Stenson and Johnson are early leaders at US Open…Tiger struggles…Phil 4 back
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) — Not only do Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson share the lead after one round of the U.S. Open, they are 15 strokes better than Tiger Woods.
Johnson and Stenson seemed to tame the wild terrain of Chambers Bay, firing 5-under-par 65s to finish the day one stroke ahead of Patrick Reed. Johnson's only mistake came on his final hole when he pulled a 6-iron on the par-3 ninth over the green and made his only bogey. Stenson birdied four of his last five holes for a share of first.
And then there was Woods, who shot his worst round in a U.S. Open. He carded a 10-over 80 that included eight bogeys, a triple-bogey on 14 and just one birdie. Only Rich Berberian Jr. and Rickie Fowler posted worse scores.
Amateur Brian Campbell had an impressive round, playing his last 11 holes at minus-5 for a 3-under total. Campbell is tied for fourth with Ben Martin and Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur).
Masters champion Jordan Spieth (speeth) is among a host of players at 2-under. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy opened with a 72 that puts him seven off the pace. And Phil Mickelson finds himself four strokes back following a 69. Mickelson had the lead at 3-under through 12 holes before bogeys on 13 and 14.