Xander Schauffele matches Rickie Fowler, shoots U.S. Open-record 62


Historical past was made twice at LACC on Thursday.


It took 128 years for a golfer to shoot the primary 62 in a U.S. Open.

The second occasion happened 20 minutes later.

Moments after Rickie Fowler broke the U.S. Open single-round scoring file with an eight-under 62, Xander Schauffele matched him with a 62 of his personal.

In keeping with stat guru Justin Ray, Fowler’s spherical was the 47,366th within the historical past of the U.S. Open. Schauffele performed simply two teams behind Fowler on Thursday, with only one threesome separating the 2 historic rounds.

The pair’s rounds are simply the second and third rounds of 62 in main championship historical past. Brendan Grace posted the primary simply six years in the past throughout the third spherical of the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Whereas Fowler made a file 10 birdies (with two bogeys) on Thursday, Schauffele, the No. 6 participant on the earth, was bogey-free as he recorded eight birdies.

His probability to shoot the file low spherical may need been jeopardized, nonetheless, when he drove into the barranca in need of the sixth inexperienced. He did not stand up and down for birdie on the drivable par-4, which was one of many best holes on the course in Spherical 1.

Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts to his putt on the second green during the first round of the 123rd U.S. Open Championship at The Los Angeles Country Club on June 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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Nevertheless, he adopted the missed alternative with a birdie on the 258-yard par-3 seventh after he knocked his tee shot to 6 toes. He birdied the next par-5 to achieve eight beneath for the day.

Nevertheless, with an opportunity to submit the primary 61 in main historical past, Schauffele left his birdie strive on his last gap, the ninth, some 4 toes quick.

With a duo of 62s, Schauffele and Fowler maintain a large lead on the remainder of the sector halfway by way of Spherical 1, with Scottie Scheffler, Bryson DeChambeau and Si Woo Kim holding the next-best scores within the clubhouse at 67.

No different golfer was on the golf course at higher than three beneath when Schauffele completed. Because the morning wave was wrapped up, the sector scoring common was 71.6.

It’s not every single day you get to witness historical past — and it’s much more uncommon that it occurs twice.

Jack Hirsh

Golf.com Editor

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 workforce 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 in addition producing, anchoring and even presenting the climate. He may be reached at jack.hirsh@golf.com.




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