June 15, 2012- The U.S. Open had its opening round on Thursday. The fans were treated to an extraordinary day of golf where the golf course was the winner for the day. Only six players out of 156 managed to shoot under par and only 14 shot par or better.
The rolling, sloping course with incredibly deep rough along the fairways and around the greens, made it nearly impossible to play par golf. Added to that was a 20 mph wind that kicked up in the afternoon and started to dry out the greens and make them faster and slipperier than they had previously been.
American Michael Thompson leads the field after one round. Thompson had seven birdies, three bogies and eight pars on the day to end his round at 4-under par. He leads five players by three shots. The five who shot 1-under par includes Tiger Woods.
Woods, now ranked fourth in the world, played an exceptional round of golf and is in position to win his 15th major. Playing in the same group with Woods were Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson. The two did not fare as well as Woods. Watson shot an 8-over par round of 78, while Mickelson, after hitting his first shot into a tree, shot a 6-over 76. Both players are in danger of missing the cut and not playing on the weekend.
Woods controlled his shots very well. He used his driver only three times in the round, as he used three wood or irons to hit stingers off the tee to make sure he did not end up in the deep rough that lined the fairways.