Golf Legends and Rising Stars Gear Up for the 124th US Open at Pinehurst

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PINEHURST, N.C. The 124th US Open got underway at the historic Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday. Among the star-studded field making an early push were golf legends Tiger Woods, Collin Morikawa, Brooks Koepka, and Ludvig Aberg of Sweden, who is ranked sixth. The formidable 7,543-yard course is expected to put 156 golfers to the test. It is renowned for its difficult domed greens, sandy waste areas, native bushes, and wiregrass.

American Michael McGowan and Filipino Rico Hoey opened the play in a historic fashion, hitting the first shots from the first and tenth tees, respectively. This championship event is the 1,000th in the US Golf Association’s storied history, which began with the US Open in 1895.

In the afternoon feature group, world number one Scottie Scheffler, second-ranked Xander Schauffele, and third-ranked Rory McIlroy are slated to tee off together. Scheffler is regarded as the favorite because he has won five times on the US PGA Tour this year, which is the most since Tom Watson in 1980. Scheffler is the dominant force in the field. The two-time Masters champion has made an amazing 12 of his 13 starts this year, finishing in the top 10. He would become the only player to win a US Open while leading the world rankings if he triumphed here, joining only 15-time major winner Tiger Woods.

After winning his first major last month at the PGA Championship, Schauffele is hoping to build on his recent success. McIlroy, on the other hand, hopes to continue his run of five straight top-10 US Open finishes, which culminated in a runner-up result last year. McIlroy recently canceled his divorce plans.

Woods, who is still recovering from severe leg injuries he suffered in an automobile accident in 2021, will start his quest in the fifth group off the 10th tee. He is partnered with American Will Zalatoris and defending US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick of England.

Two-time major winner Morikawa, ranked seventh, is in the sixth group off the first tee with fellow Americans Koepka, a five-time major champion, and Justin Thomas. Morikawa, who placed fourth at the PGA Championship last month and third at the Masters in April, lost by a slim margin to Scheffler in last week’s Memorial tournament. Morikawa currently holds the fourth and final US spot for Paris, but six Americans could go ahead of him—five of whom need to win—as the Olympic qualifying deadline draws near.

Aberg, who finished second at the Masters this year, making an incredible comeback, will start his campaign alongside Americans Dustin Johnson and Tony Finau on the tenth tee. Twelve LIV Golf players are in the field, including Johnson, who replaced eighth-ranked Jon Rahm of Spain, who withdrew due to a left foot injury.

Pinehurst has earned its reputation as an extremely difficult course. In the three previous US Opens held here, only four out of 468 players broke par over 72 holes. Martin Kaymer of Germany was the only player to finish lower than one-under, winning by eight strokes at nine under in 2014.

An early starter, Webb Simpson, the 2012 US Open winner, described the course as “brutally hard.” There is no break in the lengthy proceedings. You must possess extraordinary self-control.”

The entire world will be observing the competition to see who can triumph at the storied Pinehurst and make golf history.

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