Greens at Erin Hills starting to firm up

“I’m a Rickie Fowler fan and the golf he proposed this morning was lovely”. “They’re the widest fairways we’ve ever played in a US Open”.Day’s 79 came despite making birdies on all four par-5s.Jason Day, of Australia, hits from a bunker on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.”It’s probably been around for a long time, but with young golfers like Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas winning a lot, those are young golfers bringing in a young generation”, said Brandon Robertson, general manager at Ayden Golf and Country Club.Being in such esteemed company, Fowler admits, is flattering, but it’s not the end goal.”Hit it in the hay and contemplated going for it a little bit”, said Hadwin.Hideki Matsuyama had a solid showing at the Masters in April. “But there’s way too many holes out here where one bad shot could be a double bogey quickly”.While his round featured seven birdies, Hadwin said it was a actually a par that was the turning point. He’s tied with Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey.”Yeah, I don’t think it was the putter”, he said wryly. “This was a fun, low round”.Casey recovered from a triple-bogey on his fifth hole of the day to add a 71 to his opening 66 at Erin Hills and set the clubhouse target on seven under. “I guess it’s rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of a hiccup”.Other big-name exits include world No.2 Rory McIlroy (78, 71) and British Open champion Henrik Stenson (74, 73), with defending champion Dustin Johnson fighting to make the cut at two-over through 13 holes.Johnson shot three-over par and struggled badly on the back nine.That’s something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major.”You can not play this golf course if you’re not in position off the tee”, said McIlroy, per McAllister. “I missed one fairway today, which is the best driving round that I’ve had maybe in my life. So the second round is crucial for me to get back on my feet, and hopefully I can do that”.Johnson wasn’t alone in his struggles. But he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie chances in that stretch, and one of the birdies he made was a two-putt from 20 feet on the par-5 seventh. Steve Trattner, who convinced original course owner Bob Lang to buy the property that Erin Hills sits on, pleaded guilty to strangling his wife to death in the months before the course opened. The 21-year-old is hoping to claim his first major after winning the coveted Players Championship this season. “I’m not saying that this is the week or isn’t the week”. “I just didn’t hit it into them”.By the time he reached the sixth hole, he had tied the consecutive birdie record of six and was inside the top 10.The U.S. Open, which is one of four major tournaments in professional golf, is Thursday through Sunday. The crash occurred approximately a half mile from Erin Hills. Patrick Walsh, CEO of AirSign, an advertising firm, identified the pilot to ESPN as Trevor Thompson.Success! An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup.Get Breaking News alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post delivered to your email.Daily sports headlines from across Gwinnett County, including high school, professional and college news.