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The Shots That Defined The U.S. Open

A look back at the shots -- both good and bad -- that shaped the outcome at Merion

June 17, 2013
Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson's birdie putt, ninth hole, first round:

After a cross-country red-eye flight got Mickelson to Merion in time for an early Thursday tee time, he promptly bogeyed his first hole. But by the time he got to No. 9, his 17th of the day, Mickelson was on top of the leader board. Rolling in a 30-footer for a rare birdie on the tough par 3, Phil set the early pace with a 67.
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