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2:00 PM ET BROOKLINE, Mass. — Maybe the discuss of LIV Golf vs. the PGA...

2:00 PM ET

BROOKLINE, Mass. — Maybe the discuss of LIV Golf vs. the PGA Tour will subside for just a few days, with the beginning of the U.S. Open at The Nation Membership formally right here. Or, no less than, it can stall till 1:47 p.m., when Phil Mickelson arrives on the primary tee. Mickelson, the face of LIV Golf, continues to be looking for that one lacking piece of his Grand Slam résumé — a U.S. Open win.

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Whereas most eyes will likely be on Mickelson — and the way he is obtained by the followers at this venue simply exterior Boston — there are many different issues to regulate for the 12 months’s third main.

Now we have you coated.

Phil has arrived

After weeks of controversy, Mickelson begins his quest to win a U.S. Open crown.

Rory’s off to a great begin

Rory McIlroy is off to a great begin with a bogey-free, 2 -under 33 on the again 9, his first 9 holes, within the first spherical. He’s making an attempt to win a serious the week after profitable a PGA Tour occasion — the RBC Canadian Open final week. The final participant to do it? McIlroy. He received the 2014 PGA Championship the week after profitable the WGC-Bridgestone. No participant has ever received the U.S. Open after profitable on the PGA Tour the earlier week. The closest to do it was Arnold Palmer, who tied for second in 1963, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Data.

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With the group already 4 and 5 deep across the 18th inexperienced, McIlroy received a lightweight Thursday roar as he drained a 16-foot birdie putt to maneuver to 1 stroke off the early lead. The 2011 U.S. Open champion began on the 10th tee early Thursday morning and is coming off an exhilarating win on the RBC Heritage final week in addition to two top-10 finishes on this 12 months’s two majors. — Mark Schlabach and Paolo Uggetti

Golf may be merciless

Golf is difficult — even for the perfect gamers on the planet. Chances are high that the majority gamers are going to catch a foul break at this week’s U.S. Open, which is taken into account essentially the most troublesome check in golf.

McIlroy discovered that out on the par-Four fifth gap at The Nation Membership on Thursday. After he pushed his tee shot proper, his ball ended up within the thick grass above a bunker. His ft had been properly beneath the ball, so he managed to knock it solely about 10 yards — into one other fairway bunker. He slammed his membership wildly twice into the sand.

Remarkably, McIlroy was capable of rise up and down out of the sand to save lots of par. — Schlabach

That is Matt McCarty‘s birdie try on the fifth gap. Thought the blocked photographs within the Boston space had been coming in a while Thursday.

Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, had this shot that netted simply three yards. He did, nonetheless, save par on the opening.

LIV Golf is not far-off

LIV Golf made certain to get the message out that though this isn’t its occasion, its guys are nonetheless right here.

Early birdies

Reigning champion Jon Rahm is among the golfers out early, together with Max Homa, former Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, and two-time main winner Collin Morikawa.

There’s greater than golf occurring round right here

Certain, the followers in New England are right here to see golf. However forgive them if they’re a bit distracted. One thing else is on their minds — about 7.2 miles down the street.

The Boston Celtics are hoping to maintain their NBA title hopes alive Thursday in Sport 6 in opposition to the Golden State Warriors. (9 p.m. ET on ABC). The Celtics are down 3-2 within the collection.