The world’s top three players Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer carded 74, 74, 75. It’s the largest first-round lead at a US Open since 1976, when amateur Mike Reid led by three. This was really a wonderful start to the US Open at Congressional near Washington DC by the 22-year-old golfer from Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy.
The 22-year-old golfer from Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy’s opening 65 at Congressional was arguably superior to his first round 65 at the Masters. After shooting a bogey-free 65 to take a three-shot lead over Y.E. Yang and Charl Schwartze, Rory McIlroy said, “It was pretty much stress-free golf”.
The Northern Irishman carded a blemish free round of six-under-par to lead by three shots from Korea’s Y.E. Yang and Masters champion South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel. Padraig Harrington of Ireland carded a level-par 71 while American world number six Matt Kuchar and Ireland’s Shane Lowry took 72.
US Open is the second of the four major championships in golf and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. Finally 22-year-old golfer from Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy fashioned a bogey-free, 6-under-par 65 to open his run at the national championship with a three-shot lead.