US Open day one as it happened

Tiger Woods cards a one-under 69 to trail leader Michael Thompson by three on day one at Olympic.

15 June 2012 Last updated at 03:15

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As it happened

  1. 0312: 

    Ishikawa of Japan pars his last for a round of 71 and I think we're going to wrap this live now, with no players out on course threatening the leaders, although former champion Cabrera is two over going down 18. Farewell, see you tomorrow...

  2. 0309: 

    ... another shot gone for Jimenez at 16, the Spaniard melting to 11 over par... James Hahn doubles the par-four fifth to drop back to +1...

  3. 0300: 

    Ernie Els, winner in 1994 and 1997, is five over after 17, as is playing partner and 2006 champion Geoff Ogilvy. Michael Campbell, winner in 2005, is in with a nine-over 79.

  4. 0251: 

    Apologies, Ishikawa is back to +1 after that bogey at 17. Poulter of England in with a 70, I've got a funny feeling about him this week. So much so, I might stick a few quid on him. Miguel Angel Jimenez is having a horror show - 10 bogeys through 15 holes, the Spaniard 10 over. Angel Cabrera is still grinding away, the former champion two over after 16.

  5. 0246: 

    Young Italian Manassero birdied 14, before bogeying 15, and is +4. Ishikawa has dropped a shot at the par-four seventh, a hole that has been rather like an oasis in the middle of the desert, the Japanese player back to level. McDowell with a birdie-birdie finish! Well done sir, the 2010 champion from Northern Ireland back to -1, three off the lead. No birdie at the last from Furyk, but the 2003 champion is in with a 70, while Garcia is right in it with a 73.

  6. 0238: 

    A round of 73 for Westwood and I reckon he'll be reasonably pleased with that. But it's a shot gone for McIlroy, the defending champion in with a round of 77 and needing fireworks on day two to make the weekend. Problem is, it's not really a fireworks kind of golf course. Fine round from Rose, in with a 69.

  7. 0237: 

    Fowler flagging a little, he followed that double with a bogey on six and he's now tugged his tee shot left into sand on seven. McIlroy does about as well as he could have done with his third on 18, but lots of huffing and puffing tells you he's got a nasty one coming back. Donald for birdie... nothing doing, starts left, stays left, the world number one in for a pretty ordinary round of 79. Dufner makes birdie on seven, the in-form American two under with one to play.

  8. 0233: 

    Westwood with a magnificent recovery on 18, into the heart of the green, but McIlroy has got a shocking lie after attacking the pin with his second. McDowell rattles in a birdie putt on the par-five 17th, the 2010 champion back to level. McIlroy's got a drop, his ball was resting on a sprinkler head.

  9. 0230: 
    That's ugly!

    Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark is currently propping up the field, although with players plummeting through the field like lemmings off a cliff, that might change before the day is out. Kjeldsen carded a 15-over 85, with eight bogeys, two doubles and a triple. Westwood on 18 and he's made a right hash of that, yanking his tee shot left. Rose all over the pin at the par-three eighth, he should pop in for birdie and a round of 69.

  10. 0224: 

    Poulter drains a longun for eagle on seven, the Englishman level-par going down his last. Garcia on 17 and that's a bad swing. The Spaniard wills it into the bunker, that's about as good as it gets around the green. Watney with a long birdie putt on the eighth, his last, and that's a pretty good effort from there, in he goes for a creditable round of 69. Watney one of only four men under par in the clubhouse.

  11. 0221: 

    Rose birdies the short par-four seventh to get back to level but his compatriot Luke Donald is having a torrid time out there - putt for birdie from 12 feet and he somehow leaves it short to stay nine over. McIlroy six over going down the last, but at least Westwood makes one, birdie to get back to +3.

  12. 0217: 

    News of Scotland's Martin Laird, the USPGA Tour stalwart is six over through 13. McDowell on tee at 17 and it's straight down the middle. Deary me, Rory's having a bit of a nightmare out there - his third shot curls back down the side of the green, could be a couple blown here on 17. McIlroy has missed more fairways today than he did in four rounds last year, which perhaps says as much about the course as it does about the Northern Irishman's form.

  13. 0212: 
    That's ugly!

    Pretty as a picture out there now as the sun begins to dip behind the horizon. That's not pretty, McIlroy's approach on 17 leaking short and right.

  14. 0209: 

    Ian Poulter still swinging out there and that's a fine escape on six - the Englishman is two over. Mahan straight at the pin on the seventh, his 17th, the American three over. Sergio has picked up a birdie on 15, the Spaniard still in there on two over. Two shots gone for Fowler on five, he drops back to +1, as compatriot Nick Watney replaces him in the red after birdie at seven, his 17th. Ishikawa back to level after bogey on five.

  15. 0203: 

    Rickie Fowler, no relation to former Lancashire and England batsman Graeme 'Foxy' Fowler, is one of only six players under par. The 23-year-old is one under through 14. McDowell with his third into 16 and that's a corker, getting the ball to grip to within 15 feet of the pin. Fowler in the trees at the fifth and that's a pretty good finish from there, onto the front of the green.

