The U.S. Open got underway at Erin Hills Thursday morning, and will carry on through the weekend, coming to a close Sunday evening. After complaints about the rough being a little too rough leading up to the event, the USGA went ahead and trimmed down some of the longer grass, and now that the competitors have less to complain about, everyone has settled in for the tournament.
In three straight U.S. Opens, the winner of the tournament has finished under par. Golfers in this year’s event look poised to bump that streak up to four. Par for the tournament has been set at 72, and Rickie Fowler leads the way at -7 after shooting 65 through 18 holes. But Fowler is not running away from the pack by any means, as 43 other golfers finished the day a stroke under par or better including a tie for second at -6 between Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele.
Surprisingly, many of the favorites to win the tournament entering Thursday finished well out of the lead. Jordan Spieth finished +1, last year’s winner Dustin Johnson was +3, and stars Rory McIlroy and Jason Day both finished rather dreadful days at +6 and +7 after 18, putting them deep in the back of the pack.
Wisconsin natives Steve Stricker and Jordan Niebrugge have both held their own in the first ever US Open to be held in their home state, finishing a stroke over par each. The two will look to improve on their day one scores if they hope to make the cut and play the final 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday.
As the competitors and their caddies continue to feel out the course, we will get an idea of who is really going to compete to win the tournament come Sunday. Until then, everyone can sit back and soak in the tradition of one of golf’s greatest tournaments.