Intriguing leaderboard

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – This is shaping up to be an intriguing leaderboard at the U.S. Open.

Mike Weir shot shot a fine 64, almost holing out two hybrids in the process.

Behind him, you have David Duval and his quest to regain his lost form; he shot 67. Another former major champion that lost his way, Todd Hamilton, matched that number.

So did Ricky Barnes, the ‘02 U.S. Amateur champion who has struggled as a professional; many thought Barnes would find success after he finished 21st at the ‘03 Masters as an amateur. He made a 10-foot birdie on No. 18 Friday.

Fan favorite Rocco Mediate, seeking redemption after losing last year’s Open playoff, completed a first-round 68.

Three amateurs shot par or better Friday – Drew Weaver (69), Cameron Tringale (70) and Kyle Stanley (70). That has to make the USGA and U.S. Walker Cup captain Buddy Marucci happy, even if Stanley is making his pro debut next week.

Also at 69 are the emotional favorite, Phil Mickelson, as well as Adam Scott, who somehow is in the red after missing seven of his past eight cuts.

– Sean Martin

Posted June 19

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