Fowler leads after first round on day of highs and lows

  • Fowler leads after first round on day of highs and lows

Fowler leads after first round on day of highs and lows

"That's stuff you're not going to get if I had one of my best friends caddie for me".

McIlroy said he would be hitting the practice ground this weekend. There were more shouts of "Nice bag!" than "Ba-ba-booeys" or "Get in the holes" combined. Winds will be a bit lighter on Friday, so scoring opportunities should still present themselves, if he can take advantage.

Paul Casey, of England, looks at his ball in the fescue on the 14th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

Fowler wasn't the only one to assault par.

When he finished his round at Erin Hills, the four-times major victor was four shots outside the projected cut of one over.

A straightforward par on the first was followed by a superb eagle on the 330-yard par-four second where McIlroy's length off the tee came to the fore. There were also 50 bogeys and seven doubles recorded.

Rickie Fowler made light of the longest course in major championship history with a "stress-free" and record-equalling start to the 117th US Open.

Throughout the day, the 22-year-old was running hot, although he managed to play his second nine in even-par to shoot 76. But par was 70 there, so Fowler's 7-under mark tied the lowest first-round score in relation to par.

To 7 under he goes.

A rattled Casey added another bogey at the 15th to extend his miserable run before hitting the turbo-charger and firing off five consecutive birdies. "He just kind of dissected the golf course". 11, 12, 14, and 18, and then kept up his stellar play on the front, birdying holes 1, 2, and 7. Two holes later, he made the first of five straight birdies. "I'm not saying that this is the week or isn't the week, but I like the way this golf course suits me and we're off to a good start".

"I just didn t putt very well", Johnson said.

Rickie Fowler says on Twitter on Sunday that he's going to the Olympics, and Patrick Reed said he would be joining him in Rio. "I just didn't hit it into them".

"There are a lot of things I could have done better today, obviously", McIlroy said. "I just need to make more putts here".

And it was another slow start at Erin Hills when he was left with not much more than a foot for par at the first hole of his first round, only to push it past the right edge of the hole.

Fowler would welcome it. Despite the breezy nature of the post-round interview, on the course, Fowler displayed a narrow-eyed determination and poker-faced stoicism.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 champion, also blamed his 1-over 73 on wayward putting.

Fowler's victory this year in the Honda Classic boosted his confidence.

The last six majors have been won by first-timers, and that cycle has a good chance to continue.

"But I do think these fairways are way too wide for a U.S. Open", Harms said. His transformation into one of the most mentally strong players in golf has been remarkable as well. But yeah, I'm ready to be out there.

Great players win majors. So, yeah, it's going to be a fun week.

" I saw some positives on the back nine to take into next week and, even though this is disappointing, the last two rounds will serve me well in this busy summer".