BETHESDA, Md. – A man who has never played the weekend at a U.S. Open is setting the pace midway through the morning half of the draw.
Ryan Palmer, who missed the cut at the U.S. Open in 1998 and 2007, has yet to make a bogey in the first round. The Texan started on the front, as have the majority of the players at the top of the leaderboard, and has completed 11 holes in 3 under.
Giving chase are several major champions, including Graeme McDowell, who is defending the title he won a year ago at Pebble Beach. He’s tied at 1 under along with 2009 British Open champ Stewart Cink, 2009 PGA champ Y.E. Yang and Davis Love III, who won the 1997 PGA.
Also at 1 under are Chez Reavie, who is playing his 18th hole; J.J. Henry and Jason Day. The group at even par includes three-time major champion Padraig Harrington and Louis Oosthuizen, who will defend his British Open title next month at Royal St. George’s.
Phil Mickelson, who has finished second at the U.S. Open five times, is among the afternoon starters. The birthday boy – Mickelson turns 41 today -- tees off No. 10 in the day’s Featured Group with Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson.
BETHESDA, Md. -- Ryan Palmer just made a 4-footer at the difficult par-3 10th hole to take sole possession of the lead at 3 under.
The Texan is the only player in the current top-10 on the leaderboard who hasn't made a bogey on Thursday. He birdied the first hole and added another at No. 8.
Palmer has a one-stroke lead over Chez Reavie, who has two holes remaining; Johan Edfors, who is through 11, and Jeff Overton, who is playing with the leader.
Palmer has yet to make a cut in two previous starts at the U.S. Open in 1998 and 2007.
BETHESDA, Md. -- A pair of Swedes are setting the pace early during the first round of the U.S. Open.
Johan Edfors, a three-time winner on the European Tour, has played his first eight holes in 3 under and is one stroke head of his playing partner, Fredrik Jacobsen.
Two more playing partners who appear to be feeding off each other are defending champion Graeme McDowell and reigning British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen. Both have just made the turn at 1 under.
Also at 1 under are Kevin Streelman, Chez Reavie, J.J. Henry, Ernie Els, David Love III, Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer, Nick O'Hern and Bud Cauley. Els won the U.S. Open in 1997, the last time it was played at Congressional.