Niebrugge gets 117th U.S. Open underway at Erin Hills


The 117th U.S. Open got underway at Erin Hills on Thursday when Jordan Niebrugge teed off at the first hole at 06:45 local time.

Niebrugge, making his first appearance at the major in his home state of Wisconsin, was joined at the tee ahead of the gargantuan 7,700-yard course by fellow Americans Talor Good and Kevin Dougherty.

At the same time, the grouping of  Kim Meen-whee, Ted Potter Jr and Daniel Chopra began their campaigns at the 10th hole.

Defending champion and world number one Dustin Johnson will tee off at the 10th at 08:35 local time, with fellow contenders Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer joining him.

A dry day is expected in Hartford - bad news for Phil Mickelson who it seems will be unlikely to arrive from his daughter's graduation in time to tee off - though rain could well interrupt play on Friday and Saturday.