Sheriff: Pilot in blimp crash seriously burned

McIlroy hit just five fairways, which tied for fewest in the field, and just nine greens in regulation. He departed with a bogey.

Day's meltdown began when not one, but two chips from the first cut of rough behind the fourth green hit the top of the hill, then trundled back down to nearly where Day was standing.

The 33-year-old Na caused a bit of a stir this week when he posted a video to his Instagram account complaining about the thick fescue at Erin Hills. What makes our country great is our diversity and that is what should make the U.S. Open great, too. Spieth said he will need to shoot 3 or 4 under to get into contention.

Paul Casey is in the red through his first two holes at the U.S. Open.

Johnson, who did not arrive at Erin Hills until late Tuesday having remained at home for the birth of his second child, had limited practice and it showed as he carded a two bogeys and double-bogey against a single birdie. The Englishman is ranked 14th in the world. He did not bogey a single hole, a feat generally unheard of in the US Open. Garcia, who won the Masters in April for his first major title, then parred No. 2. This is a solid U.S. Open course. He has peppered leaderboards at major championships over the last couple years, but is still in search of a breakout win.

Fowler is bidding to become the seventh first-time major victor in a row with in Wisconsin this week. Fowler took advantage of Erin Hills' four par 5s, all of which he birdied, including two which came back-to-back as Fowler registered three straight birdies as he made the turn.

Fowler had seven birdies and no bogeys. Brian Harman (through 12), Patrick Reed (9) and Ernie Els (9) are at four under.

Rickie Fowler had a 7-under 65, and was one of 44 players to break par - a record for the first round of a U.S. Open.

Airsign, the company managing the blimp said the pilot was being treated for injuries "but is expected to be ok".

The incident happened at around 11.55am with the opening round of the season's second major under way at Erin Hills.

One social media user said that people parachuted to safety, but a company spokesman said exiting the blimp by parachute is not possible.

A small blimp crashed near the U.S. Open on Thursday, seriously injuring the pilot and grabbing the attention of fans and golfers alike as they watched the fiery, smoking craft fall from the sky into an open field.

He became the third player to shoot seven-under in a first round of the U.S. Open following Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, who both registered seven-under 63s at Baltusrol in 1980.

  • Julie Sanders