Dustin Johnson has opened a two-shot lead over Patrick Reed and Henrik Stenson during first-round play at golf’s U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson is four shots behind.
Johnson, 30, has five birdies and no bogeys through 15 holes at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington. He’s made three birdies in his past six holes to move atop the leaderboard at golf’s second major championship.
Johnson, who is seventh in the Official World Golf Ranking, tied for fourth at last year’s U.S. Open.
Reed, playing in his second U.S. Open, is 3-under par. He was one of 11 players in the 156-man field who participated in the 2010 U.S. Amateur championship held at Chambers Bay.
Mickelson, a record six-time U.S. Open runner-up, has four birdies and three bogeys in his opening round. He was in the lead at 3-under par before making consecutive bogeys at the 13th and 14th holes, both par 4’s that play longer than 510 yards.
Matt Kuchar is 2 under, tied for fourth with Cody Gribble, Kevin Chappell and Francesco Molinari.
Chambers Bay, a links-style course on the Puget Sound outside Seattle, is the first site in the Pacific Northwest.