Tiger Woods of the United States hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 13, 2012 in San Francisco, California.
Golf's Toughest Test," the annual U.S. Open begins on Thursday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
The opening round of the 112th edition of the U.S. Open is highlighted by the highly anticipated trio of
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, who will tee off at 7:33 a.m. local time. Fresh off his thrilling come-from-behind win at Memorial (which included a remarkable shot on 16 to tie on Sunday), Woods seems as "back" as he has ever been in recent months.
second marquee trio of the day tees off several hours later and features defending Open champ Rory McIlroy. Although the 23-year-old has struggled in recent weeks, he is coming off a seventh-place finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
McIlroy will be walking the course with Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. Donald arrives at the Olympic Club as the game's
No. 1 ranked player but McIlroy and Westwood are right behind him.
Of course, given the Olympic Club's reputation as the "
graveyard of champions" it remains possible -- perhaps even likely that someone unexpected will walk away a winner on Sunday.
Could it be
14-year-old Andy Zhang, the youngest player to ever swing at the Open? Or another unexpected player in the field? STAY TUNED FOR LIVE UPDATES ON ROUND 1:
Just another Furyk mention: Even through 15, with one birdie and one bogey.
The #USOpen looks bloody difficult. McIlroy and Westwood @ +3 and Donald @ +4
Andy #Zhang, the 14-year-old playing in #usopen, has good sense of humor than bunch of guys after his 9-over 79: ``At least I broke 80.''
Hahn pushes into sole possession of second place with another birdie. He is at -2.
if the #usopen cut happened at 4:20 pm local time today 12 major winners with 20 majors between them would be going home. #golfishard
1. M. Thompson -4
T2. Toms -1
T2. Woods -1
T2. Rose -1 Thru 10
T2. Kuchar -1 Thru 9
T2. Furyk -1 Thru 8
T2. Ishikawa -1 Thru 8
T2. Han -1 Thru 6
T2. Gaffney -1 Thru 4
Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the world are 1, 2 and 3 over par.#usopen #toughtest
Zach Johnson unnerved on 15 when spectator had heart attack, stopped breathing. Paramedics revived him. "Hard to hit a shot after that."
Hey, we have a Lawrie sighting on the leaderboard! No, Paul didn't have a change of heart. It's actually Peter and he's 2-under thru 4.
RT si_golf @garyvansickle: Tiger hit driver only 3 times (9, 10 & 16)--he was surprised how much faster course played today, and adjusted.
Bubba Watson on Tiger Woods' round: "We saw the old Tiger today."
Michael Thompson--yeah, Michael Thompson--shot 66 to match Payne Stewart (1998) as the low first round in an Open at Olympic.
Tiger finishes the first round at 1-under. He's one of only four who are under par for the day and is three strokes behind the leader, Michael Thompson who is 4-under.
Welcome to the US Open. Andy Zhang is tied with Masters champion Bubba Watson at +8. Phil Mickelson only 2 shots better at +6. #usopen
The Olympic Club is proving to be one of the toughest courses there is. Only four players are under par at the moment. Not too long ago that was number was eight.
Tiger missed a tough par putt on No. 6 to move back down to 1-under. He hit his second shot into the bunker.
Tiger birdied No. 5 with a 45-foot putt. He's not 2-under par thru 15. There are only eight players under par. That's his second birdie in a row.
Tiger Woods gets to red figures (-1) for first time in this #USOpen championship, with birdie on the 4th hole. Two behind PGATOUR @MSlickThompson.
Did you hear the roar from the fourth hole? It sounded like a birdie. And it was. Tiger is back at -1 under and vaults up the leaderboard. He's tied for fourth with several people but is through more holes (14) than any of them.
Bubba Watson said he planned to play Olympic aggressively but its the course laying haymakers. +7 so far...
After landing his tee shot in the rough on No. 3, Tiger flops out of the rough and sinks a putt to stay even. Phil also pars the hole to stay +4. Bubba bogies it and is now +7. He may have plenty of time this weekend to shop for other novelty vehicles to own.
Signs that your round isn't going well: Phil-Bubba-Tiger group was more than a hole behind Kevin Na's group on 17 tee.
Jason Bohn -3 Thru 13
Michael Thompson -2 Thru 12
Rafael Cabrera-Bello -2 Thru 8
Branden Grace -1 Thru 13
David Toms -1 Thru 11
Carl Pettersson -1 Thru 10
Robert Karlsson -1 Thru 10
K.J. Choi -1 Thru 9
Kyung-Tae Kim -1 Thru
Marc Warren -1 Thru 7
Michael Allen -1 Thru 7
Phil's starting to find his swing - he may be able to salvage an okay round. Bubba? At least he'll get to sleep in his own bed on Friday.
Most shocking so far at Olympic is how utterly lost Phil (+4) looks. Hitting some tee shots off the planet. #usopen
Just hoofed it for 9 holes with Tiger, Phil, Bubba. TW completely outplaying his two mega-watt counterparts. Even as he plays 18, his 10th.
Tiger birdies 17 (his 9th) & is even par. He's won 3 #USOpen, w/avg. opening-round score of 68. He shot 65 in '00, 67 in '02 and 72 in '08.
Branden Grace: -3 thru 10
Kevin Na: -2 thru 10
Jason Bohn: -2 thru 9
Padraig Harrington: -1 thru 7
Carl Pettersson: -1 thru 7
Sang-Moon Bae: -1 thru 4
Harrington, Pettersson and Bae tied with Cabrera-Bello, Jacobson, Nore and Warren at -1.