Sights, sounds and best moments from the first round of the 2022 US Open

Brooklyn, Mass. – Probably talking about LIV Golf vs. The PGA Tour will be on for a few days, with the US Open at The Country Club officially starting here. Or, at least, until Phil Mickelson is on the course. Mickelson, the face of LIV Golf, is still searching for that missing piece from his Grand Slam resume: winning the US Open.

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During the first round, two kids ran with defending champion John Ram’s ball on the 18th hole. Ram got a free drop on the hole while the kids were tearing up a souvenir.

While most eyes will be on Mickelson – and how fans greeted him at this venue outside Boston – there are plenty of other things to watch in this year’s third major.

We’ve got you covered.

Not a good start for Mickelson

Phil Mickelson hits a four-hole Par-3 6th after he landed on his tee on the green about 15 feet from the hole. Missing a potential birdie strike, Mickelson pushed a prominent shot over the hole and missed a bogey knockout.

“Wow,” he said to himself because the third hit was unable to find the hole.

Mickelson still has to make a jump and sit 5 more after six holes. – Paolo Ogette

Koepka’s early play

And two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka touched them all on the 15th hole.

Kupka left 205 yards into the hole after hitting his jersey in the middle of the fairway, pulling his approaching shot from the left. His ball flew to the stands and bounced back before resting.

After getting a free drop at the base of the runway, Koepka cuts to about 9 feet and makes a penalty kick. He was two years old after seven holes. – Mark Schlabash

Throw the club all the way to the top

After blazing the back half of his run and hitting 4-under, Rory McIlroy tried to go to the pin in par-4 9, but missed long and right. He had retracted his shot twice and switched batons earlier. When he saw it landing, McIlroy immediately threw his runaway. When he reached the green area he kept pointing to the left, indicating how much space he had to put there instead. Frustration prevailed through his ghost strike. As he waited for Hideki Matsuyama to finish, McIlroy pulled his white hat over his face. However, his three-round run was too little to tie in the lead.

Earlier in his run, with fans four deep and five deep around the 18th green, McIlroy had a light growl on Thursday as he dried a 16-foot jumper’s throw to go 2-under and 1 stroke off the early lead. The 2011 US Open champion kicked off the 10th round on Thursday morning, racking up a thrilling win at the RBC Canadian Open last week as well as a top-10 finish in this year’s two mains.

“It’s been eight years since I won a major, and I just want to get my hands on it again,” McIlroy said after the tour.

He is trying to win a major championship a week after winning the PGA Tour event, after winning the RBC Canadian Open last week. The last player to do that? McIlroy. He won the 2014 PGA Championship a week after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Championship. No player has ever won the US Open after winning the PGA Tour last week. Arnold Palmer was the closest to doing so, finishing second in 1963, according to ESPN Statistics and Information research.

– Ogiti and Shelbach

Backyard battles!

Ace close!

Justin Rose, the 2013 US Open winner, had a great opportunity to start his tour.

Where’s the party yet?

After shooting 3-under, Joel Dahmin had a share of the lead as he finished his first round. He’s never finished higher than 10th in a major before, so he’s probably nervous and might take it easy before the second round.

it does not seem so.

Ben Rector is a Nashville-based pop singer/songwriter who has released seven studio albums.

Golf can be tough

Golf is tough – even for the best players in the world. Most players will likely have a bad break at this week’s US Open, which is golf’s toughest test.

McIlroy found it on the fifth hole of a Par-4 at The Country Club on Thursday. After he pushed the tee to the right, the ball ended up in the thick grass above his bunker. His feet were well under the ball, so he managed to hit it only about 10 yards—in another bunker in the fairway. He hit his stick twice hard in the sand.

Remarkably, McIlroy was able to climb up and down the sand to maintain equality. – Schlbach

This is Matt McCarty’s attempt at the Fifth Hole Birdie. The shots banned in the Boston area are believed to be coming later Thursday.

Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters Champion, had this shot that landed just three yards. However, he was equally saved on the pit.

LIV Golf is not far

LIV Golf made sure to get the message across that although this isn’t her event, her men are still here.

early birds

Reigning Champion John Ram is one golfer to come out early, along with former US Masters champion Max Homa and US Open champion Jordan Spieth, and two-time winner Colin Morikawa.

There is more than just golf going on here

Sure, New England fans are here to watch golf. But forgive them if they are a little distracted. There’s one more thing on their mind – about 7.2 miles off the road.

The Boston Celtics will be hoping to keep their NBA title hopes alive on Thursday in Game Six against the Golden State Warriors. (9 p.m. ET on ABC). The Celtics dropped 3-2 in the series.

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