Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele just recorded historic performances at the 2023 U.S. Open.
The two golfers teed off the first round at the U.S. Open in grand style. They’re both tied up at the top of the leaderboard after Day 1 with scores of 62, 8-under. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that’s the lowest-recorded score in any men’s major championship ever.
According to the renowned statistics database, the scores also tied the mark that Branden Grace set at the 2017 Open Championship in the third round.
Xander Schauffele has now also finished with a 62 in the 1st round of the U.S. Open, tying the lowest score in any round in men's major championship history, a record Rickie Fowler tied today as well.
They both also tie Branden Grace in the 3rd Round at 2017 Open Championship. pic.twitter.com/4E7Tt7Xlu3
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 15, 2023
These absurd scores set a significant pace in the major event. They are both five strokes ahead of Bryson DeChambeau, Scottie Scheffler, Paul Barjon, and Si Woo Kim, all of whom shot a 67, 3-under.
Fowler recorded 10 birdies through his first 18 holes. He bogeyed twice, but that didn’t stop him from his historic day. Schauffele didn’t bogey and hit eight birdies in the first round.
Neither Fowler nor Schauffele has won major championships before. Fowler finished second in the 2018 Masters Tournament, while Schauffele has a second-place finish at the Masters Tournament under his belt as well. This time in 2019, a year after. He also finished second at the Open Championship in 2018.
So are these performances a precursor to another set of historic marks later this weekend? We’ll see, but both golfers got out to historically hot starts.
The golf world reacted to the absurd performances Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele turned in at the U.S. Open.
— Forrest Tucker (@ForrestTuckerTV) June 15, 2023
They were saying the winner of this tournament would be “a little under par” 😭😭 https://t.co/Mdf6jqQImx
— Nick (@NickJailed) June 15, 2023
And Xander Schauffle just tied the record that Rickie Fowler set minutes ago.
Schauffle and Fowler made history on day one of the U.S. Open. https://t.co/UbSyQB6AkK
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 15, 2023
Wild! What a start to the US Open! Usually not a tournament you see these kinds of scores put up. https://t.co/h5MwCnGaTa
— Devin Butler (@ButlerD85) June 15, 2023
What a day for these two studs 👑 https://t.co/J1FP9PdXKW
— Evan Greenfield (@EvanGreenfield6) June 15, 2023