THE top two ranked golfers in the world both carded below par scores in the first round of the the 111th US Open at Congressional yesterday.
World number one Luke Donald shot a three-over 74 while Lee Westwood finished one further stroke behind.
Worksop putter Westwood, the pre-tournament favourite, admitted: “I didn’t swing it very well and you just don’t get away with it at a US Open.
“If we had played like the top three in the world it would have been more enjoyable for the people to watch, but none of us played well and we all just about got what we deserved.”
Donald began spectacularly, hitting four irons to four feet on the dangerous short 10th and 14 feet to set up another birdie at the 494-yard uphill par four. But he then had four bogeys in five holes from the 13th and a double-bogey six on the 18th, at 523 yards the second longest par four in US Open history.
German golfer Martin Kaymer also shot a three-over 74.