America’s national golf championship is – by definition – its most important major.
However, it was a familiar Englishman who slipped off Pebble Beach Golf Links early Thursday evening with the 18-hole lead in the U.S. Open.
Justin Rose, playing with Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, birdied 18 to break a five-player logjam atop the leaderboard. He closed with three-straight birdies and a 65 to stand alone at 6-under par.
His 65 tied Woods for the lowest round in a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
“I thought it would be kind of cool to do this in front of the Big Man himself,” Rose said.
Rose was one of 156 players who are vying for the Open trophy and a winner’s check of $2.25 million out of the $12.5 million purse.
The cut will consist of the top 60 players and ties.
Among the players tied for second at 5-under par: PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Aaron Rise, Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele.
Brooks Koepka is the two-time defending champion is T16 at 2-under.
Woods finished with a 1-under 70.
Woods, now ranked No. 5 in the world, is playing for his 16th major championship and his 82 professional victory. He will tie Sam Snead for first atop the all-time list with his next victory.
He teed off Thursday at 5:09 p.m. ET with Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose from the first tee.
U.S. Open Twitter Stream
All times are in Eastern
8:35 p.m.: PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Aaron Wise has a share of the Round 1 lead in the U.S. Open at 5-under after shooting a 66 Thursday. He missed the cut in his past two starts: the Memorial and the RBC Canadian Open.
8:17 p.m.: Brooks Koepka promptly gives one back on 13 and is now 2 shots off the lead.
8:02 p.m.: Brooks Koepka is on the move again and sits one shot back from the lead at 4-under through 12.
7:15 p.m.: Aaron Wise pulls into a four-way tie for the lead at 5-under after 13 holes. He joins Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen from morning play.
6:40 p.m.: Rory Sabbatini sinks an ace on the par-3, No. 12 hole from 202 yards out.
6:20 p.m.: Viktor Hovland leaves his eagle putt about 3 inches short. It would have given him a share of the lead at No. 6.
6:01 p.m.: Brooks Koepka is 3-under par after 5 holes and is T-5 in his quest for an Open three-peat.
5:27 p.m.: Viktor Hovland recorded a birdie on the second hole and is T-20 at 1 under.
5:15 p.m.: Brooks Kopeka missed out on a birdie on the par-4 second hole after his third stroke from 3 feet, 9 inches failed to reach the hole. Koepka is 1 under through two holes.
4:25 p.m.: Xander Schauffele eagled the 18th hole to finish the first round tied for the lead with Rickie Fowler at 5 under. Schauffele finished the first round with a 66 after recording five birdies, two bogeys and an eagle.
4:03 p.m.: Rickie Fowler finished the first round with the lead at 5 under after shooting a 66.
3:52 p.m: Rory McIlroy finishes his round with six straight pars to shoot a 68 and sit T-4.
3:36 p.m.: Xander Schauffele made birdies on four of his last five holes to rise to T-2 at 4 under. Schauffele is 4 under through 15 holes.
3:16 p.m.: Justin Thomas eagled the sixth hole to rise to T-43 at 1 over. Thomas’ second shot landed on the right green 27 feet, 5 inches from hole. Thomas sank his putt with his third stroke on the par-5 hole. Thomas tumbled down the leaderboard after recording bogeys on holes 17, 18 and 1.
3:11 p.m.: Rickie Fowler takes the lead at 5 under after recording his second straight birdie— sixth total— on the 15th hole.
3 p.m.: Just after Scott Piercy finished his first round with the lead, Rickie Fowler birdied the 14th hole to tie Piercy at 4 under for the lead. Fowler is 4 under through 14 holes.
2:45 p.m.: Scott Piercy bogeyed his final hole and finished the first round 4-under 67 with the lead.
2:35 p.m.: Sepp Straka finished T-3 at 3-under 68. Straka recorded four birdies and a bogey.
1:48 p.m.: Scott Piercy leads at 5 under after a birdie on the 14th hole. He is two strokes ahead of Sepp Straka and Jon Rahm in second place.
1:40 p.m.: Gary Woodland finished his first nine with a bogey and falls to T-2 at 3 under with Jon Rahm.
1:30 p.m.: Gary Woodland tied Scott Piercy for the lead at 4 under after a birdie on the par-4 eighth hole. The birdie was Woodland’s fourth of the day.
1:07 p.m.: After going 3 under on the front nine, Scott Piercy takes the lead once again at 4 under with a birdie on the par-3 12th hole.
12:49 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Thorbjorn Olesen and Gary Woodland tied Scott Piercy and Jon Rahm for first place at 3 under.
12:40 p.m.: Phil Mickelson is T-10 at 1 under after recording a birdie on No. 14. Take a look at the approach shot that set up his first birdie of the day.
12:30 p.m.: Justin Thomas is T-9 at 1 under after recording his second birdie of the day on No. 14. Thomas recorded another birdie on No. 11 after bogeying No. 10, his first hole of the day.
12:02 p.m.: After going 5 under through his first six holes, Scott Piercy slipped on the par-4 eighth hole, recording a double bogey. He is now T-1 with Jon Rahm at 3 under.
11:38 a.m.: Jon Rahm begins the first round with three straight birdies. He is in solo second, two strokes behind Scott Piercy.
11:37 a.m.: After a birdie on No. 2, Rickie Fowler is 1 under and T-3.
11:32 a.m.: Add an eagle to Scott Piercy’s morning. In addition to Piercy’s three birdies, Piercy recorded an eagle on No. 6 to lead at 5 under. Piercy has a three stroke lead over Jon Rahm at 2 under.
11:24 a.m.: Jon Rahm birdies No. 11 to jump to solo second at 2 under. Rahm is 2 under through two holes.
11:12 a.m.: Rory McIlroy bogeyed the 10th hole, his first hole of the day, and is T-14 at 1 over.
11:10 a.m.: Scott Piercy is on a roll. He recorded his third birdie and leads at 3 under through five holes. Piercy is two strokes ahead of Luis Gagne, Emiliano Grillo and Jon Rahm T-2 at 1 under.
11 a.m.: Scott Piercy recorded another birdie on the fourth hole and leads by two strokes at 2 under.
10:30 a.m.: Scott Piercy records he first birdie of the U.S. Open on the second hole. Piercy leads at 1 under through two holes.
9:45 a.m.: Round 1 play begins.
U.S. Open TV/Streaming Info
Morning Drive, 7-9 a.m., Golf Channel
First round, 12:30-7:30 p.m., FS1
First round, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Fox
Featured Groups, 7:30 p.m., FS1
Featured Groups 1 and 2 and Featured Holes, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., usopen.com and the U.S. Open app
Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Golf Channel