2012 U.S. Open: Webb Simpson Wins It All

The 112th U.S. Open has descended upon the Olympic Club as the top names in golf vie for the title of United States champion.

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U.S. Open 2012: Webb Simpson Reflects On Winning First Major

Much of the attention for the 2012 U.S. Open Championship went to local-legend Tiger Woods and his career comeback attempt, some of it went to 17-year old phenom Beau Hossler and his improbable run, and the rest probably went to the difficulty of the course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco as no competitors managed to stay under par on the weekend.

Yet, Webb Simpson managed to quietly fly under the radar and end up winning the tournament with a 1-over par on the tournament, and in doing so he captured his first career major in only his fifth appearance in one.

Simpson joined WFNZ in Charlotte, N.C. with The Drive, to share a little bit about his experience at the Open, the course at the Olympic Club, and what it means for him going forward in his career. He also talked about Tiger Woods, because of course they asked him about Tiger Woods. Thanks to SportsRadioInterviews for transcribing the interesting interview.

When did the thought creep first creep into your mind that you could win the U.S. Open?:

"I didn't look at the board until I was done putting on 18. I just didn't think it could help me in any way. I never had a thought that I can't win, but I didn't expect to win this early. I've only played in four majors prior, so more than anything I was just looking to gain experience through the week. I found myself there on the back nine in contention, so I figured I better take advantage of it because it doesn't come often."

Did it help that you were coming from back in the pack on Saturday and Sunday so there wasn't a lot of added pressure?:

"I think so. Playing in a final group would have certainly been a lot more pressure I think, just given the circumstances and the pressure surrounding that in itself. I figured being the fourth-to-last group was a great place for me to be because I'm close to the leaders, but I'm far enough ahead where I can make some birdies and make some noise and put a little pressure on them coming in."

Do you think there's something wrong with Tiger Woods' game, perhaps psychologically, or is it there and he's just got to put it together?:

"I think he gets so much criticism when he doesn't win, but the fact is he's won two huge tournaments this year already. ... I have so much respect for the guy. He's won 14 majors and I've only won one and having gone through what I did yesterday, I realize that winning 14 is far more spectacular than I thought. But his game's there. I think the game is so competitive right now that it's harder to win now than ever. I think he's going to win a lot more."

How much harder was that course compared to the courses you play week-in and week-out?:

"It's so much harder. Everything about it is harder. The greens are firm and fast, the rough's up, the fairways are firm. And Olympic's such a great venue because there's one fairway bunker on the whole golf course, I'm pretty sure, and no water hazards to speak of really, that come into play. You take a golf course with no water hazards and one bunker and it's that hard, you know you've got a fair, tough test in front of you. It was a course where you can make birdies, but also if you didn't think about where you were trying to place your approach shot, you could make bogeys and doubles so quickly."

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U.S. Open Prize Money 2012: Webb Simpson Earns $1.44 Million

Webb Simpson won his first career Grand Slam event on Sunday as his final score of 1-over held up to capture the title at the 2012 U.S. Open. As a result of his big win, Simpson will pull in the winner's share of the purse, which is a whopping $1.44 million.

Simpson isn't the only one earning a big payday, as plenty of golfers will see payouts in the high six figures for their time spent dealing with the challenging course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Not earning any money, of course, is 17-year-old Beau Hossler, who is unable to earn any money as an amateur, but earned invaluable exposure as the breakout star of the tournament.

Here are the payouts for the final Top 10 standings in the 2012 U.S. Open:

1 Webb Simpson (+1): $1,440,000
T2 Michael Thompson (+2): $695,916
T2 Graeme McDowell (+2): $695,916
T4 Jason Dufner (+3): $276,841
T4 Padraig Harrington (+3): $276,841
T4 David Toms (+3): $276,841
T4 John Peterson (+3): $276,841
T4 Jim Furyk (+3): $276,841
9 Ernie Els (+4): $200,280
T10 John Senden (+5): $163,594
T10 Kevin Chappell (+5): $163,594
T10 Casey Wittenberg (+5): $163,594
T10 Retief Goosen (+5): $163,594
T10 Lee Westwood (+5): $163,594

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U.S. Open 2012 Results: Webb Simpson Wins It All

Throughout most of Saturday and nearly all of Sunday, the 2012 U.S. Open was looking like Jim Furyk's Grand Slam event to lose. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened in the fourth and final round on Sunday.

Furyk stayed strong through the difficult first six holes, only bogeying on the sixth hole to fall to even in the tournament, but still stayed atop the leaderboard as other golfers -- including co-leader at the start of the day Graeme McDowell -- faltered all around him. The pressure was too much for Furyk late in the game, as he bogeyed three times on the back nine, including twice in the final three holes to fall to 4-over for the day and into a tie for fourth place at 3-over in the tournament.

Webb Simpson, meanwhile, bogeyed twice in the opening six holes but then reeled off four birdies to go to 2-under on the day and 1-over in the tournament. Simpson then sat in the clubhouse and watched as Furyk and McDowell finished their rounds. When first Furyk and then McDowell missed their birdie shots on the 18th hole, Simpson knew he had secured his first career Grand Slam title.

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2012 U.S. Open Results: Webb Simpson Is Your Champion

Bet you didn't expect Webb Simpson to win the 2012 U.S. Open, but there he was holding the trophy Sunday night in San Francisco at the Olympic Club. Simpson had a solid final round by going under-par thanks to a stretch of four birdies in five holes midway through. Simpson then saw Jim Furyk flub a few holes down the stretch.

Tiger Woods did not perform well this weekend, ending up at +7 after all was said and done Sunday. Woods came into the weekend at -1 but struggled through Saturday and Sunday with ten overall bogeys and a double bogey in his final round.

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U.S. Open Leaderboard 2012: Tiger Woods Finishes With Disappointing +7

Tiger Woods finished off a solid Thursday and Friday with a disappointing weekend. Sunday was not especially nice to any of the biggest leaders, and Woods suffered as well. Woods got off to a rough start when he bogeyed the first, second, fifth and sixth holes, as well as double-bogeying the third. Tiger managed three birdies the rest of the way, but the damage had been done to his round as his U.S. Open championship hopes were completely dashed. Woods finished with a 73 on the day and a +7 overall on the tournament.

Woods is still in a good spot to finish in the top 25. The current co-leaders right now still on the golf course are Webb Simpson and Jim Furyk at +1.

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2012 U.S. Open Leaderboard: Furyk Takes The Lead, Tiger Continues To Struggle

Round 4 of the 2012 U.S. Open continues at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, and through four holes Jim Furyk has taken sole possession of the lead. Simply by virtue of holding at par, Furyk has passed Graeme McDowell, with whom he opened the day in a tie for the lead.

