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HARTFORD, WI - JUNE 15: Rickie Fowler of the United States walks onto the 18th hole during the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 15, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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Rickie Fowler has never won a major in his career, but that will change at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills golf course in Wisconsin if he continues to play like he did Thursday.

Fowler paced the field in the first round with a seven-under 65, mixing in seven birdies with 11 pars. Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele are one stroke back, while Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka are two strokes behind the 28-year-old with three rounds remaining.

Fowler will be one of the later tee times Friday at 1:36 p.m. CT (2:36 p.m. ET) as he looks to hold off the rest of the field. With that in mind, here is a look at the full Friday pairings as well as a couple of second-round predictions.

               

Leaderboard

                   

Friday Tee Times and Pairings

The second round tee times are per the U.S. Open’s official website. All times are the course’s local CT.

Tee 1, 6:45 a.m. — Wade Ormsby, Oliver Bekker, Kyle Thompson

Tee 10, 6:45 a.m. — Jack Maguire, Corey Conners, Ben Kohles

Tee 1, 6:56 a.m. — Brandon Stone, Troy Merritt, Chris Wood

Tee 10, 6:56 a.m. — Eddie Pepperell, Chan Kim, Gregory Bourdy

Tee 1, 7:07 a.m. — Satoshi Kodaira, Daniel Summerhays, Alexander Levy

Tee 10, 7:07 a.m. — Jhonattan Vegas, Yuta Ikeda, Sean O’Hair

Tee 1, 7:18 a.m. — William McGirt, Keegan Bradley, Kevin Na

Tee 10, 7:18 a.m. — Andrew Johnston, Brian Stuard, George Coetzee

Tee 1, 7:29 a.m. — Brad Dalke (a), Wesley Bryan, Brendan Steele

Tee 10, 7:29 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Pat Perez, Si Woo Kim

Tee 1, 7:40 a.m. — Nick Flanagan, Richie Ramsay, Bryson DeChambeau

Tee 10, 7:40 a.m. — Russell Henley, Scottie Scheffler (a), Harris English

Tee 1, 7:51 a.m. — Daniel Berger, Roberto Castro, Bill Haas

Tee 10, 7:51 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia

Tee 1, 8:02 a.m. — Adam Hadwin, Emiliano Grillo, Cheng-Tsung Pan

Tee 10, 8:02 a.m. — Henrik Stenson, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen

Tee 1, 8:13 a.m. — Scott Piercy, Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk

Tee 10, 8:13 a.m. — Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey

Tee 1, 8:24 a.m. — Matthew Fitzpatrick, Peter Uihlein, Byeong Hun An

Tee 10, 8:24 a.m. — Jason Day, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy

Tee 1, 8:35 a.m. — Kevin Chappell, Maverick McNealy (a), Bernd Wiesberger

Tee 10, 8:35 a.m. — Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink, Roberto Diaz

Tee 1, 8:46 a.m. — Xander Schauffele, Trey Mullinax, Cameron Champ (a)

Tee 10, 8:46 a.m. — Ryan Brehm, John Oda (a), Jonathan Randolph

Tee 1, 8:57 a.m. — Sam Ryder, Alex Smalley (a), Andy Pope

Tee 10, 8:57 a.m. — Mason Andersen (a), Derek Barron, Roman Robledo

Tee 1, 12:30 p.m. – Whee Kim, Ted Potter Jr., Daniel Chopra

Tee 10, 12:30 p.m. — Jordan Niebrugge, Talor Gooch, Kevin Dougherty

Tee 1, 12:41 p.m. — Shugo Imahira, Ryan Palmer, Matthew Wallace

Tee 10, 12:41 p.m. — Andres Romero, Brice Garnett, Davis Love IV

Tee 1, 12:52 p.m. — Charley Hoffman, Jason Dufner, Hideto Tanihara

Tee 10, 12:52 p.m. — Yusaku Miyazato, J.T. Poston, Aaron Rai

Tee 1, 1:03 p.m. — Jeunghun Wang, Thomas Aiken, Bradley Dredge

Tee 10, 1:03 p.m. — David Lingmerth, Paul Dunne, Haotong Li

Tee 1, 1:14 p.m. — Scott Harvey (a), Jamie Lovemark, Michael Putnam

Tee 10, 1:14 p.m. — Stewart Hagestad (a), Chez Reavie, Gene Sauers

Tee 1, 1:25 p.m. — Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood, Bud Cauley

