Rickie Fowler Leads the Field at the US Open
It was a beautiful day [Thursday] at Erin Hills, where the 1st Round of the 117th US Open was underway. The beautiful Golf Course of Erin Hills is located in Wisconsin and this year is the first year that it is hosting the US Open. The course has almost no trees but it does have the longest Tee to Green distance. What it lacks in trees, it makes up for in hazards.
There are many bunkers on the course, mainly around the Greens. The most imposing hazard is the tall rough, called Vespu, which grows 2 to 3 feet high and is extremely thick. The whole Golf Course is covered in it, so if you miss the fairway chances are that you are going to land in it.
We won’t be seeing Phil Mickleson on the links this US Open as he opted out of it to see his daughter’s Graduation. He will be sorely missed as he has been the runner up 6 times in his career. Ricky Fowler played early in the day and got out to a fantastic lead. He shot -7 and had a 65 on the day, which was impressive.
He will be searching for his 1st Major and will definitely be someone to watch for. Some other notable Golfers playing are Justin Rose, Kevin NA, Si Woo Kim, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, and Sergio Garcia; who won the Masters earlier this year.
Rory McIlroy ran into some trouble yesterday as he continued to land in the heavy rough. And boy it sure looked like a Golfer’s worst nightmare! The Vespu is so thick that you can lose a ball in it. Hitting out of it sometimes makes it worse, as you can only hit it a few yards when it’s in the grass. The best way to approach it seems to be the way that Sergio does it, by hitting the back back on to the Fairway with a Sand-wedge.
There were some great putts yesterday, particularly from Si Woo Kim, Kevin NA, and Adam Scott. Everyone is still in it as this was just the 1st Round, but some notables in the hunt are; Scott who had a great Eagle Putt on 18 to go to Even par. Kim who had great putting on the back 9, he shot -3 and had a 69 on the day. Kevin NA shot a -4 and finished the Round with a 68. Sergio Garcia had a good -2 and shot a 70 going into Round 2.
Also there was the crowd favorite Rory McIlroy who struggled with the Vespu and shot +6 and had a 78 on the day. It was a tough 1st Round for him. Although the person who had the hardest day on the Golf Course was Jason Day. Who continually missed the Fairway, he had 2 Triple Bogeys on the day and finished +7.
We will have to see what adjustments they make to catch up to Ricky Fowler, who has a one stroke lead. As the US Open continues today on Fox. This course could get trickier as even the slightest breeze could push you into the Vespu. And boy what a nightmare Vespu is!