Rickie Fowler units document for lowest spherical in U.S. Open historical past


Rickie Fowler grew to become the primary golfer to shoot 62 in a U.S. Open when he did so Thursday at Los Angeles Nation Membership.


Replace: 22 minutes after Fowler posted his 62, Xander Schauffele matched him.

He’s not carrying orange, the signature whip in his swing is gone and his flowing locks are stored excessive and tight as of late, however Rickie Fowler seemed just like the Rickie Fowler of outdated Thursday.

Highlighted by 4 straight birdies halfway by his spherical, Fowler fired an eight-under 62, breaking the U.S. Open single-round document on his option to the early Spherical 1 lead on this yr’s championship at Los Angeles Nation Membership. It additionally ties Branden Grace’s 62 on the 2017 Open Championship for the bottom spherical in main championship historical past.

Fowler’s 62 additionally breaks a document he shared for the bottom opening spherical in a U.S. Open.

Beginning on the again 9, Fowler was two below by his first eight holes, regardless of making two bogeys on what most contemplate the more durable of the 2 nines at LACC. He then turned it on by drilling a 16-foot birdie putt on 18 and birding the primary three holes on the entrance facet.

When his birdie putt on the eighth discovered the underside of the cup, he additionally set the document for many birdies in a U.S. Open spherical along with his tenth.

All elements of his recreation had been buzzing, as he was second within the early wave in strokes gained: tee-to-green and first in placing. Fowler, who was recognized for his prowess on the greens early in his profession, final led a PGA Tour occasion in placing on the 2019 WM Phoenix Open, which was additionally his final victory.

rickie fowler and butch harmon in 2019

A resurgent Rickie Fowler has not one however two Harmons serving to him


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It’s been a resurgent yr of types for Fowler, 34, after he missed the U.S. Open the final two years and fell so far as No. 185 within the Official World Golf Rating. He lead by 54 holes on the Zozo Championship final fall earlier than ending T2. Racking up six top-10s this season has catapulted him again into the highest 50 on the planet at No. 45.

Earlier than his latest struggles, Fowler was extensively seen as probably the greatest gamers on the PGA Tour and not using a main championship. He collected 5 wins between 2012 and 2019, together with the 2015 Gamers Championship, and have become solely the third golfer to document a T5 or higher in all 4 majors in 2014.

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Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is a 2020 graduate of Penn State College, incomes levels in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his highschool golf crew and nonetheless *tries* to stay aggressive in native amateurs. Earlier than becoming a member of GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but additionally producing, anchoring and even presenting the climate. He might be reached at jack.hirsh@golf.com.




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