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Dustin Johnson Looks Imperious In The Lead At Shinnecock Hills

SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JUNE 14: Dustin Johnson of the United States waves after holing out for a birdie on the eighth during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 14, 2018 in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Heading into the 118th U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson was the 8/1 favourite after winning last week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Now well into his first round, DJ is as low as 2/1 to add his second U.S. Open to a bulging trophy cabinet.

Conditions were brutal this morning, with the likes of Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth shooting +27 between them, but two players in Scott Piercy and Ian Poulter did make it to the clubhouse with under par rounds.

With the course firming up and the already harsh wind further increasing, the afternoon starters were set for even more carnage. While that has come to pass, some of those are faring well around Shinnecock Hills.

Russell Henley is -2 through 14 holes, and 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner is at -1, but they have world number one Dustin Johnson for company who is also at -2.

Playing with the highly fancied pair of Justin Thomas (+3) and Tiger Woods (+4), Johnson made a pair of birdies on holes four and five.

Johnson had a stroke of luck on the sixth. Though he made bogey, his ball ended up in the fescue rough, with two dozen people trying to find it. Sky Sports’ Rich Beem accidentally stepped on the ball, ensuring a good lie for the approach shot.

DJ rebounded on the 8th, chipping in for birdie from the greenside bunker.

A fantastic 20 foot birdie putt on the 11th would briefly see him go solo leader at -3, but he would give that shot back afterwards after a tricky but unsuccessful up-and-down attempt.

With his course management (hitting numerous irons off the tee), fine irons and work around the green, and some dialled in putting, Johnson looks like the man to beat this week.

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