Tiger Woods has struggled even more in Round 4 than he did in Round 3, standing at 5-over through the first ten. He has settled down a bit since picking up four bogeys and a double bogey in the first five, but any chance he had at closing in on the leaders appears to be gone. Bay Area and Northern California representatives have had a mixed day: Fresno's Nick Watney had the best day, shooting par to finish at 7-over for the tournament, Cal graduate Charlie Wi is 5-over through 12, San Mateo born Michael Allen shot a 73 to finish at 14-over for the tournament and Redding born Jeff Curl shot 5-over to also finish at +14.

Furyk has taken the lead but things are still tremendously close at the top of the leader board, so as Round 4 continues there should be plenty of action among the leaders.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012: Cal Graduate Charlie Wi Talks The Course At The Olympic, Tiger Woods And More

Cal graduate Charlie Wi talks the course at the Olympic Club, the first time he met Tiger Woods and more in this interview from Cal Athletics, who caught up with the golfer after Round 3 of the 2012 U.S. Open. Wi had a respectable Round 3, scoring a 71 after posting a 70 in Round 2 and a 74 in Round 1. That left him at +5 entering Round 4. That's a good distance out of the lead but given the crowding at the top of the leaderboard an improvement of a few strokes could see big gains in the standings. Wi teed off at 1:20pm PDT, paired with Aaron Watkins. Wi wasn't the only Cal grad at the 2012 U.S. Open; James Hahn posted a +13 through the first two rounds and failed to make the cut on Friday.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012: TV Schedule, Live Updates, Streaming And More

The final day of the 2012 U.S. Open finally arrives on Sunday. The Olympic Club in San Francisco has presented a course that has been causing the best golfers in the world absolute fits. The championship round should prove no easier for the competitors as the Grand Slam event draws to a close.

Television coverage begins at 12:00 p.m. PT on NBC with "Live at the U.S. Open" before final round coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. PT. USOpen.com will provide a online stream of the eighth and 18th holes from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT. NBCSports.com will also provide online video coverage begging at 1:00 p.m. PT.

Radio coverage of the final round will begin at 1:00 p.m. PT and is available online and on select smartphones. Fans can also find the full 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard and follow live scoring at USOpen.com.

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2012 U.S. Open Golf Tee Times And Pairings For Sunday: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell Go Head To Head

When the final day of the 2012 U.S. Open tournament tees off on Sunday, the two leaders will be paired together -- although there is a chance they may no longer be the leaders by the time they begin their fourth and final round.

Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell enter the final day of the Grand Slam event tied atop the leaderboard at 1-under and hold a two-stroke lead over the third-place Fredrik Jacobson. Lee Westwood and Ernie Els are close behind and Tiger Woods is five strokes back. While unlikely on the difficult course, Woods holds an outside chance at picking up his fourth career U.S. Open victory.

Here are the full tee times and pairings for the final round of the 2012 U.S. Open on Sunday. All times are Pacific.

9:20 a.m.: Stephen Ames; Joe Ogilvie
9:30 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt; Jason Bohn
9:40 a.m.: Jason Day; Simon Dyson
9:50 a.m.: Jesse Mueller; J.B. Park
10:00 a.m.: Michael Allen; Keegan Bradley
10:10 a.m.: Rod Pampling; Matthew Baldwin
10:20 a.m.: K.T. Kim; Zach Johnson
10:30 a.m.: Davis Love III; Nicholas Thompson
10:40 a.m.: Kevin Streelman; Alistair Presnell
10:50 a.m.: Marc Warren; Morgan Hoffmann
11:00 a.m.: Darron Stiles; Hiroyuki Fujita
11:10 a.m.: Francesco Molinari; Jeff Curl
11:20 a.m.: Rickie Fowler; a-Patrick Cantlay
11:30 a.m.: Ian Poulter; Matteo Manassero
11:40 a.m.: Branden Grace; Phil Mickelson
11:50 a.m.: Bob Estes; Charl Schwartzel
12:00 p.m.: K.J. Choi; Nick Watney
12:10 p.m.: Steve Stricker; Robert Karlsson
12:20 p.m.: Jonathan Byrd; Alex Cejka
12:30 p.m.: a-Jordan Spieth; Angel Cabrera
12:40 p.m.: Steve LeBrun; Hunter Mahan
12:50 p.m.: Raphael Jacquelin; Kevin Na
1:00 p.m.: Scott Langley; Adam Scott
1:10 p.m.: David Toms; Michael Thompson
1:20 p.m.: Aaron Watkins; Charlie Wi
1:30 p.m.: Sergio Garcia; Justin Rose
1:40 p.m.: Padraig Harrington; Hunter Hamrick
1:50 p.m.: Casey Wittenberg; Tiger Woods
2:00 p.m.: Matt Kuchar; Martin Kaymer
2:10 p.m.: Retief Goosen; John Peterson
2:20 p.m.: Jason Dufner; a-Beau Hossler
2:30 p.m.: John Senden; Kevin Chappell
2:40 p.m.: Webb Simpson; Nicolas Colsaerts
2:50 p.m.: Blake Adams; Ernie Els
3:00 p.m.: Lee Westwood; Fredrik Jacobson
3:10 p.m.: Jim Furyk; Graeme McDowell

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U.S. Open Odds 2012: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell Enter Final Day As Favorites

Sunday will mark the final day of the 2012 U.S. Open. It will also mark the first day in a week that Tiger Woods has not been the odds-on favorite to win his fourth career title at the difficult Grand Slam event. Woods shot a 5-over for the day on Saturday and finished his third round five strokes off the lead, after entering the day in a tie for first place.

The new betting favorites to take home the title are Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell, who enter Sunday's final round atop the leaderboard in a tie for first place at 1-under. The notoriously difficult Olympic Club course in San Francisco has gotten no easier over the past three days and anything can happen in the championship round.

Here are the final odds to win the 2012 U.S. Open:

Jim Furyk 9/4
Graeme McDowell 5/2
Lee Westwood 6/1
Tiger Woods 12/1
Fredrik Jacobson 12/1
Ernie Els 15/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 20/1
Jason Dufner 25/1
Webb Simpson 25/1
Blake Adams 40/1
John Senden 50/1
Matt Kuchar 50/1
Martin Kaymer 50/1
Kevin Chappell 80/1
Retief Goosen 80/1
John Peterson 100/1
Beau Hossler 100/1
Justin Rose 100/1
Sergio Garcia 100/1
Field (all others) 15/1

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U.S. Open 2012 Scores And Results: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell Tied For Lead Entering Final Day

The third round of the 2012 U.S. Open is officially in the books after play has wrapped on Saturday. Three-time winner Tiger Woods struggled late and dropped down to a tie for 14th place after opening the round in a tie for the lead.

Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell will be at the top of the leaderboard heading into Sunday's final round. Furyk managed to shoot an even par for the day, thanks to a late birdie that evened him up again. McDowell, meanwhile, shot an impressive 2-under for the day on the challenging course at the Olympic Club.

Woods shot 5-over in the third round due to a pair of late bogeys on the back nine. He sits at 4-over in the tournament.

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2012 U.S. Open Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Tied For Fifth Place

Tiger Woods has fallen a bit during Saturday's third round of the 2012 U.S. Open. Woods entered the day at 1-under, in a tie for the top spot on the leaderboard along with Jim Furyk and David Toms.

While Toms has plummeted by going 6-over through 15 holes, Furyk remains in the lead by staying at even par through 14 holes. He managed a terrific chip shot out of the sand on 14 to remain at par. His partner for the day Woods, however, has shot four bogeys along with a birdie and is at 3-over for the day.

Woods' cumulative score of 2-over puts him in a tie for fifth place with Lee Westwood and Ernie Els, both of whom had great rounds on Saturday.

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2012 U.S. Open Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Slips As Three Way Tie For First Develops As Round 3 Continues

A three way tie has turned into a four way tie in Round 3 of the 2012 U.S. Open as the challenging course at the Olympic Club continues to trouble the field. Currently, Graeme McDowell, Nicolas Colsaerts and Jim Furyk sit in first place. Tiger, picking up three bogies in the first six, sits just outside the lead at 2-over for the tournament. David Toms, who was tied for first when Round 3 began, has struggled quite a bit and is 5-over through seven and has slipped to 12th place.

The Bay Area representatives in the tournament have mostly finished up for the day. Jeff Curl shot at respectable 71 but remains 9-over for the tournament, well out of contention. Michael Allen is 7-over for Round 3 and 11-over on the week thus far. Nick Watney is 3-over for the day and +7 overall. Charlie Wi is doing better, only 1-over on the day and 5-over overall, but that's only good for 20th place.

With 26 men within 4 strokes of the lead, it's anyone's tournament at the Olympic.

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2012 U.S. Open Tee Times And Pairings For Saturday: Tiger Woods Goes For Glory This Weekend

There are only four golfers who have ever captured four career titles at the U.S. Open event. Tiger Woods will attempt to become the fifth such player as he enters the third round of the tournament tied atop the leaderboard, along with David Toms and Jim Furyk. The three golfers are all at 1-under. On the tough course, these three golfers are the only players who are under par.

Four Bay Area golfers still remain in the tournament. While Jeff Curl, at 8-over, is unlikely to make a big press toward the top of the field, three local golfers are tied for 18th place at 4-over. Charlie Wi, Nick Watney or Michael Allen could all string together a big run and make the leaders feel some pressure.

The third round begins at 9:15 a.m. PT on Saturday. Complete tee times for Saturday can be found below. All times are Pacific.

9:15 a.m.: Kevin Streelman, Bo Van Pelt
9:25 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Patrick Cantlay
9:35 a.m.: Matthew Baldwin, Steve LeBrun
9:45 a.m.: Jesse Mueller, Rickie Fowler
9:55 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Jordan Spieth
10:05 a.m.: Casey Wittenberg, Nicholas Thompson
10:15 a.m.: Jeff Curl, Simon Dyson
10:25 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bob Estes
10:35 a.m.: Rod Pampling, Davis Love III
10:45 a.m.: Stephen Ames, Zach Johnson
10:55 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Alex Cejka
11:05 a.m.: K.T. Kim, Keegan Bradley
11:15 a.m.: Adam Scott, Hiroyuki Fujita
11:25 a.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Scott Langley
11:35 a.m.: Darron Stiles, Jason Day
11:45 a.m.: Morgan Hoffmann, Marc Warren
11:55 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Webb Simpson
12:05 p.m.: Retief Goosen, Branden Grace
12:15 p.m.: Kevin Na, Jason Bohn
12:25 p.m.: Kevin Chappell, Matteo Manassero
12:35 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer
12:45 p.m.: Lee Westwood, John Senden
12:55 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Michael Allen
12:05 p.m.: Alistair Presnell, Padraig Harrington
1:15 p.m.: J.B. Park, Steve Stricker
1:25 p.m.: Ernie Els, Justin Rose
1:35 p.m.: Nick Watney, Sergio Garcia
1:45 p.m.: Charlie Wi, Frederick Jacobson
1:55 p.m.: K.J. Choi, Charl Schwartzel
2:05 p.m.: Raphael Jacquelin, Beau Hossler
2:15 p.m.: Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar
2:25 p.m.: Hunter Mahan, Aaron Watkins
2:35 p.m.: Blake Adams, Michael Thompson
2:45 p.m.: Graeme McDowell, Nicolas Colsaerts
2:55 p.m.: John Peterson, David Toms
3:05 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk

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U.S. Open Golf 2012: TV Schedule, Live Updates, Streaming And More

Tiger Woods is making a strong case for the possibility of securing his historic fourth U.S. Open title. He will open the third round on Saturday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco in a tie at the top of the leaderboard at 1-under. There are plenty of Bay Area golfers still in the tournament, including Jeff Curl, who is currently at 8-over and a trio of local golfers tied for 18th place at 4-over: Charlie Wi, Nick Watney and Michael Allen.

NBC will broadcast six hours of round-three coverage Saturday, beginning at 12:00 p.m. PT with "Live from the U.S. Open," a pregame show sure to be full of in-depth analysis. Live third-round coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. PT.

In addition to the television broadcast, fans will also be able to watch some of the action online via a stream at USOpen.com. A live stream of the eighth and 18th holes will be available from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT.

Radio coverage will begin at 4 p.m. ET and is available online and on select smartphones. Fans can also find the full 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard and follow live scoring at USOpen.com.

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U.S. Open Odds 2012: Leaders Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, David Toms Favorites To Win

The Olympic Club in San Francisco has been playing host to the 2012 U.S. Open. It has also been chewing up golfers and spitting them out with a frightening regularity. Three of the players who have best escaped the carnage thus far are Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms, who are all tied on the top of the leaderboard at 1-under. They are also the only three golfers who remain under par heading into Saturday's third round.

