US Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard: Golfers Struggling and Thriving at Olympic Club
Bubba Watson is attempting to be the first player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year since Tiger Woods in 2002. That attempt is all but over with Bubba already well over par.
Woods, on the other hand, is off to a great start at the Olympic Club and appears poised to stick near the top for the long haul.
We still haven't seen the trio of Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald or Lee Westwood tee off (among many others) but the San Francisco-based club is already chewing up some of the best players in the world.
Here's a look at the golfers thriving at the difficult Olympic Club course and those struggling to handle it's venom.
|1. Michael Thompson||-3||16|
|2. David Toms||-2||15|
|T3. Jason Bohn||-1||17|
|T3. Tiger Woods||-1||16|
|T5. Marc Warren||E||11|
|T5. Francesco Molinari||E||11|
|T5. Robert Karlsson||E||14|
|T5. Alistair Presnell||E||10|
|T5. Michael Allen||E||11|
|T5. Beau Hossler||E||F
Live leaderboard courtesy of USOpen.com.
Believe or not, the oddsmakers favorite to win the tournament is actually on pace to possibly do just that.
Woods hasn't been perfect, but he's starting to string together some great shots and, most importantly, his putter is working.
He's striking the ball with precision and, to this point, has hit nine of 12 fairways and 10 of 15 greens.
This could just be the start of things to come.
The current leader at the time of writing, Thompson has six birdies so far on the day, but has given three back.
That said, he's easily shown the ability to make a run and if he can put together some consistency he might be able to hang on until at least Saturday.
It's still very early, but he's been impressive.
The veteran American has quietly been chipping away at the leaderboard. He's birdied three so far and only given one back.
He's not been great to the greens, but he's hit seven of 11 fairways and has five sand saves thus far.
Toms may not be a threat to hold on for too long, but he's getting the better of this course right now.
Whether it's the pressure of being the reigning Masters champion, the pressure of playing with Tiger and Phil Mickelson, or maybe just the course itself, Bubba cannot do much right at all.
Only three players who've teed off thus far have a worse score than Watson at this time and he's almost assuredly heading for a missed cut.
Who is More Likely to Right the Ship?
Lefty hasn't been much better. A five-time runner-up at the U.S. Open, Phil's shooting roughly 50 percent to the greens and the fairways, and he's struggled to make something out of his opportunities.
Unless he makes a drastic change, he's likely going to join Bubba with a missed cut. But, again, there are still a number of golfers to tee off and another day to play.
It's been rather ugly for the Australian so far at the Olympic Club. Scott has hit only three of 12 greens thus far and only two of 10 fairways. He has two sand saves, but that hasn't saved him from the trouble he's caused himself thus far.
Scott has never finished better than 21st at the U.S. Open and has failed to make the last two cuts. He's playing up to that standard as of right now.
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