Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Shinnecock's Rough Asserts Itself at U.S. Open

Shinnecock's Rough Asserts Itself at U.S. Open

Dean Burmester was struggling against the torrid winds of Shinnecock Hills - similar to his fellow competitors - in the opening round of the US Open on Thursday.

Most everyone else felt beat up on a course where wind that gusted to 25 miles per hour made the fairways shrink and the rough look even taller.

Officials were caught off guard back then, when strong winds on Saturday night and into Sunday dried out the greens and made some of them all but unplayable, turning a major championship into a sick version of putt putt.

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A four-putt double-bogey. Not great. His agent wanted him to meet someone after the round and Mickelson politely told him, "I need a few minutes, " before he went out to sign autographs.

The first round of the US Open was notable for high-scoring, even by the standards of the tournament that famously tests players more than any other.

First to enter was four-time major championship victor Rory McIlroy, who looked for a while on Thursday like he might not break 90 when he was 10-over-par through 11 holes. He has not had a top 10 in the U.S. Open since he tied for fourth at Pebble Beach in 2010. He chipped once and it came back to his feet.

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"Shoot something in the 60s tomorrow, and I'll be just fine, " Woods said.

Piercy, the last man in the 156-man field as an alternate from qualifying, was so disgusted with his game in his final practice round that he walked off the course. "I just think today was the toughest day we'll have all week".

Fox Sports Golf host Holly Sonders and golf course design analyst Gil Hanse on the 2018 U.S. Open and the difficulty of the Shinnecock Hills course. And it played like one. This is the second straight year he is No. 1 at the U.S. Open, ending a streak of six straight years with a different No. 1 at this major.

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