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The Latest: Matsuyama holes out for Open’s the first eagle, Fowler leads early

By in Press Enterprise on June 15, 2017

By The Associated Press

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

Hideki Matsuyama produced some early magic at Erin Hills, holing out from the fairway on the par-4 15th for the first eagle of the U.S. Open.

It took him to 1-under par after his first six holes — two shots off the lead.

Matsuyama was in the center of the fairway, 103 yards from the cup, when he made his eagle.

Brian Harman made birdies on both the par-3s on the back nine to get to 3 under, and shares the lead with Rickie Fowler.

There’s a group of six, including Whee Kim and Talor Gooch, at 2 under.


9:20 a.m.

Early on, Erin Hills is giving Jon Rahm fits.

The Spaniard, 10th in the World Golf Ranking and a popular pick at the U.S. Open, is 3-over par through his first five holes and has yet to hit a green in regulation.

He’s in a group with Rickie Fowler, who has made three birdies and is in the lead at 3 under.

On the par-5 14th hole, Rahm hit his drive into the knee-deep fescue, punched out and hit his third shot from 220 yards. It hit the green, but spun backward into the first cut of rough, and Rahm made his third bogey of the day.

Talor Gooch, Thomas Aiken and Tommy Fleetwood are all at 2 under early in their rounds — one shot behind Fowler.


8:50 a.m.

Dustin Johnson is on the course at Erin Hills to start the defense of his U.S. Open title.

He opened with a tricky par save on the par-4 10th hole, getting up and down from a sliver of tangled rough after he hit his approach past the green.

He is playing with the 2014 and 2015 titlists, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth. Kaymer opened with birdie and Spieth made par.

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