Edfors takes early lead at US Open
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Johan Edfors of Sweden made three birdies over his first six holes to take the early lead at the U.S. Open.
Edfors, a European Tour player whose best finish at the U.S. Open is 27th, was at 2-under par Thursday with half the field on the course at overcast Congressional Country Club.
He was one shot ahead of a pack of 10 players, including former British Open winner Stewart Cink and former PGA champion Y.E. Yang.
Birdies, always hard to come by at a U.S. Open venue, were available around the course, and especially on the par-3 10th hole. The 218-yard downhill hole over water was supposed to be one of the toughest tests on the course, especially as a starting point for half the players. But the tee box was moved up and it yielded five birdies over the first 90 minutes of play.