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First Day Of U.S. Open Practice Rounds All About Autographs

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Fans crowd to get Rickie Fowler's autograph.
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Fans crowd to get Rickie Fowler's autograph.

The areas around the driving range and practice greens were lined with people trying to get autographs. Their methods were very different: One father told his son to look golfer Steve Stricker in the eye, while others were more forceful in trying to get Rickie Fowler's attention.

The players noticed. K.J. Choi was among Monday's fan favorites. He spoke through an interpreter after he finished his practice round.

"It feels like home here. This course is very difficult, but I think the USGA set it up pretty fair for the players," he said.

Choi has something few others here have: a victory on this course. He won the inaugural AT&T National in 2007.

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