US Open R1

Tiger Woods eyes another major title as Rose takes first-round lead

June 13-16
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
$12,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Tiger Woods eyes another major title as Rose takes first-round lead at US Open
Justin Rose held a one-shot lead after a superb 65 on day one of the US Open at Pebble Beach (AP Photo/Matt York)

A vintage display of putting prowess kept Tiger Woods in the hunt for a 16th major title, but it was playing partner Justin Rose who surged into the lead after the first round of the 119th US Open.

Rose, who won the title at Merion in 2013, birdied his last three holes to card an opening six-under-par 65, equalling the lowest round ever in a US Open at Pebble Beach set by Woods on his way to a record 15-shot victory in 2000.

Woods was nowhere near that kind of form but the Masters champion scrambled superbly and single-putted 11 greens to card a 70, the same score he posted in the first round at Augusta National in April.


Rose enjoyed a one-shot lead over former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and the American trio of Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Aaron Wise, with Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Francesco Molinari part of an eight-strong group on three under.

“The only reason I knew my putt on the last was to match Tiger’s score is that Rickie had that putt earlier and I was watching some of the (television) coverage,” Rose said. “I thought this would be kind of cool doing this in front of the great man himself.

“I don’t know if I did a good job of anything other than scrambling today so it’s good to know you can shoot a score like that and have something left in the tank.”

Woods carded three birdies and a double bogey in a four-hole stretch on the front nine before finishing with 11 straight pars, the most notable courtesy of a 30-foot par putt on the 14th after thinning a bunker shot across the green.


“I putted well but I was trying to just hang in their today,” Woods said. “It was just one of those days and Rosey proved the golf course could be had. He struggled for a little bit, fought it off and what an incredible finish.”

McIlroy had earlier produced the fast start he had craved after being reminded that all four of his previous major titles came after a first round in the 60s, the Northern Irishman recovering from a bogey on his opening hole to return a 68.


McIlroy won the 2011 US Open with a record total of 16 under par but was a total of 53 over for his seven subsequent starts and 36 over in the first round alone, the world number three admitting after a third straight missed cut in 2018 that his record was “pathetic”.

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“I think I did what I wanted to do, which was hit it in the fairways for the most part, hit a lot of greens and when I didn’t I was able to get it up and down,” McIlroy said.

“I did everything you need to do in a US Open, I stayed patient after I bogeyed the first and played really solid after that so I did what you are supposed to do, make a lot of pars, chip off the birdies when you can and it was a good day’s work.

“It’s important for everybody (to make a fast start) but especially trying to get my way back to winning these big events it is important. The first two majors this year I shot 73 at Augusta and over par at Bethpage as well and it’s so hard to chase, especially when courses are so tough

“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.”


Fowler is arguably the current holder of the unwanted title of “best player yet to win a major” after racking up eight top-five finishes, four of them coming in one season in 2014.

“I said earlier in the week that whether I win a major or I don’t in my career, it’s not something that’s going to define me,” the 30-year-old said after a round containing six birdies and a solitary bogey.

“There’s a lot of other things that I’d love to be remembered by, work off the golf course and making a difference and changing people’s lives. It would be nice to have a major on the resume. We’ll see what we can do.”


