Thursday 17 August 2017

Humble Fowler joins greats with record-equalling start

 

Rickie Fowler gestures to the gallery after putting out on the first green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills. Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Rickie Fowler gestures to the gallery after putting out on the first green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills. Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

James Corrigan

So much for this course being a veritable torture chamber. For Rickie Fowler, the monster of Wisconsin was transformed into a personal pleasuredome as he made a record-equalling start to the US Open.

A seven-under-par 65 certainly had not been in the script when the circus pulled up here on Monday but Fowler filled his boots with seven birdies and 11 pars.

Nobody has ever been lower in relation to par after the opening round of the national championships - Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf both shot 63s on the par-70 Baltusrol layout in 1980 - but Fowler (28) remained commendably humble.

"It's great, but it's just the first round," he 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." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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