• The US Open started on Thursday at Chambers Bay in Seattle, Washington
  • Phil Mickelson cards a promising opening one-under round of 69
  • Dustin Johnson at the summit of the leaderboard on a round of six-under 
  • Jordan Spieth is bidding to win back-to-back Majors after Masters win
  • Follow all the action as it happens with Sportsmail’s live coverage

Jack Bezants

Nicholas Godden for MailOnline

The second major of the season sees golf’s elite travel to the north west of the United States for the US Open at Chambers Bay in Seattle, Washington.

It has proven a controversial choice of venue for the 115th edition of the Grand Slam event with Englishman Ian Poulter, who claimed several players had branded the course a ‘complete farce’, particularly vocal.

That said, we could be in for four days of crazy golf in what has been an unpredictable tournament in recent history.

Only four of the last 10 US Open winners have broken par, as opposed to 14 of 15 Open champions, all bar one of the US Masters winners since 1966 and every holder of the PGA Championship after Dave Stockton, 38 editions ago.

Word No 1 Rory McIlroy comes into the tournament on the back of two missed cuts, at the PGA Championship at Wentworth and the Irish Open, but the Northern Irishman has been talking up his chances of claiming a fifth major this week.

World No 2 Jordan Spieth is bidding to become the youngest player to hold two majors in the modern era after winning The Masters at Augusta back in April.

Meanwhile Phil Mickelson, who celebrated his 45th birthday this week, is looking to go one better than the six second-place finishes he has achieved in the US Open.

There will also be an appearance from 15-year-old American Cole Hammer, who will be the first player born this century to play at a Major.

Follow all the action as it happens with Sportsmail’s live coverage with updates by JACK BEZANTS and NICHOLAS GODDEN from the opening round on Thursday.

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  • Jack Bezants

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The wind has picked up at Chambers Bay, not that Jordan Spieth cares though. He has just made his second consecutive birdie on the 12th and moves to within three shots of the lead. The Texan is playing himself into a good position.

Ben Martin makes another birdie with a superb putt on the second green to tie the lead.

Rickie Fowler has had a miserable afternoon so far but he almost makes a hole in one on the par-four 12th. His tee shot goes past the pin and through to the back of the green but it roles back and almost drops. Taps in for an eagle to move to seven-over. 

Jordan Spieth lands his second shot on the 11th within two feet of the pin and will have a simple enough putt for birdie. The Masters winner obliges and breaks par for the first time today. Back nine charge, perhaps? 

Amateur Brian Campbell has just birdied on the 18th to reach the turn at four under, just one shot off the lead.

American amateur Brian Campbell is tied fifth after eight on three-under par after birdies on the 11th, 12th and 14th, while Branden Grace birdied on the 18th and is also three-under.

American Rickie Fowler has had an atrocious end to his front nine. The Players Championship winner dropped an incredible eight shots in the final four holes before the turn – one bogey, two doubles and one treble.

Jordan Spieth reaches the turn at level par. One bogey and one birdie for the world No 2, who has made a stead, of not spectacular start.

Justin Rose keeping pace with the Texan and enters the back nine level par, having also carded one birdie and one bogey.

Jason Day closes the front nine with two birdies at the eighth and ninth to reach the turn two-under and three shots off the lead.

I really should give a mention to Englishman Danny Willett, who is two-under after 10. Three birdies and a bogey for Willet.

Woods for a birdie on the par-five eighth. It would be remarkable if he makes it. It looks good. Oh no, it just bobbles over the cup. Perfect line but it had slightly too much legs.

Four foot to save par for Woods. He makes it. He has done well to make par after his first two shots.

Meanwhile, over on the back nine, American Ben Martin has birdied the 16th and moves just one shot off the lead at four-under par. A bogey on the 13th the only blemish on an otherwise flawless card that includes three birdies and an eagle.

A familiar sight, Tiger Woods hitting a second shot out the rough. He jars the club into the ground and he lets it go over his shoulder. It lands in more rough. But he follows it up with screaming third shot and reaches the green. He has a birdie in sight on the par five eighth.

