After much talk about the problems that the weather at Shinnecock could cause, day 1 of the U.S. Open was quite calm. Play was eventually halted by rain and thunderstorms, but the wind that can make the course so difficult was not a factor at all. After one day of play, the leaderboard had the 50 year old Jay Haas and Shigeki Maruyama tied at a four-under 66. Tiger Woods, mired in a major championship "slump", finished at 72. Erinie Els had a even par 70 and Davis Love III shot a 76. Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh, who were both unable to finish the day were -2 (15) and -2 (14), respectively.
David Duval, who is playing in his first tournament this year, looked rusty - shooting a 13-over 83. Despite his performance, the crowd was just happy he was playing again. Duval decided to play in the U.S. Open late last week and has been taking time off to spend it with his family, which comes first for him right now. Duval said, "There's no reason to bombard myself or my wife or kids with lots of golf tournaments just for the sake of golf tournaments. Competition has certainly moved way down the ladder of importance in my life."
If you're following the tournament, Phil Mickelson has jumped into the lead today and is -3 through 15 and -5 for the tournament. Maruyama tees off with Woods at 1:30 from the 10th hole and Jay Haas tees off at 1:20.
For the latest scores, check out the U.S. Open's website.