Scores were surprisingly low after the first round of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, but not expected to last.
Golfweek, USA TODAY NETWORK
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Justin Rose poured in a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole to match at least one aspect of Tiger Woods’ epic 2000 victory at Pebble Beach — a 6-under 65. It equals the lowest round in U.S. Open history at the iconic venue.
Rose takes a one-shot lead over a foursome of players: Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Louis Oosthuizen and Aaron Wise.
“I don’t know if I did a good job of anything other than scrambling,” said Rose, who actually leads the field on the greens with 22 putts. “It’s nice to know I can shoot a score like that with more in the tank.”
Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open winner, is playing in his first major at Pebble Beach. He arrived here early, taking advantage of a quietly wonderful stroll around paradise.
It wasn’t quite like that on Thursday.