"It was just a really fun round", said Casey, who said he was far from flawless and made errors.
Playing in the same group in the first round of the U.S. Open, two of the world's best found unplayable lies in the tall fescue, pitch shots that went up the hill, then rolled back down, awkward stances and more than enough mistakes to place them both in danger of missing the cut.
Rickie Fowler shot a bogey-free, stress-free 65 in the morning and had big plans for the afternoon. He didn't hit a fairway after the 10th hole and shot a 78, his highest score in the U.S. Open. Friday's cut is projected at one over par.
Australian Adam Scott recovered from a poor start, with two birdies and an eagle in his last four holes, to card a level-par 72.
One shot off of Fowler's lead is Xander Schauffele and Paul Casey, two shots back sit Brooks Koepka, Brian Harman, and Tommy Fleetwood. Just one of his many Immergrun treasures is a set of 100-year-old blueprints of the original course design, which he rescued from a dumpster more than 40 years ago.
Instead of being aggressive, Hadwin played conservative, laying up and salvaging par. But par was 70 there, so Fowler's 7-under mark tied the lowest first-round score in relation to par.
To 7 under he goes. "It lets you be aggressive, you can get on runs where you can make birdies". He only shot 75, with just one birdie. En route to a 68 Thursday, he joined George Burns (1982 at Pebble Beach) and Andy Dillard (1992 at Pebble Beach) as the only players in tournament history to make six consecutive birdies.
McIlroy has birdied three of his last four holes. His only birdie came on the par 4 10th. "A lot of guys were thanking me because they mowed the fescue because of me, getting a good laugh".
Shockingly, the top 6 players in the world did not take advantage of the calm conditions. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day were just some of the big names on the wrong side of even after subpar rounds.
It was a awful start for anyone entrusted with protecting par, which made pros wary late yesterday. "And I tend to play better on this type of golf course, so you enjoy what you play well on". It looked as though the season's second major would be a continuation of recent weeks for the Canadian, in which his game feels good but the results aren't there.
"I didn't see it explode, but it definitely just happened when he tapped me on the shoulder". But Bogdanovich doesn't expect to see as many red numbers Friday. Hadwin tied a U.S. Open record when he made six straight birdies, from the 18th hole through the fifth hole.
Fowler would welcome it.
Kim won The Players Championship in May for his second PGA Tour title.
Rickie Fowler has some company on top of the U.S. Open leaderboard.
Fowler's victory this year in the Honda Classic boosted his confidence.
Ironwood GM and course pro John LaMonica said his club held this kind of tourney for the first time for this year's Masters in early April. "I'll just try and be me", he said. But, yeah, I'm ready to be out there. I've got a busy summer, so I'm excited to play a lot of golf. So, yeah, it's going to be a fun week. "I don't think I would ever have handled it quite as calmly as I did today". Fowler cited his "great control of the ball right now, and distance control", and reveled in his shot on No. 4 that wound up two yards from his ideal mathematical projections.