The U.S. Open is supposed be tough, with a course usually doctored to make the world’s best golfers seem mortal.
Thursday, in the first round of the 117th gathering of this event, Rickie Fowler proved to be nearly immortal, tying a record that hadn’t been equaled in 37 years.
He birdied all four par-fives at Erin Hills, totaling 2,448 yards, and picked up three more on par-fours to finish at seven-under 65, the lowest first-round score relative to par since Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf did it in 1980.
“It is always cool to be part of some sort of history in golf,” Fowler said. “But I’d rather be remembered for something that’s done on Sunday.”