Rickie Fowler leads US Open on day of highs and lows

Rory Mcilroy of Ireland and Jason Day of Australia walk on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday

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I like classic US Open courses but this is different.

Day one of the 2017 U.S. Open is in the books. All seven of his birdies came from inside 15 feet. Both Nicklaus and Weiskopf opened the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol with 7-under 63s.

Being in such esteemed company, Fowler admits, is flattering, but it's not the end goal. "But I'd rather be remembered for something that's done on Sunday".

Johnson, who did not arrive at Erin Hills until late Tuesday having remained at home for the birth of his second child, had limited practice and it showed as he carded a two bogeys and double-bogey against a single birdie.

Paul Casey rode a rollercoaster to the second-round clubhouse lead at the U.S. Open on Friday, surviving a hair-raising trip that included a gut-wrenching triple-bogey and a thrilling run of five straight birdies. Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood, playing together, were tied for fourth at 6 under. "Two triples, I don't know". "This was a fun, low round".

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He never slowed down as he recorded his ninth bogey-free round of the season.

"I just need get myself inside the cut line, because I'm assuming the USGA don't like to see seven under lead their championship (after round one)", Day said. "Yeah, you're going to miss putts, you're not going to make everything so I'm definitely happy with the start". The bad stretch has Johnson tied for 102nd.

For all the time he spent in the hay, Johnson was most irritated with his putter. He said he won't change his approach four days after he and his wife celebrated the birth of their second child.

The 2011 champion, who has been sidelined since aggravating a rib problem at The Players Championship, dropped another shot at the eighth, and he struggled to find the short grass off the tee after the turn as he bogeyed the 11th and then three-putted the 13th green. I paid the price for that.

Those four likely strolled out of Erin Hills Thursday wondering how Fowler strung together a ho-hum course-record round of 65 to sit with a two-stroke lead atop a surprisingly red-laden leaderboard.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (No. 7) shot a 70.

"It would be nice to get rid of that at some point", Fowler said. "If you read my post, it says I love the design".

NOTES: Phil Mickelson officially withdrew from the U.S. Open Field on Thursday to attend his daughter's high school graduation in California. "You take a two-under-par in the first round in the US Open, you re right there".

Under clear skies and warm sunshine, the Erin Hills course still offered plenty of encouragement after a day of record low-scoring on Thursday. ESPN.com reported that the pilot was "alert and conscious" and was flown by helicopter to the hospital.

The blimp, operated by Florida-based AirSign, was being used for advertising as it floated above the tournament.

It's reported that he suffered non-life threatening injuries after being dragged away from the burning wreckage by crew chief Matt Schmidt.

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Former UNLV golfer Adam Scott is at 25-1 after closing his round with an eagle to get back to even after he was 4 over.

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