Botte: The most formidable foe at U.S. Open is the ever-unforgiving Shinnecock greens as top golfers struggle in Round 1

As for the gruesome carnage throughout the leaderboard, the anticipated, star-studded pairing of Mickelson, Spieth and Rory McIlroy saw their respective games positively demolished and devoured by mighty Shinnecock from the outset. The lofty trio, with 12 major championships between them, combined to shoot an unfathomable 25-over par, most notably a cringe-=worthy 80 for McIlroy, a four-time winner in the majors.

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