Celebrity News : Rickie Fowler signed a 65-round strike Thursday to draw the lowest score in the history of the United States Open golf, which is held for the first time at Erin Hills.
Fowler equalized Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, who were also seven under par after the initial round of the US Open of 1980.
Fowler was left with a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele. All three have abundant pursuers.
Spanish Sergio Garcia, Masters champion, closed with a 70. Argentine Angel Cabrera was left with a 71. And Mexican Roberto Diaz, who at the last moment could play when Phil Mickelson retired to be in high school graduation of his Daughter, made a 72.
The low entries reflected that this field, which opened its doors 11 years ago, is not so demanding. But several of the best golfers in the world will not agree with that judgment.
Jason Day recorded two triple bogeys and delivered a card of 79, his worst score at a US Open. Rory McIlroy joked earlier in the week that anything he could not do with Erin Hill’s wide fairways “should pack suitcases and go home.” Your result? A 78, his worst day at a US Open and defending champion Dustin Johnson may not have felt so bad at the end of a rather peculiar day. He closed with a 75, with only one birdie.
Fowler had no such problems. Leader after 36 holes in the Masters disputed in April, the American completed a first round almost impeccable.
But he does not trust: ” ‘You don’t get many rounds at US Open that are stress-free,” he warned.
Most surprising was the incident in which a publicity airship crashed near the field on Thursday. The pilot, the only one on board, suffered serious injuries and burns. The US Golf Association said in a statement that the airship crashed on rough terrain about 800 meters (half a mile) from the field where the tournament is held.