US Open golf: All the best quotes from Merion

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What the best players in the world had to say following the first round of the US Open...

Phil Mickelson

“I wasn’t expecting birdie on 18. It’s a very difficult hole.
I got shut out today. I played really well. Even though I shot 2‑over, it was the birdie opportunities that I didn’t capitalize on.  Had I made one on 2 or that birdie on 8 or 9 or 11, I would have changed kind of the momentum of the round. I played well today even though I didn’t feel the score was what I thought it should be.”

Luke Donald

“There was a complete switch in wind and obviously a big drop in temperature.  So those holes are playing long.
I didn’t hit a poor drive on 14, it was still a good drive and it left me probably a 4 or 3‑iron into that hole.  So very different to yesterday.  I’m guessing a lot of the guys were hitting 3‑wood and probably a short to mid iron.  So it made 14, 15, 17 a lot harder.
Sort of made 16 and 18 easier.  That’s why it’s a little disappointing to come off those two holes making bogey, despite hitting the greens.  So, but certainly those last five holes are very, very tough.”

Tiger Woods

“My left arm didn’t feel very good on a few shots. But overall it was not too bad a round. I certainly had two 3‑putts and I a boatload of putts and the round could have easily been under par.  So that’s good heading into this afternoon.”

Steve Stricker

“Yeah, tough day, you know.  Enough breeze to make things difficult.  It came out of the north.  So usually courses play a little bit tougher when the wind is out of the north.
There’s a lot of good holes here.  Even the short ones are difficult.  You can’t take a break on any hole out here, otherwise it can jump up and get you.  It’s demanding right from the get‑go.

“I played solid all day.  I had a lot of opportunities.  I missed a couple that I thought I could have made or it looked good.  And then 3‑putting 16, actually 15, 3‑putting 15 kind of hurt a little bit.  All in all a good day.  It was a good up and down on the last to keep the momentum going.”
"You can’t win a U.S. Open on a Thursday, but you can certainly lose one. When I was 4‑over and struggling to make bogey at 5, I kind of just needed to stay patient." – Justin Rose

Adam Scott

“Well, there was a lot of holes and it was tricky this morning when we came out.  And I got off on the wrong foot and just struggled to find my rhythm all day.  I didn’t make the putts I needed to kind of save some shots here and there.  And they just slipped away too easily.  But that’s what can happen if you’re just a little bit off.”

Justin Rose

“That’s the job of the first two rounds to get yourself in striking distance, and tomorrow is an important day to hang around and give yourself a chance on Sunday.  You can’t get ahead of yourself on the tee shot tomorrow.
This kind of golf course you don’t know what to expect.  There’s a lot of birdies out there, a lot of pollen out there.  So I don’t think you’re safe until you’ve carded your score here.  You can be 4‑ or 5‑under going into the last few holes.  You don’t know how the round is going to pan out, so you have to stay focused.”

Graeme McDowell

“I steadied the ship for birdies on 9 and 10 and then a mistake on 11 where I kind of got a bit of a jumper out of the fairway over the back there and make six there, which was a disappointing end last night after feeling kind of like I dug in.
And then this morning it was just difficult.  Kind of hung in, hung in, made great pars on 14 and 15.  Bad second shot at the 16th and par stroke birdie on 17.  Rip it down the middle of 18 and finish a yard in the rough and no lie.  I was trying to miss that second shot as far left as I could and it kind of squirted right on me.  And I had two very, very hard chip shots.  The first one was difficult, the second one was a scruffy lie in the rough and I walked off there with double off a great tee shot.
But 18’s a tough hole.  I didn’t think it was a 3‑wood, perhaps in hindsight it was a 3‑wood off the tee.  But disappointing because I hit a lot of good shots today”

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