US Open golf Round 1 scores, leaderboard, highlights, Adam Hadwin, Rory McIlroy, Australians, LIV players, tee times, how to watch

Canadian Adam Hadwin birdied on five of the back six holes of the front nine and took a one-stroke lead after the first round of the US Open on Thursday with Rory McIlroy in a drifting field.

World No. 105 Hadwin, whose best result in 19 previous major starts was a 24th share at the 2018 Masters, shot a par 66 six-under at the Country Club.

“It’s not much better than a US Open debut you can ask for,” Hadwin said. “To take the lead in the first round at the US Open is incredible. It’s something no one can take away from me. But it’s not the end goal.

Four-time major winner McIlroy, who threw a club and twice another onto the sand in frustration, tied for second on 67 after a final bogey with Sweden’s David Lingmerth, England’s Callum Tarren, American Joel Dahmen and South African MJ Daffue.

Adam Scott was the best of the Australians, carding one under 69 as Marc Leishman shot 70 while world No. 6 Cameron Smith bogeyed on the last for a 72.

Australian rookie Jed Morgan suffered a nightmarish opening round, carding a 12-for-82 round to sit 153rd in the field of 156 players, but fellow debutant Todd Sinnott impressed with a 71.

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Hadwin, whose only PGA title was at the 2017 Valspar Championship, missed a par six-foot putt to bogey the third hole, then hit five of the next six holes, dropping his approaches between two and four feet on all but the par- 3 sixth and making every little birdie putt to take the lead.

“I kind of held the fort there the last moment,” Hadwin said. “I made a nice one from the fringe on the 13th. I hit the ball really well the last four holes.” The 34-year-old Canadian missed the green at 12 on the way to a bogey, but birdied at 13 from the 36-foot gross to regain the lead.

“There are still 54 holes left,” Hadwin said. “There is plenty of golf left and this course is only going to get tougher.”

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Canada's Adam Hadwin leads the field.
Canada’s Adam Hadwin leads the field.Source: AFP

For much of the day, third-placed McIlroy shared the top spot despite his troubles, getting off to a strong start.

“Although I’m a bit frustrated that I bugged the last one, it’s a good start,” McIlroy said.

“We feel like we’re right in the tournament from the start of the week, which is good. It’s definitely a different mindset when you’re off to a good start. I just have to keep going. McIlroy, starting from the back-nine, rolled in four birdie putts between 10 and 25 feet and made several clutch long putts, including on the fifth from 14 feet after failing to escape from a bunker and smash the sand with his club.

“It’s hard not to be frustrated,” McIlroy said. “I gave the sand a few shots because I already messed it up…it was really nice to drill that putt.” McIlroy, who won the PGA Canadian Open last week, hasn’t won a major title since the PGA Championship in 2014.

“It’s been eight years since I won a major and I just want to do it again,” McIlroy said.

Two-time overall winner Dustin Johnson, among the rebels who left the US PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series, led a seventh-place field of 68 that included fellow Americans Hayden Buckley, Matthew NeSmith , Aaron Wise, Brian Harman plus Matthew Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose from England.

‘THE STRUGGLE OF THE REBELS’

In the first event to combine PGA Tour and LIV Golf players, 15 LIV Golf signees combined to shoot 53 over par. Among the notables were Patrick Reed at 70, Bryson DeChambeau at 71, Sergio Garcia at 74, Louis Oosthuizen at 77 and Phil Mickelson at 78 on his 52nd birthday.

The US Golf Association has opted not to follow a PGA Tour ban of 17 golfers who played in LIV Golf’s debut last week in England, sticking to the qualifying standards for this year’s US Open.

Tarren, a 445th-ranked journeyman, hit the par-5 eighth, his penultimate hole, to start the hunt.

“I’m kinda pinching myself,” Tarren said. “Just excited about my debut.” Lingmerth, a substitute until injured Martin Kaymer pulled out on Saturday, birdied 16 and 18 from just under 30ft and sank a birdie putt in the fifth from just under 18 feet.

“I went for one of those starts,” Lingmerth said. “I never really had any big problems, but I rode very well.” Retief Goosen, two-time US Open champion, reinforced his compatriot Daffue. “He’s sent me really encouraging messages to the extent that the ability is there,” Daffue said. “I can’t believe how relaxed I was there.

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HOW AUSSIES DID SUCCEED IN DR 1

Adam Scott-1

Marc Leishman E

Todd Sinnot +1

Cameron Smith +2

Min Woo Lee +3

Lucas Herbert +4

Jed Morgan +12

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