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“I never really played well at the tournaments here,” he said. “It’s a bummer. I crossed the state at Oakmont for a couple of championships. At 43, there’s not going to be another tournament here at Merion.”

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OOVER AND OOST: Louis Oosthuizen withdrew from the U.S. Open with a hip injury.

The 2010 British Open champion strained a hip flexor while shooting a 5-over 75 in the first round and pulled out before his second round tee time Friday.

Oosthuizen said the problem affected his swing to the point that he was advised he risked further damage if he kept playing.

The South African’s best finish at the U.S. Open came in 2011, when he tied for ninth.

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DIVOTS: Stuck in the mud: Tiger Woods’ ski-champion girlfriend Lindsey Vonn had to trek through the mud at Merion like any other fan. “Sums up my day on the golf course… (hash) muddy (hash) usopen2013,” she wrote on Twitter. The tweet went along with a photo of her from the knees down standing ankle-deep in the soupy muck. She later posted a Vine video of various muddy shoes and boots around the course. “Muddy shoes… Best and worst so far. (hash) whatweretheythinking.”