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Friday, June 18, 2010

An and Hampshire soar in Open first round

Bradenton's Ben An didn't jump to the top of the United States Open leaderboard after the first round.

Neither did Tampa's Travis Hampshire, who plies his trade on the local West Florida Golf Tour.

An, the reigning U.S. Amateur champ, carded an 8-over par, 79.

Hampshire soared higher, posting a 10-over par, 81.

Both players hit the same exact number of greens - 7 of 18.

And both were fairly accurate off the tee, which is a major bonus in the "toughest test in golf" where the rough seems to grow longer than a jungle.

An hit 8 of 14 fairways. Hampshire found the short grass 10 of 14 times.

They combined for 59 putts (An had 30).

Yet both struggled in getting acclimated to Pebble Beach.

The 110th U.S. Open continues today, and both players will need stellar second rounds to make the weekend.

And in Hampshire's case, a payday as the WFGT player is a professional.

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