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June 19 2010

11:51 PM

U.S. Open an international affair

The first page of the leaderboard looks like a United Nations convention. There are nine different countries represented among the top 11 players.

Six of those are part of the European Union which bodes well for anyone who wants to end that nagging little jinx. The last time a European won the U.S. Open was 40 years ago at Hazeltine National when England’s Tony Jacklin beat Dave Hill by seven shots.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell owns the lead at 4 under, one stroke ahead of American Dustin Johnson, who has won the last two PGA TOUR events played at Pebble Beach. Johnson just eagled the fourth hole to narrow the gap.

Ryo Ishikawa, the 18-year-old phenom from Japan; Gregory Havret of France, South Africa's Ernie Els and America's Phil Mickelson, the world's No. 2 player, are tied for fourth at event par.

The group at 1 over includes Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka of Germany, England's Ian Poulter, K.J. Choi of South Korea and Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark.  -- Helen Ross

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