A quick look at the leaderboard of the 2017 U.S. Open might make you think that Erin Hills is hosting the John Deere Classic and not a major, but the low scores on Thursday did provide plenty of thrills for the USGA’s national championship. Rickie Fowler fired one of the best opening rounds in tournament history with his seven-under 65, shining bright while other stars like Dustin Johnson and Jason Day might have played themselves out of contention to even make the weekend.
Site: Erin, Wis.
Course: Erin Hills. Yardage: 7,741. Par: 72.
Purse: $12 million (First prize: $2,160,000).
Television (all times EDT): Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (FS1), 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (FOX); Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (FOX); Sunday, 11 a.m. to conclusion (FOX).
Last week: Daniel Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic for the second straight year.
FedEx Cup leader: Dustin Johnson.
Phil Mickelson didn’t get the weather delay he needed to make his tee time, and an advertising blimp crashed and exploded, but the most significant storyline moving forward are the dozens sub-par scores in a tournament known for limiting the number of players in red numbers. Here’s how the top of the leaderboard looks after Round 1. For the Round 2 leaderboard and live updates, click here.
Notes: For the first time since 1992 at Pebble Beach, the U.S. Open will play as a par 72. … No one has won back-to-back at the U.S. Open since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989, the longest drought of a repeat winner among the four majors. … This is the first time the U.S. Open has been played in Wisconsin. … Phil Mickelson plans to withdraw because of daughter Amanda’s high school graduation Thursday. This is the same daughter born the day after the 1999 U.S. Open. Mickelson had pledged to withdraw if she had been born during the tournament. … This is the first time in 25 years that a U.S. Open is not expected to have Mickelson and Tiger Woods. … The U.S. Open is the only major that still has an 18-hole playoff. The last one was in 2008, when Woods defeated Rocco Mediate in 19 holes at Torrey Pines. … Steve Stricker and Jordan Niebrugge are the only two Wisconsin natives in the field. … The U.S. Open is being held on a public course for the second time in three years. The other was Chambers Bay south of Seattle in 2015. … Martin Kaymer in 2014 is the only U.S. Open champion to come out of the final group over the last five years.
Next week: Travelers Championship
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