Savagery at Shinnecock

U.S. Open 2018: 9 images that show how brutal Shinnecock Hills is playing on Day 1

June 14, 2018

There is some absolute carnage early in Round 1 at Shinnecock Hills. Fans complained about how easy the U.S. Open played last year at the windless, exposed Erin Hills. Many of them are grinning watching the incredibly high scores so far at the 2018 U.S. Open.

The struggles have been real for many players this morning. Englishman Scott Gregory, the 2016 British Amateur champion, shot an opening 22-over 92—matching the highest U.S. Open score since Felix Casas shot a 92 at Bethpage Black in 2002. We saw Scott Stallings make a quintuple-bogey 9—after hitting the 13th green in 3! Jordan Spieth, possessor of one of the best short games in the world, made a triple bogey at the short uphill par-3 11th, after his bunker shot rolled off the green, then his chip back up rolled back to him. Imagine how you or me would do if that's Spieth out there . . .

The poor marshals in the fairways at Shinnecock Hills have been hard at work finding errant shots in the fescue. It's been a tough, if not entertaining, day thus far at Shinnecock Hills. Let's recap it with these photos, video and graphics.

Rory McIlroy's been one of the captains of the struggle bus thus far. The four-time major champ turned in a 7-over 42—and had it to 10-over par through 11 at one point—perhaps best summed up by this shot out of the bunker. Ouch ...

This is the scorecard of Scott Gregory. It is not good.

Jordan Spieth's struggles with the putter have been well-documented the past couple of years. They appear to be continuing at Shinnecock . . .

Rob Carr

Jordan Spieth of the United States reacts to a misesd putt on the 16th green during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The pace of play won't be great this week at Shinnecock. Brutal wind, deep rough, plus the pressure of needing to grind out pars in what might be the toughest tournament of the year. Yep, those are tough conditions.

Mike Ehrmann

Brooks Koepka of the United States gets a ruling near the fescue on the sixth hole during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

We hope these marshals updated their prescriptions before this week.

You wouldn't want these kind of grasses in your back yard ... let alone having to find your golf ball ... on the first hole you're playing of the day ... and then play it out of there. Poor Charl Schwartzel.

Streeter Lecka

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa looks for his ball in the fescue on the tenth hole during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The South African miraculously found his ball and was able to advance it down the fairway. Unfortunately, Charl ended up with a triple-bogey 7 on the brutal 10th hole, his first of the day.

Streeter Lecka

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa plays his second shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Just gnarly, gnarly stuff, as Will Zalatoris found out early in his first round on Thursday.

Warren Little

Will Zalatoris of the United States plays his second shot on the third hole during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

And then there's the unfortunate 14th hole for Stallings. The four-time tour winner hacked it around the green pretty well. This graphic tells it all.

And here's the brutal play-by-play.

Then there was our marquee pairing from early on Thursday. Who would've thought a 77 would be low round in this group?

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