Xander Schauffele matches Rickie Fowler, shoots U.S. Open-record 62 at LACC

Xander Schauffele of the United States plays his shot from the seventh tee during the first round of the 123rd U.S. Open Championship at The Los Angeles Country Club on June 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

History was made twice at LACC on Thursday.


It took 128 years for a golfer to shoot the first 62 in a U.S. Open.

The second instance came about 20 minutes later.

Moments after Rickie Fowler broke the U.S. Open single-round scoring record with an eight-under 62, Xander Schauffele matched him with a 62 of his own.

According to stat guru Justin Ray, Fowler’s round was the 47,366th in the history of the U.S. Open. Schauffele played just two groups behind Fowler on Thursday, with just one threesome separating the two historic rounds.

The pair’s rounds are just the second and third rounds of 62 in major championship history. Brendan Grace posted the first just six years ago during the third round of the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

While Fowler made a record 10 birdies (with two bogeys) on Thursday, Schauffele, the No. 6 player in the world, was bogey-free as he recorded eight birdies.

His chance to shoot the record low round might have been jeopardized, however, when he drove into the barranca short of the 6th green. He failed to get up and down for birdie on the drivable par-4, which was one of the easiest holes on the course in Round 1.

Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts to his putt on the second green during the first round of the 123rd U.S. Open Championship at The Los Angeles Country Club on June 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Rickie Fowler sets record for lowest round in U.S. Open history
By: Jack Hirsh

However, he followed the missed opportunity with a birdie on the 258-yard par-3 7th after he knocked his tee shot to six feet. He birdied the subsequent par-5 to reach eight under for the day.

However, with a chance to post the first 61 in major history, Schauffele left his birdie try on his final hole, the 9th, some four feet short.

With a duo of 62s, Schauffele and Fowler hold a sizable lead on the rest of the field midway through Round 1, with Scottie Scheffler, Bryson DeChambeau and Si Woo Kim holding the next-best scores in the clubhouse at 67.

No other golfer was on the golf course at better than three under when Schauffele finished. As the morning wave was wrapped up, the field scoring average was 71.6.

It’s not every day you get to witness history — and it’s even more rare that it happens twice.

Jack Hirsh

Golf.com Editor

Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is a 2020 graduate of Penn State University, earning degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his high school golf team and recently returned to the program to serve as head coach. Jack also still *tries* to remain competitive in local amateurs. Before joining GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as a Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but also producing, anchoring and even presenting the weather. He can be reached at jack.hirsh@golf.com.