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McIlroy, Cantlay share Round 1 lead at U.S. Open

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Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay each registered a 5-under 65 on Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2 to share the opening-round lead at the U.S. Open.

While the world's third- and ninth-ranked golfers lead the pack, a star-studded group of players remains firmly in the hunt.

Position Player Score
T1 Rory McIlroy -5
T1 Patrick Cantlay -5
3 Ludvig Aberg -4
T4 Bryson DeChambeau -3
T4 Matthieu Pavon -3
T6 Tony Finau -2
T6 Tyrrell Hatton -2
T8 S.H. Kim -1
T8 Corey Conners -1
T8 Sergio Garcia -1
T8 Sam Bennett -1
T8 Aaron Rai -1
T8 Adam Scott -1
T8 Jackson Suber -1
T8 Akshay Bhatia -1
T8 Frankie Capan III -1

Collin Morikawa, Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood, and Max Homa are among a variety of contenders in the mix at even par. Tournament favorite Scottie Scheffler finished his day 1-over.

McIlroy had no blemishes on his scorecard, joining Sergio Garcia as the only two players to go bogey-free on the day. McIlroy won each of the last three majors in which he opened without a bogey, doing so at the 2014 Open Championship, the 2012 PGA Championship, and the 2011 U.S. Open. The Northern Irishman walked in a lengthy birdie putt on 18 to cap his impressive round Thursday.

Cantlay carded six birdies, three of which came in his final five holes, for his strongest-ever start at a U.S. Open. His and McIlroy's scores matched Martin Kaymer's tournament record at the iconic venue.

Aberg also stood out Thursday. He picked apart a difficult course layout in his tournament debut, hitting all 14 fairways and 16-of-18 greens in regulation. A rookie hasn't won the U.S. Open since Francis Ouimet in 1913.

Morikawa, who fought his way to a 70 despite a pair of double-bogeys, said course conditions were appropriate.

"Tough, very tough, but fair," he told "With some of the down-grain areas, I don't know what the hell to do on two. On 15, I don't know what to do. It's tough."

Tiger Woods opened his tournament with a birdie, but promise quickly faded as unforced errors approaching the green led to a 4-over 74. Dustin Johnson (+4), Shane Lowry (+4), Justin Thomas (+7), and Viktor Hovland (+8) are among the other notable players who'll need to improve Friday in order to make the weekend.

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