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Last Updated: 17/06/22 12:53am

Adam Hadwin holds a one-shot lead after the opening round at the US Open

Adam Hadwin holds a one-shot lead after the opening round at the US Open

Adam Hadwin produced a brilliant birdie run to move into a one-shot lead at the 122nd US Open, where Rory McIlroy is part of the chasing pack.

Hadwin posted five birdies in a six-hole stretch on his way to an opening-round 66 at The Country Club in Brookline, giving the world No 105 a narrow advantage over a five-strong contingent on three under.

McIlroy, chasing a second win in as many starts after his Canadian Open victory on Sunday, is among those in tied-second after a final-hole bogey saw him narrowly miss out on holding a first-round lead for the second successive major.

The best of the action from Rory McIlroy's impressive opening round which gave him an early share of the lead at the US Open

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The best of the action from Rory McIlroy’s impressive opening round which gave him an early share of the lead at the US Open

The best of the action from Rory McIlroy’s impressive opening round which gave him an early share of the lead at the US Open

The former world No 1 – chasing a fifth major title and first since 2014 – is joined a shot off the pace by David Lingmerth, MJ Daffue, Joel Dahmen and England’s Callum Tarren, while former winners Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose are in the group two off the lead alongside Matt Fitzpatrick.

How Hadwin moved ahead

Hadwin opened with back-to-back pars and dropped a shot at the third after missing from six feet, only to respond by firing a superb approach into the fourth to set up a close-range birdie and start a charge up the leaderboard.

Adam Hadwin holds a one-shot lead after the opening round at the US Open

Adam Hadwin holds a one-shot lead after the opening round at the US Open

The Canadian got up and down from a greenside bunker to take advantage of the driveable par-four fifth and posted three consecutive birdies from the seventh to reach the turn in 31, before cancelling out a bogey at the 12th by holing a 35-footer at the par-four next.

Hadwin was unable to convert birdie opportunities over his final two holes to further extend his advantage, although an opening 66 is the lowest total of his major career and sees him lead a major for the first time.

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McIlroy – among the early starters – holed important par-saves at the 13th and 15th before making a 20-foot birdie at the par-three next, with the 21-time PGA Tour winner cancelling out a missed birdie chance at the 17th by picking up a shot at the next to turn in 33.

The 33-year-old gauged out of thick grass and made a 15-foot par-save at the second but took angry swipes at a bunker after going from sand to sand at the fifth, only to make another clutch save, before cancelling out a birdie at the seventh by carding his only bogey on his final hole of the day.

Rory McIlroy says he is in a 'good spot mentally' after carding an impressive three-under-par opening round 67 at the US Open

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Rory McIlroy says he is in a ‘good spot mentally’ after carding an impressive three-under-par opening round 67 at the US Open

Rory McIlroy says he is in a ‘good spot mentally’ after carding an impressive three-under-par opening round 67 at the US Open

Tarren posted an eagle and two birdies over his final four holes to get to three under and Lingmerth made a bogey-free start, with Joel Dahmen birdieing three of his last five holes and Daffue mixing six birdies with three bogeys to also move within one of the lead.

Defending champion Jon Rahm, last month’s PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and two-time major winner Collin Morikawa are all three behind after opening-round 69s, with world No 1 Scottie Scheffler four back after birdieing his final two holes to salvage a level-par 70.

Jon Rahm was happy with his one-under-par opening round at the US Open which included a huge birdie on the 18th

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Jon Rahm was happy with his one-under-par opening round at the US Open which included a huge birdie on the 18th

Jon Rahm was happy with his one-under-par opening round at the US Open which included a huge birdie on the 18th

Ryder Cup teammates Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood stuttered to two-over 72s, joining Jordan Spieth and Cameron Smith six back, with two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka a further stroke back on three over.

LIV Golf Invitational Series players Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen struggled to rounds of 76 and 77 respectively, while six-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson marked his 52nd birthday by posting an eight-over that included a four-putt double-bogey from 12 feet.

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