Rose takes lead with 6-under 65 at Pebble Beach

The US Open takes place at Pebble Beach this weekend

The US Open takes place at Pebble Beach this weekend

"I thought this would be kind of cool doing this in front of the great man himself".

Tiger has been one of the best ball-strikers in the world this season (and last), and he's brought poor Pebble Beach to its knees over the last two U.S. Opens here by hitting more ideal iron shots than anyone else in golf. Rose lightly pumped his fist when it fell and soaked up the moment.

In a gentle start to the toughest test in golf, Rose had a one-shot lead on a day so accommodating that more than three dozen players broke par.

"I think we've listened intently", said John Bodenhamer, the senior managing director of championships for the USGA. So you don't feel that buzz that you would on a Sunday, but you can't help but look around over your shoulder and. damn, this is Pebble Beach.

Different history could be made this weekend as Brooks Kopeka tries to win his third-consecutive U.S. Open. "To be able to win a U.S. Open would be very magical to me". He responded with birdies at No. 12 and 14 to move to 5 under. He was tied with Aaron Wise and two others who had big finishes.

"A bad tee shot", he said.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, stumbled out of the gate, hitting it into a bunker on his first hole, the 10th, and making bogey. It felt nearly as good as the wedge he holed from 95 yards for eagle on No. 11.

Tiger Woods is expected to be one of Koepka's closest challengers and he is hoping to follow on from his remarkable victory at the Masters in Augusta.

He chipped back over the green from there and couldn't get up and down, carding a double-bogey 5.

After two straight birdies, he finished with 11 straight pars for a 70. It's just being disciplined and executing the shot that's at hand and what you're trying to do. "Rosey proved the golf course could be had".

Phil Mickelson tees off in his 28th U.S. Open, the only major he hasn't won, and he doesn't need to be reminded that his chances are dwindling to get the last leg of the career Grand Slam.

"I didn't shoot myself out of it", Koepka said.

Justin Rose was another to make a fast start as he seeks to make amends for two disappointing performances in the majors so far this season. Instead, he played from the drop area in front of the stand, played a gorgeous pitch to 10ft, and holed the putt for an absurd par.

Perhaps more telling about the course, and depth of talent compared with two decades ago, there were 17 eagles. That put him at 5 under through six holes in the opening round of the US Open.

Woods hit just nine of 18 greens in regulation, sometimes leaving himself in some precarious positions.

No one was expecting a breeze the rest of the week.

This is the sixth time Pebble Beach is hosting the U.S. Open. "They can do whatever they want with from here". "And then I got rewarded with a hot finish, birdieing the last three".

Thus, began his quest to become the first man in more than a century to win this title three years in a row - and so it continued with three more birdies in the next five holes, before a bogey at the hard 8th stalled his momentum.

Coverage on USOpen.com starts at 10 a.m.

Woods kept Thursday's round intact with his putter, most notably with a 30-foot make at the par-5 14th to earn par. The most recent came in 2010 when Graeme McDowell won by one stroke.

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