Tiger Tracker: Round 2 at U.S. Open

Tiger Woods during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Friday, June 15, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Tiger Woods during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Friday, June 15, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Scoring in the second round of the 2012 U.S. Open was difficult for many top players, including Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald, but Tiger Woods finished at 1 under for 36 holes, tying with Jim Furyk and David Toms for the lead.

Phil Mickelson finished the day at 7 over thanks to a crucial birdie on the 18th hole. The third member of the marquee group, Bubba Watson, finished at 9 over.

See how Tiger did it:

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No. 18, Par 4, 344 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger hits an iron off the tee. His ball lands in the middle of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: With 120 yards to the hole, Tiger misjudges the yardage and hits his wedge into a bunker in front of the green.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger has a relatively easy bunker shot with plenty of green to work with. He splashes his 60 degree wedge out and onto the green several feet from the hole.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger makes his 3-foot putt to save par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 18.

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No. 17, Par 5, 522 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger hits his 3-wood down the left center of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: From 225 yards up hill, Tiger hits 5-iron. He lands the ball in front of the green. The ball seems to have a perfect line, but it catches the slope and rolls over and behind the green, between several trees.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger has an opening between two trees to the green. He knocks his 54 degree wedge up onto the green. The ball breaks a several feet to the left, leaving Tiger with a birdie opportunity.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger misjudges the break in his birdie putt; the ball rolls past the left side of the hole, failing to break right like he thought it would. Tiger taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 17.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Beau Hossler finished his second round with three bogeys in his last four holes to close at 3 over. Hossler is currently T-12 with a group that includes Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Jason Dufner - all of whom are done for the day. Hossler's round Friday included three birdies, four bogeys and a double.

Alistair Presnell is all alone in fourth place at even with eight holes to play.

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No. 16, Par 5, 670 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger hits driver, setting up down the edge of the left tree line.

SECOND SHOT: There's a slight delay as the group waits for the green to clear. Tiger hits a fairway wood into a bunker to the right of the green. The ball has a pretty good lie in the bunker, sitting on a slight downslope. Tiger will have a lot of green to work with.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger flies the ball out of the bunker to the middle of the green. He will have a lengthy birdie attempt.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger's putt takes a hard dive to the left at the end of its line. He taps it in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 16.

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No. 15, Par 3, 154 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger hits wedge, and the ball lands in the rough just right of a bunker before rolling onto the green about 18 feet from the hole.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger misreads birdie putt a bit as the ball breaks right of the hole. He makes about a 3-footer for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 15.

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No. 14, Par 4, 419 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger uses an iron off the tee and finds the right side of the fairway.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger lands his second shot about 30 feet from the hole.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger leaves the long birdie putt short and to the right side of the hole. He taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 14.

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No. 13, Par 3, 199 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger goes with 7-iron and lands his ball several feet from the pin, setting himself up for a birdie opportunity.

ON THE GREEN: Following a gorgeous tee shot, Tiger makes his birdie putt to regain a share of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 13.

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No. 12, Par 4, 451 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger tees up his driver on the right side of the tee box. He intends to fade the ball left-to-right, but instead pull is into the left rough.

SECOND SHOT: With a lie buried in the rough, Tiger manages to get enough height on the ball and land it on the front of the green.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger has a fast 30-foot putt. He doesn't give it enough and it runs out a couple feet in front of the hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 12.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Beau Hossler's stay atop the leaderboard has ended. Hossler doubled the par-4 fourth hole to fall back to 1 over. Jim Furyk now leads the tournament at 1 under. Also, Webb Simpson is now T-3 at 1 over and is 1 under through nine holes today. And what happened to Michael Thompson? The first-round leader is 6 over today and 2 over overall. He has had three bogeys and two doubles with five holes left.

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No. 11, Par 4, 430 yards

OFF THE TEE: Hitting driver, Tiger hammers his ball down the middle of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger looks at 96 yards to the front and 126 to the hole. He misjudges the breeze, landing the ball in the front of the green.

ON THE GREEN: He makes a good go at it, getting the ball over a ridge and close to the hole. He holes his straight uphill putt for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 11.

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No. 10, Par 4, 424 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger aims left and bends the ball to the right with his driver - this high-fade shot is one he's been liking. He lands on the right side of the fairway.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger has 76 yards to the green. He flies the ball to the front of the green, where it kicks up and rolls past the hole.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger has a slow, 30-foot, right-to-left putt. He holes it for birdie, moving back to even and T-4.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 10.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Adam Scott is quietly climbing and is 2 under through seven holes, 4 over on the tournament. He has birdies at Nos. 10 and 14, and no bogeys.

