Woods, Toms and Furyk head US Open

Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms share the lead at the US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, the trio at 1 under and the only players to have completed the opening 36 holes under par.

In perfect early conditions, Furyk was first to make his move. Furyk was round in 69 to get within three of the lead of Michael Thompson who had not even hit off when he walked from the 18th green. The 2003 Champion has a game built for US Open golf and he has again proved it this week.

In front of sell out galleries, Woods would play in the afternoon field and an early birdie had him at 2 under and in outright second position although before long Thompson had come back to the field and Woods was in a very familiar position of leading a major championship.

Three bogeys then had him at 1 over but a great shot to the 8th would restore his momentum. He said later that it was the shot that got him back on track.

"Coming back right there, right back there and hit a nice beautiful high 5 iron," said Woods when asked what it was that got him back on track. "Take something off of it and land it, fly high and let it go past where I wanted it to be. That was more important than the birdie (on the 10th)"

Birdies at the 10th and 13th got him back into a share of the lead and although he was a little unlucky when his impressive 4 iron approach to the par five 17th ran just of the back and then some twenty yards from the green and was unable to make birdie he saved par from the front bunker at the last and is ominously poised.

Woods was first to acknowledge just how tough the day had been. "Well, that was not easy," he said. "That golf course was some kind of quick. It got dried out.

"The wind was swirling a little bit out there. It was tough. It was really, really tough. Just had to stay as patient as possible and I did a really good job at that today.

"But it was just a different golf course than what we played yesterday. We had moisture on the greens and fairways. They were fast. But at least we had little bit of some moisture in there.

"But today there was none. The ball was springy. It was getting crusty enough where the ball was wiggling on the greens if you were coming down the hill, so you try to leave yourself below the hole. But it's really hard to leave yourself below the hole because it's so springy."

"I think I'm in a good spot," he added. "Right now I'm I think I'm tied for the lead. I don't know what Toms did, but I'm right there in a good spot. So looking forward to it and going off late tomorrow, so get some good rest."

David Toms had a rock solid, two bogey, two birdie, round of even par. "It was just a solid day of golf," he said. "Obviously I didn't get off to the start I wanted to, but I'm sure a lot of guys played the first six a couple over par, so that's what I did. I just hung in there.

"I missed a couple fairways here and there, but for the most part I was in play. And I hit some good shots from the rough controlling my distance out of the rough which is key to be able to make your pars when you don't hit the great tee ball. So I did that and just hit the middle of the greens all day long when I couldn't attack and rolled my putter pretty well."

Toms is playing his 16th US open and has a previous best of 5th place but in many ways his organised game is suited to the US Open grind. There is little doubt that the weekend is going to be just that.

The group at 1 over and two from the lead is an interesting mix. First season professional John Peterson is there along with 2010 Champion Graeme McDowell, first round leader Michael Thompson, Charl Schwartzel and the in form Belgium player Nicolas Colsaerts.

Blake Adams is one further back and the group at 3 over and only four from the lead includes Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan.

The game's two leading world ranked players Rory McIlory and Luke Donald have both missed the cut, McIlory the defending champion after his eight shot victory at Congressional last year.

The leading Australian at the end of day two and one of only five of the original nine to make the cut is Alistair Presnell who at four over par is only five shots from the lead. Presnell looked very impressive through the opening nine holes of his second round but the tough first six holes of the golf course (he started on the back nine) caught up with him as the round progressed.

He was however only one shot from the lead through 27 holes (see earlier story) and that in itself is an achievement in his first experience at this level.

Senden made his second cut in his fourth US Open and at 5 over is only six shots from the lead.

Jason Day and Adam Scott at 6 over and Rod Pampling is at 7 over.

The biggest disappointments amongst the Australians were Geoff Ogilvy and Aaron Baddeley who at 10 and 14 over respectively performed well below expectation.

Bruce Young
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