ERIN, Wis. (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):
Nine holes into their rounds, Rickie Fowler and Brian Harman share the lead at the U.S. Open.
Both have made four birdies and no bogeys, and played the back nine at Erin Hills in 4-under 32.
Harman birdied both par-3s on the back nine. Both he and Fowler made birdies on the 637-yard par-5 18th, which is playing downwind. Early on, No. 18 had surrendered 11 birdies and was playing as the easiest hole on the course.
Charley Hoffman and J.B. Holmes are in a group of four at 3 under.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson, starting on the back nine, made double-bogey on 14 and followed with a bogey on 15 to fall to 3 over.
Jordan Spieth is 1 under after his first six holes.
Dustin Johnson found the fescue at Erin Hills. It did not end well.
The defending U.S. Open champion made double-bogey on the par-5 14th after pulling his second shot into the knee-high grass off the fairway. His third shot hooked into gnarly rough in an awkward stance above a bunker. He hit that shot onto the green, but needed three putts to get down.
The double put Johnson at 2-over par for the day, five holes into his round.
Brian Harman played his first nine holes in 4-under 32 to take the lead.
One shot behind are Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka and Charley Hoffman.
It’s shaping up as a sweltering day on this course, located about 40 miles from Milwaukee. Temperatures are expected in the high 80s with little chance of rain.
Knowing a weather delay was unlikely, Phil Mickelson officially withdrew. He’ll be attending his daughter’s graduation in California and can’t make it back for his 2:20 p.m. tee time.
Hideki Matsuyama produced some early magic at Erin Hills, holing out from the fairway on the par-4 15th for the first eagle of the U.S. Open.
It took him to 1-under par after his first six holes – two shots off the lead.
Matsuyama was in the center of the fairway, 103 yards from the cup, when he made his eagle.
Brian Harman made birdies on both the par-3s on the back nine to get to 3 under, and shares the lead with Rickie Fowler.
There’s a group of six, including Whee Kim and Talor Gooch, at 2 under.
Early on, Erin Hills is giving Jon Rahm fits.
The Spaniard, 10th in the World Golf Ranking and a popular pick at the U.S. Open, is 3-over par through his first five holes and has yet to hit a green in regulation.
He’s in a group with Rickie Fowler, who has made three birdies and is in the lead at 3 under.
On the par-5 14th hole, Rahm hit his drive into the knee-deep fescue, punched out and hit his third shot from 220 yards. It hit the green, but spun backward into the first cut of rough, and Rahm made his third bogey of the day.
Talor Gooch, Thomas Aiken and Tommy Fleetwood are all at 2 under early in their rounds – one shot behind Fowler.
Dustin Johnson is on the course at Erin Hills to start the defense of his U.S. Open title.
He opened with a tricky par save on the par-4 10th hole, getting up and down from a sliver of tangled rough after he hit his approach past the green.
He is playing with the 2014 and 2015 titlists, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth. Kaymer opened with birdie and Spieth made par.
Johnson is trying to become the first player to go back-to-back at the U.S. Open since Curtis Strange in 1988-89.
Rickie Fowler is among a group of five players sharing the early lead at 2 under. Talor Gooch got to 3 under but bogeyed the par-5 seventh to fall back into the tie.
Phil Mickelson was a long shot to play in this U.S. Open, and the odds got even longer with a forecast of no chance of rain Thursday.
He notified the USGA a little after 7 a.m. that he was withdrawing. Mickelson was replaced by Roberto Diaz of Mexico.
Lefty already had missed the U.S. Open in 1993 when he lost in playoff at sectional qualifying. He missed the Masters in 1994 while recovering from a broken leg suffered in a skiing accident. And he most recently missed the British Open in 2009 to be with his wife as she was starting treatment for breast cancer.
This also is the first major without Mickelson or Tiger Woods since the 1994 Masters.
Mickelson was out with a broken leg. Woods was in high school.