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No. 9, Par 4, 449 yards

OFF THE TEE: In a surprising move, Tiger goes with driver - probably to move the ball left-to-right. It starts on the left and doesn't move too much, landing in the short cut of rough.

SECOND SHOT: From 119 yards in the first cut of rough, Tiger lands his ball on the green, above the pin.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger has a swift-breaking left-to-right putt. He gives it a good chance, but the ball straightens out at the end. Tiger taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 9.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Beau Hossler, 17, has just taken the outright lead at 2 under with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 hole. He leads Jim Furyk by a stroke and Alistair Presnell by two. Webb Simpson is also putting together a nice round. He's 1 under through seven holes today and 1 over for the tournament.

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No. 8, Par 3, 200 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger hits 6-iron to the left side of the green.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger's birdie attempt had a chance, but ran out of gas about one foot from the hole. He taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 8.

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No. 7, Par 4, 288 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger hits fairway wood down the left side. He lands in the front part of a bunker, but will face a long bunker shot.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger blasts the ball out of the bunker and carries it to the top level of the green, setting up a birdie opportunity.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger has a delicate eight foot putt. He misses it on the right side and leaves himself with some work to do to save par.

He misses the par and taps in for bogey - his third in a row.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 7.

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No. 6, Par 4, 489 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger hits a low-stinger with an iron, landing on the right side of the fairway.

SECOND SHOT: With 217 to the front and 237 to the hole, Tiger hits 4-iron. He goes after the flag but pulls it into the left rough, just along the rim of a bunker.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger examines his precarious lie with disbelief. The ball is hanging in the rough over the edge of the bunker. He finds another, similar spot along the bunker to practice on.

With both feet in the sand, he chokes up onto the shaft of his sand wedge and chips to just off the green.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger bumps his ball onto the green with a wood and holes his bogey putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Beau Hossler has moved into a share of the lead after a birdie on the par-5 17th. Hossler had found the greenside bunker on his second shot, but a solid third shot out of the trap set up a 5-footer for birdie.

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No. 5, Par 4, 498 yards

OFF THE TEE: The wind begins to pick up from the right. Tiger uses a long iron and plays a low stinger. He's in the fairway, but will have a long approach.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger has 206 yards to the green, but lands in a front-right bunker. Moments later, Bubba joins him.

AROUND THE GREEN: In the bunker, Tiger opens up the clubface on his 60 degree wedege and slips under the ball with a lot of speed. He lands the ball several feet from the hole.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger doesn't play enough break and misses his short downhill putt to the right. His bogey causes him to get into a share of the lead with Jim Furyk and Michael Thompson.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 5.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Michael Thompson had dropped back to even after a bogey on the par-4 14th. But Thompson, who was 4 over through six holes, has responded with a birdie on the par-3 15th.

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No. 4, Par 4, 438 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger hits a long iron and sets up square. He begins his swing but then backs off, resets, and then hits the ball. The ball lands on the left side of the fairway and rolls right.

SECOND SHOT: With 155 yards to the front of the green, 173 to the hole and hitting uphill into the wind, Tiger hits a knock-down fade with his 8-iron. The ball lands in the middle of the green.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger gets his long putt on a good track, but it stops just short of the hole. Still, a good putt considering too much juice could have caused it to run off the green. He taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 4.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Amateur Beau Hossler, just 17 years old, is at even par through seven holes. Hossler is still T-4 following a missed 6-foot birdie putt on the par-3 15th.

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No. 3, Par 3, 247 yards

OFF THE TEE: The hole location on No. 3 is more accessible than yesterday. Tiger aims dead-straight at the pin with 8-iron and lands the ball just short of the green, rolling up to several feet from the hole.

ON THE GREEN: Things just got very interesting at Olympic. A bogey and a double cause Michael Thompson to move to 1 under and share the lead with Tiger, Jim Furyk and David Toms. Tiger, faced with a short birdie opportunity, takes his time setting up his putt.

He capitalizes on the birdie and takes sole possession of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 3.

