IAN POULTER shot an impressive first round of one under par at the US Open in New York.
The English star, 42, shared the lead after 18 holes with American ace Scott Piercy – with much of the field still yet to finish their opening round.
AP:Associated Press Ian Poulter finished his first round of the US Open with a share of the lead
Conditions at Shinnecock Hills have proven difficult, with Rory McIlroy struggling to a frustrating ten-over par.
Big names including Jordan Spieth (+8), Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson (both +7) have also failed to make an impression after their first set of 18.
On his opening round, Poulter claimed: “The US Open is extremely stressful.
“We know past US Open’s when you are at the start of the week you know it will be a long hard week and today was one of those days.
EPA Ian Poulter was happy with his first day outing in tough conditions
“To piece together one under today was very pleasing. Today was good, but I have three tough days to come.
“You have to enjoy the challenge of a US Open and I haven’t in the past.
“This week is about patience and staying around until Sunday.”
While many were surprised with relatively unknown Piercy’s strong opening round, the Las Vegas star simply claimed: “I do this for a living.”
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AP:Associated Press American ace Scott Piercy also shot a one under par opening round in New York