Officials plan for strong winds in U.S. Open first round

Taking a break from his day job as an National Hockey League referee, amateur Garrett Rank surveyed a delicate chip shot on the very first hole of his U.S. Open debut and knew that he was in trouble.

LIVE STREAMING (usopen.com) Featured Group coverage channel 1 (Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka; Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello), 7:30 a.m.to 6:30 p.m. And of course, all eyes were on Tiger Woods.

"Shoot something in the 60s tomorrow, and I'll be just fine, " Woods said. "It was wind, and I've played in wind before, so that wasn't the issue".

The return to a classic US Open course brought back the kind of scoring that gave this major its reputation. Fowler made one bogey, one double bogey and 16 pars.

"Through most of the U.S. Opens, I haven't enjoyed very many, to be honest, " he said.

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After missing from seven feet for birdie on the 10th, his opening hole, McIlroy dropped shots on the next two holes and then ran up back-to-back double bogeys on the 13th and 14th.

When McIlroy left the course, he was 11 shots behind the early clubhouse lead set by England's Ian Poulter and the American Scott Piercy. He has not had a top 10 in the U.S. Open since he tied for fourth at Pebble Beach in 2010.

First to enter was four-time major championship victor Rory McIlroy, who looked for a while on Thursday like he might not break 90 when he was 10-over-par through 11 holes. "I just think today was the toughest day we'll have all week". His last victory - and last major - was 10 years ago at Torrey Pines.

Finally, Phil Mickelson, who came to Shinnecock this week seeking a U.S. Open win that would make him the sixth player in the history of the sport to complete the career Grand Slam. It was the third time he did so at a U.S. Open.

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