Stenson, Johnson Fire 65s for Open Lead
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and the US’ Dustin Johnson, two top 10 players, share the lead at the US Open after one day after each man fired a 5-under 65 at Chambers Bay on Thursday.
Stenson, who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since taking the 2013 Tour Championship en route to winning the FedEx Cup, was just 1-under at the turn, but caught fire late, with birdies on 14, 15, 16, and 18.
Johnson was just the opposite, birdying four of the first seven holes, and only suffering a bogey on No. 9. He bounced back with birdies on 11 and 12. He’s after his second victory of the year after taking the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March.
American Patrick Reed is alone in third place at 4-under. It took Reed a while to get going, at 1-over through eight holes, but he struck four birdies on the back nine.
Plenty of familiar faces dot the rest of a leaderboard that saw just 25 of 156 players finish under par. Jason Dufner, the 2013 PGA Championship, 2015 Masters winner Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day are all tied at 2-under, while Phil Mickelson, the six-time US Open runner-up is tied for 14th at 1-under with a couple of “old-timers” in 51-year-olds Colin Montgomerie and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Defending champion Martin kaymer and world No. 1 Rory McIlroy are among a group tied at 2-over. McIlroy struck four bogeys on the day, against just two birdies.
Things got really, really ugly at the bottom of the field for an American legend and one of the country’s best young players. Fourteen-time Major winner Tiger Woods, trying to prove his worth after a career-worst round of 85 at the Memorial, tanked again, shooting a 10-over 80 to sit tied for 152nd.
Woods was already 4-over through six holes, then had a miserable stretch of bogey, bogey, bogey, triple bogey on holes 11-14. His lone birdie came on No. 16, but hey bogeyed 18 to fall back to double-digits over par.
Meanwhile, Rickie Fowler, who famously finished in the Top 5 off all four Majors a year ago, is 155th. He might have finished dead last, had it not been for a bizarre eagle 2 on the par-4 No. 12 mixed in to a frightful day that saw him shoot 8-over in a four-hole stretch between No. 6 and No. 9 (double, bogey, double, triple) and then five more bogeys between No. 11 and 17.