The magic number for local golfers in Thursday's first round of the U.S. Open was 73 as Mike Weir, Keith Clearwater and Dick Zokol all finished with 3-over-par scores.
That left them in a tie for 71st place and in danger of missing the cut. The low 60 players and ties or any player within 10 shots of the lead will advance to the weekend rounds. A score of 145 is the likely cutoff.Weir, the Canadian native who lives in Draper, started with a birdie but bogeyed four holes before he could find another birdie at No. 12.
Zokol, the other Canadian and ex-BYU golfer, birdied 4 and 13 but added bogeys at 5, 9, 10, 11 and 15.
Orem's Clearwater, who played in the final group on Sunday of the 1987 U.S. Open, had 14 pars but bogeyed 5 and 13 and double-bogeyed No. 6 before getting his lone birdie at No. 14. -- Mike Sorensen