Just about midway through the morning grouping of the first round of the 110th U.S. Open, a distinct international flavor has emerged. As this is written, Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, Italy's Edoardo Molinari, Sweden's Robert Karlsson and American David Toms are tied for the lead at -2.
There are 19 players at even par or better. Only six of those 19 are Americans (Toms, Jim Furyk, Justin Leonard, Scott Verplank, Jason Gore and Kent Jones). Besides Denmark, Sweden and Italy, the other countries represented are England (Ian Poulter), Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee), Spain (Rafael Cabrera-Bello), Japan (Yuta Ikeda, Hiroyuki Fujita), South Korea (K.J. Choi), France (Gregory Havret), India (Arjun Atwal), Australia (Stuart Appleby), South Africa (Tim Clark) and Chile (Hugo Leon).