ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Erin Hills made its debut as a U.S. Open course Thursday with a most gracious welcome for Rickie Fowler, who matched the report to par within the opening spherical with a 7-underneath sixty five on the longest course in main championship historical past.
Fowler had a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and U.S. Open newcomer Xander Schauffele.
They usually had loads of firm in purple numbers, a lot that Erin Hills set a U.S. Open document for the primary spherical by yielding forty four sub-par rounds, breaking by 5 the document set in 1990 at Medinah.
Such low scoring may recommend the eleven-yr-previous course was a cream puff, hardly the USGA’s concept of the last word check in golf.
Simply don’t point out that to a few of the greatest gamers on the planet.
Jason Day had two triple bogeys and posted a seventy nine, his worst rating ever within the U.S. Open.
“I simply performed dangerous golf, man,” Day stated.
Rory McIlroy joked earlier within the week that anybody who couldn’t hit such large fairways “may as nicely pack your luggage and go residence.” He spent all day within the knee-excessive fescue and shot seventy eight, his worst U.S. Open rating.
“You can’t play this golf course in the event you’re not in place off the tee, and I wasn’t in place,” McIlroy stated. “Clearly, I paid the worth for it right now.”
Defending champion Dustin Johnson in all probability didn’t really feel so badly by the top of a most peculiar day. He solely shot seventy five, with only one birdie.
“You gained’t get a greater day for scoring,” Johnson stated wistfully through the lengthy stroll to signal his card.
Nobody took benefit like Fowler.
Fowler, who shared the 36-gap lead on the Masters in April, by no means got here critically near bogey as a result of he was by no means in hassle. He stored it within the brief grass, the key to Erin Hills that wouldn’t look like that troublesome with a few of the widest fairways for this main.
“You don’t get many rounds on the U.S. Open which are stress-free,” Fowler stated.
Fowler’s seven birdies have been from not more than 12 ft, together with three in a row across the flip. His 7-underneath par tied the document to par for the primary spherical of a U.S. Open held by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, who every shot 7-beneath sixty three at Baltusrol in 1980.
“It’s all the time cool to be a part of some type of historical past in golf,” Fowler stated. “However I’d quite be remembered for one thing that’s achieved on Sunday.”
Day and McIlroy, simply to call a couple of, won’t make it that far.
Most weird about this present day was that as many amateurs broke par as prime 10 gamers on the earth – two apiece.