RICKIE Fowler is off to a great start in pursuit of his first major title.
The 28-year-old Fowler closed out a 7-under 65 with par on the tricky No. 9 at Erin Hills, playing at just 150 yards but with plenty of trouble lurking around the green. Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood each had a 67, and Brooks Koepka also is tied for second at 5 under.
Fowler had seven birdies and no bogeys.
Ernie Els and Patrick Reed are tied for fifth at 4 under.
Paul Casey is in the red through his first two holes at the U.S. Open. Casey eagled the par-5, 613-yard No. 1, just like Masters winner Sergio Garcia in a group just before his threesome. Unlike Garcia, Casey followed his eagle with a birdie on the par-4, 330-yard No. 2. The Englishman is ranked 14th in the world.
Erin Hills’ long famous fescue is having its way with some of the world’s best players. Pat Perez swung and missed completely in the tall grass behind the 15th green. He finished with a triple-bogey 7 to drop back to 5-over par. Aussie Jason Day, ranked No. 3 in the world, also had his issues with the long fescue during an awful first round. He had two triple bogeys on his card and was at 7 over through 11.
Marc Leishman is nearing the top of the leaderboard meanwhile at five-under par.
Kevin Na is getting along quite well with Erin Hills. Na recorded five birdies in a seven-hole stretch to get to 4 under in the first round of the U.S. Open. The 33-year-old Na caused a bit of a stir this week when he posted a video to his Instagram account complaining about the thick fescue at Erin Hills.
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Featured Group: Jason Day, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy
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All times AEST. Full Round 1 tee times here.
Wade Ormsby 3.30am, Marc Leishman 4.14am, Nick Flanagan 4.25am, Adam Scott 4.36am, Jason Day, 5.09am
10.51pm Thursday AEST — Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Rickie Fowler (USA), Jon Rahm (ESP)
11.02pm — Lee Westwood (ENG), Ross Fisher (ENG), Graeme McDowell (NIR)
11.13pm — Danny Willett (ENG), Zach Johnson (USA), Angel Cabrera (ARG)
11.35pm — Martin Kaymer (GER), Jordan Spieth (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA)
4.36am Friday AEST — Bubba Watson (USA), Adam Scott (AUS), Sergio Garcia (ESP)
4.47am — Henrik Stenson (SWE), Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)
4.58am — Jimmy Walker (USA), Justin Thomas (USA), Paul Casey (ENG)
5.09am — Jason Day (AUS), Justin Rose (ENG), Rory McIlroy (NIR)
5.20am — Steve Stricker (USA), Stewart Cink (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA)
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