Defending champion Jonas Blixt shot a six-under-par 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the
Six of Blixt's eight birdies came on putts of 10 feet or less on the Old White TPC. The Swede also chipped in from the rough for birdie on No. 16.
"The golf course is in perfect shape, like last year," Blixt said. "You come back with a bunch of confidence knowing that you won here before.
"If I can get my putter to work the way it did today, I felt like I hit the ball on line every time, and it could be a really good week."
Patrick Rodgers, the former Stanford star playing in his third tournament as a pro, was a stroke back along with
Stadler leads in
American Kevin Stadler shot a seve-under 64 in his French Open debut in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines to take a one-stroke lead over Germany's Marcel Siem.
Couples withdraws from Senior U.S. Open
Fred Couples withdrew from the U.S. Senior Open because of a back injury, and Craig Stadler and Graham Marsh also pulled out of the event next week at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.
Couples, second in the 2010 tournament, was replaced by John Harris, the first alternate from the Byron, Minnesota, sectional qualifier.