SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio dissects the historic course which last hosted the U.S. Open in 2004.
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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Things did not get off to a good start for Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, who teed off around 8 a.m. in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock HIlls on Thursday.
McIlroy’s birdie on 15 – they started on the 10th hole – was the group’s first one of the morning with winds blowing at 15 mph and gusts of up to 20 mph. McIlroy made the turn at 7-over and then double bogeyed his 10th hole to go to 9-over.
Thirty minutes into his round, Spieth was 4-over par. He three-putted his first hole – the 10th – and made a triple bogey on the 11th when his bunker shot went over the green and his subsequent chip came back to his feet.
Spieth wasn’t alone in his misery. Playing in the same group, McIlroy made two bogeys and two double bogeys in his first five holes while Mickelson made three bogeys in the same span.
Four hours into the championship, the scoring average was 77.1 on the par-70 layout.
Matthew Southgate, playing in the first group, began with a perfect 323-yard drive on the par-4 10th and made a triple bogey as his second from 93 yards went over the green and two consecutive chip shots came back to his feet.
An hour later Scott Stallings was on the green in three at the par-4 14th and took 9, putting off the green and having his first chip shot return off the slope.