Brooks Koepka makes steady start at fog-delayed U.S. Open

Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course.
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Twice champion Brooks Koepka began his bid for a fifth major with a routine par at Torrey Pines where fog delayed the start of the U.S. Open by 90 minutes and creating initial concern that first-round action might not be completed on Thursday.

Play was originally scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m. PT but golfers who arrived for early tee times were instead greeted by a marine layer that covered the par-71 south course, which sits atop the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

World No. 10 Koepka, who was runner-up at last month’s PGA Championship and missed the cut in his U.S. Open tune-up, found the fairway with his tee shot at the par-four 10th and then sent his approach to 18 feet where he two-putted for par.

World No. 2 Justin Thomas and number four Collin Morikawa, playing with Koepka, also began their day with pars after getting up and down from a greenside bunker as the sun started to peek out from the clouds.

PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, playing a day after his 51st birthday and a month after becoming golf’s oldest major winner, was also due out on the same hole two groups back with Xander Schauffele and Max Homa.

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Volunteers walk along the 6th fairway in the fog during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course.Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Mickelson, a record six-times U.S. Open runner-up who grew up playing city-owned Torrey Pines, is seeking a win this week to complete the career Grand Slam of golf’s four majors.

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau was scheduled to launch his title defense at the par-four first hole in the afternoon wave alongside Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and 2020 U.S. Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci.

Also among the late starters is a high-profile group featuring world number one Dustin Johnson, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, and Englishman Justin Rose.

Updated 2021 US Open odds

  • Brooks Koepka: +500
  • Xander Schauffele: +600
  • Jon Rahm: +1000
  • Bryson DeChambeau: +1400
  • Dustin Johnson: +1600
  • Rory McIlroy: +2000
  • Jordan Spieth: +2000
  • Patrick Reed: +2200
  • Justin Thomas: +2200
  • Patrick Cantlay: +2500
  • Viktor Hovland: +2500
  • Collin Morikawa: +2500
  • Tyrrell Hatton: +2800

Odds courtesy of DraftKings

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