Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 15, 2023

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The first round isn’t even complete yet, and the 2023 U.S. Open might already be shaping up as a two-horse race between Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele.

Fowler set a tournament record when he carded an eight-under 62 at Los Angeles Country Club. He got to enjoy the occasion for about 20 minutes before Schauffele sank a tricky par putt on No. 9 to match his score.

U.S. Open (USGA) @usopengolf

History. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/d6AcJmRDZe

U.S. Open (USGA) @usopengolf

It took 123 years for it to happen once.

It took 20 minutes for it to happen twice!

The #USOpen 18-hole scoring record has been tied by @XSchauffele. pic.twitter.com/U1nKzko6Ac

There’s obviously a lot of tournament left to run, and the conditions could be very favorable for the golfers in L.A. if Thursday is any indication. Still Fowler and Schauffele were five shots clear of the next closest competitors when the latter made his way to the clubhouse.

Fans made sure to give Fowler his proper due when he stood alone in the record book.

claire rogers @kclairerogers

Fowler to the field after firing a 62 at LACC pic.twitter.com/tGp2b3pZRq

Action Network @ActionNetworkHQ

It’s hard not to root for Rickie Fowler 👏

📈’14: Top 5 in all majors
📈’16: World No. 4

📉’20-22: Misses 18/46 cuts
📉’22: World No. 185

📈’22-23: World No. 45
📈 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲: 𝐒𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐔.𝐒. 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞-𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝 (𝟔𝟐) & 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲 pic.twitter.com/Fr6S103LQt

No Laying Up @NoLayingUp

Audubon Bird Sanctuary pic.twitter.com/017figghW0

BetRivers Sportsbook @BetRivers

Rickie Fowler bettors showing up to work tomorrow pic.twitter.com/JpfTza5Frx

trey wingo @wingoz

Nice to see Ricky Fowler back in form at a major. Remember in 2014 he has the lowest aggregate score in all 4 majors combined… yet didn’t win one of them. 9′ years later he puts up a freaking 62 #USOpenGolf2023

Then it was Schauffele’s turn to grab the limelight.

Golf Channel @GolfChannel

The TWO lowest rounds in @USOpenGolf HISTORY. 🤝

Xander Schauffele matches Rickie Fowler with an opening round of 62 at LACC!

📺: @USANetwork | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/gN43RT7yJ8

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Here’s Rickie Fowler watching Xander Schauffele’s birdie putt on his final hole to break his new U.S. Open scoring record. pic.twitter.com/T0n1K5cXsB

Nick Lee @NickLee51

All we heard all week was how tough LACC was gonna be at the #USOpen.

Rickie Fowler & Xander Schauffele… pic.twitter.com/KubxJaFMgc

Dave Schroeder @SchroederWBAY

And now Xander Schauffele finishes a round of 62 as well 🔥 https://t.co/oG3Xc5hqSP

Josh Lees @joshwlees

Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele dropping two all-time rounds within minutes, four hours into a Thursday.

Are they playing the same course we’ve been talking about for the past two weeks? #USOpen

Stu @JustStuMTG

Looks like Ricky Fowler and Xander Schauffele woke up and chose violence today. Insane rounds.

BetMGM 🦁 @BetMGM

Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele after shooting 62s in the opening round of the US Open pic.twitter.com/TCQl2yZXW4

Today’s Golfer @TheTodaysGolfer

Rickie Fowler posts the first 62 in #USOpen history

Xander Schauffele: ‘Hold my beer…’ pic.twitter.com/N8onv35jbR

Golf fans can only hope this is a taste of the drama to unfold this weekend in Los Angeles.

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