U.S. Open: First Round Winners and Losers

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U.S. Open: First Round Winners and Losers
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You cannot win the U.S. Open in the first round of play, but you can probably lose it.

There were first round winners and losers at Bethpage Black when first round play finally ended late Friday afternoon.

Winners for sure were the players on the back end of the first round tee times—those players who were scheduled to play Thursday afternoon but didn't get to experience the slushy conditions.

"We're on the better end of the tee times," explained Phil Mickelson. "Soft conditions are great!"

The conditions were particularly great for another lefty, Canadian Mike Weir. Weir flirted with golf immortality Friday afternoon.

He was six-under through 13 holes and needed two birdies over the last five holes to set an Open record of 62. Those hopes were squashed by a double-bogey six at the sixth hole but Weir bounced back with birdies at eight and nine, his final two holes of the day to shoot 64. The lowest Open round ever at Bethpage Black.

Weir was obviously the biggest winner of round one. Here's a look at some other first round winners and those who weren't so fortunate.

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