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No. 2, Par 4, 428 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger hits 3-iron, landing in the thick left rough. With his swing, he makes a mistake he didn't make yesterday - he got the club stuck behind him which caused him to pull the ball. Bubba hits a similar shot, landing in the rough as well.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger's just off the fairway in the rough, with a decent lie. With 175 yards to the hole and the ball way above his feet, he starts the ball toward the center of the green but it works left and lands in front of the green.

AROUND THE GREEN: His lie isn't bad, but he has an awkward stance, near a bunker with the ball above his feet. He hits a lofted sand wedge, making nice contact but leaving himself with a short, but difficult, downhill putt.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger saves par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 2.

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No. 1, Par 4, 520 yards

Dressed in all black, Tiger will take to the front side to start his second round at Olympic Club. The first six holes have gained a lot of notoriety because of their toughness, but Tiger was able to get through them at 1 under on Thursday, including a bogey at the par-4 6th hole. The weather is warming up a bit, which will allow balls to run farther in the fairway, but will make greens tough to hold.

OFF THE TEE: Using 3-wood, Tiger hits a bullet right down the center of the fairway.

SECOND SHOT: With 206 yards to the flag, Tiger pulls out 7-iron. He aims left of the hole location and fades the ball to the center of the green, where it releases to the back-right side.

ON THE GREEN: Demonstrating line and speed control, Tiger almost holes his 50-foot, slightly up hill putt. After he makes his par putt, he makes his way to the second hole, removing his sweater as he walks.

PLAYING COMPETITORS: After landing his second shot behind the green, Phil lobs the ball several feet from the hole, but misses the putt and opens with another bogey to move to 7 over. Bubba two putts for par to remain at 8 over.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 1.

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Update #18: 1:03 p.m. PDT

Jim Furyk has carded a 1-under 69 to move to 1 under for the tournament and is the only person from the morning wave to be under par for the tournament thus far. Blake Adams is 2 under on his round and is at even, but has three bogeys and five birdies.

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Update #17: 12:52 p.m. PDT

Rory McIlroy makes bogey at the par-3 8th hole and will finish the day at 10 over, securely outside the cut line and can book a trip home after a dismal showing in San Francisco.

Luke Donald, No. 1 in the world, can do the same, carding a 2-over 72 for an 11 over tournament total.

Meanwhile, Lee Westwood is at 5 over and looks to have made the cut, unless scoring gets better in the afternoon, which is unlikely.

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Update #16: 12:40 p.m. PDT

Rory McIlroy picked up his second birdie of the day at the par-4 7th hole, but is still at 9 over for the tournament. A birdie at the par-3 8th, and he might have something to wait around for, although the scores would have to be astronomical this afternoon. The current projected cut is flopping between 5 and 6 over, likely to be headed toward the latter as the day moves on.

Playing competitor Lee Westwood is 1 over for the day and 4 over for the tournament.

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Update #15: 12:33 p.m. PDT

Nick Watney - who had an albatross at the par-5 17th on Thursday - has fallen off the leaderboard and is flirting with the current cut line of 6 over. Watney is 6 over on his round - four bogeys and a double - and sits at 5 over for the tournament. He hit the 17th hole in two and had about 15 feet for eagle to try and give himself some breathing room heading to the closing 18th hole. He'd two-putt for birdie and just needs to avoid disaster on the 18th to stay at home in the Bay Area two more days.

Meanwhile, there are only three players that remain under par and none of them have teed off yet on Friday. Graeme McDowell has consecutive bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6 to fall back to even for the tournament and 1 over for the day. Jim Furyk is also at even for the tournament, currently even on the day. They both have two holes to play.

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Update #14: 12:23 p.m. PDT

Another big name has fallen back to 10 over, with Rickie Fowler now 8 over on his round with five holes to play.

With the cut mark hovering around 6 over at this hour, there are some pretty big names that will be left out: Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Aaron Baddeley, Geoff Ogilvy, Dustin Johnson and Casey Martin. Bubba Watson (8 over) will have to go under par, while Phil Mickelson (6 over) will need to at least shoot par.

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Update #13: 12:01 p.m. PDT

Where is the Rory McIlroy that blitzed the 2011 U.S. Open? Nowhere to be found at Olympic Club it seems. The on-again, off-again World No. 1 has three holes left and is at 10 over, tied with Luke Donald for 131st place.

McIlroy has hit 16 of 33 greens and only 13 of 26 fairways - not stats that will lead you to even making a cut at a U.S. Open.

The last member of this marquee group - Lee Westwood - is T-39 at 4 over and will need to hold steady coming down the stretch to secure a Saturday tee time.