Tiger Woods tees off on the eight and he thrashes it into the rough, missing what must be an 80-yard wide fairway. Tiger smashes his driver on the ground in frustration. It is difficult to watch.

Spieth putting up the hill for an eagle on the eighth. It looked simple enough but he misses it to the right. It didn’t move away, just misjudged it. A missed opportunity for Spieth. He won’t get a shorter putt for an eagle if he carries on playing for the rest of the month.

Ian Poulter has settled down nicely after his horrendous double bogey on the first hole. He has birdied and the fourth and again at the sixth to go level par.

Tiger Woods sets himself up with another look at a birdie. He is 15 feet from the pin though.

He drops it two feet short and taps in for par. He remains four over after a tortuous first seven holes.

Jordan Spieth reaches the green in two on the par five eighth and leaves himself a five-footer for an eagle. Magnificent shot by the world No 2. 

Tiger Woods had the chance of a birdie on the sixth but he three-putts to card his fourth bogey of the round. He is four-over after six.

Not looking good for 39-year-old. He is really struggling out there this afternoon. Another shake of the head by Woods as he trudges off the green. On to the seventh.

Tiger Woods is in the rough again on the sixth. He climbs the hill to get a better look at the position of the pin. Lands it on the green but it’s a good 20-foot from the hole. Has a sight of a birdie though.

Rickie Fowler finds the bunker to the right of the green on the sixth. The American swipes at it but it pops back in the sand. Better second attempt by Fowler but he has left himself with a tough putt just to make bogey.

Englishman Paul Casey sitting pretty on one-under after five on the back nine. Doesn’t like his tee shot on the 15th though.

Jordan Spieth three-putts on the sixth to make his first bogey of the afternoon. He moves one-over par.

Tiger Woods has a look at a Birdie on the fifth. It’s a great Putt but misses just to the left. It will be a simple enough two-footer for par.

‘We still believe Tiger,’ cries one adoring spectator. Belief, unfortunately, is on the wane. He drops the putt for par to leave him three-over after five.

South African Branden Grace has mad a good start on the back nine. He bogeyed the 10th to start the round before making an eagle at 12. And he has just birdied the 14th to leave him two-under after five.

Colombian Camilo Villegas has made consecutive birdies on the 10th and 11th to join Grace on two-under.

Jordan Spieth finds the bunker again with his tee shot on the fifth. Does well to clear the sand with his second but the best he will hope for is a par here.

Tiger Woods prowling the green on the fourth, measuring up the nips and tucks before his five-footer to save par. He doesn’t want to be three-over after four. But he is. Tiger doesn’t get enough on it, just lacked conviction. Not easy viewing at the moment if, like me, you’re willing Woods to do well.

BJ Holmes, who is playing on the back nine, has just made his fourth birdie in his first seven holes and is three-under par for his round after bogeying 10.

Meanwhile, American Ben has birdied the 11th and just made an eagle on the 12th to move level with Holmes on three-under – two shots off the lead.

Justin Rose send his putt on the fourth past the pin and misses a five-footer to save par. He moves back to level par with his first bogey of the afternoon.

Spieth manages to hold a tricky five-footer of his own for another par. Jason Day birdies the fourth after his impressive approach left his nicely placed near the pin.

Tiger Woods is on the fourth tee with his driver in hand. Just as Jordan Spieth did before him, Woods finds the beach on the right. It has to go left there, but Tiger is late on to it.

Meanwhile, on the green of the fourth Spieth rolls his putt four foot short and to the left and that won’t be simple to save par.

Not the best start for Woods

Justin Rose hits another rasping drive on the fourth and finds the middle of the fiarway. Jordan Spieth, however, hits his tee shot way to right and drops it smack bang in the sand.

Spieth does well to make the green with his second shot but faces at least a 40-foot putt if he to break par.

Jason Day drops his second shot four foot from the pin and it could be birdie time for the Aussie, who is one-over after three.

Better from Tiger Woods as he lands on the green from the tee on the third. His first look at a birdie and should at least make par from this position, which will help to settle him down here.

It’s a good-looking putt by Tiger but it kisses the lip and won’t drop. He will  have to settle for par, but at least it halts the run of bogeys.

