Pan Cheng-tsung had a pretty good day on the course. He felt even better about it when he scanned the scores.
''When I look at the scoreboard with my last name up there, it's pretty cool,'' he said.
Taiwan-born Pan was one of several amateurs who had a respectable showing in Thursday's opening round of the U.S. Open. Pan shot a 2-over 72 at Merion Golf Club and put himself in solid position to make the cut.
Kevin Phelan topped the four amateurs who completed early rounds with a 1-over 71 that put him four shots behind leader Phil Mickelson.
Pan and Phelan did great at No. 13: Both parred the hole and picked up a birdie or two elsewhere.
''It's always nice to be able to compare yourself to the best in the world,'' Phelan said. ''It's the first time I've had a round anywhere close to them. It's nice, but there's a long way to go.''
Pan, 21, is a junior at the University of Washington. He missed the cut in his other Open appearance in 2011, saying he was too excited and had too m...