Fears of a too-tough U.S. Open were drowned in a sea of red numbers during  the first round at Winged Foot

By

JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer

September 18, 2020, 6:49 AM

• 4 min read

We knew we were in for a treat when Zach Johnson’s birdie putt at No. 1 blew six feet past the flagstick before it gave into gravity, turned 180 degrees and lazily dunked itself. Because you rarely see shots like that outside of miniature golf courses.

But that’s a U.S. Open at Winged Foot for you: 7,400-plus yards of slimmed down fairways, flanked by three-months-gnarlier-than-usual rough and a handful of greens that could be covered

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