US Open golf 2022 LIVE: Leaderboard, tee times and latest updates from first round as Rory McIlroy co-leads

US Open golf 2022 LIVE: Leaderboard, tee times and latest updates from first round as Rory McIlroy co-leads

Justin Thomas: It’s sad LIV Golf is overshadowing US Open

Follow live scores and updates from the US Open at Brookline as the third major of the season gets underway amid the “black cloud” of the LIV Golf series. It’s already been a momentous week for the sport, as the inaugural event of the Saudi-backed competition began at Centurion Club, while the loyal supporters of the PGA Tour Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas put on a show at the Canadian Open. It sets up what should be a thrilling week, as the two opposing sides of golf’s civil war come head to head at The Country Club.

McIlroy, who held off the challenge of the PGA Championship winner Thomas to win the title in Ontario last week, is the favourite ahead of the US Open as he looks to end his major drought. The 33-year-old has played some sparkling golf at the previous two majors this season and is feeling confident he has the game to string together a consistent four rounds. The four-time major winner is also set to be challenged by defending champion Jon Rahm, who is among the early starters, as well as the Masters champion Scottie Scheffler.

Elsewhere, there will be plenty of interest in the LIV Golf contingent, particularly Phil Mickelson, just days after the rebel players were banned by the PGA Tour. Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed are among those to sign up to the controversial event and the reception they receive will be another talking point on what is set to be an eventful week. Follow live scores and updates from the US Open, below:

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Hadwin’s drive at the last bounces on a sprinkler head and goes racing miles down the fairway into the semi-rough. It leaves him with only a short pitch in and a fine effort sets up a chance at birdie that would stretch his lead to two.

Tom Kershaw17 June 2022 00:21

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A miserable afternoon mercifully comes to an end for Phil Mickelson. He won’t be keen to remember his 52nd birthday. That’s a round of 78.

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Tom Kershaw17 June 2022 00:07

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Being top of the leaderboard doesn’t seem to be hindering Hadwin, who booms a perfect drive down the 17th.

Over at 18, Lowry plays a fine approach into the green. He’s currently +2 and a birdie there would be a huge momentum boost heading into Friday.

Tom Kershaw16 June 2022 23:59

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Fitzpatrick pulled his drive at 18 way left and then could only find the front bunker. He can’t get up and down and that’s a bogey to finish, unfortunately. Still, an opening 68 leaves the Englishman in a great position.

Tom Kershaw16 June 2022 23:56

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All had been going swimmingly for Rose, but his approach into the par-5 8th hits the false front and rolls all the way back down. He then fluffs his chip and it rolls back to his feet. The next attempt isn’t much better and it leaves a tricky putt just to save par after what looked a great chance to move into a share of the lead.

Tom Kershaw16 June 2022 23:48

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Speaking of which, Scheffler birdies the last to finish with a 70. That’s a good recovery, having been two over at one stage. He’s already won four events this year, including The Masters, and you wouldn’t bet against him adding a second major to that tally.

Tom Kershaw16 June 2022 23:42

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Dustin Johnson gets a birdie at 17 too. The 2016 champion has flown a little under the radar today but he’s -2 now and there are a number of major winners lurking just a few shots off the lead.

Tom Kershaw16 June 2022 23:38

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A wonderful putt at 17 from Fitzpatrick. He loves this course and that’s another birdie. He may not be the longest driver, but he’s consistently found the fairways, has a brilliant touch on the greens, and that’s what’s required in Brookline. The Englishman is one shot off the lead.

Tom Kershaw16 June 2022 23:34

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Thomas’ long birdie putt just misses on 18 but that’s still an impressive round of 69 from the PGA champion. He was rightly one of the favourites coming into the week and he’s unlikely to be more than three shots back heading into the second round.

Tom Kershaw16 June 2022 23:30

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It’s not been such miserable fare for Bryson DeChambeau though. It’s been a quiet round for the US Open champion, who breaks a streak of eight pars with a birdie to get back to level for the tournament.

Elsewhere, Tommy Fleetwood is creeping up the leaderboard too, following up a birdie at the 5th with a fine tee shot into the par 3 6th.

Tom Kershaw16 June 2022 23:23

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