BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 16: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the gallery on the 11th green during the first round of the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club on June 16, 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

2011 U.S. Open Underway: Rory McIlroy Takes Over Lead, Phil Mickelson Struggling

The 2011 U.S Open at Congressional is underway. Following along with this StoryStream for first round updates throughout Thursday.

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2011 U.S. Open Leaderboard Results From Day One

In his first major tournament since the blowup at Augusta in the final round of The Masters, Rory McIlroy is back at the top of the leaderboard after firing a first round 65 in the 2011 US Open. McIlroy had a superb day, and had a legitimate chance to tie or best the low-round in a major, currently set at 63. Instead, the young Irishman settled for 65 after a few putts failed to drop, though his 6-under score left him three shots clear of the field.

Stalking McIlroy is a name that should be familiar: Charl Schwartzel. It's The Masters all over again, at least in the early-goings of the US Open. Schwartzel was able to take advantage of McIlroy's disastrous final round at Augusta to win the green jacket earlier this year. Y.E. Yang is also three shots back after a first round 68.


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Sergio Garcia, former Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen and four others are four shots back of McIlroy at 2-under for the tournament. It's been tough going at Congressional Country Club through the first round, with only 33 competitors at or below par.

The field gets back at it on Friday morning for the second round of the 2011 US Open. Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard ahead of Friday's round. For the full leaderboard, head over to the US Open website.

1 - Rory McIlroy  -6 7:55 am ET - 65 - - - 65
T2 - Charl Schwartzel -3 8:06 am ET - 68 - - - 68
T2 - Y.E. Yang -3 1:35 pm ET - 68 - - - 68
T4 - Alexandre Rocha -2 7:00 am ET - 69 - - - 69
T4 - Scott Hend  -2 7:22 am ET - 69 - - - 69
T4 - Kyung-tae Kim  -2 7:22 am ET* - 69 - - - 69
T4 - Sergio Garcia -2 7:44 am ET* - 69 - - - 69
T4 - Louis Oosthuizen  -2 1:35 pm ET* - 69 - - - 69
T4 - Ryan Palmer  -2 2:19 pm ET* - 69 - - - 69

 

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2011 US Open Leaderboard Update: Rory McIlroy Dominates Round 1, Charl Schwartzel Approaches

The opening round of the 2011 US Open is in the books, with Rory McIlroy matching his strong back nine with an equally bogey-free front nine. He's taken a 6-under score into the clubhouse at Congressional, putting him three strokes up on the leaderboard's second-place players, Y.E. Yang and Charl Schwartzel. 

Masters winner Schwartzel was quiet other than a run of three birdies on holes five through seven, putting him one stroke ahead of countryman Louis Oosthuizen and a crowd that includes Sergio Garcia and one-time leader Ryan Palmer. Among the pileup at 1-under are defending champion Graeme McDowell, Stewart Cink, Chez Reavie and Davis Love III.

Phil Mickelson, who found the water on his first shot of the tournament, ended up 3-over. 2009 winner Lucas Glover is 5-over, with K.J. Choi among those at 6-over.

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2011 US Open Leaderboard Update: Rory McIlroy Vaults Y.E. Yang For Top Spot

Y.E. Yang has the best score among all players already in the Congressional clubhouse, but Rory McIlroy has taken over as the 2011 U.S. Open's leader. The Northern Irish player has made a habit of starting majors out strong, having held the lead at the Masters up until the final round. He sits at 5-under through 13 holes, two strokes better than Yang and Sergio Garcia, who's also through 13.

McIlroy started on the back nine, which is considered to be the more challenging nine. He was able to birdie two of his first four holes on the front nine and could finish with some decent distance on the rest of the field.

Rory Sabbatini's strong Round 1 continues; he's 3-under through nine holes, setting him up for a charge at the top if he can keep it going. Brandt Snedeker is also playing well through nine, having bookended his front nine with birdies to go 2-under.

