So what does the USGA, which has been heavily criticized for its over-challenging and perhaps unfair setups, do after its leaderboard at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was littered with red after Thursday's opening round?
Six hours later, Rose got his own chance for the mark and made it count.
McIlroy, who missed the cut at the last three U.S. Opens, rode a wave of momentum into Pebble Beach, coming off a rampaging win at the Canadian Open.
The 15-time major victor shot a 1-under 70 to finish the day five shots back of leader Justin Rose despite not being at his best in the first round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
"You can't help but look over your shoulder, and damn, this is Pebble Beach", Rose said after finishing with three birdies to tie the record.
Woods is a three-time victor at the U.S. Open. It's a cool moment.
Virtually nobody, however, figures this will last. The idea was to start safe and make the course progressively more hard, and a forecast of dry weather for the week should make that easier to control.
"I feel I'm really a good driver of the golf ball and I can give myself good opportunities, and my iron play is pretty decent", he said. You can't go win the golf tournament today, but you can take yourself out of it or put yourself in position where you're just trying to fight your way back.
So did Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Louis Oosthuizen and Aaron Wise, all in a group at 5 under.
Then on the par-5 14th, Woods hit his second shot into the greenside bunker.
Brooks Koepka says he hasn't been anxious about coming back from injury and that he's pleased with his score in Round 1. "Eighteen. How lucky was that?"
As if that eagle was not enough heroics for one day, he also holed a 50-foot sand shot for birdie at his final hole, the par-four ninth. But the mistake was the third shot, and I hit it above the hole.
Woods said: "As I said, the first seven holes you can get it going, and you can be four to five under through the first seven holes".
"Maybe just some strategy stuff I can take from him".
Tony Finau: With an afternoon tee time, the recent addition to the 3M Open field spent the morning watching the tournament ... from a big-screen TV set up in the backyard of a home overlooking the 18th hole. It felt nearly as good as the wedge he holed from 95 yards for eagle on No. 11.
The players got the message.
Sepp Straka: A native Austrian who moved to Valdosta, Ga., when he was 14, Straka's first career round at a major championship was a good one: four birdies and one bogey for a 3-under 68.
"Going into the weekend, we know what's going to happen with the U.S. Open", said Jon Rahm, who is 2-under after 18 holes.
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