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16 Juin 2017

Murrieta native Rickie Fowler fired a 7-under-par 65 during the first round of the 2017 U.S Open Championship at the Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin, Wisconsin.

No left-hander has ever won the U.S. Open but Harman, victor of the Wells Fargo last month, put himself in the hunt with a bogey-free round.

Some witnesses reported that the blimp was on fire before coming down near Highway 83 and Highway 167. He also joined McIlroy (2011 at Congressional) and Tiger Woods (2000 at Pebble Beach) as the only players to shoot 66 or better in the opening round without a bogey.

Left out of the birdie bonanza early on was defending champion Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1-ranked player who started on the back nine and finished his first 14 holes in 3-over par. Rahm kicked his bag and tossed his putter as he bogeyed four of the first eight holes and was 10 back of Fowler through 11.

The question going in to this year's U.S. Open is how tough the Erin Hills course would play.

Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman all managed 67s.

Twenty years after he won his second U.S. Open, Ernie Els is getting in the mix again. The four-time major champion had his score to four-under before bogeying his final two holes.

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Fowler said he felt a round like this coming "because I've been swinging really well". "But I'd rather be remembered for something that's done on a Sunday".

The first round of the tournament began Thursday morning. "For me, it's more of a challenge not playing aggressive, because there's lots of times I want to go down the most aggressive line I can".

"I just did a good job, knew I needed to drive it well, and from there [I was] just able to continue to swing well and hit good shots and roll a couple in".

Hadwin made his six straight birdies from No. 18 through No. 5.

But when play started in flawless conditions, Mickelson informed USGA executive director Mike Davis he would not be able to play and left first alternate Roberto Diaz to take his place, alongside Stewart Cink and Steve Stricker, in a group that teed off at 2.20pm local time. He chopped that one out above the ridge of the green and three-putted for double bogey. However, as Erin Hills dries out and the wind picks up in the afternoon, Rahm's tally might not look so despairing.

Spieth had no stress in his round, hitting every fairway and every green on the back nine and putting for birdie through the opening 12 holes.

It happens. Even to the best player in the world.