Oh my word McIlroy!
He almost holes another birdie on the 17th. That long putt didn’t even get him excited.
After finding seven of the first nine greens in regulation, Davis Thompson is facing his first real test on the par-three 10th.
He pushed his tee shot a fraction but a fraction at Winged Foot can result in a hefty penalty.
The 21-year-old remains calm though, flicking his ball out of the four-inch deep rough to a couple of feet. Tap-in par and move on.
…. Tiger’s who shows his frustration with his iron, after escaping from the horrid beardy rough on the fringes of the eighth fairway. His ball scuttles low down the fairway and straight into a bunker, a good 100 yards short of the green.
This is going to be a long one.
McIlroy on the 17th is a little frustrated. He’s safely on the green, but obviously thinks he should have got closer on the par-four hole.
An outside chance of a birdie.
Better to be in his position than…
Davis Thompson must feel like he’s dreaming. The American
amateur leads the US Open after nine holes of his career debut! Wow!
-3 Thompson (a) (9),
-2 English (9), McIlroy (7*), Conners (6*)
Wu (12), Poston (11), Wallace (10), Todd (9), Detry (9*), Matsuyama (8), Reed
(8), Simpson (8*), Thomas (7), Ishikawa (5)
A par putt for Woods at the seventh after his long-ish birdie attempts strolls past the hole. He needs to be making those soon.
Davis Thompson is human. He’s left scratching his chin after seeing his 15-foot birdie putt wander off to the right of the hole on the ninth.
I reckon the amateur would have taken three under at the turn a couple of hours ago.
McIlroy is set for par on the 16th – a safe par. He looks mildly disappointed – but put him through an X-ray and there are party poppers exploding around in his mind.
England’s Tyrrell Hatton is dropping back to level par. Hes staring down a 25-foot par putt on the 17th (his eighth). and he lags it up to a couple of feet.
Compatriot Paul Waring is also playing his eighth hole, but he started on the first.He too is bogeying though and moving back to level par.
Winged Foot biting back.
McIlroy plays another wonderful iron to within puttable distance on the 16th.
This really is old school Rory at the moment.
England’s Danny Willett is not finding birdies so easy to come by. The 2016 Masters champion has had one in his opening seven holes, but that came amid four bogeys and he’s at three over.
Ian Poulter is also over par after two bogeys and three pars in his opening five holes.
Easy does it for the two heavyweights.
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He cannot believe it.
US Ryder Cup player Patrick Reed, for a moment, looks as if he’s trying to work out where his tee shot from the par-three seventh went until he realises it went straight into the hole. He double bogeyed the fifth.
Remarkable! Within the first few hours of this major.
Both Woods and Thomas will have putts for birdies on the sixth after beautiful approaches.
Collin Morikawa, who missed the fairway, faces a tougher task. Much tougher.
Davis Thompson must be wondering what all the fuss is about. A third successive birdie sees the amateur take the sole lead in the US Open!
Sensational start for the 21-year-old who qualified by being ranked in the top seven in the World Amateur Golf Rankings – he was third when the deadline passed on 19 August.
Right. Very simple.
Who will win the US Open at Winged Foot, and why?
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American Brandon Wu follows a bogey on the short 10th, with a birdie on the 11th to join Rory McIlroy in the lead.
American amateur Davis Thompson is also off to a flier. Birdies on the sixth and seventh holes, after five pars, has seen him jump up to the top of the leaderboard.
And Jordan Spieth’s good run continues with a third consecutive birdie getting him back to level par.
Collin Morikawa picks up a welcome birdie at the fifth to go back to level. Brings a smile to his face.
Thomas fails to copy his playing partner – he should have.
Tiger Woods is about to drop another.