Rickie Fowler: The First Golfer to Shoot a 62 in a U.S. Open Round

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, Rickie Fowler made history at the U.S. Open by shooting the first 62 in the tournament's history. Fowler, who had never won a major championship before, played a stunning round that included 10 birdies and no bogeys to seize the first-day lead.

Fowler's memorable round began at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, where he hit his first shot just after 7 a.m. The 29-year-old American started the day with a par on the first hole, but then went on to birdie holes two through seven. He added three more birdies on the back nine, including a chip-in on the 11th hole.

Fowler's feat was made even more impressive by the fact that he did it in difficult conditions. Despite the sunny, mild weather, Shinnecock Hills' greens were lightning-fast, and the rough was deep and punishing.

Fowler, who started playing golf at the age of three, has long been considered one of the game's most talented players. Over the years, he has won four PGA Tour events and has been a member of four U.S. Ryder Cup teams. He has also made a name for himself with his distinctive, colorful outfits, which typically include bright orange, his favorite color.

But despite his considerable skills and his popularity with fans, Fowler had never finished better than second place in a major championship before the 2018 U.S. Open. He had come close on several occasions, including finishing in the top 10 at the U.S. Open five times, but had never managed to close the deal.

Fowler's 62 in the U.S. Open's opening round put him in prime position to finally win a major title. However, he was unable to maintain his torrid pace over the remaining three rounds, and ultimately finished in a tie for 20th place.

Nonetheless, Fowler's memorable round will go down in U.S. Open history as one of the greatest performances ever. And even though he came up short in his quest for a major championship, Fowler's talent, style, and affability have made him a fan favorite and one of the game's most popular players.

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