McIlroy scored a three-under par 67 at Brookline to share second place with England’s Callum Tarren, David Lingmerth, Joel Dahmen and MJ Daffue, one shot behind Canadian Adam Hadwin.
A month after opening 65 in the US PGA, it was another good major debut for McIlroy after previous struggles, but it wasn’t without incident as he slammed a club into a bunker and threw some another in the fairway on his last hole. .
After starting from the 10th, McIlroy had covered his first 13 holes in two under par before a tee shot pushed to the fifth ended in thick rough at the edge of a bunker and left him struggling to get a position in the sand, with the ball. well above his feet.
From there, McIlroy could only hack his second shot into another bunker a few yards ahead of him, prompting a furious reaction that saw him slam his club into the sand twice.
“You’re going to encounter things at a US Open that you don’t really encounter any other week,” said McIlroy, whose mood wasn’t helped by the slow pace of the group ahead of him, Hideki Matsuyama and Xander Schauffele. .
“It’s hard not to get frustrated because I’m walking up there coming back into the bunker. The thickest rough on the course is around the edges of the bunkers.
“So I kind of cursed the USGA every time I went to prom, but it’s one of those things. It’s happening here, it’s not really happening anywhere else. ‘accept.
“I gave the sand a few shots because I had already messed it up so it wasn’t like it was much more work for Harry (Diamond, his caddy) and then I just reset and played a decent bunker shot, and then it was really nice to punch that putt (par).
After saving par on the fifth, McIlroy birdied on the seventh and eighth to take the lead, only to drop his only shot of the day on the ninth after missing the green with his approach.
That prompted the club’s throw and McIlroy added: “The margins are so good in this tournament, and I think you can kind of see that with some of the reactions.
“Once I played our under-two front nine, the goal was to try and play that round bogey-free. I did that for 17 holes which was great and then I kind of got into the mind of what shot to hit on the second shot of nine and missed the green where you just can’t to lack.
“I haven’t done this all day. If I missed it, I missed it in the right place, I played for the oily part of the greens, and that’s why I was frustrated, because you miss it on the left, it’s a va back and forth fairly simple. You make the pair, you move on.
” But it is okay. It is something to learn. (I’m) sitting here talking about the bad stuff when 17 of the holes were really good. I’m happy with the start.
Tarren, who is ranked 445th in the world, had an eagle, three birdies and two bogeys in his 67, with the 31-year-old from Darlington admitting his appearance at the top of the standings had come as a shock.
“I’m kinda pinching myself because I didn’t realize my name was at the top of the leaderboard until I made that final putt,” Tarren said. “I’m just excited about my departure, and let’s see what the next few days have in store for us.”
Matt Fitzpatrick, who won the 2013 US Amateur at Brookline, had an opening 68 that was matched by compatriot Justin Rose, while defending champion Jon Rahm birdied the last to complete a turbulent 69 which included two young spectators running away with his ball on the 18th.
Phil Mickelsonwho became the figurehead of the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, had little to celebrate on his 52nd birthday as he battled for a 78 that included a putt at four of 12 feet in the sixth.
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