SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Round two of the U.S. Open got under way this morning with Michael Thompson holding a three-stroke lead. The 107th-ranked golfer in the world is coming off a 4-under-par 66 on Day 1 at The Olympic Club. Thompson will tee it up a little before 1 o’clock in San Francisco (4 p.m. Eastern).
Three of the four golfers who were tied for second place after 18 holes are already on the course. Graeme McDowell, Nick Watney and Justin Rose carded 69s on Thursday, same as Tiger Woods, who has an afternoon tee time, about a-half hour after Thompson.
Woods will once again be playing alongside Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, who shot 76 and 78, respectively, in the opening round.
The USGA decided to eliminate the 10-shot rule in making the cut, so only the top 60 and ties will be playing over the weekend.
That could spell trouble for the defending champion. Rory McIlroy opened with a 77 and was tied for 109th place.