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Hoping For Good Friday - 18.06.04           
I went into the first round feeling ready for the US Open if not entirely comfortable with Shinnecock.  Itís probably because a lot of the holes favour left to right shots and I hit the ball predominantly the other way.
At least I was No.1 in the fashion stakes with my white trousers with red stitching, red buffalo skin belt, bright red crew neck top and red visor.   The only thing missing was a No.7 and Beckham on the back, although being a Liverpool fan I really should have worn red trousers as well.
I played reasonably well until the rain delay.  Plus one was not that bad a score, but when we went off for the weather I quickly stiffened up and hit the ball poorly when we resumed.   Still +3 wasnít entirely a disaster and was looking forward to having a decent day on Friday.
Actually, itís about time I did something about my scoring in the US Open.   I was shocked to be told that I had only broken 70 once in my entire career at this championship.
With rain forecast again for Fridayís round, I opted for all black attire and then discovered their forecasters are not much better than ours.   It was sunny and hot when I set off so I was expecting to lose a few pounds.
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