Recap: 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Round 1

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Recap: 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Round 1

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Recap: 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Round 1

The U.S. Open is underway!

We are tracking all of Thursday’s first-round action. Follow along…

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UPDATE No. 46 (8:29 p.m ET): This was a day Rory McIlroy and Jason Day will hope to forget. McIlroy shot 6-over 78 and Jason Day made a birdie at 18 to break 80, firing a 7-over 79. Shane Lowry just finished with a birdie to get to 2 under. Justin rose, meanwhile, missed a short par putt on 18 and shot even-par 72. Paul Casey in at 6 under for a strong showing from the afternoon wave.

UPDATE No. 45 (7:41 p.m ET): Masters champion Sergio Garcia is in with a 2-under 70 after a birdie on 18. Overall strong showing from Serg this afternoon considering the way Day, McIlroy and others struggled. Garcia still right in the hunt.

UPDATE No. 44 (7:34 p.m ET): McIlroy just missed from about 3 feet for bogey at 15, he’ll fall to 4 over after a double-bogey 6 there. Not ideal. Adam Scott, meanwhile, just drilled an eagle putt from way off the green on 18 to shoot even-par 72. Man did he battle down the stretch.

UPDATE No. 43 (7:17 p.m ET): OK, Kevin Na. We figured he wouldn’t get much going this week considering the long fescue grass was in his head so much that he posted a video about it, but Na just finished up with a 4-under 68. Gotta tip our cap there.

UPDATE No. 42 (7:00 p.m ET): Adam Hadwin has been relatively quiet since his win at the Valspar in March, but he’s making some serious noise now with six straight birdies to get to 4 under through 14. Strong.

UPDATE No. 41 (6:54 p.m ET): Sergio Garcia’s gamble with driver at the par-4 15th paid off, as he just made his birdie putt there to get back to 1 under. Rory just missed his par putt at 13 and will fall to 2 over. Featured pairings aren’t exactly tearing it up at the moment.

UPDATE No. 40 (6:46 p.m ET): Big par putt for Paul Casey on 13 to stay 4 under. Things haven’t gotten any better for Day, in case you were wondering – He’s 7 over through 12 and T-151. Rory 1 over through 12.

UPDATE No. 39 (6:26 p.m ET): Oh, hey, Si Woo Kim. The 21-year-old Players champ just got to 3 under with a birdie at 15. Has a missed cut at the Dean & DeLuca and W/D at Memorial in his only two starts since the win at TPC Sawgrass.

UPDATE No. 38 (6:14 p.m ET): Wheels are officially coming off for Jason Day. He’s 6 over through 10 after another triple bogey and just drove it into the fescue on 11. Not good. McIlroy hanging tough at even par but also in the deep fescue on 11. This should be interesting.

UPDATE No. 37 (5:57 p.m ET): As Day continues to struggle, here’s a look at two top players who feel his pain in Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth. And a programming note: Coverage switching over from FS1 to FOX for the rest of the evening. Plan accordingly.

UPDATE No. 36 (5:45 p.m ET): Another bogey for Day at 9, as he falls to 3 over for the round. Needs to get something going in a hurry. Marc Leishman is now 5 under through 12 and has the best chance of anyone to catch Fowler in the afternoon group. Good stuff.

UPDATE No. 35 (5:30 p.m ET): Garcia is back where he started at even par, failing to build on that eagle to start his round after bogey at 10.  Jason Day has a short bogey putt coming up at 8, which would put him at 2 over for the day.

UPDATE No. 34 (5:15 p.m ET): Jason Day just got one back with birdie at the par-5 7th, getting him to 1 over on the day. McIlroy in with par there to stay 1 under. Adam Scott still scuffling, he’s 3 over through 9. And we’ve still got almost four hours of television coverage left, FYI. Gotta love the U.S. Open.

UPDATE No. 33 (5:05 p.m ET): Another birdie for Beef and he’s T-7 at 3 under alongside Paul Casey, Kevin Na and several others. Arnold Palmer Invitational champion Marc Leishman just made birdie to get to 4 under. McIlroy still at 1 under and will have a lengthy birdie look at 7 after a par at No. 6. Speaking of No. 6, it’s been a nightmare for players today. Here’s why.

