U.S. Open 2022 : Adam Hadwin scored 66 to take the first round lead

Adam Hadwin could be excused for the initial round of the US Open - the supposed hardest test in golf - that gave him a breather.

Hadwin was home to its own National Open in Canada last week, an even bigger deal as the pandemic led to the cancellation of the Canadian Open over the past two years and golf-obsessed fans with enormous energy.

Simultaneously, he has been safe to the interminable jabber and hypothesis of the Saudi-supported rival association that drew consideration all through the week at The Country Club.

Little miracle he went 4-under 66 for his best score in the 63rd round at the significant titles on Thursday

A 1-shot lead over Rory McIlroy on 67 and four others: England's Callum Tareen of Sweden. David Lingmarth, MJ Dafeu and Joel Dahman of South Africa.

Hadwin said "Nice to get down here and go for a few days of rest and this week,". 

"Not that the green gets any more straightforward. Yet, better believe it, in certain regards it certainly feels somewhat more loose than it did the week before."

At the furthest edge was Phil Mickelson, who praised his 52nd birthday - on the fairway, at any rate - with a four-putt twofold intruder in transit to 78.

Hadwin ran away from three straight birdies to finish the forward nine in 31, and he dropped only 1 shot on the last nine for his 66.