Michael Thompson started Day 2 of the 2012 U.S. Open with a three-shot lead, but has been overtaken early on at the Olympic Club on Friday.
The Olympic Club in San Francisco has proven to be a tough course as expected, with just six golfers shooting under par on Thursday. Early play on Friday projected another rough day on the links. As of this writing, six golfers from the opening pairings shot under par. Graeme McDowell, Nick Watney and Justin Rose—who all shot one-under par on Thursday—ended Friday's play over par. Watney and Rose shot five-over par for the day.
Phil Mickelson, who shot a six-over par 76 on Thursday, still has a shot to make the cut.
Here's a look at standings, highlights and projections of the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, Day 2 edition.
|T1. Jim Furyk||-1||F|
|T1. Tiger Woods||-1||F|
|T1. David Toms||-1||F|
|T4. John Peterson||+1||F|
|T4. Nicolas Colsaerts||+1||F|
|T4. Graeme McDowell||+1||F|
|T4. Michael Thompson||+1||F|
|8. Blake Adams||+2||F|
|T9. Aaron Watkins||+3||F|
|T9. Hunter Mahan||+3||F|
Sergio Garcia, adding to his disappointing beginning (four-over 144 through two rounds), actually destroyed a microphone on the course with one of his shots.
Cut Line Predictions
The projected cut line after the first pairings teed off on Friday is five-over par. Big names like Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Jason Day are all in danger of missing the cut on Day 2, but they still have a shot given most golfers have shot even par or over par in the tournament.
Mickelson has generally been starting off tournaments poorly, and then rebounding in 2012, so there's reason to believe he'll step up his game on Friday. Watson's case is a bit more concerning, given many questioned how he would hold up to the scrutiny of being paired with Mickelson and Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open after winning the 2012 Masters.
2011 champion Rory McIlroy is all but out of the tournament, ending the first two rounds with a nine-over 150 at the Olympic Club. What a difference a year makes. As you may remember, McIlroy is the guy who shot a 16-under par at Congressional last year, breaking multiple records in the process.
I expect Mickelson and Scott to make the cut on Friday, while Day is going to need to some help after ending six over after two rounds. I don't see Watson making the cut.
Follow me on Twitter. We can talk about golf together.