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U.S. Open Golf 2011: 5 Things To Follow At This Year's Tournament

06/16/2011 12:57 pm ET | Updated Aug 16, 2011

The 111th U.S. Open golf championship teed off this morning from a rainy Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., as golf fans filed in for what promises to be one of the top tournaments of the year.

With three-time Open winner Tiger Woods sidelined with injuries, a wide open field including potential favorites Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are looking to capitalize and take home this major championship on Sunday.

So whether your golf IQ needs no handicap or you're more of a putt-putt kind of fan, here are five story lines to follow as the weekend progresses.

U.S. Open Golf 2011: 5 Things To Follow In This Year's Tournament

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