14th June 2019 | Asian Tour
Tour stars endure tough opening starts at the U.S. Open
June 14: All six Asian Tour stars will be seeking better fortunes when they return to the tee after struggling in their opening rounds at the U.S. Open on Thursday.
On a day where England’s Justin Rose signed for a six-under-par 65 to grab the opening lead by one shot and tie the lowest round at Pebble Beach Golf Links in the history of the U.S. Open, two-time Asian Tour winner, Justin Harding of South Africa together with Australia’s Marcus Fraser and Japan’s Mikumu Horikawa emerged as the highest-placed Tour members in tied-77th place.
The trio lie eight shots back of Rose after they returned with matching 73s at the year’s third Major.
India’s Anirban Lahiri, the 2015 Asian Tour number one, sits in tied-98th place after posting a 74 while Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat took a share of 116th place after signing for a 75.
Japan’s Kodai Ichihara had a day to forget when he carded an 80 to end the day tied for 149th.
50% of the prize money earned by Asian Tour members at the U.S. Open will be counted towards the Order of Merit.