Tee 10, 1:25 p.m. –Brandt Snedeker, Alex Noren, Tyrrell Hatton

Tee 1, 1:36 p.m. — Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm

Tee 10, 1:36 p.m. — Rafa Cabrera Bello, Thomas Pieters, Brooks Koepka

Tee 1, 1:47 p.m. — Lee Westwood, Ross Fisher, Graeme McDowell

Tee 10, 1:47 p.m. — Gary Woodland, J.B. Holmes, Jason Kokrak

Tee 1, 1:58 p.m. — Danny Willett, Zach Johnson, Angel Cabrera

Tee 10, 1:58 p.m. — Russell Knox, Scott Gregory (a), Martin Laird

Tee 1, 2:09 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed

Tee 10, 2:09 p.m. — Kevin Kisner, Billy Horschel, Branden Grace

Tee 1, 2:20 p.m. — Martin Kaymer, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson

Tee 10, 2:20 p.m. — Webb Simpson, Ernie Els, Lucas Glover

Tee 1, 2:31 p.m. — Joaquin Niemann (a), Stephan Jaeger, Joel Stalter

Tee 10, 2:31 p.m. — Tyson Alexander, Christopher Crawford (a), Max Greyserman

Tee 1, 2:42 p.m. — Daniel Miernicki, Sahith Theegala (a), Tyler Light

Tee 10, 2:42 p.m. — Matthew Campbell, Garrett Osborn, Walker Lee (a) 

                

Friday Predictions

Rickie Fowler Continues Rolling

HARTFORD, WI - JUNE 15: Rickie Fowler of the United States plays his shot during the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 15, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

There has been a first-time winner in each of the last six majors, and Fowler is set on extending the streak to seven after a historic performance.

According to Ben Everill of the PGA Tour’s official website, Fowler’s seven-under tied Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf for the best opening round in relation to par in U.S. Open history. It was the type of showing that has earned Fowler the designation among some as the best golfer without a major, which he addressed.

“It would be nice to get rid of that at some point,” he said, per Everill. “I’m not saying that this is the week or isn’t the week. But I like the way this golf course suits me, and we’re off to a good start.”

Even without a major victory, contention at a marquee event is familiar territory for Fowler. He shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the moment Friday after he placed in the top five of each of the four majors in 2014 and won the Players Championship in 2015. He was also a single stroke behind entering the final round of this year’s Masters.

Fowler notched critical back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 as well as Nos. 11 and 12 Thursday and didn’t fall back with a single bogey. Avoiding untimely bogeys will be critical as he looks to create additional space between himself and his fellow competitors before the weekend.

The PGA Tour shared highlights of his round:

Look for more of the same Friday. Fowler’s PGA Tour profile notes he is third in scoring average and birdie average, meaning he continues to take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves. There is no reason to expect anything different in the second round after his seven Thursday birdies.

He proved he can avoid bogeys on this course and will continue capitalizing on the birdie chances, which will help him maintain the lead before moving day.

               

Jordan Spieth Makes Charge up Leaderboard

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Like Fowler, Jordan Spieth is one of the star names on the PGA Tour, but he was far off the leader’s pace Thursday.

Spieth finished with a one-over 73 and notched just one birdie throughout his entire round. He started on the back nine and tallied eight pars and a birdie on No. 11, but back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5 derailed his Thursday showing.

Spieth had just recently rounded into form with a second-place finish at the Dean and Deluca Invitational and 13th-place showing at the Memorial after missing the cut at the Players Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson.

While he couldn’t continue his momentum, he still has 10 top-25 showings in 14 events this season and will demonstrate his consistency again in the second round of the U.S. Open.

He needs a run of birdies Friday to climb back into contention, and he has shown his ability to do just that all season. According to his PGA Tour profile, Spieth is fourth in greens in regulation percentage and second in scoring average and birdie average.

Look for Spieth to find the greens like he so often does and then convert on those birdie chances as he makes up for a lackluster showing Thursday.

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