2019 U.S. Open Live Blog: Tracking Tiger, Koepka and Round One Leaders at Pebble

Can Brooks Koepka get off to a hot start in pursuit of his third straight U.S. Open? And will we see Masters Tiger or PGA Tiger? Follow along with Round One action from Pebble Beach.
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It's time for the most difficult test in golf: the U.S. Open. 

The year's third major begins Thursday at iconic Pebble Beach in California, where the world's best players have gathered to chase history. There are no shortage of storylines: Brooks Koepka is the two-time defending champion at this event, and with a victory he'd become the first player to win three straight U.S. Opens since 1905. Tiger Woods returns to the site of perhaps the best golf tournament ever played, when he blew out the field to win the U.S. Open by 15. Phil Mickelson will try once again to win the only major he hasn't in his Hall of Fame career and complete the career Grand Slam. There's also Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose and so many other contenders. 

Each of those men will desperately want to get off to a good start on Thursday. As the saying goes—you can't win the tournament on Thursday, but you certainly can lose it. Follow along with us all day as we provide live updates and analysis on all the action out West. 

Here are some notable Thursday tee times (EST). For full tee times and pairings, click here.

Jon Rahm, Marc Leishman, Rory McIlroy — 10:51 a.m.*

Si Woo Kim, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day — 11:02 a.m.

Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell — 11:13 a.m.*

Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Viktor Hovland — 4:47 p.m.

Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods — 5:09 p.m.

10:15 p.m. – Roses ends as leader

Nobody enters Friday hotter than Justin Rose, who birdied his final three holes to exit round one as the solo leader at -6.

Check out the rest of the round one leaderboard below:

Rose -6 (F)
Fowler -5 (F)
Schauffele -5 (F)
Oosthuizen -5 (F)
Wise (-5) F
Piercy -4 (F)
Lashley -4 (F)

10:00 p.m. – Woods closes -1

It was a quiet close to the evening for Woods, who ripped off 11 consecutive pars to end Thursday at -1. Tiger found a bunker with his second shot on the par-5 18th, but saved par with a clean escape and long two-putt save. 

9:40 p.m. – Rose closing strong

Justin Rose turned in the best round of his big-name trio on Thursday, rising to five-under after birdies on the par-4 16th and par-3 17th. Rose is now one of five players tied for the lead at -5. 

9 p.m. — Leaderboard update

As things stand...

Fowler -5 (F)
Schauffele -5 (F)
Oosthuizen -5 (F)
Wise (-5)
Piercy -4 (F)
Lashley -4 (F)

8:35 p.m. – Tiger holds steady

Woods scrambled to the green in three after a disastourous tee hid in the rough on the par-4 13th. But Woods' approach shot stuck the ball within ten feet of the hole, leaving a simple par opportunity for the reigning Masters champ. Woods heads to the par-4 14th at -1, four off the lead. 

8:00 p.m. – Koepka keeps climbing

Two-time reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka remains steady in the first round on Thursday. Koepka raced out to four-under in his first six holes, then gave back a stroke at the par-4 eighth. But Koepka returned to within one shot on the leaders on the par-3 12th, converting a long uphill birdie attempt to sit at -4 as he heads to the 13th. 

7:40 p.m. – Rose, Spieth fall back 

Justin Rose got off to a blistering start at four-under through the first eight holes, but the Englishman gave back a stroke at the ninth. Rose failed to find the green in regulation, then two-putted for his first bogey of the day. As Rose dropped to -3, Jordan Spieth's frustrating afternoon continued. Spieth posted fives on each the par-4 eighth and the par-4 ninth, making the turn at two-over for the day. 

7:15 p.m. – Tiger back in business

Woods shook off his double bogey on the par-3 5th, banging home birdies on the par-5 6th and par-3 7th. Woods skied a beautiful tee shot on the 108-yard 7th, then converted a 16-foot birdie to get back to -1 for the day. Woods trails the leaders by four strokes as he approaches the par-4 9th.

7:00 p.m. — Leaderboard update

As things stand...

Fowler -5 (F)
Schauffele -5 (F)
Oosthuizen -5 (F)
Piercy -4 (F)
Rose -4 (F)

6:40 p.m. – Sabbatini pulls off the ace 

We're unlikely to post many Rory Sabbatini updates throughout the weekend, but his effort on the par-3 12th was too good to pass up. The 43-year-old skied an iron from 202 yards away, two-hopping the ball into the hole on a beautiful bounce. The ace vaulted Sabbatini into the red at -1 for the afternoon. 

6:10 p.m. – Trouble for Tiger at five 

A birdie on four didn't carry any momentum for Tiger at the par-3 fifth. Woods flew his tee shot past the green and into a pit of rough, reaching the green in three before a two-putt for double bogey. Woods is no longer in the red sitting at +1 as we head to the par-5 sixth. 

6:10 p.m. – Tiger's first birdie

Woods remains steady at Pebble Beach, finding the green in two on the short par-4 fourth. Woods' approached landed within ten feet, and a smooth uphill putt resulted in his first birdie of the afternoon. Tiger is now four back of the leaders at one-under. 

6 p.m. – Spieth in the red

Jordan Spieth is off to an encouraging start as he plays alongisde Woods in the first round. The three-time major winner birdied the par-4 second, adding a par on the third. Spieth enters the par-4 fourth at -1 as Woods and Rose sit at even. 

5:40 p.m. — Leaderboard update

As things stand...

