Rickie Fowler ties record with a 65, leads U.S. Open by one

on Jun16

Rickie Fowler took the first-round lead in the U.S. Open with a remarkable 65 over the thought-to-be-difficult Erin Hills golf course.

It tied the lowest score in relation to par ever in the first round of the U.S. Open. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf shot seven under in 1980 at Baltusrol. Their scores were 63 on the par 70 course.

They key to Fowler’s round was birdies on all four of the par fives.

Starting on the back nine, he birdied the 11th (6-foot putt), 12th (14 feet), 14 (12 feet) and was on the par five 18th in two and two putted from 47 feet. He then birdied one (7 feet), two (2 feet) and seven (13 feet).

The afternoon started with a difficult wind but it subsided as the afternoon wore on.

That’s where Paul Casey made his move with seven birdies and one bogey to land him one shot back with a 66. Xander Schauffele also posted a six under with six birdies and no bogeys.

Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka are all at five under.

Patrick Reed is at four under along with Marc Leishman, Kevin Na, and Adam Hadwin.

Perhaps the shot of the day was by Hideki Matsuyama, who holed out from 105 yards for an eagle. On the flip side, Billy Horschel made a quadruple-bogey nine on the opening hole, finding the water hazard left of the fairway off the tee. He three-putted from 23 feet.

Early this morning Phil Mickelson gave up his hope of flying from his daughter’s graduation in San Diego to make his 2:20 p.m. CDT tee time. He needed a weather delay somewhere between two and four hours to make it. But, the cloudless sky and a lack of overnight rain made that quest impossible.

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune contributed to this story.



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