A sampling of opinion, observations and wit collected during the first round of the U.S. Open:
Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman @KellyTilghmanGC: Phil Mickelson stripes his first tee shot with a driver in hand. His quest for the career grand slam is underway at the US Open.
Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel @JasonSobelGC: Imagine if Tiger Woods decided to start live-tweeting the U.S. Open right now. He’d break the Internet.
N&O’s Laura Keeley @laurakeeley: 10:47 a.m., first beers spotted in the gallery of the #USOpen.
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Aaron Schoonmaker @AaronSchoony: @laurakeeley @joeovies Sales didn’t start until 10:30. here were people huddled up waiting for 10:30 when I walked by at 10:02.
Golf writer Ron Sirak @ronsirak: I love look & feel of “new” No. 2 at @PinehurstResort This is how golf is supposed to be played. Premium on imagination & shotmaking.
Yahoo golf writer Shane Bacon @shanebacon: How great is Pinehurst setup and playing? Every golfer on the course right now is within 10 shots of the lead.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell @darrenrovell: New York Times says Phil Mickelson’s role in insider trading case was wrongly reported, not involved.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban @mcuban: So the media got It wrong on Phil Mickelson. I’m shocked. Will ESPN rerun all those crawls with corrections?
Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman @KellyTilghmanGC: Several sources confirming Phil Mickelson cleared of any wrongdoing in FBI insider trading probe. He said all along he did nothing wrong.
N&O’s Chip Alexander @ice_chip: Security is tight at the Open. Armed police walking with groups and they’re not watching the golf. #USOpen.
ESPN’s Bob Harig @BobHarig: Pace of play already brutal. #WhileWeAreYoung #USOpen.
ESPN’s Bob Harig @BobHarig: Graeme McDowell won USOpen in 2010 but his 68 is good enough to tie his best score in the tournament, 31 rounds. #USOpen
Pinehurst Resort @PinehurstResort: Graeme: “I think the winner of this tournament will have 10-12 birdies maximum.”
N&O columnist Luke DeCock @LukeDeCock: USGA applied extra water in AM MT @ScottH_WSJ: McIlroy: “What we saw this morning is probably the most scorable it will be all week” #USOpen.
Yahoo golf writer Shane Bacon @shanebacon: Bubba Watson on the first tee, iron in hand. Bubba Long could be replaced by Bubba Smart this week.
N&O’s Joe Giglio @jwgiglio: Only two State Troopers between Crossroads in Cary and the Pinehurst exit on Route 1. Would have taken the over on that bet.
ESPN Stats @ESPNStatsInfo: Graeme McDowell finished 2-under today -- 8 of his last 19 rounds at U.S. Open have been in the 60s.
Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel @JasonSobelGC: Jordan Spieth-Hideki Matsuyama-Rickie Fowler group played the opening round in a collective 2-under today. Sooo un-U.S. Open-like.
PGA Tour Media @PGATOURmedia: Phil Mickelson posts 70 in 24th @usopengolf start. All 6 of his runner-up finishes at US Open began with a round of 70 or better. #PGATOUR.
Golf writer Steve Elling @EllingYelling: Mickelson claws in a par putt on 18th and finishes two off the lead after an opening 70. Baby steps for guy with no US top 10s all year.
Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel @JasonSobelGC: Tiger Woods calling in a rules violation this week would be the ultimate trolling move of all-time.
Yahoo golf writer Shane Bacon @shanebacon: Nobody spins a golf club like Rory McIlroy spins a golf club. #toursauce
SportsCenter @SportsCenter: Rickie Fowler is paying tribute to Payne Stewart at U.S. Open, 15 years after Stewart’s dramatic win at Pinehurst.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell @darrenrovell: Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems co-founder, is worth $1 billion. Caddying for his son at US Open.
Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson @dougferguson405: Lowest score in two previous Opens at Pinehurst: 66 by Peter Hedblom in 2nd round of ’05. Sneds out in 31.
Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel @JasonSobelGC: Brandt Snedeker posts a front-nine 4-under 31. In related news, Mike Davis has assembled a team to start planting some rough around here.
N&O’s ACC Now @accnow: One thing about the U.S. Open: The golf course usually wins. Sneds with back-to-back 6s after opening 31.
Golf writer Ron Sirak @ronsirak: Here comes @JordanSpieth again. Was in final group at Masters & The Players. Now tied for @usopengolf lead at -2 thru 14 holes.
ESPN’s Bob Harig @BobHarig: So far the claw working for Phil. 2 birdies. 3 relatively stress less pars #usopen.
Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel @JasonSobelGC: Just gonna throw it out there and say Lucas Bjerregaard is already one of the top-five toughest golf names to spell.
AP golf writer Doug Ferguson @dougferguson405: Only in North Carolina is Phil two syllables. #PHEE-yil.