Woods is going for his fourth U.S. Open title and remains the odds-on favorite to win the whole thing. Furyk is close behind and Toms has the third-best odds to win.

Here are the current top odds on who will win the 2012 U.S. Open:

Tiger Woods - 5/4
Jim Furyk - 5/1
David Toms - 10/1
Graeme McDowell - 14/1
Nicolas Colsaerts - 25/1
Matt Kuchar - 22/1
Jason Dufner - 33/1
Hunter Mahan - 28/1
Charl Schwartzel - 33/1
Lee Westwood - 33/1
K.J. Choi - 40/1
Justin Rose - 50/1

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2012 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods Tied With Jim Furyk, David Toms Atop Leaderboard

The first two rounds of the 2012 U.S. Open are nearly complete and we've seen some great golf thus far despite a very difficult course to play. There have been quite a few stories to watch for, but none are bigger than the reemergence of Tiger Woods.

The world's former No. 1 player is currently tied with David Toms and Jim Furyk atop the leaderboard at -1 overall. Woods shot an even par (70) on Friday, which is pretty solid given the crooked numbers a lot of golfers have been putting up at Olympic.

Phil Mickelson is at +7 through two rounds projected to make the expected cut of +8. Rory McIlroy shot three-over on Friday to drop to +10 for the tournament.

Looking for someone to root for this weekend? How about 17-year-old Beau Hossler, who led the field for a bit on Friday afternoon. A soon-to-be senior in high school, Hossler remains in contention at +3 thus far.

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U.S. Open Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods 3rd Through 10 In Round 2 Play

Tiger Woods started out the day on a roll. He had taken sole possession of first place atop the leaderboard at the 2012 U.S. Open earlier in the afternoon after managing a birdie on the par-3 No. 3 hole. With that shot, he went to 2-under overall and 1-under for the day and into the lead past Day 1 leader Michael Thompson. That lead wouldn't hold for long.

Woods bogeyed three straight holes - the 5th, 6th, and 7th, to drop out of the lead. After a birdie on 10, he sits at +1 for the day and E on the tournament at The Olympic Club, now in sole possession of third. He trails leaders Beau Hossler - who at 17 years old is -1 through 12, Jim Furyk, at -1 through 2 rounds, and now sits in front of John Peterson, and Nicolas Colsaerts, Graeme McDowell, and Michael Thompson, who all finished the day +1 overall.

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2012 U.S. Open, Leaderboard Update: Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk Staying Steady After Solid Second Rounds

Friday morning at the 2012 U.S. Open found a number of players struggling to better their scores on the incredibly arduous Lakes course at the Olympic Club, though a few of the contenders that were out this morning made up some ground including Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk.

McDowell, Furyk and Sergio Garcia were the USGA's featured pairing on Friday morning, and they certainly made the most of their TV time. McDowell had four birdies on his card this morning, including three on his front nine. He struggled through the tough stretch of the 1st-6th holes with three bogies though, finishing his round with a 72 to put him in a tie for 10th.

As for Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champ, he was steady throughout the day, posting a pair of birdies an a pair of bogies en route to a second round 69 to leave him at 1-under for the week.

Blake Adams had the hottest round on the course today, dropping four birdies in a five hole stetch from 7-11 and another on the par-3 13th to move himself into red numbers for the week. Ernie Els is doing his best as well, currently sitting one under for his round today and 4-over for the week.

The cut line is currently sitting around +8, but could move back as the day goes on.

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2012 U.S. Open, Leaderboard Update: Graeme McDowell Moves Into 2nd Place

Red numbers are few and far between at the moment at the 2012 U.S. Open, though a few of the guys out on the Lakes course have found a way to make up some ground Friday morning. One such player is Graeme McDowell, who carded back-to-back birdies on his front nine to move himself into second place by himself behind tournament leader Michael Thompson.

McDowell started his day out with a bogey on his opening hole, No. 9, but got it right back with a birdie on No. 10. Another bogey on No. 12 pushed him back to even par, but managed to card birdies on the par-3 15th and par-5 16th to put him one shot ahead of Tiger Woods at 2-under for the week.

Tiger and Thompson are still a few hours from teeing off, so any ground McDowell can make this morning will be a plus as scoring conditions are likely to get harder as the day progresses.

In other Bay Area golfer news, Nick Watney made history with an Albatross in the first round, but has found the bogey train on Friday, currently sitting at 5-over for the day through eight holes of his round, including a double-bogey on the par-4 second hole.

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2012 U.S. Open: Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson Highlight Olympic Club's 'Victims'

Only a few hours into the second round of the 2012 U.S. Open, the Olympic Club's Lakes course is really starting to show it's teeth, claiming 'victims' of it's treachery around every corner. It's not just the amatuer's having a problem, it's the pros as well, with a number of the world top golfers likely not sticking around for the weekend. Here's a closer look at some of those who have really struggled.

Rory McIlroy: +9 thru seven holes

Luke Donald: +9 thru seven holes

Bubba Watson: +8 tees off at 1:18

Louis Oosthuizen: +8 thru three holes

Zach Johnson: +7 tees off at 1:25

Adam Scott: +6 tees of at 1:47

Phil Mickelson: +6 tees off at 1:18

These guys are going to have to get it together if they want to be around for the weekend, but it's not looking too good at this point.

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2012: U.S. Open: TV Schedule, Live Updates, Streaming And More

The first day of the 2012 U.S. Open is in the books, and it certainly was one for the record books. The Lakes course at the Olympic Club is starting to show it's teeth, playing very difficult on Thursday and likely getting tougher as the course dries out even more during the week.

Friday's second round is shaping up to be just as exciting as names like Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose find themselves near the top of the heap, while a young gun finds himself three clear of the field in Michael Thompson. What will happen in the second round? You'll just have to tun in to find out.

TV coverage (ET): 12-3 p.m. on ESPN, 3-5 p.m. on NBC, 5-10 p.m. on ESPN

Live audio (ET): ESPNRadio.com, 1-7 p.m.; ESPNRadio.com exclusive hour from 7-8 p.m.

Live internet video: (via ESPN3): Marquee group 1 (on ESPN3); Marquee group 2 (on usopen.com); ESPN TV simulcast on WatchESPN; 8th/18th hole video feed on ESPN3; Live coverage in Spanish

GolfCast: ESPN.com's Michael Collins shares his live analysis starting at 11 a.m. ET

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2012 U.S. Open: Tee Times And Pairings For Friday's Second Round

It was quite the first day at the 2012 U.S. Open as a few of the names we expected to rise to the top did, while a few others faltered big time on day one. Nevertheless they are all looking up at relatively unknown Michael Thompson, who vaulted himself to a three shot lead with his opening round 66. Now he looks to hang on as guys like Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Nick Watney and others try to creep their way atop the leaderboard on Friday.

