Tricky, unfamiliar course proves no match for PGA stars at U.S. Open...

Tricky, unfamiliar course proves no match for PGA stars at U.S. Open — in Round 1, at least

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ERIN, Wis. — If we learned one thing on Thursday at the U.S. Open, it’s that no soft course is safe from the best players in the world.

The greatest unknown this week at Erin Hills was Erin Hills. But after one round, the players seemed pretty happy with the course. Rickie Fowler, for one, shot a bogey-free, “stress-free” 65 in the morning and had big post-round plans for the afternoon.

“Probably a movie, maybe two,” he said.

Fowler wasn’t the only one breathing easy after Thursday’s round. There were plenty of red numbers on the leaderboard, including Patrick Reed, who shot a four-under 68. Reed was pleased the course adjusted to his style, because he wasn’t going to…



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