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Rose Sets the Pace

PEBBLE PLAYED NICE

LEADER

Justin Rose 65 (-6)

As I was starting to write the original draft of this article, Justin Rose was still on the 60F5A4A3-D2B5-43BC-8C1A-58A6A9204740course. Rose showed why you should never count him out while he has yet to finish his round. Up to the 16th hole, Rose was not having his best ball striking days, having only hit 6/15 greens in regulation. This changed on 16, where he placed his tee shot on the right side of the fairway allowing him to be aggressive on an otherwise dangerous pin placement. His approach shot landed just inside of 10 feet from the hole, which gave him his first birdie since the 7th hole. His tee shot on the iconic 17th just trickled onto the putting surface and perfectly on line with another difficult pin placement. Capitalizing on the momentum he had gained with his short game all day, Rose drained his 27 foot birdie putt for his second in a row. On the 18th Rose showed how he can go low on a day when he was not striking the ball like normal. His second shot found the front right green side bunker, and yet again Rose put his short game back to work, hitting his bunker shot just outside of 10 feet and giving himself a great opportunity for another birdie.

Birdie – Birdie – Birdie, this is how you gain momentum, send a message, and get a great night sleep. While there is much work left to be done and I fully expect Pebble to show some teeth as we move closer to the weekend, Rose has set the early pace with his fantastic finish to the first round.

TOP FIVE

65 (-6) Justin Rose

66 (-5) Rickie Fowler

66 (-5) Xander Schauffelle

66 (-5) Louis Oosthuizen

66 (-5) Aaron Wise

Fathers day, Pebble Beach, and an already stacked leaderboard makes this US Open setting up to be one to remember. Tour favorites are all over this leaderboard, some of the notables include: Rory McIlroy -3, Francesco Molinari -3, Brooks Koepka -2, Jason Day -1, Adam Scott -1, Tiger Woods -1, Dustin Johnson E, Phil Michelson +1, Jordan Spieth +1, Justin Thomas +2.

U.S. Open - Preview Day 3

I started the beginning of the week saying Dustin Johnson will win this tournament at -6, and I will hold to that. The USGA seemed to let players relax just a little today, if history shows us anything this is going to get interesting.

ON TO CUT DAY!

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Known as a golf junkie among his friends and family, Bryan Montgomery's passion for this game started at a young age which has blossomed into what is now a 10 year career in the golf industry. Part of the second class to graduate from Eastern Kentucky Universities PGA Golf Management program he has since worked as an assistant golf professional, customer service manager, director of club fitting and merchandise sales, and fitting specialist for Mizuno. Recently he started his own brand, Form Golf which focuses on the PGA Tour, NCAA Mens Golf, Science in golf, and a Nerd Book section. Please feel free to reach out to Bryan through Twitter or Instagram. Enjoy!

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