Phil Mickelson shot a first-round 74 to finish at four over par. "I was a little rusty. Last week I thought I was playing pretty well," Mickelson said. "I thought I hit a reasonable number of good shots, but I scored terrible."
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"Pretty much every time I hit in the rough, I made bogey, which most people are probably going to do this week and then every time I hit it in the fairway I had a pretty good chance for birdie," Joe Ogilvie, who is a co-leader at four under par, said.
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K.J. Choi finished with six birdies and two bogeys at four under par for a share of the lead. "Considering that this was my first time being here at this golf course, I tried to play very carefully, hole-by-hole," he said. "I think that approach ended up working out."
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Jeff Quinney shot an opening-round 67. "As long as you hit the fairways, it's not that bad because the greens are receptive and you can pretty much throw anything at the hole and it's going to stop," he said.
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Fred Funk eagled the par-4 12th hole. He finished at three under par. "I hung in there with my attitude even though I really didn't feel like I was hitting on very many cylinders today. But the score turned out really good, and that's what I'm really proud of," he said.
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Billy Andrade had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to finish two strokes off the lead at two under par. "You need to just stay steady and hang in there, and every hole out here is a challenge in itself. You're just trying to execute and have some chances and get off to a good start. That's what Thursdays are all about," he said.
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Corey Pavin found himself in the sand for a bogey on No. 10. He is one stroke off the lead at three under par. "Congressional is playing like Congressional. It's in great shape. The greens are receptive, which we usually don't see when we play a U.S. Open out here. But fairways are firm, the rough is long, it's playing beautifully I think," he said.
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Vijay Singh had four birdies on the front nine. He is in a five-way tie for the lead at four under par. "I didn't play too badly," he said. "I drove the ball very nice on the back nine and that got me going with some good birdies out there."
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Adam Scott double bogeyed No. 13, finishing at two over par in the first round.
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Tiger Woods got off to a rocky start at his own tournament with back-to-back bogeys. He ended his round at three over par. "I worked so hard at the U.S. Open feeding putts, feeding putts; and didn't practice probably as much as I probably should have last week on my putting and unfortunately it showed up glaringly," he said.
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Jim Furyk had only one bogey during his first round. He is tied for the lead.
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