Rory McIlroy got off to a strong start at the 2019 US Open in Pebble Beach, California, carding an opening round three-under to leave him in a promising position heading into Friday.
Coming off the back of a dominant victory at the Canadian Open last weekend, McIlroy was hotly tipped by many for a strong start but beginning on the 10th he bogeyed the par-four opener.
The 2011 US Open champion didn’t let the early blip affect him though as he birdied the 13th and the 17th to go into the back nine one-under par.
McIlroy then birdied the 2nd and 3rd holes on the back nine as he began to find his groove before a string of pars left him in the clubhouse for the day on a solid three under par.
The 30-year old finds himself three shots off American Rickie Fowler, the clubhouse leader on five under after a tremendous round which saw him notch up six birdies and one bogey as he looks for his maiden major title.
It was also a promising start to the tournament for previous Pebble Beach winner Graeme McDowell who was also looking to build on a fine performance in Canada last weekend.
McDowell parred his first 12 holes before two strong birdies on his 13th and 14th holes meant that he will take a two-under par score into Friday’s second round.
Shane Lowry, on the other hand, didn’t fare quite as well in his opening round has two double bogeys on the front nine meant that he finished with a +4, 75.
The likes of Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and two-time defending champion Tiger Woods are still yet to tee off at Pebble Beach but overall it’s been a strong start to the tournament for the Irish.