For someone who has never won a Major Championship before, Rickie Fowler definitely showed his worth during the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open.
Fowler ended up scoring a bogey free 65 on his scorecard, a -7 for the day. This 65 ties the lowest first round score relevant to par with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf at the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol when both shot 7-under 63. With only two other golfers completing this feat, Fowler makes the history books.
Of course he got plenty of press time, where he told reporters about the round and his goal to make Sunday count:
“You don’t get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free,” Fowler said. “Just did a good job, knew I needed to drive it well, and from there, [I was] just able to manage hitting and continuing to swing well, rolling a couple in. So, simple day when you look back on it, and how we kind of pieced our way around the golf course. A lot easier said than done.”
Fowler did look at ease, without carding one bogey it seemed as if every stroke he made was the right one. His clean-card 65 included an absurd 12-of-14 fairways hit and 15-of-18 greens in regulation.
To 7 under he goes… https://t.co/uTY2kmbAZv
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2017
“There are a lot of really good players out here that haven’t won a major,” Fowler said. “So it would be nice to get rid of that at some point. I’m not saying that this is the week or isn’t the week. But I like the way this golf course suits me, and we’re off to a good start. There’s definitely a lot of golf to be played.”
It seems like he isn’t putting too much pressure on himself after this first round, but he has definitely put himself in a great position for Friday. If he can keep hitting 86% of the fairways and keep making putts, this could be a big weekend for the young golfer.
“It’s cool, but it’s just the first round,” Fowler said. “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.”