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The 2024 U.S. Open has arrived, and with it, four days of pristine golf are underway one of the nation's best courses, Pinehurst No. 2. The action in North Carolina began Thursday with Round 1 setting the stage for the rest of the year's third major. The grounds are filled to capacity as more than 150 golfers battle it out attempting to claim a trophy and massive winner's prize.

Expectations are that a three-horse race will consume the U.S. Open as Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy each begin play on hot streaks. Scheffler has won five of his last eight events, including the Masters and the Memorial last week, while Schauffele won his first major at the PGA Championship and McIlroy remains a clear No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Will the rest of the star-studded field look up at this trio, or will another big name make a move? Collin Morikawa, part of the final pairings at both the Masters and PGA this year, is just behind that triumverate on the odds board. Bryson DeChambeau has played excellent golf at the majors this year, while Viktor Hovland, Ludvig Åberg and Brooks Koepka are all seeking to round out their games. Koepka, of course, won consecutive U.S. Opens in 2017-18 and is now looking for a third to match his three PGA crowns.

With Round 1 rolling onward, Patrick Cantlay went way low to start play sitting in the clubhouse lead at 5 under, while Ludvig Åberg was similarly impressive scoring 66 to sit one shot back. Meanwhile, McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau are threatening early in their starts as the early stars of the afternoon wave. Keep it locked here at CBS Sports for live coverage of Round 1 on Thursday, including scoring updates, analysis and highlights.

Given how much talent in the field, whoever ultimately prevails at Pinehurst will surely earn the trophy and a record $4.3 million winner's share.

Other than those huge names, all eyes are once again on Tiger Woods, who is playing his first U.S. Open since 2020 and seeking to make the cut for the first time since 2019. (That was actually the lone cut Woods has made since 2013!) Tiger was hanging tough throughout his first round, battling the difficult and fast Pinehurst greens, but ultimately ended his day 4 over. Whether that will be enough to make the cut remains to be seen, but Woods will have a chance to do just that Friday (unlike Phil Mickelson, who opened 9 over without a birdie to his name).

There is so much to follow this week that it can be overwhelming at times. No worries, though, we have you covered. CBS Sports is offering live coverage of the 2024 PGA Championship from start to finish Thursday. Be sure to check out our complete U.S. Open TV schedule and coverage guide so you can follow along throughout the week.

All times Eastern

Round 1 -- Thursday, June 13

Round 1 start time: 6:30 a.m. [Tee times]

Morning TV coverage: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on USA Network, fubo (Try for free)
Evening streaming coverage:
 5-8 p.m. on Peacock

Featured Groups live stream: TBA on USOpen.com, U.S. Open mobile app