UPDATE No. 32 (4:25 p.m ET): Yikes. Triple-bogey 7 for Jason Day at 4 drops him to 2 over for the day. That means Rory McIlroy is the only top-5 player in the world under par right now, he’s 1 under through 4 and just smoked a drive on 5.

UPDATE No. 31 (4:15 p.m ET): Wow, there’s a stat. Currently 41 players under par, which would be most ever at a U.S. Open after the first round. Still a lot of golf left, obviously, but it seems players’ complaints about the long fescue were a bit premature.

UPDATE No. 30 (4:11 p.m ET): We have a Beef sighting! Andrew Johnston rolls in his birdie putt at 7 to get to 1 under. Casey just missed his par putt on 4, so he’s back to 2 under. Jason Day is 1 under through 3, but just went long on his approach into the 4th green. Will be a tough up-and-down for par there.

UPDATE No. 29 (4:00 p.m ET): Paul Casey couldn’t have picked a better way to start the U.S. Open. He’s 3 under through 3 after starting eagle-birdie. Strong. Might this be his week?

UPDATE No. 28 (3:50 p.m ET): Justin Thomas is off to a fine start with back-to-back birdies, so he’s 2 under along with Garcia and Rory McIlroy. Adam Scott is already 3 over and we’ve see a few big names struggle quite a bit despite the gettable course.

UPDATE No. 27 (3:00 p.m ET): Sergio! The Masters champ gets his U.S. Open started with an eagle at No. 1, first of the day there. Seen several un-Open-like scores from the morning wave and we can’t wait to see how Garcia and Rory McIlroy (teeing off momentarily) attack this course.

UPDATE No. 26 (2:45 p.m ET): Decked out in red, white and blue, Pat Reed finishes with birdie on 9 for an opening-round 68. He’s at 4 under and three off the lead. Might this be the week that Captain America turns things around?

UPDATE No. 25 (2:35 p.m ET): Great morning of golf and we’re just getting started Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott are on the first tee. Hope you didn’t have plans this afternoon.

UPDATE No. 24 (2:05 p.m ET): Fowler taps in for par on 9 to finish with a 7-under 65, tied for the best U.S. Open score ever relative to par. Incredible showing from Rickie this morning on an unfamiliar track.

UPDATE No. 23 (1:54 p.m ET): Jordan Spieth in for bogey at 5, he falls to 1 over for the day. Fowler gave his birdie putt a run at 8 but no dice, he’ll tap in for par and stay at 7 under through 17. Brooks Koepka, Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood are hanging tough at 5 under and sit T-2.

UPDATE No. 22 (1:35 p.m ET): Bang! Slick Rick Fowler is 7 under and 2 up on the field after that birdie putt at 7. Has an outside shot at shooting 63 if he can close with back-to-back birdies on 8 and 9. Stellar start. Meanwhile, 2007 U.S. Open champ Angel Cabrera is creeping up the board at 3 under.

UPDATE No. 21 (1:25 p.m ET): Remember when Danny Willett won the Masters? It was only 14 months ago. They gave him the green jacket and everything. He’s currently dead last at 8 over through 13 after a W/D at the Players and missed cut following a second-round 78 at the 2017 Masters. A fickle game, indeed.

UPDATE No. 20 (1:13 p.m ET): Very strong par putt for Fowler at No. 6 to stay in front at 6 under with three holes to play. Jordan Spieth is hanging around at 1 under, still in good shape. Dustin Johnson still having a rough go at 3 over through 12. Shocking that he hasn’t been able to take advantage of the par 5s thus far.

UPDATE No. 19 (1:10 p.m ET): Scary moment at Erin Hills, where a blimp crashed about an hour ago.  Surreal scene here as golfers watched someone who may have been the pilot parachute to safety.

