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Rory McIlroy reaches the turn in 42, after sending his second into thick nonsense by the side of the green at 18. Having failed to get up and down, he’s +7. But his playing partner Jordan Spieth is going the right way at last, curling in a big right-to-left breaker for his first birdie of the day. He turns in 39, +4. Like Mickelson, who pars, he’s only six off the lead, despite it all.
Scottish golf could do with a new superstar: it’s been a long time since Sandy Lyle was in his major-winning pomp. How about Calum Hill, then? The 23-year-old from Kinross is playing in his first major, and he hasn’t taken long to make his mark. After bogey at 3, he’s birdied 4 and eagled 5, and that’s earned him a share of the lead! He leapfrogs his compatriot Russell Knox, and is one of four Brits in the top seven! Early days and all, but we might as well enjoy it while we can.
-2: Poulter (9), Kuchar (8), Hill (5)
-1: Piercy (14), Fitzpatrick (8), Hoffman (7*), Knox (6*)
Written by Scott Murray
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jun/14/us-open-2018-first-round-live under the title “US Open 2018: first round – live!”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.