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MJ Daffue sends a hot second into the thick rough on the back of the par-five 8th. That leaves a tricky downhill pitch, which sends him over the hole, his ball perhaps a revolution from falling off the false front and many yards down the fairway. He stops just in time. Two careful putts and he runs away with par.

Sam Burns sends his shot on the short par-four fifth into a thick fescue on a bank to the right of the green. It also has a bunker to navigate, but a lot of green to play on. He lobs five feet high, which is nothing short of miraculous from where he was standing, and then calmly hits the birdie putt in the center of the cup. His third bird of the day, and he suddenly becomes a serious part of the conversation at -2.

…so maybe Adam Hadwin’s pair of street fights in 10 were the harbinger of a rough day. He drives his tee shot on the short 11 to the heart of the green, but rolls an exciting shot downhill 20 feet six feet beyond and can’t make the comeback. Suddenly, debutant MJ Daffue has a three shot lead at the US Open!

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-6: Dafu (7)
3: Hadwin (2*), Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen
-2: Hovland (4*), Fitzpatrick (3*), D Johnson (3*), Buckley, NeSmith, Harman, Wise

Tell who is full of confidence: MJ Daffue, that’s who! The 33-year-old South African, playing in his first major championship, falls short by 7 and his ball rolls back down the false front. But he kicks anyway and sends a monster from right to left into the cup! He raises a finger triumphantly to the sky, then clenches his fist, and you’d have a good chance of this state of affairs yesterday morning!

-6: Dafu (7)
-4: Hadwin (1*)
-3: Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen

Overnight leader Adam Hadwin is away from home. A trip down the middle of the 10. Then an approach stopped on the uncomfortable sand of the green. Suddenly, a JT-style explosion seems like a possibility. But with a downhill lie in the bunker and not much green to work with, he splashes ten feet, about the best he could do, then saves par with a sliding right-left putt. Harbinger of a rough day or confidence-boosting foundation for another low round? We’ll see.

Another birdie, this time in a more conventional style, for Viktor Hovland. The green found in regulation at 13, a 15-footer rolled in. He has -2 for his round and the championship. Also -2: Matt Fitzpatrick, who bounces back from the sloppy drop shot at 11 by hitting his second at 12 from three feet and sealing the deal.

PGA Champion Justin Thomas got off to a bad start this morning. From the center of the 10, he approached the thick rough and ended up running for a double bogey six. He then followed up with a bogey on the 11th. Suddenly, one of the pre-tournament favorites had dropped to +2. But a big break at 13 could have stopped that downward momentum. He hits too long a putt for birdie, but the ball crashes into the back of the cup, he thinks about walking away, but nails. Lucky he had that plumb line, because otherwise he’d face a returning ten-foot meter. Birdie out of nowhere, and returns to +1.

A couple of long birdie putts here. Brooks Koepka swings big left to right from the front 3, the two-time winner goes up to +2, while Shane Lowry whistles one from the front 10. He’s +1. And from long to big: MJ Daffue finds greenside sand on the manageable par-four fifth, jumps four feet and makes back-to-back birdies. He is the new sole leader of the US Open! Finally, a short missed by Matt Fitzpatrick at 11, and he drops back to -1.

-5: Dafu (5)
-4: Hadwin
-3: Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen
-2: Buckley, NeSmith, Harman, Wise, Fitzpatrick, Johnson (2*), Rose (1)

Sam Burns has won three times on the PGA Tour this season, and just in terms of recent form, he could be the next cab in the ranks to break his main duck. The 25-year-old from Louisiana opens with a birdie today, then adds another after nearly hitting the second par three. He is very well placed at -1. However, Viktor Hovland may have something to say about that, and the Norwegian steps in from thick rough at the side of 12 to join Burns at -1 after yesterday’s 70.

Adam Hadwin only plays this week as a substitute, having come through qualifying. He is benefiting from the retirement of Paul Casey. Four of the other five first-round leaders also qualify, with the exception of Rory McIlroy. Very strange. Very refreshing. However, could that speak to his chances of staying the course for four days? Well, maybe, except MJ Daffue just made 4 birdies to join Hadwin up front, and Brookline has been known to deliver the odd upset before, Francis Ouimet, all of that, so you never know!

-4: Daffo (4), Hadwin
-3: Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen

Preamble

Adam Hadwin leads after his first round 66 …but the likes of Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Adam Scott, Will Zalatoris, Justin Thomas, Gary Woodland and defending champion Jon Rahm are in hot pursuit. This is what the top of the leaderboard looks like…

-4: Hadwin
-3: Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen, Daffue
-2: Buckley, NeSmith, Harman, Wise, Fitzpatrick, Johnson, Rose
-1: Rodgers, Morikawa, Piot, Rahm, Scott, Homa, Zalatoris, Hossler, Hardy, Thomas, Woodland, Kokrak

…and this is when everyone is playing. Let’s go then. Its on!

