Golf: Kiwi Ryan Fox makes solid start at US Open with two-under first round in Los Angeles

New Zealand's Ryan Fox has made an impressive start to the US Open, leaving the course in a tie for seventh at six shots off the leader in Los Angeles.

Playing his third major of the year after the Masters in April and the PGA Championship last month, Fox carded a two-under 68 on the first day at Los Angeles Country Club.

However, as the first round continued into Friday afternoon (NZ time), Fox's round saw him in a 13-way tie for 14th.

After making even par through his first seven holes, Fox made back-to-back birdies on the eighth and ninth holes, completing his front nine at two-under.

Another birdie on the 12th took Fox to three-under and into outright third on the leaderboard, only to drop a shot on the 13th with a bogey on the par four.

From there, Fox concluded his first day with five consecutive pars, finishing with three birdies and the one bogey for his day's work.

American pair Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele held the clubhouse lead at eight-under after their respective first rounds, five shots clear of second-place. 

US compatriots Dustin Johnson and Wyndham Clark are two shots back from the leading pair at six-under.