The pairings will be the same as they were on Thursday, though competitors who teed off in the morning will do so in the afternoon on Friday and vice versa, while those who started on the front nine in round one will begin on the back nine Friday and vice versa.

Tiger Woods will look to keep pace as Buba Watson and Phil Mickelson try to make the cut after their abysmal starts, teeing off at 4:18 p.m. ET off the first tee. Leader Michael Thompson tees off with Steve Marino and Colt Knost at 3:52 p.m. ET off the back nine. Nick Watney, Jordan Spieth and Bill Haas tee of the front side at 10:59 a.m. ET, while Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald tee off the back side at 10:44 a.m. ET.

Below are the complete pairings, all times ET.

Friday, No. 1 tee
Starting time (ET), players
10:15 a.m.: John Peterson, Morgan Hoffmann, Aaron Watkins
10:26 a.m.: Jeff Curl, Nicholas Thompson, Casey Wittenberg
10:37 a.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Chez Reavie, Peter Lawrie
10:48 a.m.: Michael Campbell, Olin Browne, Joe Durant
10:59 a.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Jordan Spieth
11:10 a.m.: Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose
11:21 a.m.: Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar
11:32 a.m.: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner
11:43 a.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson
11:54 a.m.: Hunter Haas, Tadahiro Takayama, Lee Slattery
12:05 p.m.: Alex Cejka, Kevin Chappell, Blake Adams
12:16 p.m.: James Hahn, Darron Stiles, Roberto Castro
12:27 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (a), Kyle Thompson, Samuel Osborne
Friday, No. 9 tee
Starting time (ET), players
10 a.m.: Casey Martin, Cameron Wilson (a), Dennis Miller
10:11 a.m.: Jim Herman, William Lunde, David Mathis
10:22 a.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Charlie Wi, Simon Dyson
10:33 a.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, John Senden
10:44 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
10:55 a.m.: Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
11:06 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover
11:17 a.m.: Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera
11:28 a.m.: Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Anders Hansen
11:39 a.m.: Matteo Manassero, Aaron Baddeley, Miguel Angel Jimenez
11:50 a.m.: Brian Harman, Spencer Levin, Mikko Ilonen
12:01 p.m.: Brice Garnett, Justin Hicks, Jesse Mueller
12:12 p.m.: Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Brian Gaffney
Friday, No. 1 tee
Starting time (ET), players
3:45 p.m.: Shane Bertsch, Martin Flores, Tommy Biershenk
3:56 p.m.: Scott Piercy, Matthew Baldwin, Matt Bettencourt
4:07 p.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
4:18 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
4:29 p.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Stephen Ames, Tim Herron
4:40 p.m.: Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
4:51 p.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III
5:02 p.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bob Estes, Robert Rock
5:13 p.m.: K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, K. T. Kim
5:24 p.m.: Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Garrigus, Alexander Noren
5:35 p.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Sang-Moon Bae, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
5:46 p.m.: Marc Warren, Anthony Summers, Michael Allen
5:57 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Tim Weinhart, Scott Smith
Friday, No. 9 tee
Starting time (ET), players
3:30 p.m.: Scott Langley, Steve Lebrun, Beau Hossler (a)
3:41 p.m.: Jason Bohn, Raphael Jacquelin, J. B. Park
3:52 p.m.: Michael Thompson, Colt Knost, Steve Marino
4:03 p.m.: Brendan Jones, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy
4:14 p.m.: Patrick Cantlay (a), Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley
4:25 p.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson
4:36 p.m.: Andy Zhang, Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
4:47 p.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson
4:58 p.m.: Tim Clark, Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling
5:09 p.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson
5:20 p.m.: D. A. Points, Dong-Hwan Lee, Kevin Streelman
5:31 p.m.: Edward Loar, Paul Claxton, Alistair Presnell
5:42 p.m.: Mark McCormick, Nick Sherwood (a), Cole Howard

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2012 U.S. Open, Leaderboard Update: Tiger Woods Fires 1-Under, Michael Thompson Leads At 4-Under

All eyes were on the feature pairing early this morning at the 2012 U.S. Open as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson teed off the back nine at the Lakes Course of the Olympic Club. Phil and Bubba faltered hard early and often, though Tiger remained constant the entire day, working his way to a 1-under 69 in the opening round on Thursday, but is chasing youngster Michael Thompson like everyone else.

Tiger rode five straight pars from No. 9 to No. 13, but made an unfortunate bogey on the par-4 14th, but got it right back on the par-5 17th with a short birdie putt. Then it was on to the difficult opening stretch of No. 1-6, though Tiger managed to make birdies on No. 4 and 5 with an excellent approach on the par-4 4th, and dunking a 45 foot putt on the 5th to make his move up the leaderboard. He found the greenside bunker on No. 6, but made a solid pair of pars on his final two holes to close out his round.

As for Mickelson, he found a tree with his opening drive and never really recovered, finishing with a 6-over 76, while Bubba Watson limped into the clubhouse with a 8-over 78.

Michael Thompson finds himself he leader in the clubhouse at the moment after his opening round 4-under 66, which included seven birdies on the day. Hopefully hr can keep it up into the weekend.

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2012 U.S. Open, Leaderboard Update: Tiger Woods Moves Into Red Numbers

Although it's still very early in the 2012 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods is starting to look like the Tiger of old after moving into red numbers for the first time this week after making his second birdie of the day to move to 1-under for the week, than ramming in a 45 foot birdie on the next hole to move to 2-under.

Tiger began his day on the back nine, firing an even par 36 after a bogey on the 14th and birdie on the 17th. He then moved on to the difficult front side, where after staying the course through the first three holes, sank a solid birdie putt on the par-4 fourth to join the eight other competitors sitting under par, currently led by Michael Thompson.

Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, Tiger's playing partners in the first two rounds, have gotten out of the gate horribly as lefty sits at 4-over and Bubba 7-over through the first 13 holes of the day.

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2012 U.S. Open, Leaderboard Update: Brandon Grace Leads The Way, Tiger Woods Right Behind

The 112th U.S. Open got underway early Thursday morning at the Olympic Club, and the scoring is about what it was cracked up to be thus far, difficult. Nevertheless a few players have cracked par early in their first rounds, currently led by Brandon Grace are at 3-under, while a slew of players remain right behind them.

