Former 2003 PGA champion Shaun Micheel became the first player to break into the 60s in the first round of the U.S. Open today at Pebble Beach. Micheel rolled in a downhill, left-to-right 24-footer at the par-5 18th for a 69 that gave him the solo lead at 2-under par and made him the leader in the clubhouse.
Brendon De Jonge bogeyed the 16th hole to drop back to -1, and amateur Hudson Swafford bogeyed the second hole, which is his 11th of the day, to fall out of the lead at -1. Micheel's only PGA tour victory was that PGA championship seven years ago, but he's coming off a fourth-place finish last week in Memphis. His best-ever finish in the U.S. Open was a tie for 28th in the 2004 tournament at Shinnecock Hills.
De Jonge subsequently drilled the best tee shot of the day to within three feet at the par-3 17th and made the birdie putt to regain a tie for the lead with Micheel going to the 18th hole.