Rory McIlroy seems to have put a bad final round at the Masters behind him.
Today in the first round of the United States Open at the Congressional Golf Course near Washington, D.C., McIlroy became the first golfer at the U.S. Open in 35 years to take a three stroke lead after 18 holes when she shot a dazzling 6-under 65.
McIlroy, from Holywood, Northern Ireland, had a bogey-free round. He birdied the first, fourth, sixth, twelfth, seventeenth and eighteenth holes.
But the two golfers who are tied for second, are definitely very strong formidable opponents. Y.E. Yang of South Korea won the 2009 PGA Championship and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa won the Masters this past April. Both are -3.
Other notable names under par include defending British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa (-2), 2008 Canadian Open Champion Chez Reavie of the United States (-1), 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink of the United States (-1), 2010 U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (-1) and 1997 PGA Champion Davis Love III of the United States.