Rickie Fowler is off to a great start in pursuit of his first major title.

The 28-year-old Fowler closed out a 7-under 65 with par on the tricky No. 9 at Erin Hills, playing at just 150 yards but with plenty of trouble lurking around the green. Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood each had a 67, and Brooks Koepka also is tied for second at 5 under.

Fowler had seven birdies and no bogeys.

Ernie Els and Patrick Reed are tied for fifth at 4 under.

As of 12:25, the top seven players on the leaderboard at the U.S. Open had combined for one bogey.


Rory McIlroy's words are proving prophetic. He said if you couldn't hit these wide fairways, you might as well pack your bags. And if you do hit the fairway, the course is playing very reasonably.

Rickie Fowler leads at 6-under, and it's quite a leaderboard, with Ernie Els two behind, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed one behind, Angel Cabrera three behind along with Lee Westwood.