Appleby takes lead on Friday at U.S. Open

Stuart Appleby took sole possession of the lead at the 2008 U.S. Open following a round of one under par. The Australian moved to three under for the week with a narrow lead over several strong competitors.

At 2 under par, Robert Karlsson, Tiger Woods (left), and Rocco Mediate are tied for second place and a stroke behind the tournament leader. Woods improved significantly from his 72 on Thursday by firing a strong 68 on Friday to scale the leaderboard.

Four players are tied at one under: DJ Trahan, Davis Love III, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and Lee Westwood. However, several major champions are not far behind, including Ernie Els and Geoff Ogilvy at even par.

First round leader Kevin Streelman fell to 22nd after a Friday 77. Fellow first round leader Justin Hicks, a teaching professional from San Diego, took an even bigger turn for the worse by limping in with an 80.

The cut ended up being 7 over par, which sent notable players like 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson (right), young gun Justin Rose, and last year's champion, Angel Cabrera, packing their bags.

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