US Open: Brooks Koepka is in position to make history despite three bogeys

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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. – Brooks Koepka’s chase to join Willie Anderson in the history books got off to a nice start Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Not that anyone should be surprised.

It is a major, after all.

The world No. 1, who’s won four of the last eight majors he’s played and is the only player in history to hold back-to-back titles in two majors simultaneously, shot a 2-under-par 69 at Pebble Beach to place himself well within range of winning a third consecutive U.S. Open.

He did so without his best stuff. For the first time in his last 12 rounds in a major, Koepka ended the day outside of the top 10 despite electrifying the galleries at this seaside gem with four birdies in his first six holes.

Brooks Koepka looks at his putting line on the eighth green during the first round of the 2019 U.S. Open. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

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