SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – After watching some of the world’s top players struggle their way to uncharacteristically high scores, Ohio State rising senior Will Grimmer put together a very solid opening round 73 at the 118th US Open at Shinnecock Hills.
The round of 3-over par featured three of birdies and nine pars. That puts him in a tie for 19th and just four shots off the opening round lead. He is tied with fellow amateur Luis Gagne for the lowest round by an amateur on Thursday.
Grimmer bogeyed the 253-yard par-3 second but them made a birdie at No. 5 to get back to level par. Three-straight bogeys on holes 7-8-9 pushed him back to 3-over but he quickly righted the ship with a birdie at No. 10 and a solid par at the difficult par-3 11th. After bogeying No. 13, he made a clutch 13-footer for par at No. 14 and then birdied No. 15. Despite a missed par putt at No. 18, a round of 3-over par has Grimmer in great position headed into Friday’s second round.
He will start that second round at 8:46 a.m. off the tenth tee on Friday morning. Fox Sports One will have coverage of the morning rounds.