Best moments from the first round of the 2024 U.S. Open

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The 124th U.S. Open teed off Thursday morning, and on a tough course like Pinehurst No. 2, it’s reasonable to expect competitors to raise their games. We have all of the best action from the first round of the 2024 contest in North Carolina right here.

Rahm watching from home

Jon Rahm may be out of the U.S. Open with a foot infection, but he’s still keeping tabs on his colleagues.

Shipley making waves

Remember Neal Shipley, the low amateur at the Masters in April? The Ohio State golfer is back on the leaderboard at a major at 2 under after 12 holes. The “Ship” drained an 18½-footer for birdie on No. 1 and a 33½-footer on the par-4 12th to move into a tie for fourth. It’s a good thing Woods isn’t playing him again today; Shipley, runner-up in the 2023 U.S. Amateur, beat Tiger by 4 shots in a Sunday pairing at Augusta National. — Mark Schlabach

Tiger bounces back

Tiger picked up a birdie on the par-5 fifth to end an ugly stretch of 5 over in the previous seven holes. He ripped a 316-yard drive down the right side, then his second shot bounced onto the green before rolling back off. He chipped to about 30 feet and missed the eagle putt. Woods had birdies on both par-5s and needed the second one to get back to 3 over with four holes to play. — Mark Schlabach

Pavon is cruising

For all the talk of Pinehurst’s difficulty this week, it doesn’t seem as if Matthieu Pavon is having much of a problem. The Frenchman made the turn in 2 under, with one eagle already under his belt, and proceeded to add a second one on the par-5 10th hole with a 27-foot putt after reaching the green. It’s early, but Pavon’s 5 under will now set the pace for the rest of the tournament. — Paolo Uggetti

Pavon carded eagles on both par-5s at Pinehurst No. 2 in the first round Thursday to become the first player to get to 5 under. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first golfer to post two eagles in the same U.S. Open round at Pinehurst No. 2. He’s the third player to do it in the U.S. Open at any course in the past 10 years; Jimmy Walker (second round, Shinnecock Hills in 2018) and Tommy Fleetwood (final round, Los Angeles Country Club in 2023) were the others. –Mark Schlabach

Brooks in the lead

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: On a hard major championship golf course, Brooks Koepka is leading the tournament. The four-time major winner got off to an early lead at the U.S. Open by playing the front nine in 2 under and making a birdie on the 10th hole to go to 3 under on the day. Koepka seems to thrive in these kind of setups, and this week should be no different. — Paolo Uggetti

Tiger starts off strong

Fifteen-time major champion Tiger Woods is off to a great start Thursday. He began on the second nine and sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-5 10th. On the par-4 12th, Woods didn’t like his second shot and nearly broke an iron over his knee. His ball ended up in a greenside bunker. He chipped to 10 feet and made the long par save to remain at 1 under. Woods’ short game looked rusty at the Masters and PGA Championship, but so far so good at Pinehurst No. 2. — Mark Schlabach



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