2018 U.S. Open live blog: Dustin Johnson (-1) still co-leads on Thursday

The U.S. Open is underway at Shinnecock Hills!

Opening-round play is here Thursday in New York. We will be tracking the action. Follow along below…

How to follow the action:

All times Eastern and represent Thursday

  • TELEVISION: FS1 (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.); Fox (4:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • ONLINE STREAMING: USOpen.com, Featured Group 1 (7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.); USOpen.com, Featured Group 2 (8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.); Featured Holes Nos. 7, 9 and 11 (8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • ON GOLFWEEK: Tour Tracker | All coverage

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U.S. Open Tracker

UPDATE No. 25 (6:10 p.m. ET): Russell Henley had a great chance to post a new lead number in the clubhouse. A closing bogey, though, pushes him back to 1-under 69.

Still, nobody has bettered 1-under 69 today, so he is tied for the clubhouse lead.

UPDATE No. 24 (5:50 p.m. ET): Tiger Woods is falling apart. He four-putts for double to fall to 6 over. And he’s going to make bogey at best at No. 14. This is going the wrong way fast.

UPDATE No. 23 (5:21 p.m. ET): Dustin Johnson bogeys No. 12 to fall to 2 under and he’s now co-leading with Russell Henley (through 15).

UPDATE No. 22 (5 p.m. ET): DJ sneaks in a 20-footer for birdie at the par-3 11th and that moves him to 3 under and one in front.

UPDATE No. 21 (4:50 p.m. ET): A look at the top of the leaderboard.

DJ is still in front (sharing the lead).

UPDATE No. 20 (4 p.m. ET): DJ is feeling it! He holes a greenside bunker shot for birdie at the par-4 eighth!

That moves him back to 2 under and into a tie for the lead with Jason Dufner.

UPDATE No. 19 (3:40 p.m. ET): Dustin Johnson is among those on top.

He actually held the solo lead at 2 under after a Russell Henley double bogey dropped him to 1 under. But DJ bogeyed the sixth to fall to 1 under. But he’s in a seven-way tie for the lead still.

UPDATE No. 18 (3 p.m. ET): Russell Henley is the new solo leader at 3 under.

He birdies No. 8 to move in front. It’s still tough this afternoon and the wind is still there, but it seems like things have eased up just the slightest this afternoon.

UPDATE No. 17 (2:55 p.m. ET): Brian Gay and Russell Henley are both 2 under and tied for the lead now. Gay is through nine and Henley is through seven.

There are now nine players under par, but remember that only two are in the clubhouse.

UPDATE No. 16 (2:27 p.m. ET): Peter Uihlein is your new solo leader!

He birdies Nos. 4 and 5 to move to 2 under. Five players are T-2 at 1 under, with three of those early in their rounds also.

UPDATE No. 15 (2:15 p.m. ET): Not even Tiger Woods is immune to perils of Shinnecock Hills. The 14-time major champion began his round with a disastrous triple-bogey seven on No. 1. He then bogeyed No. 2 to fall four over after two holes.

UPDATE No. 14 (1:33 p.m. ET): Well, the Mickelson-Spieth-McIlroy group has to be relieved their day is over.

Lefty shoots 7-over 77 and actually has the BEST round. Spieth comes in with 78 and McIlroy fires an 80. That’s a 25-over total for that trio. Brutal.

UPDATE No. 13 (1:15 p.m. ET): Ian Poulter is in with 1-under 69. That means we’ve got two sub-par rounds from the morning wave. That’s probably all we are getting for red numbers from the morning.

As for the big names, here’s a rundown…

  • Patrick Reed: 3-over 73 (T-37)
  • Rickie Fowler: 3-over 73 (T-37)
  • Brooks Koepka: 5-over 75 (T-54)
  • Bubba Watson: 7-over 77 (T-74)
  • Phil Mickelson: 7 over through 17 (T-74)
  • Jordan Spieth: 8 over through 17 (T-80)
  • Jason Day: 9-over 79 (T-87)
  • Rory McIlroy: 9 over through 17 (T-87)

Yikes.

