Tiger Woods continued his impressive recent form as he produced a solid opening round of 69 on day one of the US Open in San Francisco, three shots behind leader, Michael Thompson.
The world number four looked in great shape, going into the tournament, following his recent victory at Memorial, and he continued to prove that he is back to his best with a promising opening round.
While playing partners, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, both struggled on their opening rounds, Woods looked in control of every area of his game and is very capable of going all the way this weekend.
The 36-year old is looking to win his first Major since his US Open victory of 2008, knowing a win this weekend would take his tally to 15, just three short of Jack Nicklaus’ record.
After admitting that he was pleased with his round of 69, Woods revealed the playing conditions had proven very different to how the players had expected them to be.
“I played well - I felt like I had control of my game all day and stuck to my game plan. I was very pleased with every facet of my game and I stayed very patient.
“We knew it was going to be quick, but we didn't think it was going to happen overnight. I was really, really surprised how much it changed – the whole place changed and you had to make adjustments.”
This opening round from Tiger will only go further to convince many that the former world number one is on his way back to the top of the sport.
There is still plenty of golf to be played at Olympic, this weekend, however, and Tiger will have to really produce the goods to play himself into contention, come Sunday.
Woods has long been the favourite to triumph in San Francisco, according to the US Open 2012 odds on Betfair.
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