Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele each managed to interrupt the report for the bottom rating in US Open historical past throughout the area of half-hour to share the early lead in Los Angeles.
The Californian duo shot eight-under-par 62s, matching the bottom spherical in a significant, shot by South Africa’s Branden Grace on the 2017 Open Championship.
Bryson DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler lead the chase 5 photographs behind.
A annoyed Jon Rahm shot a 69, whereas Rory McIlroy is within the late starters.
Frenchman Mathieu Pavon struck the forty ninth hole-in-one in US Open historical past – on the par-three fifteenth – on a full of life opening morning at Los Angeles Nation Membership.
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It’s been fairly a journey for Fowler, some of the in style gamers on the PGA Tour, who went from a career-high fourth on the planet rating in 2016 all the way in which right down to 173rd only a yr in the past.
The 34-year-old, one among simply 4 gamers in historical past with high 5 finishes in all 4 majors in a single season, did not even qualify for the previous two US Opens, however marked his return in some fashion.
“It has been lengthy and difficult. it’s so much longer that you just ever need it to be,” Fowler stated after his report spherical. “It’s been so value it and now being again.”
Whereas Fowler tied the US Open report with 10 birdies in his spherical to counter two bogeys, present Olympic champion Schauffele had eight birdies in a bogey-free spherical.
“It’s an important begin. I hit a whole lot of actually good photographs,” stated Schauffele, who used chasing Fowler as motivation. “Rickie was excellent in entrance of me and I used to be enjoying actually good golf so thought I’ll as effectively simply chase him down.
“It’s important to play exhausting right here, dig your means round.”
Scheffler and DeChambeau lead the chase
World primary Scheffler bookended his spherical with a bogey on the primary and final, however discovered a spark across the flip with 5 birdies in eight holes to card a creditable 67.
That scored was matched by 2020 US Open champion DeChambeau, who had an eventful spherical with six birdies and three bogeys.
Native favorite Max Homa, who was born in Los Angeles and holds the course report of 61, is only a shot additional again on two below whereas Viktor Hovland is one below after a spherical of highs and lows that included a double bogey and hole-out eagle from 175 yards.
Norwegian Hovland, 25, has come shut prior to now three majors, enjoying within the ultimate teams in each final yr’s Open Championship and final month’s US PGA Championship.
Reigning Masters champion Rahm regarded largely annoyed with simply the three birdies and two bogeys in his one-under 69, which normally can be a good begin however this yr sees him seven behind.
The Spaniard has an important report in California with 5 of his PGA Tour wins coming within the state – together with his 2019 US Open victory at Torrey Pines in close by San Diego.