Asdie from Na and Grace, Jason Bohn, Fredrik Jacobsen and Nick Sherwood find themselves under par, though with more than half the field still to tee off and a number of players with half their round left, almost anything can happen.

Tiger Woods has been steady on his front nine, carding a lone bogey on the par-4 14th as well as a birdie on the par-5 17th to currently sitting at even par for he tournament. His playing partners have not fared as well though as Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson have stumbled hard out of the gate, both firing 4-over on their first nine of the tournament.

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US Open Golf 2012: TV Schedule, Live Updates, Streaming And More

With all eyes on the pairing of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, you're going to want to make sure that you don't miss a single second of the action this Thursday at the 112th U.S. Open.

Here is everything you need to know to watch and enjoy Thursday's action at the U.S. Open on a number of different platforms:

TV coverage (ET): 12-3 p.m. on ESPN, 3-5 p.m. on NBC, 5-10 p.m. on ESPN

Live audio (ET): ESPNRadio.com, 1-7 p.m.; ESPNRadio.com exclusive hour from 7-8 p.m.

Live internet video: (via ESPN3): Marquee group 1 (on ESPN3); Marquee group 2 (on usopen.com); ESPN TV simulcast on WatchESPN; 8th/18th hole video feed on ESPN3; Live coverage in Spanish

GolfCast: ESPN.com's Michael Collins brings you his live analysis starting at 11 a.m. ET

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2012 US Open: Tee Times And Pairings For Thursday's First Round

It's finally here boys and girls, the 2012 U.S. Open is upon us! The illustrious Olympic Club plays hosts to the toughest test of golf once again, with the players ready to take on the tough conditions of the historic Lakes Course.

Below are the complete pairings for the first day of the tournament, including some notable grouping like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, teeing off No. 9 at 10:33 a.m. ET, while defending champion Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, and Luke Donald tee off at 4:33 p.m. ET off the first tee.

All Times ET.

Thursday, No. 1 tee
Starting time (ET), players
10:15 a.m.: Scott Langley, Steve Lebrun, Beau Hossler (a)
10:26 a.m.: Jason Bohn, Raphael Jacquelin, J. B. Park
10:37 a.m.: Michael Thompson, Colt Knost, Steve Marino
10:48 a.m.: Brendan Jones, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy
10:59 a.m.: Patrick Cantlay (a), Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley
11:10 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson
11:21 a.m.: Andy Zhang (a), Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
11:32 a.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson
11:43 a.m.: Tim Clark, Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling
11:54 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson
12:05 p.m.: D. A. Points, Dong-Hwan Lee, Kevin Streelman
12:16 p.m.: Edward Loar, Paul Claxton, Alistair Presnell
12:27 p.m.: Mark McCormick, Nick Sherwood (a), Cole Howard
Thursday, No. 9 tee
Starting time (ET), players
10 a.m.: Shane Bertsch, Martin Flores, Tommy Biershenk
10:11 a.m.: Scott Piercy, Matthew Baldwin, Matt Bettencourt
10:22 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
10:33 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
10:44 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Stephen Ames, Tim Herron
10:55 a.m.: Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
11:06 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III
11:17 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bob Estes, Robert Rock
11:28 a.m.: K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, K. T. Kim
11:39 a.m.: Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Garrigus, Alexander Noren
11:50 a.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Sang-Moon Bae, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
12:01 p.m.: Marc Warren, Anthony Summers, Michael Allen
12:12 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Tim Weinhart, Scott Smith
Thursday, No. 1 tee
Starting time (ET), players
3:45 p.m.: Casey Martin, Cameron Wilson (a), Dennis Miller
3:56 p.m.: Jim Herman, William Lunde, David Mathis
4:07 p.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Charlie Wi, Simon Dyson
4:18 p.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, John Senden
4:29 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
4:40 p.m.: Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
4:51 p.m.: Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover
5:02 p.m.: Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera
5:13 p.m.: Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Anders Hansen
5:24 p.m.: Matteo Manassero, Aaron Baddeley, Miguel Angel Jimenez
5:35 p.m.: Brian Harman, Spencer Levin, Mikko Ilonen
5:46 p.m.: Brice Garnett, Justin Hicks, Jesse Mueller
5:57 p.m.: Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Brian Gaffney
Thursday, No. 9 tee
Starting time (ET), players
3:30 p.m.: John Peterson, Morgan Hoffmann, Aaron Watkins
3:41 p.m.: Jeff Curl, Nicholas Thompson, Casey Wittenberg
3:52 p.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Chez Reavie, Peter Lawrie
4:03 p.m.: Michael Campbell, Olin Browne, Joe Durant
4:14 p.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Jordan Spieth
4:25 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose
4:36 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar
4:47 p.m.: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner
4:58 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson
5:09 p.m.: Hunter Haas, Tadahiro Takayama, Lee Slattery
5:20 p.m.: Alex Cejka, Kevin Chappell, Blake Adams
5:31 p.m.: James Hahn, Darron Stiles, Roberto Castro
5:42 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (a), Kyle Thompson, Samuel Osborne

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2012 U.S. Open: USGA Renames Winner's Medal The 'Jack Nicklaus Medal'

Jack Nicklaus is one of the greatest U.S. Open champions to ever play the game, and has been honored as such on Wednesday as the USGA announced the remaning of the U.S. Open medal to the 'Jack Nicklaus Medal' for everything he's given to the game.

"For more than six decades Jack Nicklaus has been one of golf's greatest ambassadors, embodying golf's timeless values and acting as a role model for generations of golfers and fans," USGA president Glen Nager said during a ceremony celebrating Nicklaus‘ first U.S. Open victory, a 1962 playoff victory over Arnold Palmer. "He's the quintessential U.S. Open champion."

The USGA will noted that a "Jack Nicklaus Room" will be created at its USGA Museum, which already houses wings named for legends Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Mickey Wright. Historic artifacts from throughout Nicklaus' career will be on display.

"Kind of neat, isn't it? Nicklaus said. Take an old guy and honor him. I think that's pretty nice."

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2012 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods Discusses Course Design, Phil Mickelson In Tuesday Press Conference

It's Tuesday at the U.S. Open, meaning the competitors take some time to answer some questions from the Media. Tiger Woods was one of the first players on the docket, answering to a number of questions regarding his play, the Olympic Club and his fellow competitors as well.

Tiger has had success at a lot of other California courses such as Torrey Pines and Pebble Beach, though sees very little in comparison with this location to the other locales of his U.S. Open victories.