Tiger Woods finds the bunker from the rough with his second shot on the second. He finds the green but faces another difficult putt to save par.

The three-time US Open winner lines it up. It’s a 12-footer to avoid two consecutive bogeys. And he misses to the right. Not a good start for Tiger.

Jordan Spieth holds a tricky six-footer on the second green to make par four. Justin Rose also holds for par to remain one under after two holes.

Meanwhile Woods’ tee shot on the second veers to the right and he finds the rough again. The signs are looking ominous for the man wearing all black. Will it be a dark afternoon for the world No 195?

Woods misses the putt for par to the right and has to settle for a bogey on the first. Not the start he would have wanted.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Cole Hammers ends the first round of his debut Major seven-over par after a 77. He can be very proud of his performance today.

‘Damn it, Tiger!’ is the cry as Woods picks out the long grass way out to the right of the green with his second shot on the par-four first.

Rickie Fowler shanks his approach shot and it keeps low and heads towards the same long grass that Tiger’s ball is nestled in. But it slopes round and luckily makes it way on to the green.

Woods plays it well out the rough but faces a tricky putt to save par.

Tiger Woods is greeted with a warm round of applause from the crowd as he takes his place on the first tee. It’s a solid enough drive by the former US Open champion.

Just Rose, who hit that beautiful second shot strokes it home with ease to start with a birdie.

Spieth’s putt misses long and to the left and he settles for par.

Justin Rose hits an absolute beaut of a second shot that rests about two foot from the pin and should be a simple enough birdie first up for the Englishman.

Spieth follows it up by dropping his second shot 20 foot from the hole, while Jason Day sends his approach wide to the right and will face a tough two-putt to save par.

World No 2 and Master winner Jordan Spieth steps up to the first tee. The 21-year-old is bidding to become the youngest golfer in the modern era to hold two Majors. His first drive of the day is good and he finds the middle of the fairway.

Spieth is joined by Australian Jason Day and the 2013 winner Justin Rose, who both find the fairway too.

Henrik Stenson, who shares the lead at five-under, was happy with the course today. ‘I had a great start but then had a couple of frightening holes in the middle of the front nine,’ he said.

‘But I holed some bombs late on. It is a tricky course. I think they did a good job setting it up. I’m expecting a few more five-under-par rounds and then (the USGA) could easily make it a different animal by the end of the week.’

Tiger Woods is warming up on the driving range. The 14-time major winner will be teeing off in around 20 minutes. Woods, who is coming in to the tournament on the back of a humiliating round at the Memorial, will be playing alongside fellow American Rickie Fowler and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen

Patrick Reed sinks a six-foot birdie putt on the par-three to head back to the clubhouse one shot off the lead of four-under with a first round 66.

Colin Montgomerie holds for par on the 18th and heads back to the clubhouse after a very solid round of 69 one-under par. Monty can be very pleased with his day’s work. The Brit shot four birdies and three bogeys in his first round.

Rory McIlroy faces a nine-footer to save par on the par-three ninth. It misses to the left and the Norther Irishman has to settle for another bogey. That leaves the world No 1 seven shots off the lead as he closes on two-over for the round.

Stenson facing a 15 footer for a birdie on the 18th. And he makes it, another fantastic long putt by the Swede, who has made four birdies in the last five holes of the round to tie the lead with Johnson.

Matt Kuchar goes in on three-under after holding for par on the ninth.

So Dustin Johnson leads as he closes on five-under after a disappointing bogey on the ninth to end. Henrik Stenson has the opportunity to catch the American as he takes to the ninth – his final hole of the round.

Patrick Reed drops back to three-under with a bogey on the eight. So, it’s Johnson (-5), Stenson (-4), Kuchar and Reed (-3).

Sergio Garcia lines up a putt for a birdie on the ninth and it rolls agonisingly close to the lip but it doesn’t drop. He closes on level-par for the first round.

Dustin Johnson faces a tough up and down putt to save par on his final hole of the day. Just doesn’t get quite enough on it and it stops short. A good effort but the leader ends with a bogey – his first of the day – and goes in on five-under after the first round.

