Rickie Fowler roars ahead in the first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course, shooting -7 under par 65, as the first round was suspended late in the day, due to darkness.
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Rickie, from the U.S.A. who is labelled as one of the best players never to have won a Major, starts the U.S. Open with a -7 under 65, to top the leaderboard by one shot at the end of day 1.
Rickie said he does not mind the tag about the Major’s, but would like to get it off his back here. His score today could have been better, just a few missed putts;
“I take it as a compliment. There are a lot of really good players out here that haven’t won a major.”
“So it would be nice to get rid of that at some point.”
“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’m ready to be up there on Sunday.”
“Having a win this year at The Honda Classic, being in contention at majors in the past, and having THE PLAYERS win has definitely done a lot for me.”
“It was nice. You don’t get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free.”
“It’s a lot easier said than done.”
“Still missed some putts that I had opportunities out there, but it’s just nice to go out and actually execute the game plan.”
Sharing second place at -6 under par are Paul Casey, England, and U.S. rookie Xander Schauffele.
Paul only wanted to be half as good as Rickie;
“I was just trying to have half as good a round as Rickie had.”
“The scoring was so good this morning. I was happy it stayed benign for us, and I capitalized on it.”
Fourth place is occupied by three payers at -5 under, Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka.
Tommy was not looking to make birdies;
“The course was as receptive as it’s going to be.”
“I never really tried to make a birdie. they just seemed to happen along the way.”
There were 44 players who carded under par, which broke the record for most sub-par scores in an opening round of the U.S, Open.
Those who will struggle to make the cut this week include the likes of Rory McIlroy, +6 over par 78, Dustin Johnson +3 over 73, Jason Day, + 7 over 79, and Danny Willett +9 over 81.