Starting at hole 1:
11:45 Sean Crocker, Jediah Morgan (Australia), Taylor Montgomery
11:56 MJ Daffue (Rsa), (a) Maxwell Moldovan, Yannik Paul (Germany)
12:07 Adria Arnaus (Spanish), Talor Gooch, Tom Hoge
12:18 Sergio García (Spanish), Tyrrell Hatton (English), Kevin Na
12:29 Patton Kizzire, Sam Burns, Thomas Pieters (bel)
12:40 Brooks Koepka, Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Smith (aus)
12:51 Corey Conners (Can), (a) Austin Greaser, Luke List
13:02 Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose (English), Gary Woodland
13:13 Tommy Fleetwood (English), Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Korean), Patrick Reed
13:24 Harris English, Lucas Herbert (aus), Jason Kokrak
13:35 (a) Ben Lorenz, Davis Shore, Samuel Stevens
13:46 (a) Adrien Dumont (bel), Daijiro Izumida (Japanese), Sebastian Soederberg (Swedish)
13:57 Brady Calkins, Ryan Gerard, Jesse Mueller
17:30 Hayden Buckley, Fran Quinn, Callum Tarren (English)
17:41 (a) Sam Bennett, Kurt Kitayama, Denny McCarthy
17:52 Wil Besseling (Ned), Wyndham Clark, Brandon Matthews
18:03 Si Woo Kim (Korean), Sepp Straka (author), David Lingmerth (Swedish)
18:14 Victor Perez (Fra), Davis Riley, Scott Stallings
18:25 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Xander Schauffele
18:36 Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Kevin Kisner
18:47 Keegan Bradley, Marc Leishman (Australia), Aaron Wise
18:58 Stewart Cink, Francesco Molinari (Ita), (a) Laird Shepherd (English)
19:09 Marcel Schneider (Germany), Joseph Bramlett, Chan Kim
19:20 Joel Dahmen, Lanto Griffin, Jinichiro Kozuma (Jpn)
19:31 (a) Fred Biondi (bra), Harry Hall (English), Chris Gotterup
19:42 Luke Gannon, Chris Naegel, Andrew Beckler

From hole 10:
11:45 a.m. Kevin Chappell, Andrew Novak, Chase Seiffert
11:56 Thorbjoern Olesen (Lair), Brian Stuard, Nick Hardy
12:07 Sam Horsfield (English), Shaun Norris (Rsa), Cameron Tringale
12:18 Sung Jae Im (Kor), Guillermo Mito Pereira (Chi), Erik van Rooyen (Rsa)
12:29 Tony Finau, Viktor Hovland (Nor), Justin Thomas
12:40 Joo-Hyung Kim (Kor), Min-Woo Lee (Aus), Seamus Power (Ireland)
12:51 Matthew Fitzpatrick (English), Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson
13:02 Shane Lowry (Ireland), Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)
13:13 Danny Lee (Nzl), (a) Keita Nakajima (Jpn), Nick Taylor (Canada)
13:24 (a) Nick Dunlap, Jim Furyk, Adam Hadwin (Can)
13:35 Richard Bland (English), Ryan Fox (NZL), Rikuya Hoshino (Japanese)
13:46 Jonas Blixt (Swedish), Bo Hoag, Todd Sinnott (aus)
13:57 Sean Jacklin (Sco), (a) Charles Reiter, Isaiah Salinda
17:30 Matt McCarty, Michael Thorbjornsen (a), Erik Barnes
17:41 Matthew NeSmith, Patrick Rodgers, Travis Vick (a)
17:52 Troy Merritt, William Mouw (a), Andrew Putnam
18:03 Collin Morikawa, James Piot, Jon Rahm (Spanish)
18:14 Max Homa, Adam Scott (Australia), Jordan Spieth
18:25 Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay, Billy Horschel
18:36 Sebastián Muñoz (Col), Alexander Noren (Sweden), Harold Varner III
18:47 Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Cameron Young, Will Zalatoris
18:58 (a) Stewart Hagestad, Grayson Murray, Adam Schenk
19:09 Branden Grace (Rsa), Mackenzie Hughes (Can), Guido Migliozzi (Ita)
19:20 Beau Hossler, Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn), Kalle Samooja (End)
19:31 Richard Mansell (Eng), Roger Sloan (Can), Tomoyasu Sugiyama (Jpn)
19:42 Keith Greene, Benjamin Silverman (Can), (a) Caleb Manuel

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