Saturday, June 14, 2008

FORMER DUKE GOLFER SHARED BRIEF LEAD IN U.S. OPEN

Former Duke golfer Kevin Streelman shared the top of the leader board with journeyman Justin Hicks after the first round of the U.S. Open.

Before Thursday, Streelman's claim to fame came at the Buick Invitational on the same striking city-owned golf course perched on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

As the third alternate, Streelman figured that he probably wouldn't get a chance to play. So he was rapping a few putts to kill time when somebody tapped him on the shoulder and told him he was teeing off in a few minutes. When he looked up, he was startled to see Woods in front of him, but he was too intimidated to say hi.

He was in second place after two rounds, earning himself a Saturday tee time with Woods in only his third PGA Tour event. Streelman shot 75 on Saturday, 77 on Sunday, but the scars didn't cut deep.

"It was eye-opening, but it was one of the coolest experiences of my life," Streelman said Thursday evening.

(Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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