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US Open social round-up: Fowler stars as blimp crashes near Erin Hills

16 Junio 2017, 11:51 | Martinez Canez

Somebody fetch Rory McIlroy's suitcase.

"You won't get a better day for scoring", Johnson said wistfully during the long walk to sign his card. Through 18 holes, he's making the most of his U.S. Open.

The question going in to this year's U.S. Open is how tough the Erin Hills course would play.

South African Ernie Els' caddie Cayce Kerr talking about the Big Easy's opening round of two-under 70. "We have 60 yards from left line (of the fairway) to right line".

McIlroy joked earlier in the week that anyone who couldn't hit such wide fairways "might as well pack your bags and go home".

His words came boomeranging back in the first round.

McIlroy was asked about his comments about the fescue afterward. He had just taken off on his second flight of the day in a hybrid of a typical blimp and a balloon envelope when he decided it was too windy and planned to return to a private airstrip. "So there's nothing for me to change other than just dial things up on the greens".

The most damaging hole was early in his round when Johnson hit iron off the tee on the par-5 14th, only to lay up in grass so thick that a marshal marked it with a tiny flag, and then it was hard to find the flag. "I didn't know it was the blimp", Snedeker said.

"I take it as a compliment, there are a lot of really good players out here that haven't won a Major".

Day appeared to be limping at one point but said he was physically fine. "I'm swinging good, everything feels good, I just need to make more putts here". "Bit of rust, timing was a little off".

"I didn't hit it great", he said. He ranked 107 in driving accuracy.

Players and fans looked on in disbelief as the aircraft fell from the sky near the venue, with the pilot reportedly parachuting clear of the blazing aircraft.

Masters victor Sergio Garcia and world number two Rory McIlroy teed off later in the day and were quick to get in the red. That covers 676 rounds. He has peppered leaderboards at major championships over the last couple years, but is still in search of a breakout win. "I can't put it any other way".

Newly branded as the "ultimate test in golf", the U.S. Open has always been famed for its toughness and Erin Hills, the longest ever layout for a U.S. Open, was expected to add to that hard-man reputation. And let's not forget the Dustin Johnson rules debacle of previous year.

Casey started his afternoon round with a bang, eagling the par-five first hole and adding a birdie at the second.

"Really?" an incredulous McIlroy said.

Day one of the 2017 U.S. Open is in the books. It's weird. You sit there and it's not like I gave up.

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