Defending champion Charl Schwartzel sought the wisdom of six-time champion Jack Nicklaus last year, while three-time winner Nick Faldo recently bemoaned the fact that none of his countrymen have asked for his advice.
Rory McIlroy fired a stunning six-under 65 to lead the US Open by three shots after the first round at Congressional reports BBC Sport.
McIlroy bounced back from his Augusta aberration to head Masters winner Charl Schwartzel and 2009 USPGA champion YE Yang.
Sergio Garcia and Open champion Louis Oosthuizen were two under, while Graeme McDowell began his defence with a 70.
South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel emerged from the pack to clinch his maiden major title on an absorbing final day at the 75th Masters reports BBC Sport
Schwartzel fired a closing 66, including birdies on the last four holes, to reach 14 under and beat Jason Day (68) and Adam Scott (67) by two shots at Augusta.
Tiger Woods (67), Luke Donald (69) and Geoff Ogilvy (67), tied for fourth at 10 under with Argentina’s 2009 champion Angel Cabrera (71) nine under.