Englishman in the lead at US Open; local players struggle

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OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) -- Nick Dougherty is making an early bid to
become the first Brit in 37 years to win the US 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.

Augusta's Vaughn Taylor is tied with Mickelson at 4-over while Garden City native Charles Howell III is 6-over.



 
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