"Happy it's over", Justin Rose said after a 1-over triumph.
"Like a US Open should be", Masters champion Patrick Reed said after his 3-over effort. However, he pulled himself together and went par-par-birdie-par-par-par-par to finish the front nine with a three-over, 38. "It was just hard all day", Johnson said. Mickelson asked an official if there was a rule that allowed a player to see the ball as he was trying to hit it.
He was trending toward that number after a 4-putt green at the 13th hole and then wild misses off the tee and from the rough at the 14th.
He booked his US Open start through sectional qualifying in England but has no status on any worldwide tour.
It was also a tough day for three-time victor Tiger Woods, who made a triple bogey seven after overshooting the first and struggled for most of the day on the greens, carding a 78.
"I knew it was going to be tough", Gregory said after his round. "I just didn't putt well". I enjoy the fight. Baddeley started out early and quickly grabbed the lead with a couple of early birdies, and he played solidly throughout until he took a triple bogey seven at the par-four sixth hole, his 15th of the day.
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"It's been a long time, and this is not really the week I wanted to revisit that score". No. 1, I hit it right through the wind compounding my problem.
Every golfer made it to the course in time on Day 1 despite traffic that had players anxious someone would miss his tee time. He was the last player to win a US Open while recording a triple bogey and that was back in 2000.
Even being 4-over after two holes, Spieth figured even par would be a reasonable start on a day like this, a course like this.
"I think it's in fifth place", he said. That put him at 8 over par for the round on the par-70 Shinnecock Hills course.
After the second straight 6, Woods walked slowly off the green, seemingly beaten by Shinnecock's harsh greens and his failing putter.
He bogeyed the 11th, then made successive double bogeys on 13 and 14, including a four-putt on the 13th.