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2022 US Open Day 1: Who was hot, who was not?

Former US open champion Dustin Johnson shot a 68 but fellow LIV Golf competitor Phil Mickelson was eight-over.

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 16: Adam Hadwin of Canada reacts on the ninth green during round one of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club on June 16, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.   Warren Little/Getty Images/AFP
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Adam Hadwin leads after the first round of the 2022 US Open. The Canadian shot a 4-under 66 on Thursday.

The 34-year-old’s 66 is his lowest score in a major in 63 rounds, and the first time he has led after any round of any of men’s golf’s four biggest tournaments.

McIlroy’s strong opening day

A month after an opening 65 in the US PGA, Rory McIlroy shot a 67 in Brookline. It was another welcome start to a major for Irishman McIlroy after previous struggles, but it was not all smooth as he slammed one club into a bunker and threw another down the fairway on the 18th.

“You’re going to encounter things at a US Open that you just don’t really encounter any other week,” said McIlroy, whose mood was not helped by the slow pace of the group in front of himself, Hideki Matsuyama and Xander Schauffele.

“It’s hard not to get frustrated because I’m walking up there going like, ‘just come back into the bunker’. The thickest rough on the course is around the edges of the bunkers.

“So I was sort of cursing the USGA whenever I was going up to the ball, but it’s one of those things. It happens here, it doesn’t really happen anywhere else. You just have to accept it.”

Poor start for Mickelson

Dustin Johnson, the 2016 US Open champion shot a 68 but fellow LIV Golf competitor Phil Mickelson was eight-over for the round.

Both players have been suspended by the PGA Tour for joining the new LIV Golf series, although the United States Golf Association, which runs the US Open, has allowed them to compete this week.

World number one Scottie Scheffler finished with two birdies to sign for a level-par 70.

How notable LIV Golf participants have started:

Phil Mickelson +8

Sergio Garcia +4

Bryson DeChambeau +1

Dustin Johnson -2

Patrick Reed E

James Piot -1

Kevin Na +5

Louis Oosthuizen +7

US Open leaderboard

1 Adam Hadwin -4 (66)

T2 Rory McIlroy -3 (67)

T2 MJ Daffue -3 (67)

T2 Callum Tarren -3 (67)

T2 David Lingmerth -3 (67)

T2 Joel Dahmen -3 (67)

Eight golfers are tied at -2

Round 2: Friday 17 June

Day 2 gets underway on Friday at 6:45 am.

Tee No. 1

6:45 am – Jed Morgan, Taylor Montgomery, Sean Crocker.

Tee No. 10

6:45 am – Kevin Chappell, Chase Seiffert, Andrew Novak


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