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US Open Talk: Rickie Fowler Shoots 65 And Leads Tournament Through Day 1

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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?

Rickie Fowler.

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

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Dustin Johnson Leads After Round 1 At Dell Technologies Championship

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Dustin Johnson Leads After Round 1 At Dell Technologies Championship

After round 1 at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Dustin Johnson leads the pack.

But the leaderboard at the top is looking quite tight after round one.

First-Round Leaderboard

Dustin Johnson             66 (-5)

Kyle Stanley                 67 (-4)

Marc Leishman             67 (-4)

Sergio Garcia               67 (-4)

Jon Rahm                     67 (-4)

Four golfers are tied for second place at 4 under par sitting one shot back of Johnson’s 5 under par lead.

Johnson birdied the 10th hole at TPC Boston to get his opening round underway and converted a putt of less than five feet for eagle at No. 18 to make the turn 4-under. His inward nine of 1-under contributed to a 5-under 66.

In his eighth appearance at the Dell Technologies Championship, Johnson’s 66 marked his lowest opening round at TPC Boston. Johnson’s best result in the Dell Technologies Championship is T4 (twice, 2009, 2012). He finished T8 at TPC Boston last year.

Defending Dell Technologies Bank Championship winner Rory McIlroy birdied the par-5 final hole for a 1-over 72.

Round 2 kicks off on Saturday with the same pairings as round 1.

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Dell Technologies Championship Round 1 and 2 Groupings Announced

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Dell Technologies Championship Round 1 and 2 Groupings Announced

The Dell Technologies Championship returns to TPC Boston this Labor Day weekend with a star filled field.

On Monday afternoon the tee times and groupings for rounds 1 and 2 were announced. Round 1 will take place on Friday and Round 2 on Saturday.

The defending Dell Technologies Championship champion Rory McIlroy tees off at 1:04 pm on Friday and 8:39 AM on Saturday with Ollie Schiederjans and Si Woo Kim.

The groupings to watch out for this weekend are going to be the Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas grouping. They tee off on Friday at 9:15 am and on Saturday at 1:40 pm.

The other grouping is the Hideki Matsuyama, John Rahm, and Rickie Fowler grouping which goes off on Friday at 1:40 pm and on Saturday at 9:15 AM.

Another grouping to keep an eye on the Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, and Billy Horschel grouping. They tee off at 1:28 pm on Friday and at 9:03 am on Saturday.

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Dell Technologies Championship Preview

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Dell Technologies Championship Preview: TV Information, Field, And More

The FedExCup returns to TPC Boston this weekend, but this time something is different.

No longer is the championship sponsored by Deutsche Bank, instead, it has been rebranded as the Dell Technologies Championship. The reigning champion of the tournament, Rory McIlroy will be present for the Labor Day weekend tournament and enters it ranked No. 43 in the FedExCup after beginning the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 44.

McIlroy had an impressive comeback at last years event after being tied for 67th overall after an opening round 71. But he posted a final round 65 as he was able to close and eclipse a 6 stroke lead Paul Casey had entering the final round in 2016. That six stroke come-from behind win happens to be the largest in the tournament’s history.

But this year looks to be different at the  Dell Technologies Championship. For starters, McIlroy won the FedExCup in 2016 and looks to be nowhere close to being able to do that this time around. The favorites heading into this weekend are the top 6 in the FedExCup standings.

  1. Dustin Johnson
  2. Jordan Spieth
  3. Justin Thomas
  4. Hideki Matsuyama
  5. John Rahm
  6. Rickie Fowler

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