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Stanford's Chung struggles in first round of U.S. Open

 

Stanford senior David Chung did some good things during his opening round at the U.S. Open golf championships on Thursday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Chung, an amateur who qualified by taking second at the U.S. Amateur Championships last summer, drove the ball an average of 278 yards. He also needed only 28 putts.

Unfortunately for Chung, he hit only four of 14 fairways and found only four of 18 greens in regulation. Some of that resulted in one triple bogey, one double bogey and seven bogeys during a round of 11-over 82.

Ironically, Chung made a par-4 on the toughest hole on the course, the 467-yard 14th. Two holes earlier, however, he triple-bogeyed the 471-yard par-4 12th. That put him 10-over on the day after he shot a 6-over 42 on the front nine.

Chung managed one birdie, on the 437-yard par-4 17th. He then wiped that out with a bogey on the 533-yard par-4 18th.

Chung, however, wasn't the worst player in the 156-man field on Thursday. Two others were below him at 11-over and 13-over.

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