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June 16 2011

4:31 PM

World’s top three struggling

BETHESDA, Md. -- The top three players in the world are having a difficult time during the first round of the U.S. Open.

World No. 1 Luke Donald, who also leads the FedExCup standings, is 3 over while his playing partners, No. 2 Lee Westwood and No. 3 Martin Kaymer are 2 over and 3 over, respectively. The threesome started on the back nine.

Donald Donald opened with birdies on his first two holes, but saw that hot start evaporate quickly starting at No. 13 as he made four bogeys and a double bogey at No. 18 to turn in 39. He did manage a birdie at the first hole and has parred his next four.

Westwood made the turn in 1 over and got it back to even with a birdie at the par-3 second, But consecutive bogeys at Nos. 3 and 4 have put him back over par with four holes remaining.

Kaymer, who won the PGA last year, also started positively with a birdie at the 10th hole. He bogeyed Nos. 11 and 12, though, added a birdie at No. 13 and bogeyed the 17th to make the turn in 1 over. Bogeys at Nos. 1 and 3 have added to that deficit.

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