Q. You've always played very well at Pebble Beach. I wonder, do you think there aresimilarities between this course and PebbleBeach and how you might approach it? TIGER WOODS: Not at all. Not at all, no. They're two completely different golf courses. When we play Pebble, yeah, the fairways are somewhat canted a little, but not like this. This is different. And also, you know, having an extra par-5 helps. The wind tends to blow more than it does here. It does coming over the top of these trees and the clubhouse and coming down into the golf course, but it's different.

Q. Comparing Olympic to other U.S. Open courses, are there any particular skills or types of shots that you need here more thanother U.S. Open courses, like maybe curvingthe ball or something?
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, you have to curve it more off the tees here than any other golf course that we play. Even to the greens, you've got right to left slopes of, let's say right to left slopes of fairways and greens, and you have to cut it, so you're going against the grain. It's the same thing on the flip side. That's the neat thing aboutthis golf course is it seems like the majority of the doglegs kind of run away from you. And it puts a big premium on shaping the ball. But also it puts a big premium on game planning, what you want to do, where you want to hit it. And being committed to that.

When asked about Phil Mickelson, whom Tiger will be partnered with during the first two rounds, Tiger admitted they likely won't be speaking much. Though their silence will be because of the task ahead of them, not any bad blood between them.

Q. You and Phil have been going upagainst each other for 16 years now. Will therebe any particular motivation being paired withhim on Thursday? What will you talk about outthere?

TIGER WOODS: I don't think we're going to talk about a lot. This is a Major championship. We've got work to do. Any extra motivation? No. I'm just trying to get out there and position myself for Sunday.This is a long grind. We're teeing off of No. 9, so we don't get to play obviously the first six holes until it's basically our back nine.

It's such a test playing in this championship. I think this is one of those championships that I think the guys talk the least to one another because it's so difficult.Every shot is there's no shot you can take off, so to speak. Sometimes say you're playing St. Andrews, and you go ahead and wail away, no big deal. But here there's such a premium on positioning the golf ball.

Tiger is still chasing his goal of topping Jack Nicklaus' major championship record, to which he believes will be a spectre over career until he does so.

I think even if I do win a Major championship, itwill still be, you're not to 18 yet, or whenwill you get to 19. It's always something with you guys. I've dealt with that my entire career, ever since I was an amateur and playing all the way through and to professional golf, it hasn't changed.

It's shaping up to be an exciting week at the Olympic Club.

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2012 U.S. Open: Olympic Club Provides Treacherous Test For Golf's Finest

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U.S. Open Odds 2012: Tiger Woods Still Early Favorite

The 2012 U.S. Open gets underway on Thursday. The prestigious event takes place at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. The notoriously difficult course should make for a close contest as the best golfers in the world viw for the title at the second of the four annual Grand Slam events.

Before the first grouping of golfers has teed off, three-time U.S. Open champion Tiger Woods is the odds-on favorite to win the tournament. If Woods prevails, he will be tied for the all-time record for most career U.S. Open titles. Meanwhile, last year's winner Rory McIlroy is attempting to become just the fourth golfer to win the title in consecutive years.


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Here are the early odds to win the 2012 U.S. Open:

Tiger Woods 6/1
Lee Westwood 10/1
Rory McIlroy 10/1
Luke Donald 12/1
Phil Mickelson 16/1
Dustin Johnson 20/1
Jason Dufner 28/1
Matt Kuchar 28/1
Bubba Watson 30/1
Adam Scott 33/1
Hunter Mahan 33/1
Justin Rose 33/1
Zach Johnson 33/1
Jim Furyk 40/1
Keegan Bradley 40/1
Louis Oosthuizen 40/1
Martin Kaymer 40/1
Nick Watney 40/1
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1

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2012 U.S. Open Golf: Tiger Woods Headlines Bay Area Field

You have to feel like this is the best possible shot for Tiger Woods to get that next major, that elusive. He's playing the best golf at the right possible time as he comes off a victory at Memorial. Can he carry it to San Francisco in the 2012 US Open?

Here is the schedule for Tiger the first two rounds: He starts off in the headline threesome with Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson on Thursday, and he goes early in the day around 7:33 AM PT, or 10:33 PM ET. Naturally, the Friday round will go a lot later, deep into the afternoon at 1:18 PM PT, or 4:18 PM ET.

There are numerous other Bay Area golfers in this tournament.

James Hahn and Charlie Wi are both from Korea and graduates of Cal, with Hahn still residing in Alameda (Wi is down in Southern California at Porter Ranch. Nick Watney went to Fresno State and was born in Sacramento, Matthew Bettencourt was born in Alameda and is at Modesto Junior College, and Michael Allen was born in San Mateo. Cameron Wilson and Casey Martin both graduated from Stanford, Kevin Chappell was born in Fresno and Jeff Curl comes from Redding.

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2012 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Paired Together In First Two Rounds

As the start of the 112th U.S. Open is only days away, the USGA has released the tee times and pairings for rounds one and two of this year's Open at the Olympic Club. The qualifiers are set and all the amateurs as well, who now get ready to rub elbows with the best and brightest the game have to offer.

Below are the tee times and pairings for the first two rounds of the tournament. Each grouping includes information on their spilt-tee starts, which will be on the No. 9 and No. 1 tees, while will have a morning and afternoon tee time on Thursday and Friday.

The group with the largest following will certainly be the pairing of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, who tee off No. 9 at 7:33 a.m. PT on Thursday and No. 1 at 1:18 p.m. PT on Friday.

All Times PDT

Thursday (June 14), Hole No. 1; Friday (June 15), Hole No. 9

7:15 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. - Scott Langley, Manchester, Mo.; Steve Lebrun, West Palm Beach, Fla.; A-Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif.

7:26 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. - Jason Bohn, Acworth, Ga.; Raphael Jacquelin, France; J. B. Park, Korea

7:37 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. - Michael Thompson, Birmingham, Ala.; TBD; Steve Marino, St. Simons Island, Ga.

7:48 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. - Brendan Jones, Australia; George Coetzee, South Africa; Gregory Bourdy, France

7:59 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. - A-Patrick Cantlay, Los Alamitos, Calif.; Jonathan Byrd, Sea Island, Ga.; Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, Wash.

8:10 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. - Retief Goosen, South Africa; Vijay Singh, Fiji; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

8:21 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. - Paul Casey, England; Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan; Mark Wilson, Elmhurst, Ill.

8:32 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. - Adam Scott, Australia; Keegan Bradley, Jupiter, Fla.; Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.

