Stricker solid in British Open first round

The British Open also known as “The Open” started today and over half of the golfers have already finished up their first round. The British Open is the third major during the golf season. The co-leaders in the clubhouse are Jordan Spieth and this year’s U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who shot a -5 under 65. Fan favorite Matt Kuchar is also at -5 under through 11 holes. 

Wisconsin’s own Steve Stricker made the trip across the pond to compete in the tournament. Stricker shot a even par 70, which currently has him tied for 34th. On the front nine, Stricker compiled seven pars and two bogeys. He finished his back nine with three birdies, one bogey, and five pars. Stricker is still searching for his first major championship win.

Notables

Hideki Matsuyama shot -2 for the day

Henrik Stenson shot -1 for the day

Jason Day is -1 through thirteen holes

Rickie Fowler is E through twelve holes

Dustin Johnson is E through seven holes

Phil Mickelson is E through five holes

Bubba Watson is +1 through five holes

Sergio Garcia is +2 through thirteen holes

Jason Dufner shot +3 for the day

Rory Mcllroy is +5 through seven holes

 

Rickie Fowler shoots a 7-under 65 to take early U.S. Open lead

Rickie Fowler has never won a major tournament in his career, but the 28-year-old is off to a great start as he looks to capture his first.

Fowler was one of the first to tee off Thursday morning at the 117th U.S. Open being played at Erin Hills just outside of Hartford, and he has everyone chasing him, as he posted a 7-under 65 to position himself atop the leaderboard.

“It was nice. You don’t get many rounds at a U.S. Open that are stress free,” Fowler said. “Simple day when you look back on it and how we kind of pieced our way around the golf course, but a lot easier said than done.”

By shooting 7-under, Fowler tied the record of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf for the lowest round to par in the first round of a U.S. Open.

“That’s cool, but it’s just the first round,” Fowler said when told of the mark. “I’d rather be remembered for something that’s done on Sunday.”