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Allenby, an Aussie exception at the U.S. Open

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy suffered a nightmarish 79 in the opening round at Pebble Beach. He rallied with an even-par 71 on Friday, but still missed the cut.

It was an all too familiar fate for the Australians in the U.S. Open field.

Of the 11 players from Down Under, only two advanced to the weekend: Robert Allenby finished at 6-over 148, and Stuart Appleby was a stroke behind at 149.

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Ogilvy and Adam Scott both missed the cut by one, finishing the half-way mark at 8-over 150. Joining them were Aaron Baddeley, Paul Sheehan, Stephen Allan, Terry Pilkadaris, Marc Leishman, Michael Sim and John Senden.

New Zealander Michael Campbell missed the cut, too.

Allenby almost didn’t make the tournament at all after suffering a left wrist injury Sunday while boating in Florida. His 60-foot boat ran aground near his home in Jupiter, and he hurt his wrist on the steering wheel. 

“I have a nearly broken wrist,” he told the Canadian Press after his round Thursday. “I hurt all the tendons. I haven’t been able to hit balls or anything.

“I’ve got nothing to lose,” Allenby said. “I’m just happy to get out there and play. When you approach it with an attitude like that, that’s probably why I only shot three over and not 10 over (on Thursday).”

Fortunately for Allenby, Friday’s performance was enough to get him to the weekend.

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