More disappointment for Rory McIlroy. His second shot on the par-five eighth looks to be good as it drops on the green, but it isn’t kind to him. It runs way off on the right and disappears down the slope. No more than several inches form being the perfect approach.

He chips his third stroke on to the green, and faces am eight-footer for a birdie and the chance to move level par.

He sends the putt out to right, it’s coming round but not enough. McIlroy has to settle for par and remains at one-over.

A rare mistake by the leader Dustin Johnson as he chips towards the green but lands it wide on the slope and watches it run away. He saves par though as he holds his nerve to sink a 10-footer.

Johnson saves par to stay bogey-free

Ice cool Henrik Stenson holds for a birdie on the par-four 16. That’s his third straight birdie and he moves into clear second at four-under. Stenson is really motoring now with two holes still to play.

Stenson’s sole second doesn’t last long though as Patrick Reed sinks a 12 footer on the sixth hole to move level with the Swede on four-under.

Stenson moves to four-under

Applause from the huge crowd on 18 as Mickelson converts a putt for par and ending his round on a one-under 69. Promising start for Phil, but he will feel like he maybe left a shot or two out there.

Monty, meanwhile, birdies the par-three 15th to go back to one-under.

This huge, sprawling green on 18, with ridges and bumps all over the place, has just left Bubba Watson with an astonishingly difficult putt. The pin is about 20 feet in front of him but instead, he has to turn and hit it up a bank to his left.

Eventually, the ball rolls out about ten feet past the flag. ‘More slopes and twists on the 18th green than anywhere else on the course’ says Paul McGinley.

Watson misses the follow-up putt for birdie but par means he is in on level par for his first round.

Bubba Watson of the United States shoots level par on his first US Open round

Francesco Molinari has made a tremendous putt from 16 feet on the 16th to move to three under.

The Italian has a tidy game and is one to look out for this week. He will make his move quietly up the leaderboard.

Francesco Molinari of Italy has quietly made a move to three-under par

Dustin Johnson is half an inch, or a breath of wind, away from moving to six-under par. The ball slams on its breaks on the cusp of the hole on the seventh hole, his 16th of the day.

Mickelson, meanwhile, finds the bunker with his tee shot on 18 and Monty has bogeyed 14 from five feet, left-to-right, to return to level par.

McIlroy has a really tough uphill, left-to-right, putt on 15 that he has done really well to get within  five feet of the hole for what should be a routine putt for par.

Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, is one-under with only the 18th left to play.

Dustin Johnson has really got going out there on the Chambers Bay course. He converts a putt from 12 feet on the 12th that only has eyes for the hole as soon as it leaves his putter. 

It is his second straight birdie and more impressively, Johnson has not yet made a bogey out there today.

McIlroy has got to be sinking those. They are the chances every player wants to be forging out for themselves.

The Northern Irishman sends it wide to the right, by inches. Frustrating golf from Rory.

Splendid approach from about 190 yards from Rory Mcilroy catches the slope in the green he was eyeing, and it takes him to about seven feet for birdie on four. He’ll like that, the World No 1.

Rory McIlroy is in contention despite a testing round at Chambers Bay

Dustin Johnson moves to four-under, rolling in a tidy putt on four to stand alone as leader.

Monty missed his putt on 12 after his glorious approach and marches off of the green shaking his head. It has been so impressive to see Monty playing until he gets on the greens today. Incredibly infuriating for him.

Dustin Johnson has the lead on four-under par

Monty lays up on 12, only 213 yards off the tee. But tee-to-green today, Monty has the ball doing whatever he wants it to do.

His next shot is no different. Monty’s approach floats over the flag before rolling back in. About five foot for birdie and he is surely licking his chops at the prospect of going to two-under.

Rory McIlroy hasn’t been at his best on the 12 holes that he has played so far at Chambers Bay and is left shaking his head after a putt of 20 feet refuses to turn into the hole.

But the World No 1 is only three shots back so he is always in contention.

Monty holes a birdie putt! 

If he had done this a few more on the front nine, he would be wrestling it out for top spot.

But one-under places him tied sixth and that toothy grin is out for all to see as Monty strides up to the cup to retrieve his ball after a putt of 10 feet.

