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Round 1 at the 2014 U.S. Open, as told by GIFs

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Thursday was the start of the 2014 U.S. Open, and everyone was really excited. I mean, just look how happy USGA President Tom O'Toole was during his introductory remarks. He almost cracked a smile at one point. It was crazy.

One man who did bring a smile to people's faces on Thursday was Rickie Fowler. In a tribute to Payne Stewart, Rickie donned a snazzy pair of plus-fours for his opening round, even-par 70.

Justin Rose got a little unlucky today -- which is weird, because that never happens in golf. At the par-3 17th (his eighth hole), Rose was a few inches from a hole-in-one only to see his ball trickle into a strange sandy area just outside a nearby bunker. The resulting bogey led to a front-nine 39, but he fought back with a 33 on the front to finish two over on the day.

Speaking of balls rolling; Matt Kuchar's second shot on 18 trickled over the green into the clubhouse on Thursday. But it turns out, that actually wasn't a very big of a deal. Because of a local rule in effect, Kuchar was able to take a free drop closer to the hole and managed to save par. 

Dustin Johnson might have made Chris Berman the happiest man on the planet today. After DJ hit a microphone off the tee on the par-3 sixth hole but managed to save par anyway, Boomer started yelling a bunch of microphone-related phrases. He seemed to especially like calling Dustin Johnson "mikey."

And finally, with Tiger Woods out of the field, the bigwigs over at ESPN decided to give the Tiger Woods treatment (AKA, filming every move he makes because it's so fascinating) to Miguel Angel Jimenez. Say what you want, but I thought it was a great decision. For example, here's their 30-second clip of golf's Most Interesting Man reading his yardage book.