OAKMONT, Pa. – Jason Day joined the rest of the Big 3 with an over-par start to this U.S. Open.
The world No. 1 made only one birdie during his opening round of 76 that already put him 10 shots off the lead at Oakmont. The 6-over round matched his worst score ever at the U.S. Open, where he has finished in the top 10 four of the past five years.
World No. 2 Jordan Spieth (72) and third-ranked Rory McIlroy (77) also have work to do after their first round on the rain-softened layout.
Throw in Rickie Fowler, who shot 76, and some of the game’s biggest stars may have already shot themselves out of the tournament: No player has won a major after a first round of 76 or higher since Jack Fleck at the 1955 U.S. Open.
Day was neither accurate off the tee nor with his approach shots Friday, hitting just seven fairways and nine greens. He was tied for 100th when he finished his round.
Day will have about an hour to sort out his issues, with his second round scheduled to begin at 4:20 p.m. ET.