Thomas Fires Winged Foot Record 65

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Winged Foot usually is an untameable beast for golfers at the U.S. Open. That hasn't been the case so far as a handful of golfers went into the clubhouse at 3-under or better in the opening round.

With soft conditions for the start of the major, Justin Thomas shot a 65 for the lowest round ever in a U.S. Open at the Westchester County, New York, course.
Thomas finished with a 25-foot birdie putt for one-shot lead over Matthew Wolff Patrick Reed and Thomas Pieters.

Play was suspended by darkness with three players on the course.

Rory McIlroy, Louis Ousthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) and Lee Westwood are two off the pace.

Only two players have finished under par there in five previous Opens at Winged Foot: Fuzzy Zoeller (ZEH'-lur) and Greg Norman in 1984.

Among other notables, Tiger Woods finished with a double-bogey for a 73.

PGA champion Collin Morikawa shot 40 on the back nine for a 76.
Phil Mickelson opened with two birdies before imploding, carding a 79 that leaves him just one shot out of last place.


with files from Associated Press