Fowler and the USGA off to a good start at US Open

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) โ€” Rickie Fowler had an ideal start Thursday in the U.S. Open, and so did the USGA.

Pebble Beach was as gentle as could be in the opening round, and Fowler was among those who took advantage with six birdies for a 5-under 66, giving him a share of the early lead with Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen.

The notorious wind off the Pacific coast was little more than a breeze. The course was lush green and relatively soft. The USGA wanted to start conservatively and make it progressively more difficult, a forecast of dry weather gives officials a lot more control.

This was the day to take advantage.

Schauffele, who keeps showing up in golf’s biggest events, holed a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th to join Fowler at 66. Oosthuizen holed out for eagle from 95 yards at No. 11, his…

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