It's the 45th hole-in-one in U.S. Open history, the eighth in one at Pebble Beach and the first since Zach Johnson made one at Pinehurst's ninth hole in 2014's final round.
On a cool, dry Northern California day, with little to no wind blowing off the Pacific Ocean, numerous world's best players had their way with one of the most iconic golf courses.
Tiger has been one of the best ball-strikers in the world this season (and last), and he's brought poor Pebble Beach to its knees over the last two U.S. Opens here by hitting more ideal iron shots than anyone else in golf.
Fowler, who is still seeking his first major title, shot a five-under 66 to open his account.
Mickelson is a five-time champion of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, so if there's one player who can bounce back, it's him.
There were 39 players under par in the first round, including 24 in the morning wave alone.
Rose knew what was at stake when he stood over a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in twilight Thursday from watching the telecast some six hours earlier, and from seeing Tiger Woods standing on the edge of the green. I was in between clubs, " Woods said. "The greens were receptive. He struggled for a little bit, fought it off and what an incredible finish".
Still, players don't expect the USGA to sit idly by as players have their way with the par-71 track. "But as I said, the first seven holes you can get it going". "Pins are going to get tricky, greens are going to get firm, and it's going to be hard". There's been heartbreak, clearly, as well as downright absurdity: remember a year ago, when he putted a moving ball at Shinnecock?
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The Uruguay worldwide told Ovacion: "I moved from the Italian championship to a totally different style of football and life". All in all, for me the balance was positive and I am satisfied, satisfied with what I did this season".
"It would be I think something that anyone can dream of winning an Open and the U.S. Open".
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The American is one of the favourites to win the third Major of the season.
"There's a lot of other things that I'd love to be remembered by, work off the golf course and making a difference and changing people's lives".
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"I didn't shoot myself out of it", Koepka said.
The USGA has come under heavy criticism leading into this U.S. Open because of the way the last few have played out, with Phil Mickelson saying officials have messed up the course "100% of the time" when it doesn't rain to Golf Digest quoting anonymous players as saying a boycott was considered in the past.
Koepka birdied four of his first six holes, including one on the par-3 fifth, where he chipped in from the rough. 8, 13 and 17. His tee shot was a goner from the start, a double cross that sailed way left and traveled even further beyond the green after hitting a cart path. Hovland shot a 2-under 69 and Rebula a 1-under 70.
"Right away we've got a tough par 4 right from the get-go, " he said. At the 13th, he hit a wayward drive but recovered from in front of the green.