Shane Lowry and Seamus Power fight under Brookline conditions to level at US Open

Shane Lowry and Seamus Power were on the lookout for a good night’s sleep and a brisk start today after shooting par in demanding afternoon conditions in the first round of the US Open in Brookline.

Over got within a shot of an early lead on two-under-foot after making three birdies and a bogey on the front nine, but dropped three consecutive shots from the 10th en route to 71 to level 42nd, five shots. have arrived. One over behind Canadian leader Adam Hadwin.

Lowry turned in an eighth-place one-under thanks to a birdie and some good cross saves, but playing with LIV golf rebels Phil Mickelson and Louis Osthuizen, who fought for rounds of 78 and 77, respectively, shot Dropped in 11th, 12th and 16th place tied for 57th after two overs 72.

“I’m a little disappointed; I think I played well enough to shoot at par or better,” said Lowry, who lost 1.22 strokes on the field on the greens, and more than five-and-a-half strokes to Rory McIlroy, who did his best. . Round on the PGA Tour since 2015.

“It was tough there, the wind was up, the course was tough, and you needed to be in position a lot of the time, which I was,” Lowry said.

He bogeyed the 121-yard 11th when he came short into a bunker, then missed the 12th green from the middle of the fairway before failing to convert the short put on the 16th.

“I was going to have it pretty and then there was a bit of a kick in the 11 teeth, to be honest. It was silly by me and then 12, in the middle of the fairway and you bogey there and all of a sudden, you feel like You are stuck on the way.

“At 16, I probably should have hit eight irons, but I hit seven irons on the back and missed a short put, hit a great drive at 17 and didn’t birdie there, and I think I scored really poorly Is.

“Even though I had some good ups and downs, I think two overs is probably one of the worst scores I could have shot. I don’t have much time but something to eat and go again tomorrow.” Get ready.

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Ireland’s Seamus Power watches his shot from the sixth tee during the first round of the 122nd US Open Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Photo: Andrew Reddington/Getty Images

“Hopefully, I can go out tomorrow and level and then I’ll be back in it because I don’t know what it takes to win this tournament, but it’s not going to be much, scoring wise.

“Going to be great golf, but it’s tough out there. I don’t know what the forecast is for tomorrow, but if it’s windy like this, it’s going to be a pretty high cut.”

Lori leaves at 8.02 a.m. local time and he’s hoping that the calm conditions will allow him to break par and stick to his game plan.

“I will go out and try to score 70, give it my best and do what I am doing, keep hitting the shots and try to score the best I can,” he said.

“I hit some clubs with tees, which I wasn’t planning to do, at five and 17, I was planning to lay down, but it was just playing hard enough that you have to get it as close to the green as You can, so I was more aggressive there.

“I think in the golf I’m playing with, if I can roll some putts, I can score a good score there. Hopefully, he’ll come tomorrow. If it happens, it happens.” If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I’ll give it my best.”

As to the lack of energy in the group in the slow nine, he said: “They struggled; I was focused on myself. They haven’t had the best days, both, it’s tough out there, when you’re there.” Hitting some wayward shots, it’s really, really hard.

“The course is excellent, as good a set-up as I’ve ever seen. You can hit it in the rough and still take a shot on the green. It’s not like winged foot. I think they have to take the course.” The place has been found.”

Power was happy with his 71 and some long birdie puts on 13th, 15th and 17th could have probably resulted in a leveling or even a down shot.

But he was also grateful to have hit the pin in the end and saved himself after being short-sided on the right side of the green when his right rump came flying.

“I would say I probably scored what I deserved,” said Power, who was not helped by the fact that his group, with Johyung Kim and Min Woo Lee on the clock from seventh.

“I played well on the front and had some loose shots on the back. I know this is my first US Open, but anything was loose and you were in trouble.

“I had a few long putts that almost fell off but were relatively buoyant overall.”

The West Waterford man made an excellent start to his Majors career in his amateur days, after finishing 27th at the Masters and ninth at the USPGA.

“Yeah, I grew up playing a lot of links golf in tough conditions, you know Par is a good score and that’s what I’ve seen so far this year in the Majors and certainly all three I’ve played in that It’s been that way,” he said.

“Anything at par is good and we had a lot of practice and play at Ross Point when Easter was early and that sort of thing.

“I think some of those skills don’t go away and you manage to get as close to par as you can. And in weeks like this, you’re really looking for one or two good streaks and then the rest. Holding on for this. So, hopefully, I can get one of those streaks tomorrow and see where it goes.”

Happy with his score, he said: “It’s a tough downwind this afternoon. You can exclude yourself from the tournament, which I think I haven’t, so it’s definitely a positive. You might want to watch it first.” Red points day after day, especially in the first round. Overall I didn’t do my best, but I was able to stay there.”

Canadian Hadwin, who was an alternate earlier in the week, set the pace with a four-under 66, in a five-man chase featuring Rory McIlroy, English qualifier Callum Tareen, Sweden’s David Lingmarth, Joel Dahman and Rory McIlroy. Had a shot. South Africa’s MJ Dapheu at 67.

Matt Fitzpatrick, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose were in a seven-man group at two-under after 68, on the day 25 players were tied.