Blimp operator: Pilot 'OK' after US Open crash

Storms rolled through central Wisconsin again on Wednesday night, forcing players and fans off the U.S. Open Erin Hills course earlier than expected.

With half the 156-man field in the clubhouse, Fowler set a challenging target, chased by fellow Americans Brooks Koepka and left-hander Brian Harman, and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood among the early starters.

PenFed Credit Union was the blimp's sponsor for the tournament, which got underway Thursday.

Erin, Wis. (WQOW) - News 18's Madison affiliate, WKOW, reports the Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating the advertising blimp crash just east of the U.S. Open in the Town of Erin.

The 2014 US Open runner-up was then hunting another birdie on the par-five 14th, playing his third shot to 12 feet and duly draining the birdie.

Looking to become the first player since Curtis Strange to win back-to-back US Open titles, Johnson double-bogeyed the 14th and dropped another at the par-four next.

According to Terry Sater of WISN-TV in Milwaukee, the NTSB is gathering information about Thursday's blimp crash. But I've definitely got to roll it better.

World number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson, one of golf's big-hitters, misfired from the tee all day and was paying the price sitting on three over through 15 holes. "Then it went behind the trees", Ruediger said.

But heavy rain which has softened greens and made fairways more forgiving created an inviting start to the second major of the season.

The last time that happened was in 2008, when Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate in an epic playoff battle at Torrey Pines.

PGA TOUR Canada announced today that the Ontario Championship hosted by National Pines Golf Club, an official event to be conducted at National Pines Golf Club in Barrie, Ontario, has been added to the 2017 schedule.

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