US Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard Day 1: Scores, Results and Analysis
The second major championship of the golf season is upon us this morning. The 112th U.S. Open is being hosted by the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
The opening day featured two electric groupings. Americans Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, while the other contains the United Kingdom's own Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and defending champion Rory McIlroy. Only Woods lived up to the hype.
The Olympic Club, as expected, provided a stiff test for all entrants after McIlroy's record-breaking 2011 performance. Here are the current leaders in "Golf's Toughest Test."
I just want to thank anyone who checked out this live blog and followed along. I apologize to the few guys still out on the course but 13 and a half hours are long enough for one day. It was my first day covering golf and I have a new respect for how demanding it is to cover. At the end of day one here is the leaderboard:
And finally Hahn comes in with a 3-over 73. Not bad but has to be disappointed as he was at -2 and in second place alone twice.
Blake Adams finishes the day at +2 and in 23rd place. Not a bad showing.
Hahn remains at +3 through 17 holes. I think I'm going to end this after Hahn has posted.
Updates will be a little slower now as all television coverage has ended. I'm just updating based on the leaderboard now. Just a few players still out there.
Six players under par with five of them tied at -1. Tiger had some missed opportunities today but he is right where he needs to be.
Hahn with a double bogey on 16 drops him to +3. He was the only one really challenging Thompson's -4 and the wheels have come off for him too.
Ishikawa will go in at +1, Dustin Johnson makes a nice par for +5 on the day and Fowler comes in at +2. Nice day for Fowler and Ishikawa who will be in contention at least at the start of tomorrow.
Hahn's round wasn't finished for the record. He is through 15.
Hahn runs his par putt by the hole. His bogey putt runs left as well and he finishes the day at a 1-over 71.
Matt Kuchar closes his day out with an even 70 as does Ian Poulter. Ishikawa succumbs to Olympic after a great day with a bogey for 1-over.
Sergio Garcia finishes his round with a 3-over 73 to stay in contention. McDowell closes with a birdie to become the latest guy in the clubhouse with a 1-under 69! Furyk just misses his birdie putt and finishes the day even with a 70.
McDowell's approach on 18 hangs onto the back of the green. Fowler trying to get a birdie to get back on track. He comes up just short and will stay at +2.
Nice approach from Furyk sets up a birdie putt and Ishikawa finally misses on a shot out of the sand.
Luke Donald pars the 18th to finish the day at +9. Horrific opening round. Justin Rose finishes the day at 69 to stay in second. Westwood pars the 18th to finish with a 3-over 73. McIlroy with a long par putt misses again! He'll finish at a 7-over 77. Of the big six today only Tiger finished better than +3.
Fowler rips one into the bunker and the wheels have come off a bit here. McIlroy gets a benefit from a drop. He lifts it and runs it right past the hole for a tough par putt.
McDowell birdies to get back to even, nice round from him. McIlroy trying to get something going on the 18th. He has a little downhill chip from some pretty thick rough.
Justin Rose is even on his last hole of the day. He hits a great shot on the par-3 eighth to set up a birdie try!
There are four players in the clubhouse under par and one more still on the course. Nobody close than three shots to the lead.
Fowler's third shot goes a little long on the sixth as he tries to save par. Furyk gets himself in position to remain at even par. Watney looking for a birdie at the eighth. Doesn't quite get there. He'll be in the cubhouse at -1.
Westwood bounces back for birdie on the 17th. He's now +3 and had hung in after an atrocious start. Ian Poulter makes an eagle and McDowell's second shot misses the green and lands in the bunker on 17. Sergio takes his second and hits into the same place.
Another miss for Donald and he stays at +9. Fowler his out of the sand, missing the green and landing in some thick rough. Rory misses another one to fall back to +6 on the day.
Wow great shot out of the sand by Westwood gets him a nice putt. Justin Rose makes birdie to get back to even and Luke Donald looking for his first birdie.
Here are the current leaders:
Westwood in the bunker on 17. Tough shot that will make it tough for him to gain a stroke back.
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