Koepka oozing confidence in bid for U.S. Open three-peat

The course set-up at Pebble Beach will be under intense scrutiny this week

The cutline at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was 7 over par.

Brooks Koepka looks over his putting line at the second green during the first round of the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

With near ideal conditions on the Monterey peninsula, little wind and soft greens, the Pebble Beach Golf Links was left to the mercy of the world's best.

The Holywood star (30) took advantage of receptive and nearly windless early conditions at Pebble Beach and carded a three-under 68 to lie just two shots behind early clubhouse leaders Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen.

Wise carded a five-under 66 at Pebble Beach, sitting in a four-way tie for second and a shot behind outright leader Justin Rose.

But only 17 players were under par in the first round of 2000.

"I've played this course for so many years and I know how to shoot under par on it", he said. It was running nicely. "So I'm really happy with where we're at and looking forward to see if we can keep it going". Shot 65 and you're in the U.S. Open.

Still, players don't expect the USGA to sit idly by as players have their way with the par-71 track. I know from playing the practice rounds that I probably should hit 7 because I can hit it 15 yards short of the green, and there's a little shelf there that will funnel the ball onto the front part of the green.

"It would be I think something that anyone can dream of winning an Open and the U.S. Open".

Kiwi Ryan Fox has his work cut out if he's to make the US Open cut. In fact, he was over par in the first round of each of the previous seven U.S. Opens.

"I try to find some positive, even when something negative happens", Koepka said.

A fan bent down to pick up the ball, but a marshal stopped her. Koepka, who missed about two months a year ago, including the 2018 Masters, with a wrist injury, examined the shot and told caddie Ricky Elliott he'd rather play the ball off the path than take his chances with a drop into the trampled grass. "Rosey proved the golf course could be had".

Will the champ make a move?

Koepka enters this tournament as the No. 1 golfer in the world.

It was an ideal start for Rose and for the USGA, which wants a smooth ride after four years of various mishaps in the U.S. Open.

Koepka birdied four of his first six holes, including one on the par-3 fifth, where he chipped in from the rough.

In a gentle start to the toughest test in golf, Rose had a one-shot lead on a day so accommodating that more than three dozen players broke par. He shot 70 even after hitting one near a house where nobody could have blamed him if he went in for a drink.

"I didn't hit my irons as crisp as I'd like", Woods said, who hit just eight of 18 greens in regulation. "The back nine, the way I executed there was similar to today, except today was all 18 holes", he said. I'm actually quite pleased - 2 under, I didn't shoot myself out of it. "I'm right there. I feel like if I get off tomorrow to a good start, I'm right back into it". "Yeah, lucky finish", he said, then spoke some near-other language when he said, "I hit a toe ball there".

"You stay around par at the U.S. Open, you'll be OK", Mickelson said. And they might firm up as the week goes on, I'm assuming they will.

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