It’s ON! Your First Round Open Thread *UPDATE*
By Conor Nagle under US Open

Luuuuuuuuuke: off to a solid start

Scores are already heading skywards at Congressional and par is beginning to look like a very good score indeed.

Trying to accommodate the usual US Open scoreboard distortion, whereby guys who manage to start with a par or a birdie automatically find themselves atop the leaderboard, is difficult, particularly in the early stages, but it looks like many of the morning draw’s biggest names are making solid starts to their campaigns. Graeme McDowell, Stewart Cink, Y.E. Yang and Ernie Els are all tied at the top (-1), with the likes of Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Padraig Harrington hovering a shot back.

How all this is going to unfold is anyone’s guess, but feel free to share your comments and observations below!

*UPDATE* I’ve just been sent a copy of the USGA’s course setup memo and thought some of you might be interested to know that:

  • Green speeds this morning averaged a swift 13.5 on the USGA Stimpmeter. They’re expected to settle into ‘the high 12s’ by this afternoon.
  • Unlike the longest cut of rough,  the first cut was mown last night (from tee to green).
  • Today’s greens are slightly softer than during the previous two days’ practice.
  • Thunderstorms could be on the way! (5pm-ish)

Conor Nagle