US Open, Major Golf Tournament in Los Angeles (Par 70, $20 Million Endowment) – 1st Round, June 15, 2023. Rickie Fowler of the USA.
Los Angeles – Americans Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele dominated the first round of the US Open golf major in Los Angeles thanks to a record performance of 62 shots. They are two shots ahead of Wyndham Clark and Dustin Johnson at the head of the standings.
Fowler and Schauffele equaled the maximum of South African Branden Grace, who has so far been the only one able to play a round of 62 shots at a major tournament. He did it in 2017 at the British Open.
Fowler, who birdied ten times, was the first to reach the record mark in Los Angeles. He celebrated his return to the US Open in style, where he did not qualify in the previous two years.
“It was a difficult and challenging period. But I'm enjoying it all the more now and here,” said the 34-year-old Fowler. “At the same time, I didn't do well here in the preparation, but I kept working and it finally fell into place,” he added.
Schauffele followed up with Fowler about fifteen minutes later. “I was watching Rickie on the scoreboard and every time I made a birdie, I was still second. So I thought: If he can do it, so can I,” said the 29-year-old golfer.
First round on the course Los Angeles Country Club also saw two holes played in one stroke. Home team Sam Burns and Matthieu Pavon from France did it. Both managed it on hole number fifteen.
US Open, major golf tournament in Los Angeles
(par 70, $20 million endowment) – after the 1st round :
1. Fowler, Schauffele both 62, 2. Clark, Johnson both 64, 5. Harman (all USA), McIlroy (Northern Ireland) both 65.