U.S. Open 2017: Jordan Spieth Struggles With Putter As Erin Hills Fescue Haunts Rory McIlroy

Day one of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills was about Rickie Fowler and his quest for a first major.

It was also about the lousy performances of some of the world's top players.

Jordan Spieth carded a one-over-par 73, having begun his round with a birdie. Spieth's putting was poor though at least he could laugh about it.

"Neither one of us [Spieth or playing partner Dustin Johnson] could make a putt," Spieth said. "I'm surprised Martin [Kaymer] could make a couple of them given he was watching me and DJ the whole day. DJ and I will be on the practice green. We might have a pillow fight putting contest, just to see if we can spark anything."

Johnson shot a three-over 75 but worst of the favorites was Rory McIlroy. Prior to the tournament the Northern Irishman had complained about the fescue being cut back but the long grass ironically proved to be his enemy.

McIlroy hit five of 14 fairways in a six-over 78 that constituted his worst round at the U.S. Open.

"[My] timing was a little bit off, and that was it. Just really bad tee shots, which led to not being able to give myself many looks for birdies," McIlroy said in quotes reported by the Irish Times.

Englishman Paul Casey, whose best result at the year's second major was tied for tenth in 2007, lies one shot off Fowler's lead on six-under-par.

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