US Open under way at long, strong Congressional



BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The 111th U.S. Open is under way at Congressional Country Club.

South Korean Dae-Hyun Kim hit the first tee shot Thursday, a drive down the center of the fairway, to kick things off at the year’s second major, the toughest test in golf.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell had a tee time later in the morning, with the world’s top three players — Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer — also grouped together with a morning tee time.

Tiger Woods is out with an injury, making a normally wide-open tournament that much more unpredictable.

Among the so-called favorites are Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, who were grouped together in the glamour threesome of the afternoon.