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Inspired by Fowler, Casey revels in fun round at Erin Hills

Inspired by Fowler, Casey revels in fun round at Erin Hills

In contrast to McIlroy's demeanour, Casey could not contain his excitement declaring it to be the most fun he has ever had at a U.S. Open.

By finishing on seven under, the world number nine matched Tom Weiskopf and Jack Nicklaus' record for the lowest score to par on the opening day of the tournament.

The Australian carded a fine four-under 68 in the first round at Erin Hills on Thursday to be three shots behind leader Rickie Fowler.

Johnson said he wished conditions were more challenging.

"I heard him calling out for help when I got there", Schmidt said. It may be much more hard to score as the combination of winds and extra firm conditions impact scoring in a negative manner.

Yet as well as he started, Fowler realizes that he will have to continue to play well if he hopes to add a major championship to his resume.

NOTES: Phil Mickelson officially withdrew from the U.S. Open Field on Thursday to attend his daughter's high school graduation in California.

With two runner-up finishes among five top-10s in six starts at the US Open, Day believes an aggressive mindset for Friday's second round will be key to avoiding his first missed cut at the championship.

"I didn't play the par 5 particularly well today either". But this is one of those moments where you look back on life and you just don't want to miss it.




"I've been swinging really well".

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

Veterans Ernie Els and Lee Westwood are among the golfers at three under and within striking range of Fowler.

Jordan Spieth looked irritated while shooting a 73, as defending champion Dustin Johnson, who introduced his second child into the world earlier this week, shot a 75.

Fowler finds himself one shot ahead of Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele.

Fowler has always been one of the most gifted players on the tour and he has the complete game to win the tournament. It would be a bit of a surprise if he were to have four consecutive excellent rounds. "It was just one of those days".

Johnson, who did not arrive until late Tuesday having remained at home for the birth of his second child, had limited practice and it showed. He may not win, but he will be in contention by the start of the final round. "If not, get back to the drawing board and try my best to prepare for the next one".

Spieth first went with an 8-iron.


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