U.S. Open 2013: Pair of amateurs hanging tough early on

UPDATE (3:30 p.m.) - Both Pan and Phelan birdied the first hole, and have moved into a tie for third at -1, just one shot off the lead.

A pair of amateurs found themselves near the top of the leader board on Thursday afternoon.

Cheng Tsung Pan, a 21-year-old from Taiwan who made the open as a sectional qualifier, was briefly tied for the lead early in the afternoon after birdies on holes 11 and 14. A bogey on the 16th caused him to fall back. 

Kevin Phelan, a 22-year-old Floridian and also a sectional qualifier, found himself tied with Pan thanks to a birdie on the 15th hole. Phelan has major experience, however, having played in the 2010 Open at Pebble Beach.

As of 3 p.m. both players had dropped to even-par, but remain just one shot off the lead, now at one-under.

The last time an amateur won the U.S. Open was when Johnny Goodman conquered North Shore Country Club in 1933, 80 years ago.

Here's a look at the other amateurs who have won:

Francis Ouimet - 1913

Jerome Travers - 1915

Chick Evans - 1916.

Bobby Jones - 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930

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