Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
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Tiger scratches, claws way to one-under 70

Tiger scratches, claws way to one-under 70

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"To get off to such a good start you are right in the tournament from the start which is a nice position to be in". Based on Thursday's first round, his method is working.

In a game of targets, Rory McIlroy hit most of his during Thursday's first round of the 119th U.S. Open. Every time you turned around, somebody was smiling. The world No. 3 was anxious to put himself in the frame on day one at a major championship, a stage on which he has of late tended to stall and fall too far behind the leaders.

Justin Rose hits from the sand at the fifth green during the first round of the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

"A simple little pitch shot, if I leave it 10 feet below the hole, easy shot, move on with the bogey", he said. The 2010 British Open champion at another exalted spot, Saint Andrews, Louis Oosthuizen, joined just after that.

"Obviously a fun day of golf, " Rose said.

Defending champion: Brooks Koepka. He birdied four of the first six holes, chipped in on No. 5 to the fine view of anybody on the boats outside, shot 69 and said, "I'm actually quite pleased". Koepka hit only 7 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens in regulation.

"I'm right there. I feel like if I get off tomorrow, get off to a good start, I'm right back into it". The ball bounced on the cart path and went even farther away from the hole. He still made par.

Woods doesn't have much time to figure it out. He hit one on a little island amid a bunker. So if you miss it you can be in trouble.

"I putted well but I was trying to just hang in their today", Woods said. And that's the key to playing the golf course, you can't be past the flag. "It's going to happen". They were hard to get it back and close to. "You don't have to do anything special in majors".

"You can't see the second shot where it lands. Not second-guessing when there is a second thought, kind of re-gathering, kind of going back through it". Since then he has not had a top 25 result.

Mickelson, who turns 49 on Sunday, says he believes he's still in the hunt with 54 holes to play, though. "We will follow what the architect intended with that true test in the way the golf course is presenting both on the putting greens and the fairways. Very fortunate and happy we capitalized on a really lucky break".

Woods then made par on the final two holes after ending up in the bunker to complete a round that included 11 one putts. "To be able to win a U.S. Open would be very magical to me", the South African told a news conference.

No player has ever won the U.S. Open after winning a PGA Tour event the previous week.

McIlroy, who missed the cut at the last three U.S. Opens, rode a wave of momentum into Pebble Beach, coming off a rampaging win at the Canadian Open.

"It's typical Pebble Beach where the first seven holes you can get it going, and then after that you're kind of fighting and kind of hanging on", Woods said.

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