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But after winning the Travelers Championship last week, he has gone to the top of a special money list from which the top two players not already exempt will get into the British Open. He is likely to get a spot, and he would love to play.

But one of the conditions of applying for a green card is not leaving the country until it’s approved. Thus the quandary.

“It’s a good thing to have to worry about,” he said.

He has spoken to immigration lawyers, and he has been approved for advanced parole, which would allow him to travel to England for the Open. Trouble is, that takes 30 days to come through, and the next major starts in 21 days.

“Hopefully, it gets here before the British,” he said. “Otherwise, I’m not sure what we’re going to do.”

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WEEKEND WEATHER: Tiger Woods felt the fairways and greens were plenty firm in the opening round. What really makes him wonder is the weekend.

The forecast is for increasing heat, perhaps into the 100s, over the next several days.

“It’ll be interesting to see what happens, what they do on the weekend, if it’s supposed to be hot again,” Woods said. “You can water the greens all you want in the morning, and they’re going to obviously dry out as the day goes on. I don’t see how this course is going to play easier in the afternoon.”

Then again, the scoring average was slightly higher Thursday morning than in the afternoon.

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BEAU KNOWS: Davis Love III ran into Beau Hossler and told the 17-year-old, “You’re sure playing a lot of tough courses.”

Hossler was briefly leading in the third round of the U.S. Open at Olympic Club two weeks ago. He played in the U.S. Open last year at Congressional. And he was given a sponsor’s exemption into the AT&T National, which felt like a U.S. Open.

No matter. The kid bogeyed his last hole and still had an even-par 70.

“I’m starting to feel pretty comfortable out here, so I feel like I belong,” Hossler said. “Obviously, my game needs to get better before I’m out here all the time, I feel pretty comfortable out here, feels like I can make the adjustment from junior to amateur to professional golf. I feel like I’ve made some progress.”

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