Steve Stricker, Luke Donald feel the pain at US Open

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Steve Stricker was attempting to become the oldest champion in US Open history. Luke Donald was trying to become the first US Open winner from Britain in 43 years — although that’s no longer the case. Both were sidetracked by errant shots early in the final round of the 113th US Open that inflicted some damage . . . For a few minutes Sunday, it looked like Jason Dufner and Ernie Els would post an early total that, depending on what happened behind them, might give either an outside shot at the championship . . . Tiger Woods was hoping to make history at Merion, joining an impressive list of champions that includes Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Lee Trevino. Woods made history, but not in the way he likes. With a final-round 74, Woods finished 13 over par, his 72-hole worst score in relation to par in any major championship as a professional.

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