Colin Montgomerie of Scotland watches his tee shot on the sixth hole

Reed’s shot on the first is for bogey and it is from far back. He can’t even get it to finish as close as he would have liked and has four foot for bogey. He makes it and is back to three-under.

Mickelson, meanwhile, makes a bigger putt for bogey on 14. He has about eight foot, curling round from left-to-right but it rolls straight into the middle of the cup. He celebrates it like a birdie.

Reed does not commit to his shot to get back on the green and it slowly starts to roll backwards from where it pitched… but then stops.

Reed blows a visible sigh of relief and now has the simple (ahem) task of negotiating the first green, which has arguably been the most tempestuous of all of them so far.

Mickelson sends the ball flying out of one bunker and straight into another. That glint in his eye has gone missing from earlier.

Leader Patrick Reed, meanwhile, has caught the forbidden left side of the green.

It is like a slide for a golf ball and has finished about 60 yards away from where Reed wanted it to be.

Mickelson’s coming down 14 now but cannot keep the ball on the fairway. His tee shot leaps into the bunker and leaves him with a challenge to get back on track.

Montgomerie, meanwhile, has left himself with 12 feet for birdie at 10… and it is too short again! Tee to green, Monty has been sublime, as good as anyone out there.

But the ruthless touch with the putter has deserted him today.

Mickelson for par. His line looks good, it turns left to right, it closes in on the hole…. and stops!

Mickelson looks stunned by the abrupt halting of his ball before stepping up and tapping it in for his second bogey of the day. 

He is down to tied third now on two-under. Dustin Johnson takes second for himself on three-under par.

Reed hit a sublime shot to give him three feet for birdie on the par-four 16th and followed it up on the tight par-three 17. Mickelson, meanwhile, has wavered a little.

He finds a grim looking bunker on hole 14, splashes out but has left himself a long and testing putt from around 20 feet to save par.

Back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 sees Patrick Reed rise to four-under and replace Mickelson as leader by a shot.

Reed played here in the 2010 US Amateur Open and that history might be helping him out here. He is through eight holes and lighting his scorecard up red with four birdies.

Patrick Reed of the United States hits a shot on the 11th hole

Monty has a putt from 15 feet to move to one-under but leaves it a foot short on the eighth hole, the only one without a bunker at Chambers Bay.

Monty drags his giant frame up to the pin to tap in for par. He can be forgiven for pondering what may have been if his putter was a little warmer today, Monty. He’s passed up a few birdie chances.

He birdied his first hole, the tenth, and now he has birdied his ninth to make the turn in 33.

It has been a promising start by Matt Kuchar and no doubt the field nearest to him no all about it, as roars of “Kuuuuuuuuchhh” erupt as he makes his second birdie.


Mickelson is playing some brilliant stuff out there.

He answers back to his bogey on 10, the long par four, by steaming into 11 and making a terrific birdie with a 12-foot putt to return to the summit of the leaderboard.

Brilliant, powerful tee shot, wondrous pitch and a composed putt sees McIlroy return to even par by a birdie on 16.

Then on 17, an 8 iron glinting in his hands, McIlroy rips the ball at the flag on the par-three and now is eyeing up another birdie.

617 yards, four shots. Birdie for Alexander Levy of France at 18 sees him arrive at two-under to join the first round leaders, after holing a birdie putt from five feet.

After starting on 10, Levy makes the turn in 33.

Alexander Levy of France makes the turn in 33 shots and is two-under

It looked like the World No 1 had done all the hard work in getting out of the sand but no! He has missed his putt for par. 

McIlroy closes his eyes in disbelief as he suddenly finds himself one-over after two straight bogeys.

Rory McIlroy suddenly finds himself at one-over par

Very awkward for McIlroy on the par-three 15. Off the elevated tee looking down on the flag, McIlroy’s tee shot is six-inches too light, slams into the lip of the bunker and falls back into an imposing trap.

He is up against it to get home in two here, as the wind begins to pick up at Chambers Bay. Haven’t had very much of that so far.

He’s found the odd spot of bother in his first four holes, has Rory McIlroy, but he has battled away valiantly and kept himself on one-under. 

Until now.

A bogey five on 14 has reduced him to even par, after his putt rolled the wrong side of the hole.

