Rickie Fowler leads US Open on day of highs and lows

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Rickie Fowler had a 7-under 65, and was one of 44 players to break par - a record for the first round of a U.S. Open.

That equalled the lowest score in relation to par in the first round of a US Open, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf having both shot 63 in the first round on the par-70 layout at Baltusrol in 1980.

But not everyone had a great day.

A long way back, defending champion Dustin Johnson, world number two Rory McIlroy and number three Jason Day will need to conjure up some magic simply to make the halfway cut, which looks like falling at around one-over.

Everyone will have some work to do to apply some pressure on Fowler, and the Day 2 action will get underway with the first tee time at 6:45 a.m. ET in Erin, Wisc.

"You can not play this golf course if you're not in position off the tee, and I wasn't in position", he said. Johnson's round included a double-bogey and two bogeys. "So I did a really good job of staying present, staying focused on the next shot". "That was the big key for me". If there's soft conditions, maybe we tuck a hole location a little bit more, versus if we get real firm conditions and it gets windy, we're sitting there talking among ourselves saying, 'How do we tone this thing down?'

Day meanwhile was left sliding towards an early exit after a calamitous seven-over-par 79.

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No one from the top 17 players on the leaderboard after one round has won a major.

Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka are all two shots off the lead on a day when birdies were there for the taking.

Garcia carded an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys in a roller coaster round. "It has an Open Championship feel about it". Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, and Angel Cabrera, who clock in at a combined 138 years old, all found their way to the happy side of par. His round would have been better had it not been for two bogeys in his closing holes.

Johnson, the reigning No. 1 player in the world, had not been worse than a tie for sixth after any of the past 12 rounds at the U.S. Open, where he had posted three straight top-5 finishes.

Before he teed off, Na had absorbed a pounding on social media from fans who called him a whiner (unfair) and who ripped him for being an excruciatingly slow player to begin with (fair).

"I'm a Rickie Fowler fan and the round of golf he composed this morning was attractive", said Casey, who opened his round with an eagle and a birdie.

I have always felt his personality is the type to rise to the occasion in his national championship and can now put himself in position for a push towards the title over the weekend. I didn't know it was the blimp. "It was a awful sight". Maynard could not confirm witness accounts that the pilot skydived from the blimp and said the aircraft's pilots do not regularly carry parachutes. It said in a statement that the pilot was the only person on board.

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