E. coli bacteria found in drinking water at US Open

Ross Houston
June 17, 2017

The previous record was 39, at Medinah in 1999.

On a wild day of highs and lows - and even a commercial blimp that crashed and caught fire outside the golf course during the round - Fowler emerged with a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and U.S. Open rookie Xander Schauffele in a most peculiar debut for the 11-year-old golf course.

Ten strokes separated the men, as did one indisputable truth: Na has a far better chance of securing his first major victory than McIlroy does of securing his fifth.

"It rained the day before, and there was no wind, so the course was soft", he said.

The U.S. Golf Association says it was notified by the local public health department that E. coli was detected in a water sample at Erin Hills golf course.

World number one Dustin Johnson opened defence of his U.S. Open crown with a shaky three-over 75 while number two Rory McIlroy, sidelined for much of the year with rib and back injuries, opened with an eagle but could not shake the rust, fading to six-over 78 after being punished by the brutal fescue rough on several occasions.

Spieth had no stress in his round, hitting every fairway and every green on the back nine and putting for birdie through the opening 12 holes.

Schmidt told ESPN.com that he was the first to arrive at the crash scene and that he pulled Thompson away from the burning wreckage just before the blimp's propane tanks exploded.

"I just did a good job".

"We're all interested to see where the pin positions are going to be tomorrow and if there's a knee jerk reaction".

Na's caddie, Kenny Harms, said that his player put seven balls into the fescue in Sunday's practice round and then rediscovered his swing in a session on the range late Tuesday.

Love, who shot a 1-under 71, called the experience "awesome" and said of his father: "He has all the experience".

"I was just trying to have half as good a round as Rickie had", said Casey, who played in the afternoon.

Casey has 13 European Tour wins to his name and only one on the PGA Tour but since settling in Arizona he has cut an assured figure in the USA.

But under sunny skies on Thursday, Erin Hills looked more friend than foe with 44 golfers breaking par to set a record for the opening round of a U.S. Open.

It was the first bogey-free opening round of seven-under-par in US Open history and the total gave him the clubhouse lead by two strokes from Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman. I didn't know what was going on.

Patrick Reed hasn't had the best of seasons but he did show up last month at the aforementioned Wells Fargo, where he led with a round to go. I obviously paid the price today. His transformation into one of the most mentally strong players in golf has been remarkable as well.

But he rallied with two birdies and an eagle at the last to keep himself in title contention at Erin Hills.

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