Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson are your early leaders after the first day of the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course near Seattle, Washington.
The unique course served up a hefty plateful of challenges during the first day of competition, especially for the players that comprised the afternoon group. The normally-steady Rickie Fowler logged a shocking 11-over 81, while Tiger Woods endured yet another humiliation as he posted his career-worst U.S. Open round of 80, struggling from start to finish.
For Dustin Johnson, his strong first round continues the narrative of redemption that has surrounded him in recent months, since returning from a hiatus to deal with some personal issues. Stenson finished tied for fourth at the 2014 U.S. Open and is looking to improve on that performance this year.
Last year's champion, Martin Kaymer, finished his opening round with a two-over 72, while Phil Mickelson is in contention to compete for his career Grand Slam after shooting a solid 69 on Thursday.
The picturesque Chambers Bay presents plenty of challenges with its steep elevation changes and bumpy greens. Plenty of intrigue should await when Round 2 kicks off on Friday.