PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Early in the first U.S. Open round of his career, Rafael Cabrera-Bello looked up at the scoreboard, saw his name on top and had one thought flash to mind.
“I hope my dad takes a picture.”
Cabrera-Bello was among a large contingent of golfers to make their U.S. Open debuts in Thursday’s first round. From 42-year-old Deane Pappas to 18-year-old U.S. Amateur champ Byeong-Hun An, a good portion of the 156-man field was made up of first-timers.
Very few who played early found the success of Cabrera-Bello.
Playing in the first group and starting way out on the 10th tee, Cabrera-Bello overcame a string of bogeys midway through his round and finished at 1-under 70.