On a soft, gentle and cloudy afternoon on the Monterey Peninsula, Rose played alongside Tiger Woods, then shot 6-under 65 to match a record set by Woods himself, back in 2000, for the best U.S. Open score at Pebble. The encouraging part if you're a Big Cat fan is that there's nearly no possible way he can hit it this poorly for the remainder of the week, which means a big gallop could be coming in turn two or turn three. It's nice when you shoot 66, and that's about as high as it was going to be.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Low scores, birdies and eagles typically leave the USGA unhappy at its championship events.
To help in that process, the USGA hired former PGA Tour player Jason Gore as the group's first senior director of player relations.
Playing in his 28th U.S. Open Mickelson has not threatened since his second place finish in 2013.
"I did everything you need to do in a US Open, I stayed patient after I bogeyed the first and played really solid after that so I did what you are supposed to do, make a lot of pars, chip off the birdies when you can and it was a good day's work".
Fowler said he expected changes to be made, even after the USGA was heavily criticized for letting things get out of hand at Shinnecock Hills a year ago and at Chambers Bay in 2015.
"I said earlier in the week that whether I win a major or I don't in my career, it's not something that's going to define me", the 30-year-old said after a round containing six birdies and a solitary bogey.
Different history could be made this weekend as Brooks Kopeka tries to win his third-consecutive U.S. Open.
"Pebble Beach, you have the first seven to get it going, and after that it's a fight", Woods said.
Rickie Fowler was more than happy with his start to the U.S. Open after taking a share of the lead at Pebble Beach.
New Zealand's Ryan Fox wasn't among those to make the most of the conditions however - he carded a three over par 74 leaving him in danger of not making the cut. In fact, he was over par in the first round of each of the previous seven U.S. Opens. "We will follow what the architect intended with that true test in the way the golf course is presenting both on the putting greens and the fairways".
After holing his second shot from just under 100 yards at the par-four 11th, his second hole at Pebble Beach, Oosthuizen raised his arms in triumph and broke into a broad smile before high-fiving his caddie.
Mickelson faced a 20-inch tap-in for par on the 3rd hole.and he missed it. "Hitting the ball in the correct spots, if I happened to not feel comfortable with a number, dump the ball 30, 40 feet, move on about my business". "But this was a chance to get a few under par, and I just didn't quite do it".