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US Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard: Players Who Impressed Early and Will Keep Rolling
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The first round at the 2012 U.S. Open is over and some players took well to the course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. 

These golfers shot impressive opening rounds and look poised to continue their success for the remainder of the tournament.

Here are the participants that were solid on Day 1 and will maintain their form throughout the weekend.

 

Tiger Woods, one under

This is the first major since his public image was destroyed in which Woods has resembled his form of a few years ago. 

Woods played consistent through all 18 holes, hitting par 13 times and finishing one under on the day.

He is coming off tournament wins in March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament. 

Woods has found his stroke again and this may be terrible news for the field. If the Tiger of old is back, no one in San Francisco will stand in his way.

 

 

Michael Thompson, four under

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Thompson has only been a professional for four years and has little experience on the PGA Tour.

However, he led all golfers at four under par after the early tee times were over and deserves some recognition.

Whether he has been a hidden talent, he is just coming into his own or is just in the midst of his 15 minutes of fame, seven birdies cannot be ignored.

He played extremely well in the opening round and if he keeps his momentum going forward, he will hang around the top of the leaderboard into the later rounds.

 

David Toms, one under

David Toms has finished tied for fifth at the U.S. Open twice in his career, and after a solid first round, he may be in for another impressive finish. 

Toms was once one of the top golfers in the world, and he won the 2001 PGA Championship, but a string of injuries starting in 2007 have left him as an afterthought on the tour.

Now, at 45 years old, he may have one final elite performance left. He is off to a good start at one under par after the first round.

He had three birdies and just two bogeys. If he can muster up some stamina and stay consistent, he will be in for a surprisingly good finish at the tournament this year.

 

Here are the leaders after the first round. All scores can be found at ESPN.com.

Player Score
Michael Thompson -4
Graeme McDowell -1
Nick Watney -1
Justin Rose -1
Tiger Woods -1
David Toms -1
Jim Furyk E
Matt Kuchar E
Ian Poulter E
Beau Hossler E
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