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Lead­ing: Jor­dan Spi­eth, Dustin John­son, Jason Day and Branden Grace, tied at four- un­der 206.

Big rally: Louis Oosthuizen was among four play­ers who were four shots be­hind. Oosthuizen opened with a 77. No one since World War II has started with a higher score and gone on to win the U. S. Open.

Crowded field: Ten play­ers were within five shots of the lead­ers.

Note­wor­thy: Spi­eth, who won the Mas­ters, is try­ing to be­come the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the first two ma­jors. No one has ever won the mod­ern Grand Slam.

Key stat: The four- way tie for the lead is the largest in the Open since 1993.

Quoteworthy: “I said to him, ‘ They might make a movie about that round.’ It was pretty im­pres­sive. It was up there with Tiger Woods play­ing with a bro­ken leg and win­ning the U. S. Open.”— Colin Swat­ton, Jason Day’s cad­die and coach, on Day shoot­ing a 68 while bat­tling ver­tigo.

Matt York As­so­ci­ated Press

CO- LEADER Branden Grace’s best f in­ish in a ma­jor is a tie for 18th at the 2013 Mas­ters.

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