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.