The calendar years’ second major is upon us and as always, it is covered in controversy. Despite talk of extra-long rough, this years’ US Open at Erin Hills Golf Club is set to be a closely contested tournament. The rough, which is probably better described as overgrown fescue, has been a focus point for many including players who were this week gaining their first look at the relatively new course. At over 7100 meters in length, Erin Hills is the first par-72 US Open course since Pebble Beach in 1992. Extra wide fairways ease the pain of the length but 138 bunkers still put emphasis on accuracy.
The 2017 US Open began Thursday night Australian time, with Rickie Fowler starting best with a 7 under par 65. Australian Marc Leishman also began brightly, carding a 4 under par 68. World Number 12, Adam Scott came home hard with an eagle on the 18th to finish with a respectable even par 72. Hopefully the Australians can continue their solid play in round 2 which starts Friday evening.