  16. 0158: 

    The unheralded James Hahn has birdied the second to climb to two under, two off the lead. Jim Furyk, who I like to call the Cliff Thorburn of golf, is putting together a classic Furyk round - one birdie, one bogey, all the rest pars, level through 15. Not all the UK players are struggling out there - here's Justin Rose on 17, chipping to within an inch, the Englishman +1; Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland is +1 through 15. Both bang in it.

  17. 0154: 

    Many thanks Hodgo, Ben Dirs back in the seat. I'm not going to lie to you, we're feeling very lonely and could do with some Twitter action, or maybe even a text or two. Westwood with a nice recovery on 17, Donald's birdie attempt stays left, miserable day for the world number one so far.

  18. 0150: 

    Rory McIlroy hacks out diagonally for his third on the monster par-five 16th. Westwood's third catches the front fringe. Donald hits it over the pin but finds the meat of the green. And with that, here's Ben Dirs to take you through to the end.

  19. 0145: 

    McDowell misses with that birdie on 15 and taps the ground in disbelief.

  20. 0143: 

    Graeme McDowell in with a shout here and fires a good one into the short 15th. Birdie chance to get back to level par.

  21. 0138: 

    American Casey Martin, the man who fought the PGA Tour over his need for a buggy, cards a very creditable 74.

  22. 0135: 

    McIlroy misses his par putt and smacks his putter in frustration. He's got four feet left but slides it carefully in to slip back to five over. Westwood's birdie chance slides past, too. Stays four over. Donald makes his par to stay eight over. His eight bogeys have all come in groups of two - first and second, fifth and sixth, 10th and 11th 13th and 14th.

  23. 0130: 

    News of Justin Rose - he has slipped back to one over with bogeys at the second and third. Westwood is still fighting and sends one to 12ft or so on the short 15th. Donald, who has hit four out of 11 fairways and six out of 14 greens in regulation, also catches the putting surface but McIlroy finds the thick front and hacks out too aggressively, 20ft past.

  24. 0120: 

    Another one goes for Donald on 14 - now eight over. Only 11 players behind Luke in the field now. Westwood and McIlroy make their pars to stay four over.

  25. 0115: 

    Rickie Fowler knocks one in after a good approach on the second to get back to one under. Only six players under par right now.

  26. 0106: 

    Westwood pulls off an impressive lob shot from the hay behind the 13th. Makes a nerve-jangling five-footer for par to stay four over. Donald chips from the left fringe but misses his par putt and drops to seven over. McIlroy slides one in for a rare birdie to get back to four over.

  27. 0055: 

    Donald's birdie putt dribbles left and he stays six over. McIlroy can't get up and down from the fringe and drops to five over. Westwood escapes with his par to remain four over. The group of gloom right now.

  28. 0048: 

    Luke Donald fires one into six feet on 12 for a birdie chance. Westwood's approach just catches the front left fringe. McIlroy's is a bit heavy and ends short left. Every ball that lands on a green makes a very distinct wooden thudding sound - evidence of the firmness of these putting surfaces.

  29. 0045: 

    It's pretty clear with the scoring that the US Open is back. Just 10 players under par at the moment. Taking nothing away from McIlroy's magnificent win last year but they weren't typical US Open conditions. These are, and the players are having to fight. As USGA boss Mike Davis said: "We want the US Open to be the toughest test in golf. We aim to test the players physically and mentally." Michael Thompson found it ok, though.

  30. 0037: 

    Westwood leaves his birdie putt well short on 11 but slots in the five footer for par to stay four over. McIlroy makes his for par. Donald drops one to go to six over.

  31. 0035: 

    Donald, playing like me at Altrincham muni this morning, hacks out of thick rough from the right of the 11th green but hits it way beyond the pin. About to drop further shots. The "graveyard of legends" moniker of Olympic proving apt for the world number one.

  32. 0030: 

    Donald, Westwood and McIlroy all with the same grimace after indifferent second shots into the 11th.

  33. 0025: 

    Korean-born American James Hahn creeps to two under and second on his own with back-to-back birdes on 14 and 15 having started from the ninth.

  34. 0020: 

    Westwood and McIlroy make pars at 10, but Donald drops another one to go to five over. What price the world number one doing worse than 14-year-old Andy Zhang? Pretty short right now, I'd say.

  35. 0015: 

    World number six Matt Kuchar edges into the group at one under. "Kooch", the winner of the Players Championship in May, is many people's idea of a champion this week. He was in contention at Olympic as an amateur in 1998 - tied fourth after the second round and ended tied 14th.

  36. 0005: 

    Lee Westwood splashes out to about 15ft on the ninth but misses the par putt and slides back to four over. Playing partner Luke Donald's birdie chance breaks viciously at the end and falls short to stay level par. Rory McIlroy, the third member of the trio, also makes a bogey from the sand to slip to four over. Behind, McDowell sinks a decent clutch putt from the back of the par-three green to stay level.

  37. 2359: 

    I'm taking another break and here's Rob Hodgetts for the next hour - although we forgot to change the byline at the top, so you probably thought the last four hours were him anyway... before I go, I should mention the extraordinary round of 17-year-old Beau Hossler, who went round in level-par 70. Frightening, given what the top three in the world are currently going through...

