PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Justin Rose was watching on TV when Rickie Fowler missed a putt that would’ve tied a U.S. Open record.
Six hours later, Rose got his own chance for the mark and made it count. But he and everyone else who tore up Pebble Beach on Thursday left the course knowing it couldn’t be this easy all week.
On a soft, gentle and cloudy afternoon on the Monterey Peninsula, Rose played alongside Tiger Woods, then shot 6-under 65 to match a record set by Woods himself, back in 2000, for the best U.S. Open score at Pebble.
“You can’t help but look over your shoulder, and damn, this is Pebble Beach,” Rose said after finishing with three birdies to tie the record. “Shot 65 and you’re in the U.S. Open. Whatever transpires the rest of the week, it was a cool moment.”
Virtually nobody, however, figures this will last.
The USGA, under pressure to make the course playable while still delivering the toughest test in golf, didn’t set things up to be all that hard for the opening round, keeping its options open for a weekend with forecasts much like Thursday: calm winds, clouds and highs in the low-60s.