Jun 18, 2010 3:05 AM

International trio shares first round lead at U.S. Open

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The leaderboard of the 110th U.S. Open definitely has a foreign flavor.

England's Paul Casey, Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge and 2003 PGA champion Shaun Micheel of the U.S. share the first-round lead at the U.S. Open. They've had the best luck at solving what is a very tough Pebble Beach track on the Monterey peninsula.

Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, England's Ian Poulter, Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Canada's Mike
Weir, the Czech Republic's Alex Cejka, and South Korea's K.J. Choi are one shot back after shooting 1-under-par 70s.

Luke Donald of England and David Toms were among five players who shot even-par 71.

Top-ranked Tiger Woods finished three-over-par 74. Woods has managed 15 pars and three bogeys. It's the first time since the 2003 Masters that Woods has played the first round in a major without a birdie.

Second-ranked Phil Mickelson didn't make a birdie and struggled to a 4-over 75 his first trip around the Pebble Beach layout.

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