  38. 2356: 

    What news of McIlroy? Finds the bunker with his second on nine. Donald safely on, Westwood also finds sand. It's a real grind out there for the worlds one, two and three...

  39. 2351: 

    The flags really getting a ragging now as the wind picks up and McDowell has scuffed one out of the rubbish on seven, big ask to make birdie from there, and he doesn't. England's Justin Rose has birdied 17 to get to one under, three off the lead. Brian Gaffney (no relation to Dean) chips in on the par-three third to get to one under.

  40. 2348: 

    McDowell with a flyer out of the green-side bunker at seven, into some green-side cabbage. Good hole that - 256-yard par four, sounds easy, it'll pull your pants down if you disrespect it. Anyone wondering who the other two players were to make abatrosses at the US Open, they were Shaun Micheel at Pebble in 2010 and TC Chen in 1985, I'm not sure where.

  41. 2340: 

    Westwood into the guts of the green at the par-three eighth, Donald clambers onto the front. McIlroy now and the defending champion misses just right, but that's OK. Simon Dyson of Yorkshire bogeyed three, four and five but pulled a shot back at the seventh to get back to +1.

  42. 2335: 

    McDowell for par on six... makes it from 10 feet, he stays one under and is looking rock solid. Ryo Ishikawa of Japan is one under through six, he made birdie at the first. Shot gone for Lawrie on 18, he's got the hard yards still to come.

  43. 2332: 

    That's about as good as McIlroy could do from there - his sand escape bends towards the back of the green and he's got a monster to save par on a 256-yard par four. Nicky Watney - ALBATROSS ON 17! His approach pitches onto the front and curls into the centre of the cup, the American moves to level. That's only the third albatross in US Open history. Jim Furyk into the red, birdie on six, the old-stager could thrive on this stretch.

  44. 2327: 

    Peter Lawrie's going nowhere at the moment, the Irishman has played his first nine holes in one under. Cute pitch from McDowell on the sixth, bidding to become only the third man to play the first six holes in under par. Fine chip by Westwood on seven, McIlroy out of the rough and into a bunker. Donald with a decent second, chance of a birdie.

  45. 0005: 

    Lee Westwood splashes out to about 15ft on the ninth and misses the par putt to slide to four over. Playing partner Donald's birdie chance from about 20ft breaks viciously at the end but falls short and he makes par to stay four over. The third member of the trio, McIlroy, also makes bogey to slip to four over. Behind, McDowell makes a decent clutch putt on the short eighth to stay level par.

  46. 2324: 

    Poulter for par on 15 and that's a fine clutch putt from 15 feet or so. You have got to see the rascals Poulter has got on his feet - canary yellow golf shoes, looks like he's stepped in a bowl of custard. Olin Browne - his daughter is stepping out with Rickie Fowler - pitches in on 17 for eagle, which partially makes up for his triple on 16.

  47. 2318: 

    Everyone out on the course now or already with their feet up. McIlroy for birdie from long range on six - great effort, tap in for par. Fowler for birdie on 13, it stays a couple of inches left, Westwood just misses with his monster par effort on six, the Englishman melts back to four over.

  48. 2310: 

    Westwood and Donald both found sand off the tee at the sixth - the only fairway trap on the course - and they both hit the lip attempting to escape. McIlroy safely on in two. The big-hitting Quiros on in one at the par-four seventh - he aced that yesterday for a rare albatross. Donald on in three and he's got a 40-footer coming back for par. Double for Ernie Els on the fourth, the South African back to +2.

  49. 2302: 

    Look at that waggle! This can only be Jason Dufner on the par-three 13th and he's safely on, the American one over through four. Westwood made his clutch putt on five to remain three over par.

  50. 2259: 

    McIlroy and Donald with good chips on the fifth, and Westwood matches them. Now they just have to putt out for par... Donald with a seven-footer for par, it lips out, the world number one down to three over... McIlroy's par putt races miles by, decent clutch putt coming back, to be fair to the wee man...

  51. 2256: 

    Birdie for McDowell on four, the 2010 champion one under. Another former champion, Angel Cabrera, makes birdie at the par-three third to get to two under, two off leader Michael Thompson. Fine long-range birdie putt from Justin Rose on 14, the Englishman level through six.

  52. 2252: 

    Westwood made par at the fourth to stay three over, as did Donald to stay two over. The bad news is all three of them missed the fairway on the next, a very scruffy start by this UK trio. Westwood from the cabbage on five and he pays the price, coming up short of the green. Donald chases him up there, but is also short.

    Here's a shocking stat for you, if you're the sort of person who is shocked by golf stats: so far today, the field is 265 over par for the first six holes and only Woods and Bohn have played them under par. Mental.

  53. 2243: 

    McIlroy squeezes in his par putt on four to stay one over, Sergio Garcia bogeys one and two. Ernie Els makes a fine start, he's into the red with a long-range birdie at the third. Poulter hits an overhanging tree on the par-three 13th, Kuchar into the heart of the green.

  54. 2239: 

    Former champion Angel Cabrera birdies two to get into that exclusive club on one under, while Ireland's Peter Lawrie is still grinding it out, he's one under through seven. Germany's Martin Kaymer is level through four.

