Fowler leads at Erin Hills

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Fowler leads at Erin Hills

Rickie Fowler wtook advantage of the calmer morning conditions at Erin Hills to card a seven under 65, tying a 37-year-old record.

The American – who is still searching for his maiden major win – was flawless, rolling in seven birdies on the slick greens, including a final gain on the par five 18th.

That certainly put a spring in Fowler’s step as he marched of with his girlfriend to sign his card. 

To 7 under he goes… https://t.co/uTY2kmbAZv

— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2017

“You don’t get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free,” quipped the 28-year-old afterwards.  
 
“Just did a good job, knew I needed to drive it well, and from there, [I was] just able to manage hitting and continuing to swing well, rolling a couple in.
 
“So, simple day when you look back on it, and how we kind of pieced our way around the golf course. A lot easier said than done.
 
The round ties a 37-year-old record for first round scoring at the US Open. Who is the other guy, you ask? Just Jack Nicklaus, no biggie. 
 
“It’s cool, but it’s just the first round,” said a humble Fowler.
 
“It is always cool to be part of some sort of history in golf. But I’d rather be remembered for something that’s done on Sunday.
 
“I don’t need a whole lot more after putting 7 up today.”

Further down the field, world number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson suffered on the back nine – his first nine – with a double bogey and two bogeys leading to a three over 75. Jordan Spieth did his best with a cold putter, with two bogeys and a birdie helping him to a one over 73. 

Recapping @RickieFowler’s first-round 65 in under two minutes. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/jKZRUqfncw

— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2017

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