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Rory McIlroy climbs to the top of the leaderboard on the first day at the US Open

Rory McIlroy climbs to the top of the standings on day one of the US Open after overcoming frustration on the fifth hole to finish three under par… with England’s Callum Tarren sharing a lead

  • Rory McIlroy made a promising start to the US Open with an opening score of 67
  • He finished three under and shares the top lead with Callum Tarren
  • McIlroy showed frustration on the fifth hole as he shot bunker to bunker
  • He saved par and eventually went four under pair before dropping a shot

Rory McIlroy took the lead on the first day of the US Open after finishing three under par with an opening 67 in the first round.

It was a great start for McIlroy, who was disappointed after getting a shot on his last hole that left him three points ahead of Callum Tarren and David Lingmerth.

Starting on the tenth hole, McIlroy hit his first 13 holes at two under par to get a shot off the lead.

Rory McIlroy made a great start to his US Open ambitions with a 67 . opening round

Rory McIlroy made a great start to his US Open ambitions with a 67 . opening round

McIlroy started in tenth and had frustration in fifth as he shot bunker to bunker

McIlroy started in tenth and had frustration in fifth as he shot bunker to bunker

However, he showed frustration after some bad luck on fifth – a short par four uphill.

His tee shot ended up on the edge of a bunker, causing him to struggle to take a stance in the sand with the ball over his feet.

He then cut his second shot into another bunker just yards in front of him – leading to him lunging at his bat and hitting it twice in the sand.

McIlroy regained his composure and hit a good bunker shot that went 3 yards past the flag before hitting the putt to save par.

He finished three under par after losing a shot on the last hole of his round on Thursday

He finished three under par after losing a shot on the last hole of his round on Thursday

England's Callum Tarren made a promising start, splitting the lead with McIlroy at -3

England’s Callum Tarren made a promising start, splitting the lead with McIlroy at -3

He then hit a 25-foot hole for birdie on seventh and 10 feet on par-five eighth to take the straight four-under-par lead.

England’s Tarren had set the early clubhouse goal at three under, Darlington’s world number 445 carding an eagle, three birdies and two bogeys in his 67.

“I’m pinching myself a bit because I didn’t realize I was on top of the standings until I hit that last putt in ninth,” Tarren said. “Just excited with my start and see what the next few days bring.”

A birdie on the 18th gave defending champion Jon Rahm an opening score of 69 under par.

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