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1089 over par!! Round two begins at Shinnecock after fiendish first day

66   //    15 Jun 2018, 17:50 IST
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A frustrated Rory McIlroy at the U.S. Open

Round two of the U.S. Open got under way at Shinnecock Hills on Friday, with many of the 156-man field hoping to fare better after racking up an incredible combined first-day score of 1089 over.

The collated score for round one represented the second-highest figure for a single round at a major in the last 20 years.

Only round one of the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie saw a higher total score (+1141). Carnoustie hosts this year's Open in July.

On day one in New York, only four players broke par - Dustin Johnson, Scott Piercy, Ian Poulter and Russell Henley all shooting one-under 69s.

In contrast, the likes of Rory McIlroy (+10), Jason Day (+9), Tiger Woods (+8) and Jordan Spieth (+8) struggled badly in typically challenging conditions, while Scott Gregory propped up the field after carding a 92. 

The high-profile grouping of Woods, Johnson and Justin Thomas (+4) were among Friday's early starters, along with Henley, who birdied two of his first three holes after beginning on the 10th to reach three under.

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