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Every year one of the main storylines at the U.S. Open is whether or not a foreign golfer can win the tournament.

Despite dominating the Masters during the past decade, the only foreign golfer to win a U.S. Open in the last 20 years was David Graham in 1981.None of the best-known foreign golfers is making a run at the title so far this year.

England's Nick Faldo, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, struggled to a 74 and barely made the cut at 144.

Australia's Greg Norman, favored by many because of his strong play thus far in '93, shot a 74 and missed the cut at 147.

Masters champ Bernhard Langer also missed at 145, while Spain's Seve Balleseteros came in at 148.

Other foreigners who missed the cut included Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal and Fiji's Vijay Singh, who won last week's tournament at Westchester.

Nick Price is the best bet among the foreigners at this point, being three off the lead at the halfway point.

But when the South African native was asked if he considered himself a foreign player or an American player, he replied, "I'm an American player. I learned to play on the foreign tour, but I don't think I'd be the player I am if I hadn't come over here. This tour has toughened me up."

Other foreigners close to the lead include Australians Ian Baker-Finch and Craig Parry, and Japan's Joe Ozaki at 140, and Canadian Arden Knoll, South African Fulton Allem and Australian Steve Elkington at 141.

Ballesteros will be glad he doesn't have to come back to Baltusrol for another decade or so.

In his first appearance in 1980, he missed his tee time, after getting stuck in traffic coming to the course.

This year he began with a 76 and shot 72 Friday including a double bogey at No. 2 and a triple-bogey at No. 7.

John Daly remained the crowd favorite Friday with his gallery topping even Jack Nicklaus.

Daly did what everyone wondered if he would do - become the first player in history to hit Baltusrol's 630-yard par-5 17th hole in two shots. He did it with a driver and a 1-iron and then two-putted for birdie.

OPEN NOTES: The 88 golfers making the cut breaks the old record of 77, set in 1987. The cut at 144 is also a record for lowest cut score . . . Leader Lee Janzen's 134 total ties the U.S. Open record for lowest 36-hole score with Jack Nicklaus, who shot that number at Baltusrol in 1980 and T.C. Chen who did it at Oakland Hills in 1985 . . . The three players coming to Salt Lake to play in an exhibition at The Country Club with Arnold Palmer June 28 - Peter Jacobsen, Mark O'Meara and defending champion Tom Kite - all missed the cut . . . The purse for this year's Open is a record $1.6 million, with $290,000 going to the winner. Of course, the winner can expect to make more than his winning amount on endorsements alone after the Open.