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2011 U.S. Open Leaderboard Update: Francesco Molinari, Rory Sabbatini Roar Out Of The Gate

While established players like Phil Mickelson struggle at the 2011 U.S. Open, former major champions, upstarts, and marginal players are ruling the day at Congressional Golf Club. The torrid starts of Francesco Molinari and Rory Sabbatini are just the latest bit of evidence that the wide-open Open field might make for an unexpected champion.

Molinari and Sabbatini both raced out to 3-under starts in their late afternoon front nines: Molinari was 3-under after four holes, but has since fallen back to 2-under after a bogey on the seventh; Sabbatini, who began his first round on the back nine, made birdie on the 12th, 13th, and 14th, and remains at 3-under through five holes.

Neither Molinari nor Sabbatini has a major title, though Sabbatini came close, tying for second at the 2007 Masters. But good starts at the grueling Congressional course make the chances that one of the two will break through this week that much better.

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2011 U.S. Open Leaderboard Update: Phil Mickelson Starts Slowly In First Round

Phil Mickelson is the biggest name at the 2011 U.S. Open. But if his first few holes on Thursday at Congressional Golf Club are any indication, he might not be around for the weekend.

Mickelson is 2-over through five holes, and needed a birdie to even get to that number. A disastrous double bogey to begin his round on the par 3 10th hole put him in a hole of his own, and his birdie on the 12th was swiftly cancelled by a bogey on the 14th.

With Tiger Woods missing this U.S. Open due to injury, Mickelson was widely expected to have his best chance yet at capturing an elusive U.S. Open title. Mickelson has never won a U.S. Open, but has placed second five times.

The way for the once-swashbuckling Lefty to do that? Probably not by opening rounds with double bogeys.

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2011 U.S. Open Leaderboard Update: Y.E. Yang Claims Congressional Clubhouse Lead

Y.E. Yang hasn't done much on the PGA Tour since his titanic upset of Tiger Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship. If Yang plays his next three rounds at the 2011 U.S. Open like he did his first at Congressional Golf Club in Maryland, that could change in a hurry.

Yang fired a 3-under 68 to head into the clubhouse with the lead early in the first day of the 2011 U.S. Open, and to tie Ryan Palmer, still on the course at 3-under through 15 holes, for the tournament's overall lead. Yang's first round took some late rallying, too: he closed with two birdies in his last four holes, recovering from an even-par back nine with three birdies and no bogeys on the front nine.

Yang's won just once since the 2009 PGA Championship, at the European Tour's 2010 Volvo China Open, and he's missed the cut at two of his five majors since, including the 2010 U.S. Open.

Yang's also not the only recent major winner with a tidy first round on Thursday. 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen is one shot back of Yang and Palmer after his 2-under 69, and 2009 British Open champion and defending U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell both shot 1-under 70s at Congressional.

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2011 U.S. Open Leaderboard Update: Ryan Palmer Paces Field At Congressional

With light rain falling, the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Golf Club in Maryland is off to a slow start. But Ryan Palmer's hot, and looking to make up for past Open failure.

Palmer is 3-under through 11 holes, and leads the massive U.S. Open field after having missed the cut in each of his past two U.S. Open starts. In fact, Palmer's been miserable in majors, missing the cut in four of the eight that he's qualified for since 1998. But he did take 10th in the 2011 Masters, and that may be a good omen for this week's task at Congressional. Palmer has made three birdies and no bogeys in his first round so far.

Palmer is a stroke clear of Swede Johan Edfors, 2-under through 13 holes, and Jonathan Overton, 2-under through 11 holes. Chez Reavie, at 1-under, is the clubhouse leader at Congressional, and the only player to have finished his first round in red numbers.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell has also been good early, and is 1-under through 14 holes. Phil Mickelson, seeking his first U.S. Open title, tees off at 1:35 p.m. Eastern.

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2011 US Open Tee Times And Pairings For Thursday

The 2011 US Open kicks off on Thursday morning as golfers hit the course at Congressional for what may be the toughest of the four majors. Tiger Woods is out, sidelined with an injury, but the rest of the world's best will be in attendance, fighting for the second major of the year and the crown jewel of the USGA.

