Fowler opens strong at U.S. Open

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Erin Hills made its de­but as a U.S. Open course Thurs­day with a most gra­cious wel­come for Rickie Fowler, who matched the record to par in the open­ing round with a 7-un­der 65 on the long­est course in ma­jor cham­pi­onship his­tory.

Fowler had a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and Xan­der Schauf­fele. And they plenty of com­pany. The low scor­ing sug­gested the 11-year-old course was a cream puff, hardly the USGA’s idea of the ul­ti­mate test in golf.

Just don’t men­tion that to some of the best players in the world.

Jason Day had two triple bo­geys and posted a 79, his worst score ever in the U.S. Open. Rory McIl­roy spent all day in the knee-high fes­cue and shot 78, his worst U.S. Open score.

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