US Open: The golf elite reunites in Round 1


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BROOKLINE, Mass. – Rory McIlroy topped the States Open with a 67 (-3) in the first round Thursday morning at Brookline Country Club, near Boston.

Very animated during this first round, McIlroy finished his first round at The Country Club at the top of the provisional standings together with Englishman Callum Tarren and Swedish David Lingmerth and American Joel Dahmen at the end of the morning rounds.

McIlroy finished his round with a bandit on the ninth hole, his only one of the day. After sending his ball to the right of the pennant, he threw his iron to the ground.

The Northern Irishman was 2-under when he reached the fifth hole, but hit the ball on the right, in the tall grass just above a bunker. Perched on the mound, McIlroy only touched his ball, which slipped into the pit. Then he kicked the sand twice with a stick to vent his frustration.

Calmer, McIlroy made a good exit and blocked a 13-foot putt to score par.

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.

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.

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.

A total of 78 golfers attacked the course in the morning. Mexican Abraham Ancer retired because he wasn’t feeling well. He has been replaced by the American Patton Kizzire, who will leave in the afternoon.

Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed will also take the prestigious course by storm in the afternoon. They are among the high profile players who have announced that they will now play on the LIV circuit.

A fan favorite for decades, Mickelson was received more subdued than usual when he was presented with his first tee in the afternoon.

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

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.


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