Rory and G-Mac right on the pace
Northern Ireland duo Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell both put themselves in strong positions after the first round of the US Open at the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links.
McIlroy began with a three-under-par 68 to sit two shots behind clubhouse leaders Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen, while McDowell fired a bogey-free 69.
After poor starts at the first two Majors of the year, the Masters and US PGA Championship, McIlroy was happy to card a positive opener.
"It's important for everybody (to make a good start) but especially trying to get my way back to winning these big events, it is important," said the World No.3.
"The first two Majors this year I shot 73 at Augusta and over par at Bethpage as well and it's so hard to chase, especially when courses are so tough. To get off to such a good start you are right in the tournament from the start which is a nice position to be in."
Ireland's Shane Lowry did not fare so well, carding an opening four-over 75.