He had birdied his first two holes before falling back.
Shane Lowry made a disappointing start to the US Open in New York.
The Open Champion began with back to back birdies but ended up dropping a further 8 shots to finish 6 over par.
That’s the same score Graeme McDowell will begin his second round from.
While Amateur champion James Sugrue is 8-over.
Rory McIlroy was the only Irish golfer to have an enjoyable opening round at Winged Foot.
He shot a 3-under round of 67.
McIlroy says he felt good coming into the tournament:
American Justin Thomas leads by one on 5 under par.