South Korean Yang Yong-eun birdied three of his last eight holes to take early control in the U.S. Open first round at Congressional Country Club on Thursday.
Yang, who became Asia’s first male major winner after overhauling Tiger Woods to clinch the 2009 PGA Championship, carded a three-under-par 68 on the Blue Course to hold the clubhouse lead.
“The last few U.S. Opens that I attended, I was over par so I’m very satisfied right now,” Yang told reporters after a round featuring birdies on each of the four par-three holes.
“I think that my conservative approach, just trying to hit the greens, has been helpful. I try to make pars, less bogeys, and I’ve been lucky enough to make a few birdies.”