Mickelson makes par on nine, staying at three-under and Bubba Watson finally gets back to even par with his second birdie of the round, after opening with a double-bogey six on the first hole.

Rory McIlroy is now back to level par after a bogey on 14

Mickelson captialises on his tremendous aprroach on eight, nails the putt and moves all alone on three-under. Colin Montgomerie is still going at it as a truly splendid approach on five leaves him about eight feet short of the flag.

Agonisingly, he cannot convert the putt but he keeps getting in position, does Monty.

Dustin Johnson has just burnt the hole at the fifth. Bombing it off the tee, he has got a sand wedge and around 180 yards to work with. He lands it perfectly on the contours of the green that slope towards the flag but it just has too much momentum to get in the hole. Astounding shot, all the same.

Dustin Johnson of the United States has begun brilliantly at the US Open

Phil Mickelson is a man enjoying his golf right now. He sends his approach on eight to about 12 feet and will be looking to extend hos score to three-under and reclaim the lead for himself.

Graeme McDowell, a former winner here, has not begun well with a double-bogey on the 10th, his first of the day. but he has just sank a putt from about 35 feet to reduce his score to one-under.

That could be what the Ulsterman needs to get going here.

After an ugly tee shot on 12, Rory McIlroy puts far too much force into his putt and it runs past the hole. But he eventually rescues par and will have to remind himself to keep his emotions in check.

Defending champions Martin Kaymer, who is playing alongside Rory, makes an eagle to move -1.

Martin Kaymer of Germany, the defending champion, makes an eagle for one-under

Four players now at two-under on the leaderboard as Dustin Johnson makes his second birdie in as many holes on the 12th. He even missed an eagle putt to take the lead on his own.

Adam Scott, who always looks so robotic and emotionless with his sunglasses covering his eyes, has two birdies at the 10th and 12th.

Adam Scott of Australia watches his tee shot on the tenth hole

It was a little bit left off the tee from 15-year-old. The ball bounced awkwardly in the rough, looking to get back onto the fairway but could not quite manage it. Hammer flinched on the tee and looked a little overwhelmed as he prepared to get going on the 10th. It is understandable, though, from the young amateur.

Cole Hammer took a moment to compose himself before teeing off in the US Open

The world No 1 is up and running with birdie at hole 11. A straightforward putt from five feet puts him under par. It’s not nice off the tee on the 12th, though. Too much power, too far right on the par three and McIlroy grimaces back up on the tee.

Phil Mickelson has just missed a putt to get to three-under at the sixth from eight feet and slumps onto his putter as the crowd groans collectively.

But this is the US Open, it is meant to be hard. Who even thought scoring would be this low already?

Rory McIlroy made birdie at the 11th hole, his first of the US Open

The ice-cool Swede, Henrik Stenson, has back-to-back birdies on the second and third and shares the lead with Mickelson. 

Two nearly became three with Montgomerie on the second putting a bit too much on his birdie putt from ten feet, and it lips out.

The Scott winces as it rolls out of the hole but it is an easy putt for par. He faces another on the third, but from 15 feet his effort roles by.

What a start though from Monty.

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger is an impressive golfer but he has not begun well today. 

The World No 37 is on +3 after a bogey on 10 and a double-bogey on 11 and the picture below shows exactly what trouble he found on his first hole.

Bernd Wiesberger plays a shot from the rough on the tenth hole

Rory left his birdie putt on the tenth hole two foot short from 20. Nothing to worry about for the Northern Irishman who is dressed in a gleaming all white outfit. A solid start.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the tenth hole

The first hole may have dented Bubba Watson’s card with a double-bogey but for 51-year-old Colin Montgomerie, it is no hassle.

The Scot arrives at Chambers Bay in stunning form on the Seniors Tour and has taken into the US Open here. He absolutely nails his approach and is left with four feet to make birdie.

He dispatches it confidently. The 2010 Ryder Cup captain would have loved that.

Mickelson makes par at the par-four fourth, protecting his score of one-under par. Watson and Cabrera join him at par. As you were. 

