Newcastle golfer Nick Flanagan shot a three-over 75 in the first round of the US Open at tricky Erin Hills on Thursday morning (AEST).
The 31-year-old, who started on the 10th, was even through 12 holes but took double bogey at the fourth then had two bogeys and a birdie over the final five holes.
His score was good enough for 102nd and gave him a chance of making the cut when he tees off in his second round at 10.40pm Friday (AEST).
His score was commendable given the unforgiving nature of the thick fescue rough at Erin Hills, which swallowed up world No.3 Jason Day (79), No.2 Rory McIlroy (78) and Jason Dufner (76).
World No.1 Dustin Johnson also shot three over, 10 shots behind leader Rickie Fowler’s seven under.
Of the other Australians, Marc Leishman was tied for seventh at four under, Adam Scott hit birdies at the 15th and 16th then an eagle at the 18th to rescue his round and finish at even.
Major debutant Wade Ormsby was one under through 15 but made double bogeys at seven and nine to tie with Flanagan at three over.
Flanagan, the 2003 US Amateur champion, made it through sectional qualifying last week to play in his first major since 2005 and his first US Open since 2004.