A glance at 1st round of US Open

A glance at 1st round of US Open

Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth - the only three active players with three legs of the career Grand Slam - made only six birdies among them.

But the four-time major victor McIlroy struggled to the turn in 42 as the marquee group combined to play the back nine in 15 over par with just two birdies between them.

He mixed five front-nine bogeys with three on the back, as well as a double- bogey and a birdie.

He would finish at ten over following a round of 80.

Gregory wasn't the only player to suffer at the hands of the notoriously hard Long Island course, with big guns Phil Mickelson (77) Jordan Spieth (78) and Jason Day (79) also having nightmare rounds.

I think Woods might find a low round on Friday and I'm also hopeful McIlroy may do the same too. So he adjusted accordingly, hitting the ball only half the distance he expected it would need to reach the hole.

He was trending toward that number after a 4-putt green at the 13th hole and then wild misses off the tee and from the rough at the 14th. He then had to putt three more times. The was your US Open performance update. He made the putt for triple bogey, leaving him at 4-over through two holes.

"I knew it was going to be tough", Gregory said after his round. Then I hit two bad putts on 1 and 2.

"I just didn't get off to a good start", Woods said. Woods settled for an 8-over-par 78 with only one birdie.

Every golfer made it to the course in time on Day 1 despite traffic that had players anxious someone would miss his tee time. I enjoy the grind, really.

The 42-year-old, whose major title drought now stretches back to his 2008 US Open victory at Torrey Pines, will face an uphill battle just to make the cut.

Thus far there has been at least one double-bogey on every hole and not one player had a completely clean scorecard today. Dustin Johnson returned to No. 1 in the world by winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

"All I had to do was just try to shoot - after that start, shoot even par for the next 16 holes, and I'd be just fine", Woods said. The victor will earn $2.16 million, or 18% of the total, while the runner-up will receive $1.3 million.

Tiger Woods benefited from a rule that doesn't penalize a player when his ball moves on the putting green accidentally, such as from the wind.

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