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Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose Lead the Brits

Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose Lead the Brits

Both Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose broke par on the first day of the U.S. Open, leading the British challengers in the tournament. The Olympic Club is known for its tricky course layout, but that didn’t hinder the two golfers from hitting birdies on the last two holes. They each scored 1-under-69, putting them just behind the early leading Michael Thompson.

“If you would have asked me before I won Pebble where did I fancy my chances, which majors did I like the best, I probably would have always said to you the U.S. Open and the British Open. Those are the two that I would always choose,” McDowell told reporters.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy was eight shots behind him. “Seven over’s a big hole for any player. Rory is a pretty good player though, so if anybody can come back from it, he can,” McDowell added optimistically.

Rose, World Number 7, referred to the Lake Course as “sadistic fun” after making four birdies and three bogeys during the round. “I think this golf tournament more than any other you just have to stay in the momentum, you can’t get ahead of yourself for one second out there so as of this second now, I’m not even thinking about round one anymore, it’s just about my first tee shot on Friday. It’s going to be a long hard week ahead of all of us and that’s really my mindset,” he said.

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