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Update #12: 11:55 a.m. PDT

It's been an hour since our last post, and not much as changed on the leaderboard. Graeme McDowell fell back to 1 under after a bogey at No. 1, but then got that stroke back with a birdie at No. 3. Meanwhile, playing competitor Jim Furyk has joined the ranks of players in red figures, also posting a birdie-2 on No. 3 to get to 1 under.

John Peterson has held steady today and is T-11 at 1 over, currently even on his round with just the 18th to play.

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Update #11: 10:54 a.m. PDT

Of the 17 players at 1 over or better, only four of them are currently on the course, with conditions much worse for scoring on Friday morning versus Thursday morning.

According to the USGA: "This morning’s green speeds averaged in the low 13s on the USGA Stimpmeter immediately after the cut and roll, and likely will settle out in the mid 12s by midday."

The course is definitely less damp than on Thursday, which was confirmed by the USGA.

"Hand-watering was applied to all greens last night; several greens received more water this morning based on firmness and moisture readings. All fairways, green approaches and closely mown areas also were irrigated last night. There has been an attempt to mimic the firmness conditions of the first round."

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Update #10: 10:47 a.m. PDT

A blast from the past: Two-time U.S. Open winner Ernie Els is making a Friday run at the leaderboard, sitting 3 under on his round to get to 2 over for the tournament. He started with his round - on the 9th hole - with a birdie and has added two more on Nos. 11 and 17. Els is still in contention despite a triple-bogey 8 at the par-5 16th on Thursday.

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Update #9: 10:40 a.m. PDT

The Graeme McDowell-Jim Furyk-Sergio Garcia grouping is quickly becoming the best one on the course, with McDowell sitting alone in second at 2 under (1 under thru 10 today), Furyk is T-5 at even par (even today) and Garcia is T-18 at 2 over (1 under today).

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Update #8: 10:27 a.m. PDT

It's looking like it will be a light weekend for amateurs in the Open field, with Beau Hossler (T-5, but has not teed off) and 17-year-old Alberto Sanchez (T-28) the only players currently inside the top 60. Last year's low amateur, Patrick Cantlay, is 6 over and has yet to tee off on Friday, while Jordan Spieth is 2 over on his round to drop to 6 over for the tournament as well. Both are T-75 right now.

Brooks Koepka (8 over), Nick Sherwood (8 over), Andy Zhang (9 over) and Cameron Wilson (11 over) will need to hope that the field comes back to them, which is unlikely considering Sherwood and Zhang have yet to tee off.

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Update #6: 10:05 a.m. PDT

Graeme McDowell makes it back-to-back birdies, giving a little fist pump as he rolls in a rare 4 at the par-5 16th hole to get to 2 under, now alone in second place.

Jim Furyk and Nicolas Colsaerts have both moved to even, with Furyk picking up birdie at No. 15 and Colsaerts getting a 3 at the par-4 18th.

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Update #5: 9:53 a.m. PDT

Graeme McDowell drains a long birdie on the par-3 15th hole to get back to 1 under, three shots off Michael Thompson's 18-hole lead. He is tied with Tiger Woods and David Toms in second place.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Colsaerts has played solidly on Friday, moving to 1 over for the tournament behind two birdies and one bogey thru 10 holes.

Luke Donald is looking resigned to the fact that he will miss the cut, dropping another shot and is now 10 over for the tournament, while Rory McIlroy pars the par-5 16th, but is still at 9 over overall.

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Update #4: 9:27 a.m. PDT

Of the 78 players currently on the course, only four are in red figures for the day (Lee Westwood, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Watkins and Martin Kaymer). No one on the course is under par for the tournament, while only Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose are at even par. Watkins is playing in his first U.S. Open and is a Kansas State product.

The pairing of Westwood-McIlroy-Donald is 20 over for the tournament, with the latter two both at 9 over.

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Update #3: 9:08 a.m. PDT

It's going to be a see-saw morning, with Graeme McDowell picking up his second bogey of the day at the par-4 12th hole to fall back to even par.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy is moving in the wrong direction, carding back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 to move to 9 over for the tournament. Luke Donald, the top-ranked player in the world, is struggling after an early birdie, also picking up bogey on the 13th to drop to 10 over. Donald has only hit 12 of 23 fairways thus far in the tournament, atypical for the Englishman.

Lee Westwood is the only member of the marquee grouping playing well, 1 under on his round and 2 over for the tournament.

