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The conversation could not be heard, but it began with McFee sternly holding up his hand and saying, “Calm down.”

It didn’t affect Poulter too much. From the rough, he hit a fairway metal near the green and got his par.

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DIVOTS: Dennis Miller, made famous for a putt that hung on the lip and then dropped after a second to earn his first trip to the U.S. Open, didn’t get to hang around for the weekend. He had rounds of 80-82 to miss the cut. … NBC Sports had a 2.1 overnight rating and a 6 share for its two-hour coverage of the opening round. That’s up from a 1.4 last year in the first round, and was the highest Thursday rating for the U.S. Open since a 2.1 in 2006, when Tiger Woods returned after his father’s death. … Nick Watney was asked on whether to blame the tough conditions on Rory McIlroy winning at 16-under 268 last year at Congressional. “No, it’s not his fault. He set all kind of records like we talked about, so I think we all kind of knew that the USGA was going to come out firing this year, and they haven’t disappointed.”