Tiger Woods back with a bang – Michael Thomson trails ahead

Tiger woods – former world number one golf champion came back to his once familiar territory in a bid for a 15th major title in an impressive way.  He took a second place in quite testing conditions on the day of the U.S. Open. Tiger Woods who recently won most of his 14 major titles at the 2008 U.S. Open was confident throughout his round as he surpassed the other playing partners Mickelson and Watson in front of the huge galleries.

However, fellow American Michael Thomson eclipsed Tiger Woods as he made seven birdies – that is seven more than the current world no.1. Luke Donald. For a 4 under 66 that gave Michael Thompson a three-shot lead over Woods. Tiger Woods was one of the six players who broke par, ending the round tied for second with fellow Americans Nick Watney and David Toms, Britain’s Justin Rose and 2010 champion Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland.

Tiger Woods recently improved his current ranking to be fourth in the world after his recent win at Memorial and exulted with confidence of winning a first major since 2008 U.S. Open. Michael Thomson, a qualifier who reached the final of the U.S. Amateur at San Francisco course five years ago was two over after six but made six birdies to leave the field trailing. Tiger Woods was never out of position and none of his tee shots found the deep, nastyrough lining the fairways. He whittled his first five holes after teeing off at the ninth, bogeyed the 14th after his tee shot ended up in a thick rough but quiet recovered with two-putt birdie at the par-five 17th.

There is also a youngest competitor in the U.S. Open since World War-II named, Andy Zhang- a Chinese aged just fourteen years old and he opened with a score of 79.World number one Donald finished on the same score as the Chinese – Andy Zhang. Lee Westwood – the world number three, was playing with the defending champion Rory Mcllroy and Donald but fought back from a double-bogey start to card a respectable 73 as only six players broke the par.

American World number Six-Matt Kutcher, 2003 U.S. Open Champion -Jim Furyk, Swedish Robert Karlsson and Britain’s Ian Poulter was among the group of eight who scored70. Most of the players struggled hard on the tight fairways and the demanding golf course.

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