PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) – Sam Saunders, grandson of golf great Arnold Palmer, hit the first tee shot from the first hole as the U.S. Open began on a cool morning on the Monterey Peninsula on Thursday.
As big names Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson prepared for their early tee times, Saunders and his playing companions, Mexican Carlos Ortiz and Australian Marcus Fraser got the major championship underway at 6.45 a.m. local time (1345 GMT).
Rican - Luis - Gagne - Austrian-born - Sepp
Simultaneously, Costa Rican Luis Gagne, Austrian-born Sepp Straka and Argentina’s Julian Etulain began proceedings from the 10th tee.
Of the first 12 players on the Pebble Beach course, nobody birdied their first hole.
Thursday - Weather - Forecast - Perfect - Scoring
Thursday’s weather forecast is near perfect for low scoring, with cool temperatures and only a light breeze expected all day.
It is the sixth time the championship is being staged at the famous coastal California course, and the first since Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell triumphed in 2010.
Starters - Names
Even before the early starters teed off, several of the big names were...
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