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Wisconsin native Steve Stricker eyes a putt. (PHOTO: Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll, JD Cuban, John Gress, Jeff Haynes, Michael Cohen, Jason E. Miczek)

21 splendid photos from the first round of the U.S. Open

The 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course has looked spectacular. Clear blue skies above vast rolling hills. Unceasing sunshine, picture-perfect weather and meticulously manicured greens. Andrew Johnston's beard.

Even if not everything else has gone smoothly, the tournament has been visually stunning. With thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday expected to be partly cloudy, we may have already seen the U.S. Open at its handsomest.

Here are 21 of the best photos from the first round at Erin Hills:

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