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Update #2: 8:49 a.m. PDT

Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champ at Pebble Beach, is back in red figures after a birdie at the par-4 10th hole. The cool, breezy California coast seem to agree with him.

Meanwhile, Lee Westwood has moved to 2 over with a birdie at the 11th, while Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy are both even par on their rounds through three holes. Westwood is the only one currently inside the cut line, although that will be a moving target all day long as the weather makes the course tougher.

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Update #1: 8:19 a.m. PDT

The skies are clear this morning in the City by the Bay, a stark contrast from the dense marine layer that greeted players at Olympic Club on Thursday. While it is too early to tell whether that will help or hurt the morning groups, Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk have both dropped a shot after one hole, both picking up bogey on the par-4 9th hole.

The morning's marquee group - Donald, Westwood and McIlroy - is on the course and through 2 holes, with Westwood and McIlroy both level par for the day and Donald at 1 under, but still 8 over for the tournament.

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2012 U.S. Open: Second-round coverage

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2012 U.S. Open: First-round coverage

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Attitude adjustment: Patience at the U.S. Open is important, but a good attitutude is crucial in this game. Story

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Tiger Tracker: Round 1 at the U.S. Open. Story

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2012 U.S. Open: Wednesday coverage

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The short of it: Alvaro Quiros' season has been a struggle. The reason? The Spaniard's long game far outshines his short game, as evidenced by the hole-in-one albatross he made on the seventh hole at Olympic during a U.S. Open Wednesday practice round. Story.

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The best man: Four players have won a U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. But has any player been the right winner? Commentary.

5 Things: Is Rory McIlroy back on track? Who will stand out among the pairing of Tiger-Phil-Bubba? And, just how killer are those first six holes at Olympic Club? Story.

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2012 U.S. Open: Tuesday coverage

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Friendly upset: Two days before Phil Mickelson plays the U.S. Open’s headline pairing with Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson, he played a practice round with teenagers Beau Hossler and Alberto Sanchez, who beat Mickelson and club pro Mike McCormick 1 up. Story.

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Back at home: Michael Allen was also at Olympic Club at the age of 14 - as a member; meanwhile, Steve Stricker reflects on 1998. Notes.

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2012 U.S. Open: Monday coverage

Making history: Andy Zhang, 14, will be the youngest player to ever play in the U.S. Open, receiving a spot in the field after Paul Casey withdrew due to injury. Story.

Spieth is in: PGA Tour veteran Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from the 2012 U.S. Open due to a rib injury and will be replaced by University of Texas star Jordan Spieth. Story.

5 Things: Did you know that Casey Martin won $192 off Tiger Woods? Here are 5 Things you probably didn't know about one of the stars of this week's U.S. Open. Story.

Mighty Casey: Casey Martin might walk with a limp and use a cart to get around, but our Jim Achenbach says that the Oregon coach embraces it all with grace and dignity. Commentary.

Amateur hour: From Patrick Cantlay to Beau Hossler, our Sean Martin takes a look at the eight amateurs in the field at the 2012 U.S. Open. Profiles.

No joke: Dennis Miller - no, not the comedian - is living in a fairy tale and has no intention of leaving it this week at the U.S. Open in San Francisco. Story.

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2012 U.S. Open preview

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Hole-by-hole breakdown: Our golf-course expert Bradley S. Klein offers insight on what to watch for at the Lake Course at Olympic Club, site of this week's U.S. Open. Story.

Keep an eye on these guys: A look at 10 players (outside the top 10 in the world ranking) to watch at next week’s U.S. Open in San Francisco, according to our Ryan Lavner. Story.

Full tilt: The Olympic Club has tested its fair share of golfers with its reverse-camber fairways. Much of the same is expected at this week's U.S. Open says our Bradley Klein. Story.

Fresh meat: Touring pros have to start somewhere. But for U.S. Open rookies, like Bobby Gates (above) was in 2010, any pretense of a gilded life can meet a rough reality. Story.

'I think I won:' Forty-six years after his stunning comeback against Arnold Palmer to win the 1966 U.S. Open, Billy Casper is fine with the way history views his victory at The Olympic Club. Story.

Olympic circus: So much drama - hot drivers, a disabled golfer in a cart and a carnival hole location - overshadowed the '98 Open. Story.

Early favorite: A look at the odds for the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco, set to be played June 14-17, 2012. Odds.

Did you know? Facts and figures for the 112th U.S. Open golf championship at Olympic Club in San Francisco. Story.

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