Eurosport - Fri, 18 Jun 00:01:00 2010
Get the latest post-round reaction from the top contenders in the US Open at Pebble Beach, California.
Paul Casey (69, -2): "My putting was really good. I came into today with very low expectations because the ball striking hasn't been at all good this week. And it wasn't particularly good today either, but I saved myself a few times, and got the ball below the hole a few times. I'm thrilled with a 69."
Ian Poulter (70, -1): "It was a good day today, I'm very happy to play as well as I did... I love it (Pebble Beach). It's just magnificent."
Mike Weir (70, -1): "I needed to find more fairways. Normally at a US Open you don't get under par if you don't find fairways, but luckily I was able to with some good putting and short game... You have to hit great shots to be beneath the hole so you can be aggressive with your putts, otherwise when you're putting downhill you just have to be defensive."
KJ Choi (70, -1): "Every day even par is a very good situation, you know. And (at the) US Open it's my first time ever finishing under par on the first day. So I'm so happy today... This course, it looks like it's wide open fairway... but (on the) right and left, either way is very tough, in the bunker and in the rough. And you can't stop the ball bouncing, so you are very scared on the tee shots."
Rafael Cabrera-Bello (70, -1): "I could only dream about a day like this. I maybe imagined it when I was eight or nine years old but never expected something like this... If you lost your concentration for a minute, it's going to beat you and hit you very hard. I really tried to stay calm and focused on my task, and I think I did that" (On his luggage being delayed in transit): "I was desperate to get started and I didn't have any clubs. I had to walk the course on Monday with a few wedges I borrowed until my clubs arrived on Tuesday."
Ryo Ishikawa (70, -1): "Pebble had its teeth out today. The golf course is firm but the wind died in the last part of the day. The greens got a little bit bumpy but Ryo played a very good round of golf. He made a lot of good putts."
Luke Donald (71, level): "I played okay. I didn't play my best golf but I was very steady out there. And you'll always take level par in the US Open."
Padraig Harrington (73, +2): "You felt it was a day when you could put together a really good score, but it's the same old story with the US Open, people get nervous and defensive... But the course was very fair, I feel like someone could go out there and shoot four or five under par."
Phil Mickelson (74, +3): "I was terrible on the greens - it was one of my worst days... The course was very fair, it was a great set-up. The pin placements were great. The rough was very fair. They put some water on the greens. I just thought it was really well done. As for my own game, obviously I didn't score well. I just putted horrific. It's very frustrating for me to miss all those opportunities."
Tiger Woods (74, +3): "I hit the ball well enough to make a good score. But these greens are just awful. You just can't leave yourself a second putt - the ball is moving all over the place. Hopefully tomorrow they'll be better."
Tom O'Toole, chairman of the championship committee: "We couldn't be more pleased. It's a balancing act to try to keep these greens nourished from a water management standpoint, and then of course test the greatest players in the world with firmness. The greens here at Pebble Beach are poa annua (grass). And when you have 156 players playing... you're going to get bumpy greens."