6/19/17 – Tens of thousands of golf fans packed Erin Hills near Hartford this past week to be a part of Wisconsin’s first U-S Open. A blimp accident, a contaminated water line, and the death of a 94-year-old spectator brought a rough start to the event — and casual fans did not get a chance to see the world’s top three golfers during the weekend as Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day all missed the 36 hole cut. But by Sunday, fans were raving as ten players were in the running for the championship — and former European Tour standout Brooks Koepka won it with three birdies on the back nine. Wisconsin fans gave Madison golfer Steve Stricker almost rock star treatment throughout the course, and he finished 16th in the field of 156. The weather was better than expected, too, as the predicted weekend rain was limited to late nights — although lighter winds until Sunday morning drove down scores.