Phil Mickelson has started strongly at the US Open at Chambers Bay

Matt Kuchar starts with a birdie from eight feet on the tenth and instantly joins Cody Gribble and Phil Mickelson at the top of the leaderboard. 

Matt Kuchar on his way to a birdie on the 10th, his first hole of the day

Cabrera’s putt bursts past the whole but settles only two feet behind the hole and it should be routine for par of the man from Argentina.

Mickelson… birdies! The ball was on a good line but just hovered over the hole before dropping in. A fist bump in response to the cheers and Mickelson looks really settled here with a flurry of tough holes coming up.

Watson’s putt rolls away from the flag. He rolls it in from a foot to stay at two-over.

England’s Andy Sullivan has just got underway on the tenth hole.

Resplendent tee shot on the par-three third leaves Mickelson about 10 feet again for birdie. He’s really starting to build some momentum.

Cabrera takes a similar line, but his ball stops five feet behind Mickelson’s.

Bubba, with what looked like a pitching wedge, sends his ball just inside Mickelson’s and has a glimpse of a birdie and a chance to lessen the impact of the double-bogey on the first.

Victor Dubisson, meanwhile, has bogeyed 11 and is one-over.

Watson has a glimpse of birdie on the par-three third hole at Chambers Bay

That was as good a chance as you could wish for birdie for Mickelson but the ball soared past the left of the cup. Par again for Mickelson, who seethes briefly at his miss. But he can be pleased with his start. Cabrera had a tap-in for par and stays one-over. 

Good start from Mickelson, but he missed a birdie putt on the second hole

Second shot on the par-four second sees Mickelson’s approach sit 10 feet from the flag. The crowd cheers, Mickeslon twirls the club in his hand and makes a pointed stride towards the green. 

Bubba’s got a putt of 30 feet on the green which stops two short of the hole. He knocks it in for par.

Cabrera, playing alongside Watson and Mickelson, plotted his way out of the rough after slightly wayward tee shot in the first and ended up making bogey on the first hole.

Victor Dubuisson, starting on the 10th, opens with a par.

Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on the first hole in the first round of the US Open

Mickelson duly makes par and Bubba makes double-bogey. Never nice to open with a double-bogey but it was staring Watson in the face on the first hole as soon as his third shot left him with a grizzly looking putt for bogey.

Cody Gribble, meanwhile, has just made three on the first hole for the first birdie of the tournament! 

A 64 degree wedge is in Mickelson’s hands and he has just produced a sensational shot to get back on the green, the ball nestling up against the hole for a tap-in par.

This time, Watson does not copy Mickelson, in any way. Bubba tries to bump it up the hill but it falls well short.

A huge putt for par for Bubba on a bumpy green. He’s looking at 20 feet.

Cruel, wicked bounce for Phil Mickelson with his second shot on the first hole and too for Watson.

Mickelson missed it left and the ball skipped away from the green, leaving him with a good 40-yards to get back on the green. 

And Watson follows him in a near-on identical shot. Watson replicated Mickeslon’s shot off the tee but did not want to copy that.


Not a nice way to start, on the tenth, for Josh Person. He is playing alongside England’s Parry but has had a nightmare start, taking up seven shots on the par-four tenth.

Jason Sobel sums up the start we have seen quite nicely

Mickelson sends his tee shot right down the middle of the fairway, a lovely shot to calm any nerves and Watson duly follows him down the first. 

Angel Cabrera, however, does not join in and sends his shot drifting left and into the rough.

Michael Putnam has been the first man to use five shots on the opening hole. England’s John Parry, who earned a place in the US Open through the qualifier at Sunningdale after the PGA Championship at Wentworth, has made par starting at the tenth.

Mickelson and Watson are on the first tee.

The opening hole is playing as a 496-yard par four. With the Puget Sound Bay giving a fresh feel when stood on the tee, it’s a long and tricky hole to begin the round with a savage green. It’ll be where get the first glimpse of Mickelson and Watson, who will undoubtedly be taking out his famous pink driver.

Rory McIlroy is the latest out on the driving range.

This trio will have the early eyes on them when they tee off in less than 20 minutes. The 45-year-old Mickelson had a big crowd behind him on the driving range and will hope to make the most of the early conditions with the greens expected to get slower as the day goes on.

