US Open first round Shinnecock Hills

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and Jordan Spieth fell behind early in the first round of the US Open Thursday and never made up ground.

The marquee threesome of the morning was a collective 22 over par through 13 holes at Shinnecock Hills.

McIlroy finished his round at 10-over 80, while Spieth shot an 8-over 78 and Mickelson a 7-over 77. That’s a cumulative 25 over par.

Another marquee player, Bubba Watson, also shot 77.

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The early clubhouse leaders were Scott Piercy, who teed off in the first group of the day, and Ian Poulter, who came in at 1-under 69. Early in the afternoon, three other players were at 1 under, including Sergio Garcia.


Tiger Woods’s quest for his first major championship since 2008 got off to a rough start with a triple bogey on the first hole.

Woods, playing in the afternoon wave, hit his second shot on the par-4, 399-yard first hole over the green. His chip shot hit the green and rolled back off. He did the same thing with his putter on his fourth shot, then reached the green on his fifth before two-putting.

Woods followed with a bogey on the par-3 second hole.

He made par on the third.

Spieth made a mess of the par-3 11th, considered one of the toughest holes at Shinnecock Hills. His pitch shot onto the green sat on a crest, and as he hustled up to mark it, the ball rolled back down to where he shot it. He wound up with a triple-bogey 6.

McIlroy had three double bogeys through 10 holes: on the 13th and 14th after teeing off on the back nine, and then on No. 1. It was his first round as a pro in which the four-time major winner had three double bogeys.

While most of Shinnecock Hills was brutal early, the par-5 fifth brought plenty of red numbers.

That included eagles by Matt Fitzpatrick of England and Calum Hill of Scotland, who conquered the 589-yard hole with 3s.

Two of the early leaders — Piercy and Matt Kuchar — birdied the fifth.

But, as Shinnecock Hills often does, the course bit back. Amateur Doug Ghim scored a 7 on the fifth, as did Scott Gregory.

Gregory, a 23-year-old Englishman, was among the first to finish, and he probably couldn’t get away from the course quick enough. Gregory shot 92 — 22 over par — with only three pars in his round.

In one stretch, Gregory double-bogeyed three straight holes.

He perhaps could take some solace in the fact that only two players were under par when he finished.

Gregory thinks he was just a kid the last time he shot in the 90s.

‘‘It’s been a long time,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s not the week I wanted to revisit it.’’

Although the 2016 British Amateur champion was in one of the earliest groups, there was no one within nine strokes of him on the leaderboard as the afternoon threesomes began to tee off.

His advice for those not yet out on the course: ‘‘You can’t miss it long, short, left, or right. If you hit it in the middle, you’re all right.’’

Still, it wasn’t all bad for Gregory.

He got to meet Tiger Woods.

‘‘I’ve been waiting for that picture for 15 years,’’ he said. ‘‘So it’s quite a big deal.’’

Piercy, who got in as an alternate from Tennessee qualifying, was making the most of his chance. He offset bogeys at Nos. 2 and 11 with birdies on the 10th and 12th holes.

Piercy, in his 10th season on the PGA Tour, has four career victories, including winning the team event with Billy Horschel in New Orleans this spring. He tied for second in the 2016 US Open.

Scenes from Round 1:

Ian Poulter approaches the ninth green.

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Ian Poulter approaches the ninth green.

Scott Piercy had a solid round, shooting 69

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Scott Piercy had a solid round, shooting 69.

Patrick Reed plays from a bunker on 17.

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Patrick Reed plays from a bunker on 17.

Phil Mickelson checks his lie in the fescue on 12.

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Phil Mickelson checks his lie in the fescue on 12.

Jordan Spieth misses his putt on 16.

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Jordan Spieth misses his putt on 16.

Rickie Fowler plays 16 before a crowd.

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Rickie Fowler plays 16 before a crowd.

Jhonattan Vegas hits an approach on the third hole.

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Jhonattan Vegas hits an approach on the third hole.

Tiger Woods putts on the sixth hole.

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Tiger Woods putts on the sixth hole.

Tiger Woods (center) was among the search party when playing partner Dustin Johnson hit a wayward tee shot on No. 6.

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Tiger Woods (center) was among the search party when playing partner Dustin Johnson hit a wayward tee shot on No. 6.

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