The 122nd US Open begins on Thursday, with the pre-tournament favorite among the clubhouse leaders following the morning session. Rory McIlroy, who is 10-1 to win the national title in golf according to Caesars Sportsbook, scored a 3-under 67 to lead the morning wave at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, going bogey-free for 17 holes until the last, when he fell back into a tie for the lead.
McIlroy started his quest for major No. 5 with a bang, playing in a fantastic pairing with 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele. After their first rounds, neither is under par, although famous players like Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm, Will Zalatoris, and Adam Scott are two shots behind the co-leaders.
Brooks Koepka is one of the afternoon’s main attractions. He’s also attempting to win his third U.S. Open while winning his fifth major championship. Koepka is matched with world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Players champion Cameron Smith to begin his event.
This year’s U.S. Open is already shaping to be one to remember, with big names, an old-school golf course, and a slew of storylines. Scores and highlights from CBS Sports will be added to this story as they become available. Check out the live scores at the top of the page, a more thorough leaderboard, Round 1 tee times, and our complete coverage guide for the US Open.
Rory Takes a Share of the Lead After a 3-under 67 Round
According to CBS Sports, Rory McIlroy has grabbed command of the US Open after registering for a 3-under 67 in the first round, just like he did at the 2022 PGA Championship. After starting the day with six consecutive pars, the 2011 U.S. Open champion made his first birdie on the par-3 16th (his seventh hole of the day). McIlroy added another spot at the par-4 18th for a total of 2-under 33.
Making six straight pars to start his back nine, the Northern Irishman displayed frustration when he had a terrible lie on the reachable par-4 sixth, forcing him to struggle for par. Back-to-back birdies on the board.