Underdog No More: Cantlay Matches McIlroy’s Brilliance at US Open!

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The 124th US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina, is wide open after a captivating first day. Rory McIlroy, the golfing enigma, and Patrick Cantlay, seeking his maiden major, sit atop the leaderboard at a cool five-under par.

McIlroy, ever the smooth operator, navigated the notoriously difficult course with poise, carding a bogey-free round for just the second time in his US Open career. His final flourish, a clutch 20-foot birdie putt on 18, sent a roar through the crowd and reignited whispers of a long-awaited major victory. This comes after a string of near misses at the biggest tournaments, leaving fans wondering if this is finally McIlroy’s year.

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Cantlay, meanwhile, seized the morning’s prime conditions with a sizzling six-birdie round. Fresh off a missed cut, he looked rejuvenated, capitalizing on the softer greens before the weekend heat sets in. His strategy of attacking early could prove decisive as the course tightens.

Bryson DeChambeau, the big-hitting LIV golfer, provided fireworks with his usual booming drives. He threatened the lead at one point, but a costly bogey kept him two shots back. DeChambeau’s approach of strategic patience, a departure from his typical power game, seems to be paying off at Pinehurst.

Scheffler Stumbles, But Race for US Open Title Wide Open

The world number one, Scottie Scheffler, had a day to forget. Uncharacteristically wayward off the tee, he finished one over par. However, the reigning Masters champion remains in contention, needing a quick turnaround to stay in the hunt.


Meanwhile, a new star continues to rise. Swedish youngster Ludvig Aberg, fresh off his runner-up finish at the Masters, sits in third place after a thrilling birdie-filled front nine. The future of golf appears bright with Aberg’s talent on display.

Tiger Woods, battling his ongoing recovery, struggled with his consistency, carding a disappointing four-over par. The five-bogey stretch mid-round proved costly, leaving him with a mountain to climb. Woods acknowledged the challenge of balancing his return to form with competing at the highest level.

With McIlroy hungry for glory, Cantlay seeking a breakthrough, and a host of challengers lurking, the US Open promises an enthralling weekend of golf. The “war of attrition” Woods predicted is upon us, and only the most resilient golfer will emerge victorious from the unforgiving Carolina pines.

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