty” in particular hit four putts over a twelve-foot distance on the 12th hole. He was celebrating his 52nd birthday, so to speak.

The new LIV Tour and the impact it will have on professional golf are this week’s hot topics at The Country Club, which is hosting the US Open for the first time since 1988.

Among the other golfers who joined the breakout circuit, Bryson DeChambeau had an over par, while Dustin Johnson equalized in 7th place with a 68 (-2).

Michael Thorbjornsen kicked off the 122nd edition of the US Open with a tee shot just to the right of the first lane. Thorbjornsen, an amateur golfer who plays at Stanford, grew up about 10 minutes from Brookline.

Mexican Abraham Ancer retired because he wasn’t feeling well.

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