PEBBLE BEACH – Louis Oosthuizen provided drama to match the seaside scenery in a five-under par 66 Thursday in the first round of the US Open at Pebble Beach.
The South Africa kick-started his round with an eagle at the par-four 11th - his second hole of the day - raising his arms in celebration as the crowd reaction clued him in.
“I think it was about 110 yards or something,” he said of his second shot from the fairway. “(I) hit a decent line and couldn't really - you can't see the second shot where it lands. I just went on the reaction of the crowd that it was a good shot and obviously saw that they went nuts.”
Oosthuizen added four birdies - his hole out from a bunker at the ninth giving him a share of the clubhouse lead alongside Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele.
“I was fortunate with the uphill lie in the bunker, I could get some height on the ball and just try to get it within four or five feet right of the hole to have an uphill putt,” he said.