  55. 2237: 

    Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington in with a respectable 74 - doesn't sound great but at least he hasn't blown it. Mahan now on the 194-yard 13th, nothing spectacular but on the dancefloor. Here's Casey Martin - it's his first US Open appearance since the tournament was last held here in 1998, and what an inspirational story he has to tell.

    Martin has a birth defect in his right leg known as Klippel Trenaunay Weber syndrome and successfully sued the PGA Tour in 2001 for the right to use a golf cart during competition. Last time out he finished 23rd.


    BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter on McIlroy, Donald and Westwood: "They need to batten down the hatches and make sure they don't leak shots becasue anything around par is still very much in the championship."

  57. 2229: 

    Fine round by Francesco Molinari of Italy, who recovered from a double at the first to return a 71. Dustin Johnson cutting a forlorn figure on the 10th fairway - looks like he's lost his ball up a cypress tree - and he has to get a lift back to the tee. Rickie Fowler now on 10, he's found some form of late - right at the flag but his ball races over the back.


    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Jay Townsend: "I'm going to sound snobbish but the Olympic Club is a very sophisticated course and I'm not sure Bubba is up to the task here. The course forces left-handed players to play a hook and that is harder to control when it lands and that's one of the reasons why Watson and Mickelson are a combined 14 over."

  59. 2223: 

    Webb Simpson, a much-fancied American, is in with a very solid 72. Here's Hunter Mahan, a two-time winner on Tour this year... short with his approach at 12, he's level through three, as is Ian Poulter of England. Birdies like hen's teeth out on Olympic, it's gonna be a struggle out there...

  60. 2220: 

    McIlroy chipping on at the third... great effort, thinning it with a wedge to within three feet. Westwood sends his putt to about 10 feet from the hole, Donald's is even further away, a very smelly start for the illustrious English pair... well done Donald, great clutch putt for par, but that was a terrible putt from Westwood, looked a little bit yippy, he tumbles to three over...

  61. 2214: 

    Peter Lawrie misses with his par putt on his fifth, the Irishman back to one under. McIlroy looks to have hit a peach on the par-three third but his ball scuttles through the green. Westwood and Donald come up short.

  62. 2212: 

    Robert Karlsson of Sweden in with a level-par 70, three birdies and three bogeys on his card. Adam Scott of Australia in with a 76, but conditions are supposed to get more daunting - the win set to pick up and the greens set to turn from granite to marble. Kuchar back to level, bogey at his second.

  63. 2207: 

    Michael Campbell - winner in 2005, but of nothing much since - bogeyed the ninth but has made par at 10 and 11. Donald splashes out at the second but that looks like another one gone. Westwood with a fine curling putt from long range and he'll tap in for a settling par. McIlroy for a bird... ducks right at the last moment... Donald's par putt slides six feet by, this course is brutal. However, I should point out that it's probably not comparable to Alcatraz, as some commentators have suggested it might be - you are highly unlikely to be shot in the head if you're seen mounting a fence at Olympic.


    Tim, London, on text: "Immensely proud of my cousin, who qualified for his first major this year. Any news on how Cameron Wilson is doing would be greatly appreciated!"

  65. 2159: 

    I'm hearing that round by Woods, Watson and Mickelson took five hours and 17 minutes, which is frankly ludicrous, although probably not entirely their fault. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, champion in 2010, kicks off with a par at the first.

  66. 2158: 

    Peter Lawrie for birdie on three... just misses, he stays two under. Simon Dyson of England, who is becoming something of a fixture on the major scene, has ground out three pars to start, countryman Ian Poulter pars the ninth, his first.

  67. 2155: 

    Peter Lawrie all over the pin with his second at 12, the Irishman on fire (figuratively speaking, although it does look warm out there). Donald in the rough again on the second and he's tugged it left into the sand - chasing his losses, losing even more. Westwood with eight iron and that's pretty good, although these greens are like Tarmac. Kuchar makes birdie at his first, the ninth, McIlroy safely on the second green in two.

  68. 2150: 

    When the smoke clears on the first, Donald and McIlroy emerge with bogeys, Westwood with a double. McIlroy threw out the first pitch at a Giants game the other day and looked a little bit like a seven-year-old girl in doing so*. Matt Kuchar, Players Champion, all over the flag with his second at his first, as Westwood clonks his tee shot down the second, as is his wont... Nicky Watney with his third at 10... IN! The fancied American back to level...

    *Disclaimer: Seven-year-old boys can also be weak throwers.

  69. 2145: 

    Westwood putting for bogey from about 15 feet... leaves it right, two shots gone. Here's 14-year-old Andy Zhang - apologies, I think I called him Anthony earlier on - and he makes a long-range birdie at the last to break 79. Little dance with his caddie! No need for that...

  70. 2143: 

    Peter Lawrie follows birdie at nine with another at 10, he's now two under. Nice recovery by McIlroy, chance for par, but Westwood's ball is back at his feet, he'll do well to escape with a bogey... not bad from Donald, although he'll do well to make par from there... Westwood's still not on in four...

