Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- Dustin Johnson's quest for his first major title is off to a solid start in the sand hills of North Carolina.
Johnson fired a 1-under 69 and is four back of leader Martin Kaymer after round one of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
The Dutch Fork and Coastal Carolina graduate birdied his first hole and never dropped below 1-under par for his round. He did get it to 2-under on both nines but a bogey-birdie-bogey stretch on holes 13-15 left him with a 69.
Johnson was one of 15 players to break par in benign conditions at Pinehurst. That is the most since 32 players broke part in the final round of the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional.
Greer's Bill Haas was not one of those 15 as he shot a 2-over par 72. Former Clemson golfer and 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover struggled to a 9-over par 79.