Fowler -5 (F)
Schauffele -5 (F)
Oosthuizen -5 (F)
Piercy -4 (F)
Straka -3 (F)
McIlroy -3 (F)
Grillo -3 (F)
Woodland -3 (F)

5:15 p.m. — Near miss for Woods

Tiger Woods had no trouble at the par-4 1st on Thursday, finding the green in two before a near-miss for birdie. Woods tapped in his par attempt along with Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose, with the trio heading to the par-4 2nd at even for the tournament. 

4:45 p.m. — Schauffele ties Fowler for the lead

Xander Schauffele eagles the par-5 18th hole to tie Fowler for the lead with a 5-under 66.

4:05 p.m. — Fowler posts first-round 66, Johnson finishes at 71

Fowler almost finished the first round with a birdie at the 18th hole, but it slides just by to the right. Fowler's first-round 66 ties five others for the second-best score ever at a U.S. Open. He finishes the day with six birdies and one bogey.

Dustin Johnson cards a disappointing 71, while Phil Mickelson ends at 1-over.

4 p.m. — Leaderboard update

As things stand...

Fowler -5 (16)
Piercy -4 (F)
Hatton -4 (15)
Schauffele -4 (15)
Oosthuizen -4 (15)
Straka -3 (F)
Grillo -3 (F)
McIlroy -3 (17)

3:45 p.m. — McIlroy cleans par for first-round 68

Rory McIlroy finished the ninth hole, his final of the day, for a first-round 68, putting up one of his best opening rounds in a U.S. Open.

3:22 p.m. — Par keeps Fowler at -5

Fowler was stepping in another birdie putt but ends up with a par instead, keeping him at -5 through 16.

3:07 p.m. — Piercy in at 67, Fowler to -5

Rickie Fowler is your new leader, as he followed up a birdie on 14 with another on 15 to get to -5 with three to play. Scott Piercy made a bogey 6 on 18, but he'll be more than happy with an opening-round 67, -4. 

2:52 p.m. — Phil misses tap-in

Oh dear. Phil Mickelson just missed a 20-inch putt for par. At the U.S. Open. You just have to see this one:

Elsewhere, Scott Piercy is -5 as he plays the 18th, and Rickie Fowler just birdied 14 to get to -4. 

2:20 p.m.Leaderboard update

As things stand...

Piercy -5 (16)
Straka -3 (17)
Rahm -3 (13)
McIlroy -3 (13)
Fowler -3 (12)
DeChambeau -3 (12)
Woodland -3 (11)
Hardy -3 (8)

Reminder that the afternoon wave—which includes Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods—is still a few hours from teeing off. 

1:45 p.m. — Piercy to -5, DeChambeau, Fleetwood rolling

Scott Piercy has rebounded from a double-bogey at 8 with birdies at 12 and 14, and he's at -5 and has his nose in front by two. Tommy Fleetwood has quietly gotten it to -3, as has Bryson DeChambeau. Rory McIlroy is putting it quite nicely, as he just rolled in a 12-footer for birdie to get to -2. If he keeps rolling it like this, watch out...

1:30 p.m. — Kisner four putts from four feet

Kevin Kisner is one of the more relatable players in professional golf, and he just did something that many weekend warriors can identify with: he four-putted. From four feet. 

Kiz hit a solid wedge into the par-5 18th to set up a four footer for birdie. He walked away with double bogey. 

1:19 p.m. — Piercy, Woodland reach -4

The scoring continues to be good as the course remains soft, and players are taking advantage. Scott Piercy and Gary Woodland lead at -4, with a strong group of Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen a shot bad at -3. Rory McIlroy is -1, while Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are E as they play the 18th, their ninth hole of the day. 

12:55 p.m. — Eagles galore!

Eagles are flowing early at Pebble—that's what happens when you have soft greens and the best players in the world. The latest guys to get one are Hideki Matsuyama, who holed a pitch on the par-5 14th, and Ryan Sullivan, who did the same.

Meanwhile, Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland have moved to -3, while Rahm has dropped to -2. Also at -2 are Jason Day (with Steve Williams on the bag) and Bryson DeChambeau. 

12:38 p.m. — Winds quiet, scores low

The scores are low in the earlygoing, as the winds are very calm as of now and the greens are on the soft side. Scott Piercy and Jon Rahm lead at -3, but a number of world-class players are off to good starts. Rickie Fowler is -2; Phil Mickelson is -1, as is Jason Day and Bryson DeChambeau. It'll be interesting to see if the winds stay quiet, or if they kick up as the day goes on. 

12:18 p.m. — Fowler -2, Oosthuizen eagles 11

Rickie Fowler, still in pursuit of his first major championship, is off to a great start at -2 through 5 holes. Meanwhile, Louis Oosthuizen made an eagle 2 on the par-4 11th to get to two under. 

11:57 a.m. — Rahm off to nice start

The morning wave of "supergroups" is on the course, and Jon Rahm is off to the best start of the bunch. He's -3 through 4, playing alongside Marc Leishman (+1) and Rory McIlroy (E). Phil Mickelson just missed a short birdie putt but is E through 2. 

11:30 a.m. — Scott Piercy is on fire

Scott Piercy, the No. 59 player in the world, is absolutely on fire. The front nine at Pebble will play a bit easier than the back, so it's imperative to take advantage of that side...and Piercy isn't messing around. He just eagled the par-5 6th to move to -5 through 6 holes, and he has an earlier-than-early three-shot lead. 

11:02 a.m. — Play is underway

Good morning from cool, foggy Pebble Beach. Play is officially underway in the 119th U.S. Open, and Scott Piercy is off to a nice start at -3 after 5 holes. The wind is already blowing a bit, and it tends to only get more severe during the day, so scoring could be high today. The group of Rahm/McIlroy/Leishman is out on the course, with Rahm making birdie on the difficult par-4 10th and McIlroy making bogey.