BROOKLINE, Mass., June 17: Canada’s Adam Hadwin who got into the main draw just a week ago took a one-shot lead at the end of the first round of the U.S. Open. He shot 4-under 66 in conditions that saw a lot of breeze and scores did not go much lower at the Country Club, Brookline. It was also his best score ever in a major.
Lurking right behind him on a tough day was Rory McIlroy, who may well have had a share of the lead but for his bogey on the final hole. He is in a group of four chasing the leader. They were Callum Tarren of England, David Lingmerth of Sweden, MJ Daffue of South Africa and Joel Dahmen also were at 67, all of whom came through the qualifiers.
Celebrating is 52nd birthday and looking for the elusive US Open that can complete his Career Slam of Majors, Phil Mickelson, had a four-putt double bogey en route to a 78.
Hadwin had three straight birdies to finish the front nine in 31, and he dropped one shot on the back nine for his 66, better his previous Major low score by two shots.
McIlroy made two straight birdies late in his round to become the first player to reach 4-under and then missed the green on his closing hole, the ninth, to make his only bogey of the day.
He said, “It’s been eight years since I won a major,” he said. “And I just want to get my hands on one again.”
Matt Fitzpatrick, who won the U.S. Amateur at Brookline in 2013, is tied for seventh alongside two-time major winner Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose with 68.