U.S. Open Day 1: Stricker Rallies to Card 70

Steve Stricker, a former Tour star who has toiled in obscurity, made a courageous comeback Thursday to post an even-par 70, just one stroke off the pace set by Colin Montgomerie.

Stricker started his round bogey, bogey, double-bogey, and had to sink a long par putt on the fourth hole to stop the hemorrhaging. He then carded five birdies on the final 14 holes.

“You know you are just thinking about breaking 80 at that point,” Stricker said.

Only competing in six Tour events last year, Stricker hopes to earn back full-time playing privileges.

The Armchair Golfer

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