Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth onslaught in 1st turn during Erin Hills

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ERIN, Wis. — Jordan Spieth figured something had to shake him and Dustin Johnson from their putting problems during a initial turn of a U.S. Open.

“We’ll be on a use green; we competence have a pillow-fight putting contest, usually to see if we can hint anything,” Spieth said.

The many new U.S. Open champions looked anything though Thursday during Erin Hills. Spieth and Johnson were a sum 4 over standard and done usually dual birdies sum between them.

Both cited bad putting, with Spieth sharpened 73 to finish 8 strokes behind of contest personality Rickie Fowler. Johnson shot 75 and is 10 behind.

“Neither one of us could make a putt,” pronounced Spieth, who won dual years ago during Chambers Bay when Johnson three-putted a final green. “I’m astounded Martin [Kaymer] could make a integrate of them given he was examination me and D.J. a whole day.”

Kaymer, who won a U.S. Open during Pinehurst in 2014, and Johnson, who won final year during Oakmont, assimilated Spieth in an early-morning three-ball featuring a past 3 U.S. Open champions. And he wasn’t most better, sharpened 72.

Johnson, a reigning No. 1 actor in a world, had not been worse than a tie for sixth after any of a past 12 rounds during a U.S. Open, where he had posted 3 true top-5 finishes.

But entrance off a missed cut during a Memorial dual weeks ago, Johnson struggled again Thursday. He’s now played his past 54 holes with usually 3 birdies.

“I usually didn’t putt unequivocally well,” Johnson said. “I missed a lot of unequivocally good opportunities. That was a large pivotal for me. If we don’t three-putt, we fire even. But if we usually make one or dual of a good looks we have, it’s a integrate underneath [par]. we didn’t strike it great, though we strike it good adequate to fire a good score.”

Johnson, starting on a behind nine, done a double-bogey on a par-5 14th, his second shot anticipating a fescue. He also done bogeys during a 15th and 17th holes and afterwards played a front side in even par.

Spieth also done usually one birdie and lamented countless missed chances. He strike 13 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens.

“I missed one fairway today, that is a best pushing turn that I’ve had maybe in my life,” he said. “And we struck a round good from there. we had 15 looks during birdie currently and all of them were tangible makeable putts, and we usually done one of them. Just unequivocally an off day putting, though I’ll go figure it out.”

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