Moscow's Chris Williams off to strong start at U.S. Open

Moscow's Chris Williams off to strong start at U.S. Open

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ARDMORE, PA - JUNE 12: Amateur Chris Williams of the United States htis a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 12, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 6:15 PM

ARDMORE, PA -- Chris Williams showed why he's the top-ranked amateur during his abbreviated first round of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

The Moscow native and former University of Washington golfer bounced back from a bogey on his first hole, with birdies on the next two. He sits at 1-under, in a tie for 7th place through 10 holes thanks three birdies, two bogeys and five pars.

Williams started on the 11th hole, and his opening round was suspended after a par on No. 2. Play was halted at Merion due to darkness on a day that included multiple rain delays.

Luke Donald is the clubhouse leader at -4 heading into Friday morning.

After completing the first round Williams' group will tee off from the first hole at 7:18 a.m (PT).

The former Huskie earned a spot in the U.S. Open field by virtue of his standing atop the World Amateur Golf Rankings. In May he won the Ben Hogan Award, given to the top college golfer in the nation.

Williams will make his professional debut June 20-23 at the Travelers Championship by way of a sponsor exemption.

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