US Open: Justin Thomas fires 65 to lead, Rory McIlroy in hunt at Winged Foot

Rory McIlroy enjoyed an encouraging start with a 67

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Justin Thomas led a rare day of good scoring at Winged Foot as Rory McIlroy also made an encouraging start to the 120th US Open.

Thomas holds a one-shot lead after taking advantage of uncharacteristically receptive greens at the notoriously tough New York venue, firing a five-under 65 which gave him the edge over hole-in-one star Patrick Reed, Thomas Pieters and Matthew Wolff.

McIlroy's iron game looked in great order as he birdied three of the par-threes in a 67 that was later matched by veteran Lee Westwood, but it was a tough day for world No 1 Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods, who both opened with 73s.

Overall scoring was better than expected, with 21 of the 144 players in the field breaking the par of 70. Thomas headed the leaderboard after an excellent six-birdie round.

He made a steady start and was one under after eight holes before making a big move around the turn, reeling off three consecutive birdies and almost adding a fourth from inside 10 feet at the long 12th. ราคาบอลไหล

Thomas consolidated his position with a strong run of pars and ensured he would end the day with the outright lead when he holed from 25 feet at the last.

The prospects of Reed being in contention looked remote when he ran up a double-bogey six at the fifth, but he was under the card two holes later after following a birdie at six with a superb hole-in-one at the seventh - an achievement emulated by Will Zalatoris later in the day.

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