Leaders Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel would tee off later, the only players in the field with a score under par.
He has never won a U.S. Open title, but has been a runner-up five times. So maybe this is the year for Lefty — with or without sleep!
Even for Phil Mickelson, his path to the top of the leaderboard Thursday in the U.S. Open was unconventional.
The course was already soaked with 6½ inches of rain over the past week, although sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday helped to dry things out a bit.
There will be a premium on accuracy, staying out of what looks like impossible rough and navigating the tricky greens which will roll around 13-13 1/2 on the Stimpmeter.
Yes, Mother Nature is the boss, and it will help dictate what kind of Open we have at historic Merion Golf Club.
Dustin Johnson and Freddie Couples are the two Americans who stole the early headlines.
Woods was the overwhelming favorite coming into the tournament, and that didn’t change after he opened with a 70.
In one of the most anticipated Masters ever — with the resurgence of Tiger Woods as the top-ranked player in the game — the question as Woods gets started on Thursday morning at 10.45 a.m. is whether he can sustain his fine play.
Woods believes that this is his tournament to win. However, the competition is formidable and the task is intimidating. The spectacle and the theater should be dramatic this weekend.
The U.S. Open is returning to Winged Foot, the New York club with a history of clutch moments and one unforgettable collapse.
Mickelson, regarded as the “People’s Choice” for his connection with fans, put his popularity on the line with comments about how much he has to pay in state and federal taxes.
Golf fans are chomping at the bit, ready for the games to begin.
While there are many other great and popular players on the American team — including Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk — it is up to Woods to become the leader.
Woods finished third in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday to earn $544,000 and push his career total to $100,350,700.