D. Johnson, Stenson share U.S. Open lead


UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - The carnage has already begun at the U.S. Open, but several big names made an early splash at Chambers Bay. Here's how things look after the first round in the Pacific Northwest, where Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson share the lead:

Leaderboard: Dustin Johnson (-5), Henrik Stenson (-5), Patrick Reed (-4), Matt Kuchar (-3), (a) Brian Campbell (-3), Jordan Spieth (-2), Jason Day (-2)

What it means: Johnson made the first move to the top of the standings, separating from a pack of early contenders and briefly threatening major golf's holy grail of 63. Despite a closing bogey, he shot a 65 and now shares the lead with Stenson, another player in search of his first major title.

Round of the day: Johnson started on the back nine, turning in 2-under 33 before adding four birdies in a seven-hole stretch on his inward half. He found 14 of 18 greens in regulation and made his lone blemish on No. 9 after failing to birdie the par-5 eighth hole.

Best of the rest: Stenson carded seven birdies on his round, including four in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 14-18. Like Johnson, Stenson missed only four greens in regulation and the Swede needed only 27 putts to complete his round.

Biggest disappointment: Tiger Woods' freefall continues after he posted a 10-over 80. Woods didn't make a birdie until the 16th hole, made a triple bogey on No. 14 and cold-topped a 3-wood on his final hole of the day. He appears to be headed for what would be only his second missed cut at the U.S. Open as a professional.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Aside from the morbid curiosity that will accompany Woods' round, the player to watch is Johnson, who appeared most in control among the leaders during his opener. Perennial contender Phil Mickelson (69) is already on the fringe of the leaderboard, while Rory McIlroy (72) sits seven shots off the pace and needs to rebound.

Shot of the day: Rickie Fowler didn't have many highlights during an opening 81, but he nearly had an albatross on the par-4 12th hole. Fowler's tee shot bounded over a mound and rolled back toward the cup, setting up a tap-in eagle.

Quote of the day: "I fought, I fought hard. And that was my number. I couldn't grind out any harder than that." - Woods