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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Rose matches Woods' US Open record


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A trio of Australians have made a solid start to the US Open, shooting sub-par first rounds at Pebble Beach in California, while Justin Rose and Rory Sabbatini wrote their names into the record books.

Marc Leishman recovered well after bogeys at two of his first three holes, birdieing the last to finish with a two-under par round of 69, just four shots off the lead.

Adam Scott suffered an aggravating bogey-six at the 18th, but still finished at one-under, while Jason Day’s round was highlighted by three straight birdies at holes 5-6-7. Day birdied the last before also signing for a round of one-under.

It’s Day’s best start to a US Open since 2015, and comes in his first round with Tiger Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams carrying his bag.

Williams, who also helped Adam Scott to the US Masters title, has come out of retirement to work for Day.

“When I retired, I told my wife there were only three players I'd consider caddying for and Jason was one of those,” Williams said.

“I did have to take 24 hours to think about it before (saying yes to Day) but I've always enjoyed Jason's company and have been impressed with his play,” Williams said.

“Jason is not at his peak yet; I don't think you reach your peak in golf until your mid-30s. He certainly has an opportunity to fulfil some goals.”

Day, who has twice finished runner-up at the US Open, says he was happy to finish in red figures after a sloppy day with the driver.

“If I wasn't disciplined enough, I could have been walking off with one, two, or three-over par,” Day said.

“But overall I'm happy with the way I scrambled and happy with how Steve and I worked together.”

Justin Rose holds the outright lead at six-under, matching Tiger Woods' record for the lowest round at a US Open held at Pebble Beach.

Rose scrambled brilliantly, recording just a single bogey despite only hitting nine of 18 greens in regulation.

His 65 equals the mark Woods set during his remarkable victory in 2000, when he finished 15 shots in front of the field.

Rory Sabbatini picked up a slice of history during his round, becoming the first Slovakian to make a hole-in-one at a US Open.

Sabbatini, who previously played under the South African flag, aced the 185-metre 12th hole, for the first hole-in-one at a US Open in five years.

“Look at this shot,” said Australian commentator Ewan Porter.

“That is a tough flag to get at for someone who likes to hit it left-to-right.

“That is just picture-perfect.”

South African Branden Grace had a horror start to the championship, when his opening tee shot went way left into a hospitality tent.

Although he was entitled to free relief, he decided to play the ball from the tent, leaving the commentators amazed.

“He’s going to play it from here!” said FOX Sports’ Shane Bacon.

“This is so funny,” former Australian Open champion Brad Faxon said. “He’s going to get ripped forever. All his buddies are going to know about this in a second.”

Grace plays shot from hospitality area

Grace was unable to save par, one of three bogeys in his first six holes.

In a break from the usual high-scoring seen at the US Open, 39 players are under par after the first round.

Four players share second place, one shot behind Rose, with Americans Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Aaron Wise joined by former major champion Louis Oosthuizen.

Rory McIlroy is well placed at three-under, while Tiger Woods finished at one-under, and Phil Mickelson had a disappointing round of one-over.

Apart from Leishman, Scott and Day, five other Australians were in action: Cameron Smith (even), Aaron Baddeley (+1), Marcus Fraser (+2), Matt Jones (+3) and Brett Drewitt (+6).

A trio of Australians have made a solid start to the US Open, shooting sub-par first rounds at Pebble Beach in California, while Justin Rose and Rory Sabbatini wrote their names into the record books.

Marc Leishman recovered well after bogeys at two of his first three holes, birdieing the last to finish with a two-under par round of 69, just four shots off the lead.

Adam Scott suffered an aggravating bogey-six at the 18th, but still finished at one-under, while Jason Day’s round was highlighted by three straight birdies at holes 5-6-7. Day birdied the last before also signing for a round of one-under.

It’s Day’s best start to a US Open since 2015, and comes in his first round with Tiger Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams carrying his bag.

Williams, who also helped Adam Scott to the US Masters title, has come out of retirement to work for Day.

“When I retired, I told my wife there were only three players I'd consider caddying for and Jason was one of those,” Williams said.

“I did have to take 24 hours to think about it before (saying yes to Day) but I've always enjoyed Jason's company and have been impressed with his play,” Williams said.

“Jason is not at his peak yet; I don't think you reach your peak in golf until your mid-30s. He certainly has an opportunity to fulfil some goals.”

Day, who has twice finished runner-up at the US Open, says he was happy to finish in red figures after a sloppy day with the driver.

“If I wasn't disciplined enough, I could have been walking off with one, two, or three-over par,” Day said.

“But overall I'm happy with the way I scrambled and happy with how Steve and I worked together.”

Justin Rose holds the outright lead at six-under, matching Tiger Woods' record for the lowest round at a US Open held at Pebble Beach.

Rose scrambled brilliantly, recording just a single bogey despite only hitting nine of 18 greens in regulation.

His 65 equals the mark Woods set during his remarkable victory in 2000, when he finished 15 shots in front of the field.

Rory Sabbatini picked up a slice of history during his round, becoming the first Slovakian to make a hole-in-one at a US Open.

Sabbatini, who previously played under the South African flag, aced the 185-metre 12th hole, for the first hole-in-one at a US Open in five years.

“Look at this shot,” said Australian commentator Ewan Porter.

“That is a tough flag to get at for someone who likes to hit it left-to-right.

“That is just picture-perfect.”

South African Branden Grace had a horror start to the championship, when his opening tee shot went way left into a hospitality tent.

Although he was entitled to free relief, he decided to play the ball from the tent, leaving the commentators amazed.

“He’s going to play it from here!” said FOX Sports’ Shane Bacon.

“This is so funny,” former Australian Open champion Brad Faxon said. “He’s going to get ripped forever. All his buddies are going to know about this in a second.”

Grace plays shot from hospitality area

Grace was unable to save par, one of three bogeys in his first six holes.

In a break from the usual high-scoring seen at the US Open, 39 players are under par after the first round.

Four players share second place, one shot behind Rose, with Americans Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Aaron Wise joined by former major champion Louis Oosthuizen.

Rory McIlroy is well placed at three-under, while Tiger Woods finished at one-under, and Phil Mickelson had a disappointing round of one-over.

Apart from Leishman, Scott and Day, five other Australians were in action: Cameron Smith (even), Aaron Baddeley (+1), Marcus Fraser (+2), Matt Jones (+3) and Brett Drewitt (+6).

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