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ANOTHER ALBATROSS: Nick Watney holed out with a 5-iron from 190 yards for a 2 on the par-5 17th, the second albatross in a major this year.

Watney raised his arms and ran back to celebrate with his caddie, Chad Reynolds, and then playing partners Bill Haas and amateur Jordan Spieth. The shot brought him back to even par through nine holes in the opening round.

Louis Oosthuizen also made an albatross on the second hole of the final round at the Masters, that put him in the lead. He wound up losing in a playoff.

It was only the third albatross in U.S. Open history. T.C. Chen made a 2 on the second hole of the first round at Oakland Hills in 1985, and Shaun Micheel had one on the sixth hole of the final round at Pebble Beach two years ago.

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ALLEN’S BIG SHOT: Even at 53, Michael Allen wasn’t going to miss qualifying for the U.S. Open because he’s a member at Olympic Club.

On Thursday, the Champions Tour player made sure the opening round was a memorable one. Allen had one of the day’s many highlights when he holed out from 142 yards on the 14th hole for an eagle. He wound up with a 71.

“At that point, I just felt I really needed to hit a good shot and get a good birdie putt and then to see it go in,” Allen said. “I felt like maybe now I’m kind of back in the tournament and having a chance to still be, get things going out here and get things going the right way.”

Allen said he has probably played Olympic some 2,000 times from being a member as a kid.

And how many times did he make eagle on 408-yard 14th hole?

“That would be the first,” he said. “It took me three years before I could actually get to the green in two.”

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AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson and AP Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez contributed to this report.

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