Tiger Woods says he might need performed final US Open after lacking minimize at Pinehurst | EUROtoday

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Rory McIlroy produced one among his most serene main championship performances in lots of a 12 months with a bogey-free five-under par opening spherical to tie the US Open lead at Pinehurst.

McIlroy barely missed a shot from tee to inexperienced, along with his distance management on these beforehand bothersome method pictures a lot improved. He seemed assured on the greens, and when he was out of place some sharp brief recreation work acquired him out of hassle.

The Northern Irishman has the possibility to cement his place on the high of the leaderboard as he chases a primary main since 2014, with the advantage of contemporary morning greens. Only 15 gamers broke par yesterday, however the scores posted by McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay and Ludvig Aberg confirmed progress may be made. Pinehurst’s hog’s again greens are treacherous, however rolled easily all through the day and there may be loads of room off the tee.

Also in rivalry, contemporary off his thrilling run on the US PGA Championship at Valhalla, is Bryson DeChambeau. The American is popping into an unlikely fan’s favourites, and his first-round 67 featured loads of thrills and spills.

The finest English efficiency on Thursday got here from Tyrrell Hatton with a two-under 68. It can be fairly one thing if the flamable Hatton made his main breakthrough at a US Open, which is famed as a check of endurance. Tommy Fleetwood appears to be like higher suited to the check, and is well-positioned at level-par.

Scottie Scheffler was surprisingly ragged from tee to inexperienced, however remains to be inside putting distance at one over-par, enjoying alongside McIlroy and World No 2 Xander Schauffele, who’s level-par.

Tiger Woods is more likely to face a battle to make the minimize after a four-over 74, whereas it was a primary spherical to overlook for the likes of Shane Lowry, Viktor Hovland and Justin Thomas.