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By the time Phil Mickelson got some caffeine in him and began making birdies on the back nine, the fans who braved wild warnings of hail and torrential rain in the opening round of the U.S. Open started to get the idea that something more interesting than the weather was happening at venerable Merion Golf Club. In a place that oozes history, a modern kind of story was unfolding. Maybe not the kind that would merit a plaque, but for one day at least it was enough to warm the heart of even the most jaded Philadelphia sports fan. Ben Hogan and the 1-iron he hit to win here never seemed more 1950 than it did on this day. Bobby Jones wouldn't have had a clue about jet lag, or why Mickelson had five wedges in his bag but no driver. He crossed the country in the middle of the night to get here, though this time it wasn't some bizarre plan that only Mickelson seems to hatch at major championships. It was simply a desire to see his daughter speak at her school graduation in Southern Califo...
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