The Latest: Big names trending early in US Open

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

Some big names are finding Pebble Beach to their liking in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler were all in red figures early on a cool morning on the seaside course.

The biggest name has hours before he even tees off. Tiger Woods has a 2:09 p.m. tee time, paired with fellow Open champions Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, stumbled out of the gate, hitting it into a bunker on his first hole, the 10th, and making bogey. McIlroy rebounded with a birdie on the 13th hole and was even par playing the back nine.

The early lead was 3-under-par, shared by Scott Piercy, Jon Rahm and Thorbjorn Elesen.

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9 a.m.

The opening seven holes are considered the scoring chances at Pebble Beach. Scott Piercy is showing why.

Piercy made birdie on the second, fourth and fifth holes, then added an eagle on the par-5 sixth. That put him at 5 under through six holes in the opening round of the US Open.

Piercy is happy to be here. He was added to the field on Monday by being in the top 60 in the world. That featured some nervous moments. If he had skipped the Canadian Open, he would’ve stayed in the top 60. But he wanted to play as a past champion. Piercy missed the cut but slipped only one spot to No. 59.

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7:15 a.m.

Phil Mickelson tees off in his 28th U.S. Open, the only major he hasn’t won, and he doesn’t need to be reminded that his chances are dwindling to get the last leg of the career Grand Slam.

He turns 49 on Sunday.

Mickelson is the only player in the 156-man field making his fourth U.S. Open start at Pebble Beach. His first one was in 1992, when he made his professional debut with a 68 and was two shots out of the lead after the first round. The next day, Mickelson shot 81 and missed the cut.

The last time Mickelson competed at Pebble Beach was in February, when he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a record-tying fifth time.

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7 a.m.

Sam Saunders has hit the first shot of the 119th U.S. Open. His goal is to hit the last one in four days.

The U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach for the sixth time, and the golf course has never looked more pure with dry weather in the forecast. Dry does not mean a blue sky over the Pacific. A marine layer seeped through the cypress trees for a chilly start.

Saunders is the grandson of Arnold Palmer, who was part of an ownership group that bought Pebble Beach some 20 years ago.

Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are among the early starters. Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods play in the afternoon.

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