  71. 2138: 

    Presnell, a qualifier from Australia, made birdie on 13 and is one under after 15. Here's Donald in some bother on the first... decent recovery, although right of the green. Poor shot from McIlroy - middle of the fairway, nine iron, and he's missed it off to the right. Westwood's repeated the trick, social golf, all three chipping on... I get the feeling that with this group it will be a case of 'together they prosper or go down in flames'...

  72. 2132: 

    Marc Allen has a rare couple of twos-in-a-row on his card - the 53-year-old eagled 13, birdied 14 and is in with a level-par 70. Peter Lawrie of Ireland, who is in a bit of form of late, is one under after two. Here's McIlroy on the first... ding-dong, straight down the middle. He's playing with world number one Luke Donald... deep rough... and Lee Westwood, the world number three, chasing McIlroy down there...

  73. 2124: 

    Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is four over through 16, playing partner Robert Karlsson of Sweden is one over. Child prodigy Anthony Zhang is now 10 over after 16 holes, Peter Hanson of Swede, who was right in the mix at the Masters, is nine over through 15.

  74. 2119: 

    Jonathan Byrd makes a lengthy birdie at 18 for a 71. Marc McCormick of the United States has got Bruce Springsteen's former drummer on his bag, some chap called Vini Lopez. Not helping much at the moment, although to be honest I have no idea why it should, McCormick is five over par.

  75. 2111: 

    McIlroy out in 20 minutes. A lot of excitement surrounding his appearance at Olympic, although it wouldn't actually surprise me too much if he went round in the high-70s, he's not exactly locked into his game at the moment.

  76. 2108: 

    Padraig's birdie putt on seven comes up at least six feet short. "What pleased you most about your play today?" says the man on Sky. "Everything," says Tiger Woods, before breaking into a pearly-white smile.

  77. 2104: 

    Harrington for eagle on seven... has to almost putt off the green to get it down the step, and his ball races 10 feet off the front, from where he'll do well to make par. Presnell of Australia bends in a birdie on 13 to make it to one under.

  78. 2103: 

    Here's Padraig giving it a rip on the short, par-four seventh and he's over the back in one. Here's Dennis Miller, a qualifier, for par at the first... in it goes. And what a qualifier - he putted from off the green in the final hole of his play-off, turned away after his ball finished a roll short of the cup, before turning back to see it drop in. Lovely stuff.

  79. 2056: 

    Defending champion McIlroy on the range next to England's Lee Westwood, one of the favourites - as ever - for this major. Former US PGA champion David Toms one under through 16, one of only four men under par at the moment.

  80. 2052: 

    Woods, Bubba and Mickelson make their way to their final hole, the eighth, a 213-yard par three. When the US Open was last played here, you could knock it on there with a nine iron. Woods for birdie on eight - nice effort, he should tap in for par. Watson races his birdie effort by, Mickelson's chip is a peach, but that's still a round of 76. Watson in with a 78, that Masters victory suddenly a very distant memory; Woods in with an ominous, one-under 69.

  81. 2045: 

    Andy Zhang had a shocker of a triple-bogey start, but has patched things up, to a certain extent, to be eight over through 15. Denmark's Thomas Bjorn in with an eight-over 78, Steve Marino is propping up the field after an 84, including triples at 12 and 13.

  82. 2041: 

    Mickelson not high enough with his birdie putt on seven, stays +6. Michael Thompson with an eight-footer for a round of 66... squeezes it in, he leads in the clubhouse on four under. Scotland's Marc Warren for par at the second but it breaks too soon and he's back to +1.

  83. 2038: 

    Players starting to complete their rounds now and our clubhouse leaders, on level par, are Hossler and Bohn of the United States and and Park of Korea. Tremendous recovery from Mickelson, and that's not bad from Bubba. Woods, however, makes a bit of a hash of his sand escape, his ball trickling off the front of the green. Good recovery, makes par to stay -1 with one to play.

  84. 2034: 
    That's ugly!

    Woods with the ubiquitous cut shot off the seventh tee and his ball ends up in the sand short and right. Deary me, if Mickelson was ugly, Watson's shot needs a bag over its head. No idea where that ended up, except to say it wasn't where anyone expected it.

  85. 2030: 
    That's ugly!

    Mickelson with driver on the 256-yard seventh, his 17th... no, they're still waiting for the group up ahead to putt out... here's Lefty, and that was not what the world was waiting for, sprayed it right into the gallery. Many people think Mickelson is nicknamed 'Lefty' because of his southpaw stance - not so. He was actually a very active trade unionist in his youth, and other nicknames that have fallen by the wayside include 'Pinko' and 'Che'. It is rumoured Woods still calls him 'Scargill' in the locker room.

  86. 2025: 

    American Ryder Cup skipper Davis Love III in the only fairway bunker on the whole course, on the 16th - how's your luck? Decent escape, but he's three over. In case you're wondering, it's a bit confusing this year as the players are not only starting on two tees, but half of them are going off the ninth, not the 10th as usual. As such, Love has played 15.

  87. 2022: 

    Righto, many thanks Hodgo, this is Ben Dirs. You join me as Scotland's Marc Warren, playing in his first major, bends in a fine saver on one to stay one under. Woods, Bubba and Mickelson waiting on the tee at the short par-four seventh - Tiger and Bubba having a relaxed chat, Mickelson, currently six over par, skulking in the background.

