Rickie Fowler of the US hits his tee shot on the second hole during the first round at the 117th US Open Championship at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
Rickie Fowler of the US hits his tee shot on the second hole during the first round at the 117th US Open Championship at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. TANNEN MAURY

Fowler leads US Open as Day struggles

AUSTRALIA'S Jason Day is heading for early exit after finishing his opening round of the US Open 14 shots behind the leader.

Countryman Marc Leishman had a much better day at Erin Hills, finishing on four-under after an impressive 68.

Day had triple bogeys at the fourth and the 10th as he fired a seven-over round of 79 in Wisconsin.

Leishman, meanwhile, bagged five birdies in his first 12 holes but a bogey on the 17th left him three shots adrift of the leader, American Rickie Fowler.

American Xander Schauffele and England's Paul Casey finished a shot back on six-under for joint second spot.

Adam Scott recovered from a poor start, with two birdies and an eagle in his last four holes to card an even-par 72.

News Corp Australia

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