2023 U.S. Open Jun 15, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Sam Bennett (left), Cameron Smith (LIV player) and their caddies on the 4th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Los Angeles Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

The U.S. Open is traditionally known to be extremely difficult, truly testing the resolve and composure of the top players in the world. However, that was not the case in the opening round of the 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club, and the golf world has taken notice.

Many golfers had an extremely impressive opening round, including the big names most would expect near the top of the leaderboard.

LIV Golf star Dustin Johnson impressed with an opening round 64 to put his name in contention. PGA Tour star Rory McIlroy also had an extremely impressive round, shooting a 65 in the opening round.

Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele had the best rounds of the day, both shooting a 62 which is the lowest score ever recorded in a major championship event.

While there were still some pretty rough rounds out there for some, it was on average far easier course than we have seen from most U.S. Open events in the past.

The field scoring average for the day at LACC was 71.39, which is the lowest first-round scoring average by nearly a full stroke.

It was also not as bad for the players that didn’t have their best game. It is the first U.S. Open where no player shot a round of 80 or higher in the opening round.

It was obvious to the golf world that this is not your typical U.S. Open, and many took to social media to share their opinions on the low scoring on Thursday.

PGA Tour star Max Homa, who shot 68 on Thursday, actually holds the course record from his days in college. He shot a 61 at the course during the Pac-12 Championship in 2013. He was asked about the low scoring following his round on Thursday, where he seemed adamant that things will get more difficult as the week goes on.

“I’m just trying to remind myself that it is a very hard course and it’s very early in the week. You have to play your game and kinda just wait.”

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.