8:43 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. - Tim Clark, South Africa; Toru Taniguchi, Japan; Rod Pampling, Australia

8:54 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. - Francesco Molinari, Italy; Bo Van Pelt, Jenks, Okla.; Peter Hanson, Sweden

9:05 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. - D. A. Points, Windermere, Fla.; Dong-Hwan Lee, Korea; Kevin Streelman, Scottsdale, Ariz.

9:16 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. - Edward Loar, Dallas, Texas; Paul Claxton, Claxton, Ga.; Alistair Presnell, Australia

9:27 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. - Mark McCormick, Middletown, N.J.; A-Nick Sherwood, Albany, Ore.; Cole Howard, Fort Worth, Texas


Thursday (June 14), Hole No. 9; Friday (June 15), Hole No. 1

7 a.m. / 12:45 p.m. - Shane Bertsch, Parker, Colo.; Martin Flores, Dallas, Texas; Tommy Biershenk, Inman, S.C.

7:11 a.m. / 12:56 p.m. - Scott Piercy, Las Vegas, Nev.; Matthew Baldwin, England; Matt Bettencourt, Greenville, S.C.

7:22 a.m. / 1:07 p.m. - Thomas Bjorn, Denmark; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.; Branden Grace, South Africa

7:33 a.m. / 1:18 p.m. - Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Tiger Woods, Hobe Sound, Fla.; Bubba Watson, Scottsdale, Ariz.

7:44 a.m. / 1:29 p.m. - Joe Ogilvie, Austin, Texas; Stephen Ames, Canada; Tim Herron, Deephaven, Minn.

7:55 a.m. / 1:40 p.m. - Davis Love III, Sea Island, Ga.; Padraig Harrington, Ireland; David Toms, Shreveport, La.

8:06 a.m. / 1:51 p.m. - Carl Pettersson, Sweden; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Charles Howell III, Windermere, Fla.

8:17 a.m. / 2:02 p.m. - Robert Karlsson, Sweden; Bob Estes, Austin, Texas; Robert Rock, England

8:28 a.m. / 2:13 p.m. - K. J. Choi, Korea; Y. E. Yang, Korea; K. T. Kim, Korea

8:39 a.m. / 2:24 p.m. - Fredrik Jacobson, Sweden; Robert Garrigus, Phoenix, Ariz.; Alexander Noren, Sweden

8:50 a.m. / 2:35 p.m. - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castańo, Spain; SangMoon Bae, Korea; Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Spain

9:01 a.m. / 2:46 p.m. - Marc Warren, Scotland; Anthony Summers, Australia; Michael Allen, Scottsdale, Ariz.

9:12 a.m. / 2:57 p.m. - Hunter Hamrick, Montgomery, Ala.; Tim Weinhart, Alpharetta, Ga.; Scott Smith, Fallon, Nev.

Thursday (June 14), Hole No. 1; Friday (June 15), Hole No. 9

12:45 p.m. / 7 a.m. - Casey Martin, Eugene, Ore.; A-Cameron Wilson, Rowayton, Conn.; Dennis Miller, Youngstown, Ohio

12:56 p.m. / 7:11 a.m. - Jim Herman, Palm City, Fla.; William Lunde, Las Vegas, Nev.; David Mathis, Wake Forest, N.C.

1:07 p.m. / 7:22 a.m. - Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium; Charlie Wi, Korea; Simon Dyson, England

1:18 p.m. / 7:33 a.m. - Alvaro Quiros, Spain; Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.; John Senden, Australia

1:29 p.m. / 7:44 a.m. - Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Luke Donald, England; Lee Westwood, England

1:40 p.m. / 7:55 a.m. - Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Bch, Fla.; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland

1:51 p.m. / 8:06 a.m. - Stewart Cink, Duluth, Ga.; Trevor Immelman, South Africa; Lucas Glover, Sea Island, Ga.

2:02 p.m. / 8:17 a.m. Ernie Els, South Africa; Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Angel Cabrera, Argentina

2:13 p.m. / 8:28 a.m. - Martin Laird, Scotland; Ben Crane, Beaverton, Ore.; Anders Hansen, Denmark

2:24 p.m. / 8:39 a.m. - Matteo Manassero, Italy; Aaron Baddeley, Australia; Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain

2:35 p.m. / 8:50 a.m. - Brian Harman, St. Simons Island, Ga.; TBD; Mikko Ilonen, Finland

2:46 p.m. / 9:01 a.m. - Brice Garnett, Gallatin, Mo.; TBD; Jesse Mueller, Mesa, Ariz.

2:57 p.m. / 9:12 a.m. - Brian Rowell, Lafayette, La.; A-Alberto Sanchez, Nogales, Ariz.; Brian Gaffney, Monmouth Beach, N.J.


Thursday (June 14), Hole No. 9; Friday (June 15), Hole No. 1

12:30 p.m. / 7:15 a.m. - John Peterson, Baton Rouge, La.; Morgan Hoffmann, Jupiter, Fla.; Aaron Watkins, Mesa, Ariz.

12:41 p.m. / 7:26 a.m. - Jeff Curl, Birmingham, Ala.; Nicholas Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.; Casey Wittenberg, Memphis, Tenn.

12:52 p.m. / 7:37 a.m. - Soren Kjeldsen, Denmark; Chez Reavie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Peter Lawrie, Ireland

1:03 p.m. / 7:48 a.m. - Michael Campbell, New Zealand; Olin Browne, Tequesta, Fla.; Joe Durant, Pensacola, Fla.

1:14 p.m. / 7:59 a.m. - Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.; Nick Watney, Las Vegas, Nev.; Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.

1:25 p.m. / 8:10 a.m. - Martin Kaymer, Germany; Hunter Mahan, Colleyville, Texas; Justin Rose, England

1:36 p.m. / 8:21 a.m. - Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis.; Ian Poulter, England; Matt Kuchar, St. Simons Island, Ga.

1:47 p.m. / 8:32 a.m. - Jason Day, Australia; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala.

1:58 p.m. / 8:43 a.m. - Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Dustin Johnson, Jupiter, Fla.

2:09 p.m. / 8:54 a.m. - Hunter Haas, Fort Worth, Texas; Tadahiro Takayama, Japan; Lee Slattery, England

2:20 p.m. / 9:05 a.m. - Alex Cejka, Germany; Kevin Chappell, Fresno, Calif.; Blake Adams, Eatonton, Ga.

2:31 p.m. / 9:16 a.m. - James Hahn, San Bruno, Calif.; Darron Stiles, Pinehurst, N.C.; Roberto Castro, Alpharetta, Ga.

2:42 p.m. / 9:27 a.m. - A-Brooks Koepka, Tallahassee, Fla.; TBD; Samuel Osborne, England

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