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Pain in the Back
Steve Stricker was on the practice range when, without hitting a shot, he felt a twinge in his back.

He did a slow knee bend, trying to stretch it out, which got the attention of caddie Scott Steele. He reached into the bag for a bottle of pain relievers, which Stricker quickly downed.

"Something just grabbed it,'' he said.

Stricker made it through his round in 73 and was at 8-over 148, but his back wasn't feeling any better. He said he has been feeling a few aches in the back of his knee, and worried that it was causing problems in his back.

Quiet, Please
Tom Pernice Jr. played the first two rounds with Charl Schwartzel, a 22-year-old South African in his second U.S. Open who is No. 46 in the world ranking.

Asked for his impressions, Pernice said he sounded familiar - in other words, not much chatter.

"I'd say he's your typical South African,'' Pernice said. "They never talk, just like Retief (Goosen) or Ernie (Els); not the most exciting personalities, but loads of talent, no question.''

Typical South African?

Apparently, Pernice hasn't played too often with Rory Sabbatini.

Early Departure
The youngest player in the field didn't make the cut at the U.S. Open. He didn't even make it to the end of his second round. Richard Lee withdrew after 13 holes Friday with a wrist injury. The 16-year-old was 11 over for the day, 20 over for the tournament when he stopped.

"I am disappointed,'' he said. "But I'm still happy that I came here this week to this wonderful golf course, Oakmont. A lot of history to this course. It's an honor that I played here.''

Lee was trying to chip out of the rough beside the green on the par-4 11th when he tweaked his right wrist.

"I took a full swing at it because it was all the way down there,'' he said. "After that shot, I was like, `Whoa, what happened to my wrist?' I was just trying to concentrate, but I couldn't. There was a lot of pain.''

Lee played the 12th and 13th holes and then withdrew.

Eagle Help
Paul Goydos was 11 over par for the tournament, surely headed home, when he played final 13 holes in even par.

He had some help.

Goydos holed out for eagle from 231 yards in the seventh fairway, even though he gave that back with a double bogey on the 10th. He birdied the 12th, only to bogey the 13th, then finished with five straight pars.

"My patience is horrible,'' he said. "This golf course, and the U.S. Open, test your patience. I was 11 over after five holes today, so I must have hung in there pretty good. It's easier to stay patient when you're holing 231-yard 3-irons.''

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