ERIN, Wis. – For all the whining earlier in the week about the fearsome fescue that lines the fairways at Erin Hills, another f-word was on players lips’ during the opening round of the Phil Mickelson-less 117th U.S. Open.
Soft greens, wide fairways, gettable pins, a pleasant but not particularly meddlesome breeze. It all added up to a decidedly un-U.S. Open-like setup Thursday that had the scoreboards bleeding Badger red and Rickie Fowler carving up Erin Hills like a side of grass-fed Wisconsin beef.
On a day when a U.S Open first-round record 44 players broke par (two of whom were amateurs), Fowler la-de-da-ed his way to a bogey-free, seven-under 65, which tied the relative-to-par scoring record in the first round of a U.S. Open; Fowler joined Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, both of whom carded seven-under 65s in the opening round of the 1980 Open at Baltusrol.
To honor such a fine first round, Kings Cross Knickers will be giving away the same Golf Knickers Outfit Rickie wore in the 2014 US Open to honor the late Payne Stewart, to the person who can guess Rickie’s final score. Your entries must be in by Saturday 7:00pm EST. Please