US Open Talk: The Greatest Golfer To Never Win A Major Rickie Fowler Shoots 65 And Leads Tournament Through Day 1
The leader after day of the 2017 US Open?
Fowler shot a 7-under-par 65 on Day 1 at Erin Hills and leads the field and gives him a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele who sit at -6 under-par. Fowler recorded seven birdies on his round and hit 12 fairways, 15 greens, and stayed out of the dreaded fescue grass. Rickie also somehow missed all 138 bunkers on the course and amazingly putted just 27 times and never had a three-putt hole.
“It was amazing,” said playing partner Jon Rahm, who shot 4-over 76. “It seemed like he was playing Xbox instead of golf.
“He was really calm, he wasn’t thinking about anything else but just hitting the golf ball. He put on a golf clinic today, an absolute clinic of how to play Erin Hills. Executed perfectly.”
Fowler was all smiles after the round, and had what seemed like a perfect round to open up golf’s second major of the year.
“You don’t get many rounds at the US Open that are stress-free,” he said. “Simple day when you look back on it, and how we kind of pieced our way around the golf course. Kind of, yeah, a lot easier said than done.”
Fowler’s 7 under tied Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf (both in 1980) for the lowest opening round (in relation to par) in US Open history. Johnny Miller’s 8 under in the final round at Oakmont in 1973 is the record for any US Open round.
Rickie Fowler has never won a major in 29 previous attempts as he looks to win his first at this years US Open. With the course favoring the long driver and the field relatively close behind Fowler the US Open is still very much anyones tournament.
Notable Scores From Day 1:
Jordan Speith +1 T61
Dustin Johnson +3 T102
Rory McIlroy +6 T143
Phil Mickelson WD
Kevin NA -4 T7