Patrick Walsh, CEO of the advertising company that operated the blimp, said the pilot suffered burns in the crash and was transported to the hospital, but is "okay".
"You don't get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free", said Fowler, who got his round off to a flying start dropping birdies on three of his opening five holes.
"It started deflating, and then it started going down", witness Bryan Rosine tells the Journal Sentinel. I didn't know it was the blimp.
A blimp hovering over the site of the US Open has crashed during Thursday's first round at Erin Hills.
The company that owns the blimp is AirSign.
Maynard says only the pilot was on board the craft.
Charley Hoffman was the first player to finish his round and discuss what he saw from the accident that occurred about one half of a mile from the course.
"But credit the USGA (U.S. Golf Association) for going outside the box a little bit for the next great venues in the United States".
Johnson avoided a potential scenario in which he could have teed off in the U.S. Open, but was prepared to leave if the baby arrived, much like Phil Mickelson at the 1999 edition of this event. Twitter user Adam Johnson wrote with a video of the blimp drifting toward the ground.
"It [his playing] depended on when she had the baby or when we could have it", said Johnson in a press conference. It appears that at least one person managed to bail out and deploy a parachute, but no news of injuries or further details are out yet.
Johnson says it happened about 10:55 a.m. I'm here to play golf.