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The first round is still to be completed at the beautiful Torrey Pines course  - AP

The first round is still to be completed at the beautiful Torrey Pines course – AP

03:09 PM

Pre-tournament favourite

Jon Rahm shot two-under yesterday and likes this course (won here in 2017). He’s also under way and like his European team-mate opens up with a solid par at the first.

03:08 PM

Rory Mcilroy got over his first-round woes

With a one-under 70. He’s out on the course at the moment and has just parred his first (the 10th) – his birdie putt just missing on the low side. Playing partner Dustin ‘DJ’ Johnson bogeys and he’s now one-over. He only made one birdie yesterday – that’s very unlike him and there’s a sense he’s just off his game.

03:03 PM

Far from Bland

In fact the is news is positively spicy – OK, I admit it, that doesn’t really work…apols – anyway Richard Bland is one-under for his round and two-under for the tournament. The feel-good story of the year so far is getting better and better.

02:59 PM

Not the start DeChambeau wanted

A poor second shot left the defending champion and ‘videobomber’ (there’s a work I’ve never used before until today is out of position and bogeys his first (the 10th). Somewhere, Brooks Koepka has a smile on his face.

02:48 PM

Could he finally win that second major?

02:45 PM

Leaderboard at the start of round two

-4 Russell Henley, Louis Ooosthuizen

-3 Francesco Molinari, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Sebastian Munoz

-2 Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Hayden Buckley, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm

02:44 PM

Here’s that ‘videobomb’

A bit of fun or pathetic and petty?

02:39 PM

More petty squabbling on the way?

Coming into the third major of the year all the golfing chat revolved around the spat between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau. Most people with access to the internet will have heard of the spat, but in case you haven’t it goes along the lines of one of them ‘slagging’ off the other one, the other one then saying he had a better body than the other and so on and so forth. If it seems a bit childish, petty and slightly pathetic that’s because there’s a high probability it is.

The Americans At Loggerheads dominated most of the first day at Torrey Pines. Koepka posting an impressive two-under 69 early on to lay down a marker for the defending champion, who went out in the afternoon and shot a two-over 73.

Earlier DeChambeau managed to “videobomb” Koepka during a TV interview that aped the incident that occurred in last month’s US PGA Championship. Silly for most normal people DeChambeau’s antics added yet more fuel to the squabble that is continuing to dominate the USA’s national championship.

As it happens there were others out on the beautiful course near San Diego and among them Russell Henley set the early target with a four-under 67, a mark that Louis Oosthuizen also reached before the light gave and play was called off for the day.

Rory Mcilroy started off well and managed to complete 18 holes before the darkness came and will be happy with his one-under 70.

Elsewhere Phil Mickelson, who won last month’s PGA Championship, had just one birdie and finished 4 over.

“I don’t think my expectations have changed (because of winning the PGA Championship),” Mickelson said. “But I feel like I have the confidence and ability to play well enough to get in contention, and so I guess my disappointment when I don’t play to that level is a little bit greater.”

Mickelson turned 51 on Wednesday and added: “I’m optimistic that I’ll put together a good round (on Friday).”

It’s sure to be another testing day by the Pacific, stay here to find out who makes it to the weekend.