U.S. Open 2012: Casey Martin Has Solid Back 9, Finishes At 4-Over

There are plenty of narratives to be found with the 2012 U.S. Open finally underway. One of the golfers of interest during the first round at the Olympic Club in San Francisco on Thursday is Casey Martin. Martin, the golf instructor for the Oregon Ducks, is competing in his first U.S. Open since 1998.

Martin is a dark horse and a potential feel-good story, but during his first round on Thursday, he had a better day than many golfers on the infamously tricky course. Martin finished his first round at 4-over, performing significantly better than notables Phil Mickelson (who finished at 6-over) and Bubba Watson (who came in at 8-over).

Martin bogeyed on five of the first six holes -- the most difficult holes on the course. Martin had another bogey, but had two birdies as well and finished the day tied for 65th. He shot an even par on the back nine.

You can find a full 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard at USOpen.com.

For all your news and updates in the run up to the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, visit SB Nation's dedicated golf hub. Be sure to head over to USOpen.com for even more coverage from the event.

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