Rickie Fowler, best golfer without a major title, breezes through ‘stress-free’ first...

Rickie Fowler, best golfer without a major title, breezes through ‘stress-free’ first round at U.S. Open

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ERIN, Wis. — Rickie Fowler was having a day to smile about, but he knew better than to dare.

The youthful look is still there, the clothes are still bright, and the kids still love him, but the Fowler of 2017 knows better than to get excited on Thursday at the U.S. Open.

The 28-year-old shot a seven-under 65 at Erin Hills on Thursday, tying this championship’s record for lowest score in relation to par after the first round held by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. He did it without making a bogey or breaking much of a sweat in the Wisconsin heat, and saving the smiles for after his round.

“You don’t get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free,” Fowler said after his…



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