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Rickie Fowler equals US Open record to put himself in hunt for first major

• American’s 65 matches all-time score under par for a US Open Thursday
• ‘I’d rather be remembered for something that’s done on a Sunday’

What Erin Hills gave to Rickie Fowler it menacingly took back – and some – from his illustrious chums. Anyone labouring under the illusion that the US Open, an environment famed for brutality, was going soft after Fowler charged to the top of the leaderboard with a 65 was swiftly corrected. Day one casualties were of the highest profile.

Dustin Johnson, 75. Jordan Spieth, 73. Jason Day, 79. Rory McIlroy, 78. Hideki Matsuyama 74. The world’s top five ranked golfers were all unable to break par, with their aggregate score on Thursday of the 117th US Open a staggering 19 over. The prospect of a blue chip exodus from this major by Friday evening is live.

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