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One of the coolest pairings the U.S. Open consistently creates is one that puts the U.S. Open, British Open and U.S. Amateur champions together for the first two rounds. Those names included Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and Peter Uihlein, and two of the three had a very peculiar situation in the eighth fairway on Thursday at Congressional.
McDowell and Oosthuizen both hit tee shots, walked up to their balls, and found them literally touching in the middle of the fairway.
Since you obviously can't hit one of the golf balls, the USGA official checked to see who was out (Oosthuizen) and had McDowell mark his ball, and move it a club-length away.
Because you're marking and moving the ball in the fairway (which is completely legal if you're asked to do so), you can't clean the ball, so McDowell had to make sure not to move any of the dirt on his ball, but as far as interesting situations in the early rounds of the U.S. Open go, that might win the award.
Also, it appears to be a good omen, as both McDowell and Oothuizen are near the top of the leaderboard early on Thursday.
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