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June 2 2011

11:28 PM

Memorial leaderboard has U.S. feel

DUBLIN, Ohio – The leaderboard after the first round of the Memorial Tournament has a decidedly American flair.

Rory McIlroy, who hails from Northern Ireland, is the only international player among the top 21. He’s tied with Chris Riley for the lead after both opened with 66s

Interestingly, Ernie Els (2004) and defending champion Justin Rose are the only players who have won the Memorial after owning the first-round lead. No one has ever led Jack Nicklaus’ tournament wire-to-wire.

Chris DiMarco and Josh Teater – the Sergio Garcia lookalike -- are tied for third after shooting 67s. Rickie Fowler, Steve Stricker, Rocco Mediate, Matt Bettencourt, Rickie Barnes, Dustin Johnson, Stewart Cink and Bryce Molder are tied at 4 under.

A total of 51 players in the field of 118 broke par at Muirfield Village.

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