PEBBLE BEACH – Justin Rose birdied the last three holes to seize a one-shot lead in the first round of the US Open, where he matched the lowest round ever shot in the championship at Pebble Beach with a six-under 65.
Rose, whose round included an eagle at the par-five sixth, vaulted past a quartet of players on five-under par as Pebble Beach showed its soft side in the opening round.
Americans Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele and South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Aaron Wise were all in the clubhouse on five-under 66 as Rose stormed home.
The 2013 US Open winner rolled in a 10-footer for birdie at the 16th and drained a 26-footer for birdie at the par-three 17th and finally grabbed a birdie from a greenside bunker at the par-five finishing hole.
Tiger Woods is the only other player to post a 65 in the US Open in five prior editions at Pebble Beach - in the first round of his stunning 15-stroke victory in 2000.