  88. 2020: 

    Woods and co wait on the tee at 17, the 256-yard par four that Alvaro Quiros aced on Wednesday. Woods sits on his bag and sips from a bottle. Bubba juggles his ball on his club. Phil mooches with caddie Bones. And with that, here's Ben Dirs to guide you through the next few hours.

  89. 2010: 

    Woods and Mickelson both find the left bunker on the sixth, their 16th. Woods splashes out but not brilliantly and leaves himself 10ft or so for par. Misses right. Back to one under. Mickelson gets up and down for his par.

  90. 2005: 

    BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter: "Woods is playing so within himself. Reminds me of Hoylake 06, not straining to find something that's not there. Looks v v dangerous."

  91. 1955: 

    Dominic, failing to study in Manchester: "Got each way on Rock, Choi and F Molinari. Not bad start, so no more commentators curses please Rob. Thanks."

  92. 1950: 

    You see? This is what I'm talking about. Woods, putting from the back left of the fifth green, makes it disappear from about 30 feet. Wowsers. Two under. Tied for second, one off lead. Mickelson needs to drain a long one for par but can't and slides to six over.

  93. 1945: 

    Woods now in a tie for third at one under. Anyone else getting that slightly weird feeling that his script writers are just warming up for another big chapter?

  94. 1940: 

    Seeing as I wasn't getting many texts or tweets you'll notice the deliberate mistake I snuck in earlier to perk up your interest. Ahem. Rock obviously didn't have 10 straight birdies. That, as Anonymous points out, would be like cooking on rocket fuel, not gas. Let's call it 10 straight pars, shall we. Not sure if it was to do with me, but he then drops his first shot on the first to slide to one over.

  95. 1935: 

    Andy Zhang is not last. Steve Marino is 11 over after 14. Bubba Watson's now seven over and will be back home in Bagdad, Florida, before you can say Green Jacket.

  96. 1928: 
    That's ugly!

    And Mickelson? The one coming back lipped out so he slips to five over after 14. Chances of a fifth major and first US Open disappearing before his eyes. Should have stayed in Paris.

  97. 1925: 

    Woods, then, and he....slots in a cracker with a big right-to-left break to make birdie on the fourth (his 14th) and get into red numbers at one under. Mickelson slides his birdie attempt six feet past.

  98. 1920: 

    England's Robert Rock cooking on gas with 10 straight pars to start.

  99. 1918: 

    That. Is tremendous. Tiger Woods takes an age over his second on the fourth - wind keeps changing. But eventually he sticks with the club in his hands, settles over it and belts a low draw up to within four or so feet for another birdie chance.

  100. 1908: 

    Make that five feet for Woods, but he makes it and keeps himself ticking over at level par.

  101. 1906: 

    Woods take the high route with his chip on the third - Memorial-esque - but it runs on about four feet. Mickelson's, too, rolls a "ways" past (as they say in US) but Lefty slots a good one coming back. The crowd like that, even if it was just for par.

  102. 1902: 

    Woods and Mickelson both talking, nay, imploring their balls on the short third. They both flirt with the right bunker but catch the collar short of the pin. Playing partner Watson catches sand or rough left.

  103. 1900: 

    In Zhang's defence, Masters champion Bubba Watson is only two shots better off. Bubba predicted there was an 80 lurking and he might get it on day one if he plays his cards wrong.

  104. 1855: 

    Andy Zhang fans - your man is currently last of the 78 players on course at eight over after eight holes. That's a triple, double, three bogeys, a par, a birdie and another bogey. Still, I couldn't tie my shoelaces at 14.

  105. 1850: 

    Scotland's Marc Warren making a good start in his first ever major. Birdies the ninth (his first) and six pars to follow for one under and share of third.

  106. 1847: 

    That's got to smart. Woods makes a right old hash of his birdie putt and misses on the left. The real Tiger wouldn't have missed that. He'd have made it twice in the old days.

  107. 1840: 

    Smashing, that. Smashing. Deserves a polite ripple of golf applause. Woods fires his second shot in to about five feet on the second - birdie opportunity coming up. Over on 14, Michael Allen finds the cup with his second for an eagle to get to level after six holes.

  108. 1835: 

    Woods and Mickelson both through back of the first but both chip/putt back for par fours to stay level and four over respectively. Bubba also makes par for five over. Grace drops two shots at the second to slip back to level.

  109. 1830: 

    What news of Padraig Harrington? Well, I'll tell you. He followed the double bogey on the long 16th - sorry, the way long 16th (670 yards - longest in major history) - with a birdie on the more modest 522-yard par-five 17th to get back to even par after nine.

  110. 1825: 

    Second-placed Branden Grace of South Africa, who has won three times this season, pulls out a dreadful snap hook on the second, his 11th, and does that really annoying "drop your club behind you because it's not gone where you wanted it to" thing.

  111. 1823:'s Robert Lusetich on Twitter: "Just walked 9 w/feature group @US Open. Phil'd be fine if they just moved fairways 30 yards right. Bubba, er, not so good. Tiger steady."

  112. 1818: 

    The struggling Phil Mickelson fires just through the green on 18 but gets up and down for his par to stay four over. Woods bags his par from 40-odd feet away. And Bubba? Struggling even more. Double bogey on 18 to slip to +5.

