By Tyler Ruby on June 12, 2014
The U.S. Open often gets the best of the world's greatest players, and this year is no different. Some shot themselves right out of the tournament, while some find themselves within striking distance of the leaders.
With that in mind, who are the biggest disappointments after Day 1 of the U.S. Open?
Sergio Garcia was a trendy pick heading into the week, but he shot a 3-over 73 in the first round at the very "gettable" Pinehurst. He hasn't shot himself out of the tournament, but he needs to go low in the second round to gain some strokes on the field, or else Garcia will miss out on another major tournament.
One of the reasons I tune into the U.S. Open every year is to see how difficult the course will be. I like to see the best players in the world look human for once, but Pinehurst didn't have its teeth in Round 1. The conditions were soft, and the greens and fairways didn't play nearly as fast as they should and will on the weekend. With Martin Kaymer's 65, expect the USGA to do their best to make conditions tougher the rest of the way.
Curtis Strange was the last golfer to win back-to-back U.S. Opens in 1988 and 1989, and after Day 1, that should remain the same. I expected Justin Rose to come out firing, but after 2-over 72 in Round 1, winning back-to-back titles will be extremely difficult.
The No. 1 player in the world struggled on Day 1 of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, with an opening round 73. Adam Scott only had one birdie on Thursday, but he's still not out of it.
I have no problem saying that Bubba Watson will not win a U.S. Open in his career. His game just does not fit the course, as evidenced by his 6-over 76 in Round 1. It was certainly a day to forget for Watson, and unless he goes really low in Round 2, Watson will miss the cut for the second time in three years.
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