Top-ranked Luke Donald did not shine Thursday at Congressional, finishing with a 74.
Rory McIlroy comes on strong in the first round.
Phil Mickelson talks with swing coach Butch Harmon before playing. They probably didn't discuss taking a drop, which Mickelson had to do after dumping his opening shot in the water on his way to a double bogey.
Early starter Chez Reavie shot a 70.
Adam Scott has Tiger Wood's usual caddie, Steve Williams, on his bag this week.
Johan Edfors joins several players at one-under par.
Bubba Watson is grabbing attention with his attire.
Y.E. Yang starts strong with a 68.
Ernie Els finds his ball in the water hazard on the 11th hole.
Ryan Palmer finds himself on the leader board at a U.S. Open for the first time after opening with a 69.
It's easy for Louis Oosthuizen to smile: he shot an opening round 69.
Quietly at work, Stewart Cink putts on the 18th green.
Fredrik Jacobson celebrates holing out from a bunker on the 12th hole.
It was a rough start for Lee Westwood, who shot four-over par.
Luke Donald jumps to see the green from the rough along the 16th fairway.
Mickelson had a rough time on his birthday.
Graeme McDowell is all smiles with a one-under par score.
Golf fans enjoy the action from the club house at the Congressional County Club.
Amateur Peter Uihlein celebrates an eagle on No. 12.