  113. 1808: 

    Woods stuns an iron off the tee on 18 but does a little walk-through after hitting his second shot - is that a little grimace? The ball is well short but just about creeps over the bunker guarding the front of the green.

  114. 1801: 

    Evening all. Tiger Woods strokes in his four-foot birdie put on 17 (his ninth) to get back to level par.

  115. 1758: 

    Woods on 17 and he urges his second on and it obliges, creeping onto the front edge of the green but that's left him a monster for eagle and he's good for distance, three feet left though. Good birdie chance for the former world number one. I'll hand over to Rob Hodgetts for that one. More from me from three on Friday.

  116. 1752: 

    Scotland's Marc Warren opens his US Open account with a birdie three on the ninth but poor young Zhang continues to drop shots. Another one goes on the fifth. He's missed every fairway and green in regulation so far and is eight over after five. A bit of context? Jack Nicklaus, 18-time major winner, made his US Open debut aged 17.

  117. 1749: 

    Eagle three for Branden Grace on the 17th and the South African joins Na in a share for the lead on three under. The 17th is 150 yards shorter than the previous hole, also a par five, by the way.

  118. 1746: 

    Another shot goes for Zhang on the fourth and he's seven over after four. Back on the 17th and Woods launches a three wood up the centre of the fairway but that takes a horrible bounce and dribbles off right into the first cut. Mickelson up next and he looks away in disgust as his ball leaks out right and into the crowd. That's just two of seven fairways hit for Phil - he's a good scrambler though and you feel he's going to need to show those qualities to get home in a reasonable score.

  119. 1744: 

    A couple of birdies for Harrington on 13 and 14 and the Irishman is suddenly up to one under, two behind leader Na who atones for his bogey on 16 with a birdie on the par-five 17th. Woods knocks in his par putt to stay at one over. Mickelson and Watson bogey and both drop to four over.

  120. 1741: 

    Mickelson from the same hollow Na found himself in a few moments ago and he whacks at that with a wood and that skips through the green and is in the rough on the other side. Woods with a 35-footer for birdie on 16 and that pulls up a little short, safe par you fancy though.

  121. 1734: 

    Jason Bohn joins Na on two under with a birdie on the seventh. Bohn, 39, turned pro in 1992 but this is only his second US Open appearance - he missed the cut at Torrey Pines in 2008. He has been called the "nicest guy on the US Tour", won $1m after making a hole-in-one at the University of Alabama and co-holds record for all-time lowest round in professional golf history - 58 at the 2011 Canadian Tour Bayer Championship.

  122. 1728: 

    Big Bubba out with his shocking pink driver on 16 - it's a 670-yard par-five remember - and that has to be the narrowest gap to squeeze that ball through but squeeze it through he does and he booms that way up the fairway and beyond Tiger's drive. Na drops back two under after missing the 16th green with his third shot and taking three from a nasty hollow.

  123. 1724: 

    Zhang misses the green on the third but he only drops one this time and the 14-year-old is six over after three. If he continues this run, should be a par on the next then...

  124. 1720: 

    Mickelson from back edge of 15 and that curling putt is past the hole and rolls some three feet by, Woods also misses the target from half the distance - a couple of tricky ones left for par which both roll in.

  125. 1719: 

    2010 champion Graeme McDowell is among the later starters tonight. The Northern Irishman goes out with 2003 champion Jim Furyk of the United States and Spain's Sergio Garcia at 21:40 BST in the group after McIlroy, Donald and Westwood. Englishmen Justin Rose and Ian Poulter also tee off around the same time in separate groups.

  126. 1714: 

    Mickelson finds the green on the short 15th but he's got a lengthy birdie putt left. Woods goes straight for the flag and his ball skips 20 feet past and nestles on the back edge against the first cut of rough.

  127. 1711: 

    "Golf's Toughest Test" as the US Open sells itself, is indeed proving just that - only five of the 58 players to have completed the first hole are under par. Woods is the latest to drop a shot, sliding an eight-foot par putt to the right of the hole and he is back at one over. Mickelson also drops back to three over with a bogey on the 14th.

  128. 1707: 

    And as I'm writing that, Na only goes and knocks in his third birdie of the round on the 15th to go to three under. England's Rock is a solid level par after two, while Zhang is five over after two following a double bogey on the second.

  129. 1701: 

    America's Kevin Na, who in April 2011 took 16 shots on a par four, more commonly known as a duodecuple you'll no doubt already know, the highest on the PGA Tour since it began recording hole-by-hole scores in 1983, leads the field on two under. The 28-year-old adds a birdie on the 14th to one on the 10th to lead on two under after six.

  130. 1658: 

    Simon Loughins on Twitter: "Euros, Queen's Club AND The US Open!?!?! YOU CAN'T MAKE ME CHOOSE!!! #bbcfootball #bbcgolf #bbctennis" - We know Simon, we know. With these live texts we are really spoiling you...

  131. 1655: 

    Mickelson finally finds his range on the 199-yard par-three 13th and rolls in a birdie putt to get back to two over. Big-hitting Bubba and Tiger are both in the hole for three.