Bubba Watson will no doubt be one who feels he has the game to take this course on, certainly with his distance off the tee. 

Adam Scott, meanwhile, is now out on the driving range in a crimson red jumper. The Austrailian is pursuing his second major here at Chambers Bay and tees off with Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia.

Phil Mickelson has finished second six times at the US Open

It’s 7am in the morning in Seattle and this picture, from the European Tour’s Instagram page, shows the 18th hole looking tranquil before anyone takes it on.

Phil Mickelson, a six-time runner-up at the US Open, gets underway in under 30 minutes alongside Bubba Watson and Angel Cabrera

The European Tour shared a picture of the 18th hole at Chambers Bay on day one of the US Open (@europeantour)

Michael Putnam, Marcus Fraser and Steve Marino are off on the first tee while Troy Kelly, Cameron Smith and Seuk Hyun Baek start on the 10th.

Pin positions for Round 1 at Chambers Bay are out.

Not only is Chambers Bay a difficult course with a club in your hand but it’s also a treacherous walk.

Two caddies became the first victims of the course on Wednesday, each picking up an injury while walking the course with their players in practice.

Henrik Stenson’s caddie, Gareth Lord, is expected to be on the Swede’s bag Thrusday despite requiring an x-ray on his wrist after taking a tumble. 

But it is not so positive for Stephen Gallacher’s caddie, Damian Moore. He tripped while walking through long grass at the sixth hole and damaged his right ankle. His chances of appearing alongside the Scot today do not look high.

Stephen Gallacher’s caddie Damian Moore (right) fell and injured his ankle in practice on Wednesday

Earlier this week, 1970 US Open winner Tony Jacklin provided Sportsmail with his fascinating breakdown of the Chambers Bay course.

‘I wouldn’t begin to compare Chambers Bay with any other course because I’ve never come across another like it. I’m not even sure I would know how to describe it with its enormous man-made dunes, startling changes in elevation and the number of times there is no obvious point to aim at from the tee,’ Jacklin said.

With less than 15 minutes until the first groups are off, it is well worth a quick read. 

Tony Jacklin told Sportsmail he has not seen a course like Chambers Bay

Tiger Woods will no doubt pull in a huge crowd when he tees off with Louis Oosthuizen and Rickie Fowler but how many will truly be looking to see fireworks from the 14-time Major winner?

He has carded his two worst rounds ever in recent weeks, making 85 at Memorial earlier this month and an 82 in January at the Phoenix Open. With a course as merciless and unforgiving as Chambers Bay, Woods could be one to watch for all the wrong reasons.

As ever, Tiger Woods will be one to watch at the US Open this week

The course is going to be spoken about again and again this week. Everyone has an opinion about it and while some appear to be negative, others are relishing the challenge that will be posed to them. 

Sergio Garcia took to Twitter to share his excitement with his 365,000 followers late on Wednesday and hinted that the layout could see the players in some amusing situations throughout the competition.

The English duo are two to watch out for, according to Sportsmail’s Chris Cutmore. He has provided a breakdown of who to put your money on at the second Major of the year.

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The two favourites inevitably are Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. World No 1 McIlroy turns up to every tournament knowing that if his clubs are hot, he wins, but in his last two events they have been anything but. He missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth at the end of May, despite turning up to the European Tour’s flagship event as defending champion. He then missed the cut again the following week at the Irish Open, where he was host as well as the jewel in the crown of the field.

Spieth is one of the few players who has played Chambers Bay before, in the US Amateur Open in 2010. That puts Spieth in a minority this week and the fact his caddie, Michael Grellar, used to work at the course before taking Spieth’s bag could be pivotal.

And if anyone forgot, Spieth stormed to glory at the Masters earlier in the year with a stunningly relentless wire-to-wire victory.  

Jordan Spieth is one of the few players familiar with the Chambers Bay course

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay. This week promises to provide four days of thrills and spills with the course the big talking point at the moment. Its greens are said to be rock hard, with the course littered with deep dunes and narrow fairways. It’s a brutal test for the world’s best golfers and it is going to be brilliant to watch.

The first group are off in one hour. 



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