DJ And Poulter Share Lead On Brutal Opening Day At US Open

Just four men are under par after day one

DJ And Poulter Share Lead
(Image credit: Warren Little)

The world number one shot 69 along with Ian Poulter and two others on a brutal day at Shinnecock Hills

DJ And Poulter Share Lead On Brutal Opening Day At US Open

World number one Dustin Johnson is in the driving seat at the US Open after a superb 69 on day one.

His score of -1 was matched by Ian Poulter, Russell Henley and Scott Piercy - the only four men under par.

Shinnecock was playing brutally difficult on Thursday, highlighted by a 92 from 2016 Amateur Champion Scott Gregory.

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Winds were strong all day and the course had dried out after Wednesday's heavy rain.

However, Dustin Johnson continued his recent run of form to tame the conditions and get his quest for a second major off to the perfect start.

He found the greenside bunker on the 1st hole and made a great par-saver whilst playing partner Tiger Woods was struggling.

That set the tone for the round.

DJ birdied 4 and 5 and then bogeyed the 6th after finding rough off the tee.

He had a search party helping him look for his ball and Sky Sports' Rich Beem actually stepped on it. Johnson had to drop it and then chipped back out onto the fairway on his way to a five.

DJ salutes the crowd after holing his bunker shot

He then holed a bunker shot at the 8th for birdie to get back to -2 and found another birdie at the uphill par-3 11th.

Two bogeys followed at 12 and 14 but it really was a day where bogeys were acceptable in small quantities as long as the big numbers stayed away.

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He parred his way in to post 69.

Ian Poulter was the leading Brit after a superb 69 on day one which included three birdies and just two dropped shots.

Poulter is in a great position after day one. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Poulter was out early on Thursday and his score remained top of the leaderboard come the end of the day.

Poulter said, "Obviously felt pretty good. US Open golf hasn't been good for me through the years. It's the first one I've played in three years, and this is the first one I ever played back in '04. So to come here and enjoy the first round is really quite nice."

Rory McIlroy shot 80 in the morning which was his joint-worst round in a major, matching his score on the final day of the 2011 Masters.

It was a day to forget for Rory. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Rory's playing partner Jordan Spieth didn't fare much better, shooting a 78 which included a triple-bogey on his second hole.

Phil Mickelson was the third member of the career grand slam group and his bid to finally win a US Open didn't get off to the best of starts either.

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Lefty shot 77 (+7) on Thursday to take the group's total score to +25.

Tiger Woods made a triple even quicker than Spieth - on the first hole.

The 14-time major winner opened up with a seven on the par-4 1st hole after going through the back in two and then took three more to get it on the green.

Woods shot 78 on Thursday. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Woods battled back well on the front nine but four-putted the 13th hole for a double bogey to drop to +6.

He then doubled the next too, after finding rough to the right off the tee and then to left with his second shot.

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Tiger ended at +8.

The putter was cold all day and dreams of a 15th major title this week look like they may have faded away.

Justin Rose' 71 (+1) puts him in a great position after day one in a week where he is highly fancied to seal his second US Open trophy. That would propel him to the world number one spot for the first time in his career.

"It was about hanging in there," Rose said.

"If I'd a shot 72 or 73, it would be a good day's work as well. Today is about eliminating a bad round, and I think it's turned into a really positive start.".

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Shot of the day

South Africa's Dean Burmester had the shot of the day after slam-dunking his approach to the 18th hole.

Burmester drove it 411 yards down the 18th and finished his round in style to get back to +5.

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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