Day, Ogilvy top the Aussies at US Open

The Australian contingent at Chambers Bay for the 2015 U.S. Open have completed day one in strong positions as light breezes suddenly turned on players midway through the afternoon rounds.

Playing in arguably the marquee group of the championship alongside Masters champion Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose, Jason Day flirted with the championship lead held by Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson at five-under for much of the afternoon before signing for a two-under 68 late in the evening.

Geoff Ogilvy Geoff Ogilvy (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

Day joined a long line of players who fell foul of the scenic 15th hole, which had been playing under par for much of the day until the wind picked up suddenly.

With winds gusting into and across the players from the adjacent Puget Sound, the 169-yard par-three became a beast from the elevated tee perch high above the green.

Coming to the hole at four-under, Day’s ball ballooned in the wind and finished plugged on the down slope just over the front lip of the bunker in front of the pin.

His only option was to play sideways into the flat of the bunker. A double bogey was followed by a birdie, bogey-par run to finish at two-under 68.

“It was tough this afternoon, very very tough,” Day said. “That bloody 15th hole, it looked like everyone was coming up short there. As soon as I hit it, I knew it would be short.”

“We actually went back from an 8 to a 9 iron, that’s how good our (with caddie Col Swatton) discussion was. In the end I was two clubs off!” he said grinning. “It’s a US Open golf course and anything under par is good, even though the conditions were fairly getable for scoring.”

Geoff Ogilvy has been in a good frame of mind and confident in his game heading into the Open. That translated into a one-under 69 in the more difficult afternoon conditions.

“It was nicely setup today, fairly ‘getable’,” Ogilvy said. “I hit the ball a lot better than I scored. Anything under par is pretty good in the Open I think.”

Marc Leishman played well for the bulk of the day but like everyone else, was buffeted by the strengthening breezes in the afternoon. His three-over 73 was still very respectable with the promise of a morning tee time on Friday.