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Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele make history with first-ever 62s in Round 1 of U.S. Open


Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele share the clubhouse lead at the 2023 U.S. Open after a pair of historic performances in Thursday’s first round.  Fowler and Schauffele each shot an 8-under-62, the lowest single-round scores in U.S. Open history and joining Branden Grace (2017 British Open) as the only players with 62s in major championship golf.

Fowler — who finished first — recorded 10 birdies and two bogeys, while Schauffele posted a bogey-free round with eight birdies. The two were five clear of the rest of the field through the morning wave, with Bryson DeChambeau, Scottie Scheffler, Si Woo Kim and Paul Barjon shooting 3-under 67s.

The last time Rickie Fowler played in a U.S. Open, he had seven birdies for the entire week in a T49 finish in 2020 at Winged Foot. He qualified for his first U.S. Open since 2020 by being in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking. He’s 45th in the world and 41st in the SI World Golf Rankings.

Xander Schauffele is still seeking his first major. The San Diego native is sixth in the world and fourth in the SI World Golf Rankings.

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