In theory, anyone from this great country can participate in the United States Open. Imagine teeing it up with Tiger, Phil or Ernie. One of the more intriguing aspects of the tournament gives amateurs a chance to swing with the big boys. Let’s just say that Rickie Fowler didn’t blow his chance. Shooting a 1-under 70 in the first round of the Open, Fowler sits only two shots back of the leader in the clubhouse and stands two shots ahead of Tiger Woods.
Isn’t there supposed to be some sort of U.S. Open pressure?
Kudos to Justin Hicks, who finishes his first round with a 3-under round of 68 and may get to sleep on a first round lead in San Diego.
*Open Champion Paddy Harrington birdied the first hole to go to 1-under. He’s still must face a tough track in the late afternoon California sun.
*Stuart Appleby has the goofiest headshot on usopen.com and has a spot in second place at the Open. A solid round of four birdies and two bogeys gives “Apples” a round of 69.
*Phil Mickelson battled back from a horrible round where he was 3-over-par to finish with an impressive round of even par.