UPDATE No. 18 (1:00 p.m ET): Reed and Brian Harman just miss lengthy birdie putts to remain 5 under, one back of Fowler. And in case you were wondering, Ernie Els is just two off the lead through 11 at 4 under. Brooks Koepka right there with him at 4 under. This leaderboard is absolutely stacked. Great mix of names and we’re just getting started.

UPDATE No. 17 (12:33 p.m ET): Fowler in with par on No. 4 to stay 6 under. Pat Reed has been having a forgettable season but suddenly he’s just one off the lead at 5 under. Finally, signs of life from Reed.

UPDATE No. 16 (12:25 p.m ET): Another green in regulation for Rickie Fowler on No. 4, he’ll have a look at birdie and a chance to get to 7 under for the round through 12. Big hitters Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson continue to struggle, both players are at 3 over.

UPDATE No. 15 (12 p.m. ET): Make that nine back, as Fowler stuffs it at No. 2 and calmly rolls in birdie putt to move to 6 under and solo lead again.

UPDATE No. 14 (11:58 a.m. ET): Spieth is off to a solid start at 1 under through eight but playing partner Dustin Johnson is struggling … the defending champion is +3 through eight. Rough, he’s now eight back.

UPDATE No. 13 (11:55 a.m. ET): Fowler birdies No. 1 to take back the solo lead at 5 under, but Fleetwood catches him moments later with his own birdie at No. 2. Two guys at 5 under with Harman and Holmes at 4 under and five more at 3 under. What a shootout. Here’s an extended leaderboard.

UPDATE No. 12 (11:41 a.m. ET): Tommy Fleetwood ties the lead with Brian Harman and Rickie Fowler.

UPDATE No. 11 (11:32 a.m. ET): Ernie Els! The Big Easy is just two back after getting to 2 under early in his round.

UPDATE No. 10 (11:26 a.m. ET): Fowler catches up to Harman at 4 under. They are now co-leaders.

UPDATE No. 9 (11:18 a.m. ET): Brian Harman is your new leader at the U.S. Open after he birdies No. 18 to go out in 4-under 32.

UPDATE No. 8 (10:32 a.m. ET): A hole-out eagle has landed! Hideki Matsuyama jars one at the par-4 15th (his sixth on the day) to quickly rocket from 1 over to 1 under. Watch this beautiful work.

UPDATE No. 7 (10:20 a.m. ET): Fowler walks in his mid-range birdie putt at No. 14, and that moves him to 3 under, and he is now the solo leader in the U.S. Open.

UPDATE No. 6 (9:45 a.m. ET): Gooch bogeys No. 7, and Rickie Fowler birdies Nos. 11 and 12 (his second and third holes). That puts both at 2 under, and Fowler is a co-leader!

UPDATE No. 5 (9:27 a.m. ET): Talor Gooch, one of six former Oklahoma State players in the field, birdies Nos. 5 and 6 to move to 3 under, and he is now the solo leader.

UPDATE No. 4 (9:09 a.m. ET): There’s already 13 players under par in this U.S. Open, so that’s unusual…

UPDATE No. 3 (8:33 a.m. ET): Phil Mickelson will not be playing in this year’s U.S. Open. He has officially withdrawn from the event at Erin Hills. He had played in 23 consecutive U.S. Opens. Lefty is attending his daughter Amanda’s graduation in California. He was hoping for a three-hour rain delay Thursday morning so he could make a cross-country flight for his afternoon tee time. But that did not happen.

UPDATE No. 3 (8:33 a.m. ET): Phil Mickelson will not be playing in this year’s U.S. Open. He has officially withdrawn from the event at Erin Hills. He had played in 23 consecutive U.S. Opens. Lefty is attending his daughter Amanda’s graduation in California. He was hoping for a three-hour rain delay Thursday morning so he could make a cross-country flight for his afternoon tee time. But that did not happen.

UPDATE No. 2 (8:28 a.m. ET): With dad Davis Love III on the bag, Dru Love birdies No. 2 to move to 1 under and take a share of the lead at the U.S. Open.

UPDATE No. 1 (7:47 a.m. ET): We’re off at the U.S. Open! Get ready for a fun four days…

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