The Irish contingent have struggled in the early going at the U.S. Open.
Rory McIlroy was one of the pre-tournament favourites going into the event, but a +10 round of 80 has likely put paid to his hopes of a fifth major win this week. 2010 U.S. Open victor Graeme McDowell is five over par after just six holes, after three bogeys and a double.
Shane Lowry is the third and last hope for Irish success at Shinnecock Hills.
The Offaly man finished second in the 2016 edition, and started on the back nine today with a par and a dropped shot.
The 12th hole (his third) offered some respite. An approach from the rough ended up on the left side of the green, leaving a monster putt for a birdie, which he would duly make from some 75 feet.
Back to level par and in the top ten, Lowry was back in early contention. The 13th green would see his hard work undone, though.
His approach came just short of the green, and the pitch came to within six feet of the hole. What came next was painful to watch.
A triple bogey 7, and another dropped shot on the 14th sends the WGC winner back to +4, tied for 70th but just five shots off the lead.