  132. 1653: 

    Youngster Andy Zhang is off to the worst possible start. The 14-year-old was nervous enough in his first practice round on Tuesday to whack his tee shot deep into the trees and then ask if he was allowed to have another dig. Today, he again misses the first fairway. And it doesn't get any better for the Chinese teenager who records a three-over seven. A crumb of comfort? Just the one putt.

  133. 1648: 

    A quick reminder for those of you just joining us. The big trio from this side of the Atlantic, defending champion Rory McIlroy, world number one Luke Donald and world number three Lee Westwood tee off at 21:29 BST.

  134. 1644: 

    Watson and Mickelson continue to spray the ball off the tee - both golfers have hit only one of the opening four fairways but they recover to post par fours on the 12th. Woods hits three of the first four fairways and he is continuing to play par golf.

  135. 1637: 

    England's Robert Rock, who finished in a tie for 23rd on his US Open debut last year, opens his account with a par at the ninth.

  136. 1628: 

    Woods level through three but Watson and Mickelson continue to find the going tough in San Fran. Watson bogeys the 11th to go to two over, while Big Phil opens 5, 5, 5 and he is at three over.

  137. 1626: 

    Apologies to Mr Grace. A bogey follows two birdies and he's back to one under with five others. Ireland's Padraig Harrington opens with a par on the ninth, while America's Scott Langley posts the highest number of the day so far, a triple-bogey seven on the second.

  138. 1622: 

    For all you fans of numbers - the 112th US Open is being played at the Olympic Club for the fifth time. It features 156 players, a 520-yard par-four opening hole, a 670-yard par-five (the longest hole in the tournament's history), approximately 30,000 trees lining the fairways, one fairway bunker, no water hazards and one San Andreas earthquake faultline.

  139. 1614: 

    South Africa's Branden Grace is the first to two under par. The 24-year-old, who has won three events on the European Tour this season, is showing no early nerves on his US Open debut with birdies on the 10th and 11th (his second and third holes). Woods pars the second to remain level, Watson does likewise to stay at one over, but Mickelson fans look away now. A second bogey and Lefty is at plus two.

  140. 1604: 

    As the tournament yawns, stretches and begins to get get going, could I point you in the direction of a blog by my colleague Rob Hodgetts which takes a more in-depth look at the Olympic - a course known as the "graveyard of legends". Rob also reminds us that the last eight majors have been won by eight different golfers, all of whom were winning their first major.

  141. 1559: 

    Simon Porter on Twitter: "Looking at Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson for the US Open." #bbcgolf

  142. 1556: 

    Woods completes the first hole in regulation par but his left-handed playing partners Watson and Mickelson drop a shot though. All three are beginning their rounds on the ninth hole as the US Open employs a two-tee start-off.

  143. 1550: 

    Defending champion McIlroy comes into the tournament in decent nick after finishing seventh last week at the St Jude Classic. He shared the lead standing on the tee on the 18th but found water and dropped two shots. But it was a welcome return to form for the 23-year-old who had previously missed three consecutive cuts.

  144. 1544: 

    Still looking for inspiration to help you pick a winner? Take a look at BBC Sport's selection of contenders for the title.

  145. 1536: 

    It's going to be a long day, heading into the early hours of the morning this side of the Atlantic Ocean. But you're going to be with me all the way right? What are you expecting from the teenage prodigy Zhang on day one? Will McIlroy stroll to victory as he did 12 months ago at Congressional? Is Woods ready to break a four-year duck in the majors? Will Westwood or Donald finally win their first majors? Tweet me your thoughts #bbcgolf

  146. 1529: 

    The big trio to watch out for later this evening is undoubtedly that of Northern Ireland's defending champion and world number two Rory McIlroy, and English duo world number one Luke Donald and number three Lee Westwood. They head out at 21:29 BST.

  147. 1526: 

    Let me mark your card with a few other big names going out early doors. Two-time champion Retief Goosen of South Africa is out at 16:10 with former Masters champions Vijay Singh of Fiji and America's Zach Johnson, while Ireland's double Open champion Padraig Harrington is out at 15.55.

  148. 1516: 

    Zhang is among the early morning starters in California, which is eight hours behind the UK. He heads out at 08:21 local time, 16:21 BST. By then, one of his idols, former world number one Woods, will be several holes in to his round. Woods tees it up alongside four-time major winner and five-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson and Watson at 15:33.

  149. 1511: 

    On Tuesday the star-struck teenager headed to the driving range before a practice round with Masters champion Bubba Watson, enquiring of his caddie Chris Gold if he could "ask for autographs". And after meeting Woods in the locker room, he said: "Wow. I just shook Tiger's hand."

  150. 1507: 

    For those of you wondering who the devil Andy Zhang is - he hit the headlines earlier this week by becoming the youngest player to qualify for the US Open at the tender age of 14 years and understandably, he's a little excited.

  151. 1503: 

    Hello all and welcome to live text commentary of the second major of 2012, the US Open at The Olympic Club, San Francisco.

  152. 1500: 

    Where were you 15 years ago when Tiger Woods was winning the first of his 14 majors, the 1997 Masters at Augusta? I can tell you exactly where China's Andy Zhang was...he was seven months from being born.

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