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Hadwin leads US Open; McIlroy talks to his golf

Adam Hadwin was not officially registered for the US Open until eight days ago. On Thursday, he left The Country Club with the best card of his


Adam Hadwin was not officially registered for the US Open until eight days ago. On Thursday, he left The Country Club with the best card of his major career and a one-shot lead.

The focus of recent days on the Saudi-backed rival league and who is leaving or staying on the PGA Tour has finally shifted to golf.

Hadwin opened with a score of 66 strokes, four under par, during a day with some breeze that did not further harm the development of golf in Brookline

Some thoughts resurfaced about the rival league, by account of Rory McIlroy. And it wasn’t because of anything he said, but because of the golf he displayed.

It was another emphatic statement. McIlroy didn’t bogey until his last hole.

And her outburst of disgust, though brief, revealed both desire and frustration. The Northern Irishman signed a 67 that left him in a large group of pursuers.

Also with 67 are four golfers who had to play the 36-hole qualifying phase. They are the English Callum Taren, the Swedish David Lingmeth, the South African MJ Daffue and the local Joel Dahmen.