Erin Hills successfully concluded the first round of the 117th U.S. Open with Rickie Fowler’s flawless lead, a 7-under-par 65. Fowler’s bogeyless 65, his career low equalled the lowest Round 1 score in relation to par in championship history, tying Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, who both opened with 7-under 63s at Baltusrol’s Lower Course in 1980.
Where big names struggled and plenty of lesser-known talents flourished, let’s look at the top 10 golfers who stunned the fans with their master strokes. Have a look:
Rickie Fowler, 65
The leader of the pack was Rickie Fowler, whose 7-under 65 was the 28-year-old’s lowest score in his 30 major-championship starts. Fowler has the game and the mentality to win at golf’s biggest stages. He finished in the top five in all four majors in 2014, including T-2 at the U.S. Open that year.
T2. Paul Casey, 66
With an eagle on his opening hole, Casey’s 66 matched his lowest U.S. Open round.
T2. Xander Schauffele, 66
Schauffele missed a birdie putt for a chance to tie Fowler on his last hole on Thursday, but he made a stellar impression on golf fans watching at home who had never heard of him.
T4. Brian Harman, 67
A lefty has never won the U.S. Open. He holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to beat No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez by one shot, proving he can close out a win on Sunday.
T4. Tommy Fleetwood, 67
The 26-year-old, who finished tied for 27th on his only other US Open appearance in 2015, ended the opening round with five under par and tied for second with American duo Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka.
Fleetwood posted a bogey-free round of 67 to sit two shots adrift of pace-setter Rickie Fowler at the US Open at Erin Hills.
T4. Brooks Koepka, 67
Brooks Koepka shot 67 on Thursday at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. The 27-year-old Florida native tied for fourth at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
T7. Patrick Reed, 68
With a solid ball-striking performance that included a near ace on the 13th hole, Reed opened the 117th U.S. Open with a four-under 68 at eccentric Erin Hills, only the third time he has started a major with a sub-70 score.
T7. Kevin Na, 68
Kevin Na shot a steady four-under 68 during a sunny, steamy opening round to trail leader Rickie Fowler by three shots.
T7. Marc Leishman, 68
Marc Leishman was the best of the Australians after opening with an impressive four-under 68 to be tied for seventh on day one. The 33-year-old Victorian bagged five birdies in his first 12 holes but made bogey on the 17th hole to end the day three shots adrift of Fowler.
T7. Adam Hadwin, 68
Adam Hadwin tied a U.S. Open record with six straight birdies. Though through first eight holes of the U.S. Open, Adam Hadwin was struggling to get his tournament on track, 2 over for his round and staring up at dozens of names ahead of him in the standings.