ERIN, Wisc. – Former Hickory High golfer J.T. Poston rallied with two birdies on the back nine to post a 6-over par 78 in the opening round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.
Poston, a PGA Tour rookie, struggled on the front nine with four bogeys and a double bogey — shooting a 42 on the par 72 course — and stayed at 6-over by carding a 36 on the back nine.
He had his fifth and sixth bogeys of the day at holes No. 11 and No. 15 but birdied No. 14 and No. 18 to remain at 6-over par.
Poston again joins Japan’s Yusaku Miyazato and Aaron Rai from England for Tuesday’s second round. They’ll tee off at hole No. 10 at 12:52 CST at Erin Hills, a course that opened in 2006 and the first par-72 course to play host to the U.S. Open since Pebble Beach, Calif., in 1992.
That group hit the tees at 8:07 EST on Wednesday and Poston had three bogeys in the first six holes, another on No. 8 and a double bogey on No. 9.
Poston had a bogey (a 6) on the opening hole. After scoring a par at No. 2, had a bogey (a 5) on the third hole.
At the fourth hole, Poston posted a par but he had a bogey at No. 6. He shot par on No. 7, then struggled at No. 8 and No. 9.
The U.S. Open continues through Sunday.
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