The top of the leaderboard until Round 1 of the 2020 US Open is full of stars, as world No. 3 Justin Thomas leads the field through 18 holes and four of the golfers to the top of 10 official golf world rankings – Thomas, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele – all part of the top 10 on the Winged Foot leaderboard.
Thomas grabbed the top 5-bottom par 65 to start his week, playing an almost flawless first round with just one bogey and six birdie.
“It was a really solid round of golf,” he said after the round. “It’s one of the best laps I’ve played in a while in the green. There are some things here and there that could definitely have been better, but I made sure all my losses were in the right place, and that’s what you have to do in a Open US. “
Reed, Thomas Peters and Matthew Wolf are T2 to Round 1, following Thomas (-5) with a single hit. McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen are 3 down and T5.
It was an amazing day on the track compared to expectations. Winged Foot fast grass and insidious games were expected to give golfers a fit this week, and the talk of an over-par winner in the final round was widely discussed in the lead until Thursday. However, 20 golfers are in the red as we head out on Friday with the stars of the sport taking advantage of the conditions and set.
“I hit the ball very well,” McIlroy told the Golf Channel, summing up his own lap. “I kept it in the game, I hit a lot of green, I hit a lot of reports, I did what you have to do at a US Open. I did a little bit off the golf course today a little bit disappointed. I felt I could have gone lower. But before I started today if someone had given me 67, I would have taken it. “
CBS Sports has been with you throughout this update with everything that happened in Round 1. You can read it below after analyzing the key names in the US Open rankings through 18 holes.
1. Justin Thomas (-5): Playing with control and shaping your shots will be key this week, and that’s exactly what Thomas did to take the lead through 18 holes. He finished the T8 between the fairway hitting races and the T7 in the green in regulation, turning some great opportunities with his putter when needed. Went to a birdie-birdie-birdie running through holes 9-11 and finished with 3 under 32 in the back.
T2. Patrick Reed (-4): Reed’s day hurriedly turned into the front nine. He doubled the par-4 5th hole, birdied the 6th and then made the first of two hole-in-one in par-3 7th to get below par. From there, he played the last 11 holes in the bottom 3 without bamboo.
T2. Matthew Wolf, Thomas Peters (-4): After throwing his first hit of the day at No. 10, Wolff ran for a series of birdie from 11-13 to return to contention and position as T2 to Round 1. He was crisp on approach and steady around from the greens, too, where he won 1.45 hits on the court. Pieters on the other hand, had a terrible day but the ball went wide. Finished his final nine with 2 bogey-free down.
T5. Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen (-3): Rory led the field to green hits in the regulation – at 83% – and to hits that the T-shirt won. He was particularly impressive in par 3s, playing all four in a 3 down combination. It was a perfect combination of strength and finesse for him as he had everything working out and while he said he felt he could have fallen even lower, this mix of talent could help him win this week if he kept shooting at them all. cylinders.
T8. Xander Schauffele and five more (-2): Schauffele gathered 34s in the back and nine in the front to enter the clubhouse with 2-under par 68 per day, T8 with Jason Kokrak, Brendon Todd, Harris English, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Joaquin Niemann. He was one of the best on the field on Thursday in the green, winning 2.7 hits on the field with his putter.
T14. Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and five more (-1): As promised, DeChambeau was bombs away from the jump and finished in seventh place on the court with blows won by the jersey. Fowler was in control early on and played well in his approach, hitting eight exhibition streets and finishing first six in green hits in the regulations. Rach, however, led the field to green hits in regulations. He played a fairly clean lap 1-down with a few expected ups and downs to get started before settling in. He only scored one bogey and 10 pars in his final 11.
T71. Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and 19 more (+3): What started out as a promising Round 1 – a score of nine on the front 1 over and a birdie-birdie kicked on the back of the nine – evolved quite quickly into disaster for Tiger. He reached 13, 14 and 17 and then made a double bogey 18 after flubing in his approach, mourning his finish after the lap. The DJ was up and down and recovered from a double stretcher at No. 4 to play his final 14 to 1 over. The FedEx Cup champion was the T11 driving distance, but he struggled with control, hitting only six of the 14 possible highways.