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

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/16/11 01:57 PM ET   Updated: 08/16/11 06:12 AM ET

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.

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Players could spend much of the weekend in the wind and rain, with weather reports calling for isolated thunder storms and up to a 40% chance of precipitation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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