ERIN, Wis. – For all the whining earlier in the week about the fearsome fescue that lines the fairways at Erin Hills, another f-word was on players lips’ during the opening round of the Phil Mickelson-less 117th U.S. Open.
Soft greens, wide fairways, gettable pins, a pleasant but not particularly meddlesome breeze. It all added up to a decidedly un-U.S. Open-like setup Thursday that had the scoreboards bleeding Badger red and Rickie Fowler carving up Erin Hills like a side of grass-fed Wisconsin beef.
On a day when a U.S Open first-round record 44 players broke par (two of whom were amateurs), Fowler la-de-da-ed his way to a bogey-free, seven-under 65, which tied the relative-to-par scoring record in the first round of a U.S. Open; Fowler joined Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, both of whom carded seven-under 65s in the opening round of the 1980 Open at Baltusrol.
“You don’t get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free,” said Fowler, who had a Steph Curry-grade handle on every facet of his game.
Article source: http://www.golf.com/tour-news/2017/06/15/us-open-2017-rickie-fowler-low-scores-reign-first-day
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