US Open under way at long, strong Congressional

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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.