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Englishman Leads US Open

Nick Dougherty is making an early bid to become the first Brit in 37 years to win the U-S Open. Dougherty had three birdies on the back nine and is the first-round leader at the 107th U-S Open at two-under-68. He leads Argentina's Angel Cabrera by one shot.

Those are the only two golfers who bettered par on a picture-perfect day for golf at Oakmont Country Club outside Pittsburgh.

Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, Marcus Fraser and Bubba Watson are sitting at even par. Sixteen players are 1-over including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk and defending champ Geoff Ogilvy.

Sergio Garcia shot himself out of contention with a 9-over 79. And two-time U-S Open champion Retief Goosen, Masters champion Zach Johnson and Colin Montgomerie are near the bottom of the leader board at 6-over 76.

Phil Mickelson is playing with a sore wrist and shot a 4-over
74.


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