The last item both Ian Poulter or Scott Piercy anticipated once they arrived to Shinnecock Hills early Thursday morning was once having any a part of the lead within the first spherical of the U.S. Open.
However on occasion low expectations — and in some circumstances no expectancies — may also be useful.
Both Poulter, enjoying in his first U.S. Open considering 2015, and Piercy, who tied for second in 2016 at Oakmont, shot 1-beneath 69s and are tied for the lead with Dustin Johnson and Russell Henley. And, for different purposes, neither noticed that coming.
“U.S. Open golf hasn’t been excellent for me during the years,’’ Poulter stated. “It’s the primary one I’ve performed in 3 years, and this is the primary one I ever performed back in ’04 at Shinnecock. So To come here and enjoy the first round is really somewhat great.’’
Poulter has performed in 12 U.S. Opens with absolute best finishes ties for 12th, 15th and 17th. In his first profession U.S. Open, at Shinnecock in 2004, he shot 74-SEVENTY TWO and ignored the lower at 6-over.
“I didn’t experience it at all,’’ Poulter said. “This week, I’ve changed my attitude. I’m right here to experience my golf this week, play freely and simply exit and play golfing. It’s great to get into the clubhouse with a pink number in the first spherical of a U.S. Open. I don’t assume I’ve ever performed that sooner than.’’
Piercy, who were given into the sphere after having to move an extra day and additional holes to outlive sectional qualifying closing week, was so disgusted along with his practice round Wednesday he bolted the golf route and went to his condo house to check out to regroup.
“I walked off the golf path after four holes because i used to be so pissed off with my guidance,’’ Piercy mentioned. “i used to be shanking it and that i lost like 5 balls in the first four holes and that i’m like, ‘I’m outta here.’ So I didn’t in point of fact be expecting this this morning. I just went home, regrouped, tried to calm my mind down, work out what makes my golfing swing tick.’’
No Matter What he did, it labored.
“i believe Wednesday night time was once a large regroup for me, and Thursday it confirmed,’’ Piercy mentioned. “Golfing’s irritating usually. You’ve were given to ride the wave, and also you’ve got to figure out how, while you’re on the backside of the wave, the best way to come again to the top. Being right here, you already know it’s going to be frustrating, so that you’ve were given to get the best mindset.
“I diminished my expectations such a lot as a result of I had a foul kind of couple days in prep that, I sort of started from the ground in my thoughts. Once In A While you could have nice prep and also you’re like, ‘Golly, that is good. i will be able to win.’ and then you exit and do poor as a result of your expectations get so high.’’
There’s a subject here. Piercy, who was compelled to return to the Memphis Monday sectional on Tuesday of remaining week to play further holes, said he just about give up the sectional.
“Any time you have got to qualify, that sucks, first of all,’’ Piercy stated. “However i was in that place and that i needed to qualify. It was ELEVEN men for three spots and then alternates. i ended up having to play 42 holes until Tuesday morning. It were given dark Monday. I WISHED to maintain taking part in in the darkish simply to get it over with so I didn’t have to come back back on Tuesday.
“i truly thought of now not coming back Tuesday morning. Obviously, i used to be going to come back again.’’
And now right here he’s, tied for the lead.