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Weir leads Utahns at U.S. Open

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The last time Mike Weir missed the cut the week before a Major, all he did was go on to claim the Masters' title.

The Draper resident hopes that formula works again this week as he tees it up at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y.

Weir shot decent rounds of 71 and 71 last week at Westchester but missed the cut by one shot. Before he won the Masters in 2003, Weir had missed the cut at Atlanta the week before.

Although he ranks No. 15 on the money list with $1.5 million and has a win earlier this year at the Nissan Open In Los Angeles, Weir hasn't done much lately. In between missing the cut at the Masters and last week, his finishes in PGA Tour events were ties for 21st, 59th and 61st.

Weir will tee off Thursday at 10:20 a.m. MDT with Michael Campbell and recent winner Joey Sindelar and will be one of the first groups off Friday at 5:10 a.m. MDT with the same threesome.

Two other Utahns are in the field, Provo resident Dan Forsman and BYU golfer Oscar Alvarez. Both qualified at U.S. Open sectionals last week, while Weir has an exemption because of his high rankings on the money list and world rankings as well as his Masters win last year.

Forsman will be making his second straight appearance in the Open after finishing in a tie for 48th last year. Forsman has played in nine previous U.S. Opens, including 2001 and 1996, when he had his best finish, a tie for 13th.

Alvarez, who helped lead BYU to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Tournament earlier this month, will be playing in his first-ever U.S. Open. He is a native of Colombia and will be a junior at BYU next year.

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