Dustin Johnson came into the U.S. Open as the red hot favorite to walk away with the trophy but after an opening round three-over 73 on Thursday, the world number one will first have to worry about making the cut.
McIlroy, a four-time major victor from Northern Ireland, tees off at the same time as Woods but from the 10th tee and alongside Australia's Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, and England's Justin Rose, the 2013 US Open victor. When the 1997 PGA Championship was played at Winged Foot, Woods finished T29. And while the U.S. Open is traditionally the third major of the season, golf fans will doubtless be glad to see the return of one of the cornerstone events of the season.
"I'll take it either way", Reed said. If I knew, I'd fix it. I'm late behind it.
McIlroy grinded out an even-par 70 at TPC Harding Park in last month's PGA Championship before fading to 33rd, but too often he has stumbled out of the gate and spent the rest of the week chasing.
That's right, Mickelson would be +50000 - that is, bet $100 and you get back $50,000 - to finish second in six of the 28 U.S. Opens he's played. It's not incredibly enjoyable. But I'll grind it out. Hopefully I can keep that going over the next three days, and that's what you need to do around here, just keep it in the short stuff, and then the greens are still receptive enough where you can give yourself some chances. There's no reason to. And he had a few Top-5 including HWC in the Bahamas in 2019. He was eliminated after the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Ultimately, he would finish 14 shots off the pace and all but officially be eliminated from contention.
Woods was in five bunkers through five holes and then appeared to steady himself with three straight birdies around the turn to get under par, but only briefly. There was to be another birdie, but it was sandwiched between four more dropped shots - including a second double at the monster par-5 12th. If you don't have a lie you just hit out to the fairway and then hit it to the green.
"If you look at fathers in all different sports, golf, tennis, it's not a new lease of life, but it's a different perspective", said McIlroy after practice at the weekend.
Rory McIlroy is now pretty happy with the course set-up at Winged Foot after playing a practice round to prepare for this week's' US Open, but the Northern Irishman hopes the USGA has learned from past mistakes.
The official channel on which the 2020 U.S. Open golf tournament can be watched is the Golf Channel. He's struggling with all aspects of his game and has been honest about it.
Speaking ahead of the start of the tournament, he said his daughter's arrival means he can "go home and be very happy", even if he has had a bad day on the golf course. Trying to pick really, really tight targets where you can just try and be an athlete if something feels a little off during the swing, being able to adjust with your hands.
"The only shot you have to hit a fade out here is No. 8 tee, and I played four fade shots today, and I played those holes 6 over".
That's not all, Zalatoris nearly had a second hole-in-one at 13... "I can deal with missing it right now, but not left".