Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy lead U.S. Open as favourites blown away

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By: Reuters |
Published: June 15, 2018 1:30:37 am


Ian Poulter, of England hits an approach shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open. (Source: AP)

Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy shared the first-round clubhouse lead in brutal conditions at the U.S. Open on Thursday as Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy all but played themselves out of the championship before it had barely started.

Englishman Poulter and American Piercy tamed the weather, both carding one-under-par 69 in the wicked winds that whipped across the exposed Shinnecock Hills course.

They fared considerably better than the glamour grouping of Mickelson, Spieth and McIlroy.

Mickelson, needing victory to complete the career grand slam, was best of the bad bunch, limping home with a 77, while Spieth triple-bogeyed his second hole en route to a 78.

McIlroy was even…

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