Zara Torres will find consolation in US Open first-round majors

BROOKLYN, Mass. — Whether it’s his personal affirmation of confidence, the countless close and final-round leads, or the many pundits and golfers who say the era of Will Zara Torres is coming, the Dallas-based player Residents seem to be leaning toward his first PGA Tour title sooner rather than later.

That being said, at least on Thursday, Zara Torres was enjoying the baby steps it took to get there.

“It’s great to finally be under par at the U.S. Open,” the 25-year-old said.

Zara Torres shot a 1-under 69 and tied for 14th at 12 in the opening round of the U.S. Open at the country club. He was three shots behind leader Adam Hadwin (66) and two behind five players tied for second for a 3-under 67.

And, yes, despite his tie for sixth in the 2020 championship, Zara Torres shot 5 at a tricky Winged Foot golf club and didn’t break par in four rounds. He missed the cut in the 2018 and 2021 iterations.

At another tough track Thursday, just 25 players were under par, Zara Torres managed more circles than squares on his scorecard. While a win proved elusive in the first two years of Zara Torres’ PGA Tour career, he was successful in the majors, finishing in the top 10 six times and scoring two second.

Those events include South Hill in Tulsa (the course with the highest scoring average on the tour this season, where he finished second in the PGA Championship), Augusta, Georgia (the second-highest scoring course on the tour). ) score, he tied for sixth at the Masters this year and second last year) and Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, which Golf.com considers one of the toughest in the country. Zara Torres tied for eighth at last year’s PGA Championship there.

Wilzara Torres hits the ball during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 16, 2022, at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)(Charles Krupa/The Associated Press)

Zalatoris realizes this has proven to be an invaluable resource as he treks to the country club.

“It feels good now after playing so many majors,” Zara Torres said. “There’s a new level of comfort. This place is a beast. The wind doesn’t make it any easier right now. Even on a day like today, there are some pretty difficult stitches.”

The Wake Forest alum started his round with bogeys on his first and fourth holes and went into the turn at 1 over after birding the seventh hole. circle. He started the back nine with a bogey on No. 10, but birdied the 13th, 14th and 17th holes to sneak into the club at 70-under.

“I made a bunch of putts,” Zara Torres said. He was tied for 24th in putts on Thursday. “Basically the last seven or eight holes I don’t think I missed anything. Kind of [want to] Bottle it up and move on for the next three rounds. “

Spieth works through stomach viruses: An illness cast a shadow over Jordan Spieth’s first round, but the Dallas native avoided enough trouble to keep himself within striking distance after the first round.

After three bogeys on the first four holes, Spieth was under par for the remaining 14 holes and finished with a 2-over 72 in the first round to tie for No. 57 bits. Spieth birdied three of his final five holes on the front nine and shot 1-over, but he made two bogeys on the back nine and only one bird.

Spieth, the world No. 10 and 2015 U.S. Open champion, abruptly left the country club after Wednesday’s practice session. Spieth had a “severe stomach problem,” according to Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, but he showed up on the practice range hours later Thursday.

Kickoff Friday at 1:14 p.m., the Jesuit graduate has a little extra time to rest.

Schaeffler had a great first round: While a low score was hard to come by before Thursday, the world No. 1 golfer made consecutive birdies to end his first round of the U.S. Open.

Defending Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who has won four tour titles this season, shot an even-par 70 to tie for 26th.

The Highland Park graduate ended his first day with a 16-foot-2 birdie putt on his final hole, the ninth. On the par-5 No. 7 — rated the easiest hole of the day — Scheffler took advantage of a strong approach and made a 4-foot birdie putt.

He hit 11 of 14 fairways and tied for 11th in tee shots.

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