PHOTOS: Crowds Flock to Shinnecock Thursday for U.S. Open

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Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 8th green at Shinnecock Hills on Thursday. Gavin Menu photo

An estimated crowd of 30,000 people filled the grounds of the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton on Thursday as the 118thUnited States Open began with its opening round of play. For many of the biggest names in golf — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, among them — Shinnecock showed its teeth with winds gusts in excess of 30 miles per hour driving many scores well above par.

Dustin Johnson, the world’s top ranked golfer, persevered through tough conditions and carded a 1-under par score of 69 to lead the tournament with three other players, Ian Poulter, Russell Henley and Scott Piercy.

Woods, who drew a huge gallery of fans while playing alongside Johnson and Justin Thomas, opened with a triple bogey and went on to shoot an 8-over par score of 78. The gusting winds, as Mark Hermann wrote in Newsday, meant that “Shinnecock was Shinnecock.”

Second-round play began on Friday with the projected cut line set at 6-over par.

East Hampton native Duane Bock caddies for Kevin Kisner at the 13th hole of the 118th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Thursday. Michael Heller photos
Tiger Woods surveys the green at the 2nd hole after posting a triple bogey on one.
Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods played before huge crowds on Thursday.
Phil Mickelson tees off on the 8th hole.
Rory McIlroy chips on the 7th green.
Crowds at the 118th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Thursday.
Inside the media center at Shinnecock.
First-round leader Dustin Johnson checks his notes on the 8th green after chipping in for birdie from the front bunker. Gavin Menu photo
Fans of Scottish golfer Russell Knox.

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