UPDATE No. 12 (12:30 p.m. ET): We have a 92 on the board from Scott Gregory. Yep, it’s carnage out here…

https://twitter.com/golfweek/status/1007299023148146688

UPDATE No. 11 (12 p.m. ET): We have a sub-par round!!! No, we’re serious.

Scott Piercy, who was an alternate before getting into the field earlier this week, is in with a 1-under 69 and oh man, what anybody would take for that number today. He’s tied for the lead and one of just two players under par (Ian Poulter, through 14, is at 1 under as well). Piercy is the clubhouse leader by two.

UPDATE No. 10 (11:25 a.m. ET): Rory starts his back nine double bogey-bogey. He is now 10 over through 11. He’s second-to-last.

Jordan Spieth is 6 over through 11. Phil Mickelson, at 5 over, is remarkably the best of the group!

Leaders are still 2 under, but only four are under par now.

UPDATE No. 9 (10:50 a.m. ET): Here are some updates…

The lead is still 2 under, with Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar and Calum Hill (of course) tied at the top. Four more at 1 under. Scott Piercy (1 under through 15) is the only player under par through more than nine holes.

As for big names: Aside from Kuch, Justin Rose and Patrick Reed are doing the best at Even par. Brooke Koepka is 2 over through 11 and Rickie Fowler is 2 over through eight.

Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson both open (on the back) in 4-over 39. Bubba Watson is 5 over through 11 and Jason Day is 6 over through the same. Rory McIlroy goes out in 7-over 42 on the back.

Here’s Rory’s U.S. Open in a nutshell thus far…

UPDATE No. 8 (10:10 a.m. ET): We now have a four-way tie for the lead at 2 under.

Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman and Russell Knox are all co-leaders. Six players are under par total.

UPDATE No. 7 (9:40 a.m. ET): This is really starting to get dim for Spieth and Rory.

McIlroy is now 6 over through five, and Spieth is 5 over through five. Unreal. Charley Hoffman has taken over the solo lead by getting out to 2 under through four holes.

UPDATE No. 6 (9:20 a.m. ET): Phil Mickelson is 3 over through four … and the leader in his group.

That’s because Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are both 4 over. That would be a combined 11 over from that trio. Wow.

The lead is 1 under, held by several players including Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka.

UPDATE No. 5 (9:03 a.m. ET): Here’s a rundown where the big names stand so far. Wind is up today, so the scores are brutal so far.

  • Patrick Reed: 1 under through 4 (T-2)
  • Brooks Koepka: 1 under through 4 (T-2)
  • Rickie Fowler: Even through 3 (T-10)
  • Rory McIlroy: 2 over through 3 (T-38)
  • Phil Mickelson: 2 over through 3 (T-38)
  • Jason Day: 3 over through 4 (T-53)
  • Jordan Spieth: 4 over through 3 (T-60)

UPDATE No. 4 (8:55 a.m. ET): More examples of carnage…

Jason Day is already 3 over through four.

UPDATE No. 3 (8:45 a.m. ET): We’ve got some morning updates, and some are gruesome…

Aaron Baddeley leads at 2 under (through four) and Patrick Reed starts birdie-birdie-bogey on the back to tie the lead and then fall one back. Defending champion Brooks Koepka is also 1 under through three (on the front). Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy both are 1 over through two on the back.

The bad… Jordan Spieth starts bogey-triple and is already 4 over. Yikes! Matthew Southgate has 93 yards from the fairway for his second at his opening par-4 10th and makes TRIPLE BOGEY! Yeesh! Scott Stallings has yet to make a par and has a 9 on his card! Stallings starts bogey-bogey-birdie-bogey-quintuple bogey-bogey-birdie and is 7 over. Wow!

UPDATE No. 2 (7 a.m. ET): A reminder that these are the conditions that will face the players today at Shinnecock…

UPDATE No. 1 (6:45 a.m. ET): The U.S. Open is now underway!

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