Fowler wasted no time in exploiting the conditions after teeing off on the 10th, rattling off four quick birdies to be four under.
Beginning on the back nine, Fowler birdied three of his opening five holes and grabbed the outright advantage with a hat-trick of gains around the turn.
He takes it as a compliment that he's part of that discussion, but he's exhausted of being in that category.
"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".
At 7 under, he leads by two over Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a news release on its website that the pilot was the only person on board and suffered serious burns and injuries.
The opening morning also saw drama near the course, when an airship filming aerial images caught fire and crashed. I had the shakes. I felt awful for the people inside.
A blimp flying over the U.S. Open has gone down and the aircraft's operator says he doesn't know if the pilot is alive. "It was a frightful sight".
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Deux personnes de l'entourage de la famille Villemin sont toujours en garde à vue , après avoir été interpellées mercredi matin. Lors d'une conférence de presse ce jeudi 15 juin, le procureur a assuré "ne pas savoir qui était l'auteur" de ce crime .
Check out the score of Rickie Fowler, who matched the U.S. Open scoring record to par for the opening round with a 7-under 65.
But the 33-year-old believes Erin Hills suits his game, saying: "I'm feeling good. So I did a really good job of staying present, staying focused on the next shot". That was the big key for me.
"If I don't three-putt, I shoot even (par)". I think it will grow into a very good U.S. Open course by the time the USGA plants it here a second time.
Masters victor Sergio Garcia and world number two Rory McIlroy teed off later in the day and were quick to get in the red.
Shockingly, that would be Spieth's final birdie of the day in one of the worst U.S. Open rounds of his career, as he reeled off a string of 10 straight pars, While Spieth played well off the tee early on, the two-time major victor missed a number of short putts to prevent him from moving further up the leaderboard.
The Northern Ireland star reached the green with his tee-shot and then rolled in a 27-foot putt for eagle.
But when play started in flawless conditions on Thursday, 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 due to tee off at 2.20pm local time.
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