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Is a 69 out there at Pebble Beach?

Shaun Micheel, John Rollins and University of Georgia amateur Hudson Swafford are threatening to break 70 at they near the end of the first round today at Pebble Beach. They share the lead at -2 after Micheel birdied the 15th hole, his second straight bird. Micheel has just 18 putts over 15 holes.

Swafford rolled in a birdie putt at the par-3 17th to gain a share of the lead, but he began on the back nine and has 10 more holes to play. Rollins had a makeable birdie putt on the 16th for the solo lead but missed it short.

The last time no one broke 70 in the first round of the U.S. Open came in 1986 at Shinnecock Hills during miserable conditions in which howling wind and pouring rain combined to turn the East End beauty into a torture test. Bob Tway was the only player in the field to match par 70 that day.

Tiger Woods saved par for the second straight hole with a four-foot putt on No. 13 to stay at +1. Playing partner Ernie Els also is at +1.
 

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