PEBBLE BEACH, California (AP) The winds were low and the scorers were lower during the first round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Justin Rose closed with three straight birdies to take the lead at 6 under in the third major of the year. Rose was two off the pace until his birdie run moved him one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee), Aaron Wise and Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn). Rose also eagled the par-5 sixth hole to make up for his lone bogey.
For a course notorious for its strong winds, Pebble Beach was as gentle as could be on Thursday. Fowler carded six birdies and Schauffele made a 12-foot putt for eagle on the 18th hole to catch Fowler. Oosthuizen dropped one in from the bunker on his final hole a few minutes later to join them at 5-under 66 before Rose surged in front.
Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) is tied for 16th following a 2-under 69. Tiger Woods is at minus-1, Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Phil Mickelson opened with 72s and Rory McIlroy is tied for eighth at 3 under after winning the Canadian Open last weekend.