Tiger Woods is well on his way to recording his first major tournament win in four years and a magnificent payday this weekend at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Woods is one-under through two rounds, and tied for the lead despite teeing off Thursday with a group that included 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson and multiple major winner Phil Mickelson.
Watson missed the cut at nine-over and Mickelson is currently hanging on for dear life after shooting seven-over through the first two rounds at Olympic. He's tied for 51st heading into Saturday's action.
Will Tiger Woods or someone from the field take the $1,440,000 winning payout?
At the moment, Woods looks to be the favorite as most of the field's strongest competition has been swallowed up by the brutal conditions at Olympic. Heading into the third round of play only three golfers are below par or even.
Even Michael Thompson, who came into the second round four-under, collapsed on Friday, shot a five-over 75 in Round 2 to effectively surrender any shot he had of winning the prestigious tournament.
That being the case, it is Tiger Woods' US Open to lose this Father's Day weekend.
US Open 2012 Purse and Payouts (courtesy of ESPN.com):
The purse for the 2012 US Open will be $8,000,000, with the winner walking away with $1,440,000. Defending champion Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut on Friday at +10, earned the same amount with his victory at Congressional in 2011. Two years ago, Graeme McDowell earned $1,350,000 for his US Open win at Pebble Beach.
Second place earned $865,000 in 2011, while each of the four golfers tied for third earned $364,241. Rounding out the Top 10 earned $192,962 and the 71st place finisher earned a payout of $16,539.
US Open 2012 Leaderboard After 2 Rounds (courtesy of ESPN.com):
|T1. David Toms||-1||F|
|T1. Jim Furyk||-1||F|
|T1. Tiger Woods||-1||F|
|T4. Michael Thompson||+1||F|
|T4. Graeme McDowell||+1||F|
|T4. Nicolas Colsaerts||+1||F|
|T4. John Peterson||+1||F|
|8. Blake Adams||+2||F|
|T9. Fredrik Jacobson||+3||F|
|T9. Charl Schwartzel||+3||F|
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