Pos.
Player
Score
To Par
R1
1
Justin Rose
-6
-6
65
T2
Rickie Fowler
-5
-5
66
T2
Xander Schauffele
-5
-5
66
T2
Louis Oosthuizen
-5
-5
66
T2
Aaron Wise
-5
-5
66
T6
Scott Piercy
-4
-4
67
T6
Nate Lashley
-4
-4
67
T8
Sepp Straka
-3
-3
68
T8
Emiliano Grillo
-3
-3
68
T8
Rory McIlroy
-3
-3
68
T8
Gary Woodland
-3
-3
68
T8
Chez Reavie
-3
-3
68
T8
Chesson Hadley
-3
-3
68
T8
Henrik Stenson
-3
-3
68
T8
Francesco Molinari
-3
-3
68
T16
Adria Arnaus
-2
-2
69
T16
Jon Rahm
-2
-2
69
T16
Marc Leishman
-2
-2
69
T16
Martin Kaymer
-2
-2
69
T16
Bryson DeChambeau
-2
-2
69
T16
Graeme McDowell
-2
-2
69
T16
Hideki Matsuyama
-2
-2
69
T16
Sergio Garcia
-2
-2
69
T16
Brooks Koepka
-2
-2
69
T16
Matt Kuchar
-2
-2
69
T16
Viktor Hovland
-2
-2
69
T16
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-2
-2
69
T28
Carlos Ortiz
-1
-1
70
T28
Jason Dufner
-1
-1
70
T28
Jovan Rebula
-1
-1
70
T28
Zach Johnson
-1
-1
70
T28
Jason Day
-1
-1
70
T28
Tyrrell Hatton
-1
-1
70
T28
Matt Wallace
-1
-1
70
T28
Rafael Cabrera Bello
-1
-1
70
T28
Paul Casey
-1
-1
70
T28
Adam Scott
-1
-1
70
T28
Byeong-Hun An
-1
-1
70
T28
Tiger Woods
-1
-1
70
T40
Luis Gagne
Par
Par
71
T40
Bernd Wiesberger
Par
Par
71
T40
Erik Van Rooyen
Par
Par
71
T40
Thorbjorn Olesen
Par
Par
71
T40
Tom Hoge
Par
Par
71
T40
Danny Willett
Par
Par
71
T40
Haotong Li
Par
Par
71
T40
Kyle Stanley
Par
Par
71
T40
Dustin Johnson
Par
Par
71
T40
Cameron Smith
Par
Par
71
T40
Tommy Fleetwood
Par
Par
71
T40
Brandon Wu
Par
Par
71
T40
Patrick Reed
Par
Par
71
T40
Harris English
Par
Par
71
T40
Brian Stuard
Par
Par
71
T40
Collin Morikawa
Par
Par
71
T40
Chip McDaniel
Par
Par
71
T40
Michael Thorbjornsen
Par
Par
71
T58
Sam Saunders
1
1
72
T58
Scottie Scheffler
1
1
72
T58
Brendon Todd
1
1
72
T58
Luke Donald
1
1
72
T58
J. B. Holmes
1
1
72
T58
Phil Mickelson
1
1
72
T58
Jhonattan Vegas
1
1
72
T58
Justin Walters
1
1
72
T58
Richard Lee
1
1
72
T58
Andy Pope
1
1
72
T58
Rory Sabbatini
1
1
72
T58
Charlie Danielson
1
1
72
T58
Austin Eckroat
1
1
72
T58
Charles Howell III
1
1
72
T58
David Toms
1
1
72
T58
Kevin Na
1
1
72
T58
Aaron Baddeley
1
1
72
T58
Jordan Spieth
1
1
72
T58
Chandler Eaton
1
1
72
T77
Marcus Fraser
2
2
73
T77
Billy Hurley III
2
2
73
T77
Billy Horschel
2
2
73
T77
Justin Thomas
2
2
73
T77
Kevin Kisner
2
2
73
T77
Rob Oppenheim
2
2
73
T77
Nick Hardy
2
2
73
T77
Ryan Sullivan
2
2
73
T77
Lee Slattery
2
2
73
T77
Joseph Bramlett
2
2
73
T77
Keegan Bradley
2
2
73
T77
Jim Furyk
2
2
73
T77
Lucas Glover
2
2
73
T77
Patrick Cantlay
2
2
73
T77
Ian Poulter
2
2
73
T77
Andrew Putnam
2
2
73
T77
Justin Harding
2
2
73
T77
Daniel Berger
2
2
73
T77
Mikumu Horikawa
2
2
73
T77
Callum Tarren
2
2
73
T77
Matthieu Pavon
2
2
73
T98
Chun-An Yu
3
3
74
T98
Ryan Fox
3
3
74
T98
Matt Parziale
3
3
74
T98
Nick Taylor
3
3
74
T98
Mike Weir
3
3
74
T98
Abraham Ancer
3
3
74
T98
Andreas Halvorsen
3
3
74
T98
Matthew Naumec
3
3
74
T98
Marcus Kinhult
3
3
74
T98
Cody Gribble
3
3
74
T98
Stewart Hagestad
3
3
74
T98
Branden Grace
3
3
74
T98
Luke List
3
3
74
T98
Webb Simpson
3
3
74
T98
Tony Finau
3
3
74
T98
Anirban Lahiri
3
3
74
T98
Matt Jones
3
3
74
T98
Spencer Tibbits
3
3
74
T116
Brian Davis
4
4
75
T116
Bubba Watson
4
4
75
T116
Ernie Els
4
4
75
T116
Shane Lowry
4
4
75
T116
Renato Paratore
4
4
75
T116
Sam Horsfield
4
4
75
T116
Cameron Young
4
4
75
T116
Joel Dahmen
4
4
75
T116
Luke Guthrie
4
4
75
T116
Alexander Noren
4
4
75
T116
Brandt Snedeker
4
4
75
T116
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
4
4
75
T116
Shugo Imahira
4
4
75
T116
Jimmy Walker
4
4
75
T116
Ollie Schniederjans
4
4
75
T116
Alex Prugh
4
4
75
T132
Julian Etulain
5
5
76
T132
Dean Burmester
5
5
76
T132
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
5
5
76
T132
Clement Sordet
5
5
76
T132
Kevin O’Connell
5
5
76
T132
Si-Woo Kim
5
5
76
T132
Thomas Pieters
5
5
76
T132
Keith Mitchell
5
5
76
T132
Daniel Hillier
5
5
76
T141
Chan Kim
6
6
77
T141
Brett Drewitt
6
6
77
T141
Connor Arendell
6
6
77
T141
Guillermo Pereira
6
6
77
T141
Hayden Shieh
6
6
77
T146
Rhys Enoch
7
7
78
T146
Roberto Castro
7
7
78
148
Merrick Bremner
8
8
79
T149
Patton Kizzire
9
9
80
T149
Cheng Tsung Pan
9
9
80
T149
Noah Norton
9
9
80
T149
Lucas Bjerregaard
9
9
80
T149
Kodai Ichihara
9
9
80
154
Devon Bling
11
11
82
T155
Zac Blair
12
12
83
T155
Eric Dietrich
12
12
83