June 14, 2018

Grimmer’s Inside the Top-20 After Opening Round 73

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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.

“I really like this golf course and I had a really good feeling coming into today that I could play well,” Grimmer said. “We watched quite a bit of the coverage this morning and seeing some of the best players in the world struggle as they were, I thought Holy Smokes! But I knew I had a good game plan and I really wanted to stick to it. If anything, I think it gave me the mindset to hang tough because bogeys were going to happen.”

“There were a little bit of first tee nerves but I was able to hit it down the middle and hit a solid six iron to 15 feet and just missed birdie. It was an easy tap-in for par right out of the gate and that really helped me to settle in. I hit a good putt and just missed par on No. 2 and then played No. 5 really well to get back to even par. Then I ran into a little bit of trouble on 7-8-9, experiencing my first run in with grandstands on No. 8 and having to take an interesting drop. But after the turn, my putter really heated up. I one-putted holes 10-15 and that really gave me a lot of confidence finishing up. Anytime I had a critical 10-15 footer I seemed to roll it in. I never really lost my confidence or got antsy with the putter on the greens today. I made really confident strokes and that was key.

“To finish with a 73 and to be just four shots off the lead after the first round of the US Open, I really like my position.”

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.