The first groups tee-off in the US Open bright and early in Maryland, with threesomes set to go off holes No. 1 and No. 10 at 7 a.m. The waves of groups will continue throughout the day, with the last scheduled to tee-off at 2:52 p.m. Coverage of the first round can be found on NBC, beginning at 10 a.m., ESPN, beginning and 3 p.m., and NBC again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Here are the tee times for the first round of the 2011 US Open.

No. 1
7:00 Daehyun Kim, Chez Reavie, Shane Lowry,
7:11 Greg Chalmers, Kirk Triplett, Brad Adamonis
7:22 Marc Leishman, Alex Cejka, Kevin Streelman
7:33 Fred Funk, David Chung (A), Michael Campbell
7:44 Matt Kuchar, Paul Casey, K.J. Choi
7:55 Graeme McDowell, Peter Uihlein (A), Louis Oosthuizen
8:06 Henrik Stenson, Johan Edfors, Fredrik Jacobson
8:17 Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk
8:28 Justin Rose, J.J. Henry, Jason Day
8:39 Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer, Gary Woodland
8:50 Brandt Jobe, Nick O'Hern, D.A. Points
9:01 Christo Greyling, Adam Hadwin, Joey Lamielle
9:12 Michael Tobiason Jr., Jesse Hutchins, Michael Smith
12:40 Ty Tryon, Maarten Lafeber, Scott Barr
12:51 Geoffrey Sisk, Cheng-Tsung Pan (A), Matt Richardson
1:02 Bo Van Pelt, Kyung-Tae Kim, Ben Crane
1:13 Mark Wilson, Martin Laird, Peter Hanson
1:24 Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros
1:35 Francesco Molinari, Matteo Manassero, Edoardo Molinari
1:46 Hiroyuki Fujita, Todd Hamilton, Kevin Na
1:57 Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan
2:08 Camilo Villegas, Aaron Baddeley, Brandt Snedeker
2:19 Kevin Chappell, Dohoon Kim, Robert Rock
2:30 Jon Mills, Andreas Harto, Scott Pinckney (A)
2:41 Steven Irwin (A), Ryan Nelson, Elliot Gealy
2:52 Christopher Deforest, Chris Williams (A), Wes Heffernan

No. 10
7:00 Chad Campbell, Harrison Frazar, Marc Turnesa
7:11 Justin Hicks, Marcel Siem, Sunghoon Kang
7:22 Thomas Levet, Brian Gay, Gregory Havret
7:33 Heath Slocum, Russell Henley (A), Nicolas Colsaerts
7:44 Padraig Harrington, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink
7:55 Ryo Ishikawa, Anthony Kim, Y.E. Yang
8:06 Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer
8:17 Jonathan Byrd, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson
8:28 Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Robert Karlsson
8:39 Sam Saunders, Tim Petrovic, Scott Piercy
8:50 Matthew Edwards, Brad Benjamin (A), Zack Byrd
9:01 Bud Cauley, Adam Long, Michael Barbosa (A)
9:12 Michael Whitehead, Will Wilcox, John Ellis
12:40 Alexandre Rocha, Andres Gonzales, Bubba Dickerson
12:51 Michael Putnam, Patrick Cantlay (A), Robert Dinwiddie
1:02 John Senden, Robert Garrigus, Scott Hend
1:13 Jason Dufner, Stephen Gallacher, Seung Yul Noh
1:24 Steve Stricker, Retief Goosen, David Toms
1:35 Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson
1:46 Charl Schwartzel, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson
1:57 Nick Watney, Lucas Glover, Geoff Ogilvy
2:08 Ryan Moore, Robert Allenby, Rory Sabbatini
2:19 David Howell, Kenichi Kuboya, Briny Baird
2:30 Charley Hoffman, Alexander Noren, Sangmoon Bae
2:41 Brett Patterson (A), Bennett Blakeman, Brian Locke
2:52 Chris Wilson, David May, Beau Hossler (A)

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