June 17, 2021
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The first day of the 121st US Open is on the books (well, almost, except for a few players who have to finish their opening rounds on Friday). What did we learn in round 1? Lots. But there were also some surprises. Here are seven of them from Day 1 at Torrey Pines.
Webb Simpson. A six-bogey front nine and eight-over-79 – the third worst score of the morning wave – leaves one of the favorites out of competition.
Waiting for beer. When you have to wait in line for that long, be sure to buy a pair.
Matthäus Wolff. What a lap from Matthew Wolff who struggled on the track, took some time off and was frank with his fights when he spoke to the media earlier this week. He made only five pars (!) On the way to one under 70 and is only three behind the co-lead of Russell Henley and Louis Oosthuizen (up to 16).
The peacock stream (the second time). At around 10 p.m. ET Thursday, the broadcast switched from NBC to streaming on Peacock, but when golf fans switched, they were greeted with a broadcast that included golf shots but no commentary. Just crashing waves, clubs hitting golf balls and fans clapping. Social media was obviously confused, but eventually, after about 5-10 minutes, the broadcast team returned. It was a strange stretch.
That flop shot. I’ve never seen a golf ball fly so high in the air on such a short stroke. Hats off, Kevin Well.
Francesco Molinari. He’s only played four PGA Tour events in the past four months, missing the cut in three and finishing 52nd in the other. His point average over this distance was 74.2 and he had as many laps in the 60s (1) as in the 80s (1). But Molinari shot on Thursday 68 and is level on points in 2nd place.
Nudist beaches. What? Did you know it was just a wedge shot away from this week’s action? Certainly not me.
Brooks Koepka. Was just a joke. Of course we expected him to be there! It’s a major, after all.
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