Joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1996 after spending nine years at The Aiken Standard. Served as copy editor, South Carolina bureau chief and Metro Editor before being named Sports Editor in April 2000.
Posted June 15, 2012 01:47 pm

U.S. Open: Friday update

SAN FRANCISCO -- The second round of the U.S. Open is well under way, and scoring conditions are proving difficult once again at Olympic Club.

Nicholas Colsaerts and Ernie Els have the best rounds going so far at 2-under. Colsaerts has played 11 holes, and Els has completed eight.

It appears that Michael Thompson's overnight lead of 4-under will still be intact when he tees off at 3:52 EST. Of course, plenty of attention will be focused on the man currently tied for third: Tiger Woods.

Woods is at 1-under after Thursday's 69, his best start in a U.S. Open in a decade.

Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open winner at Pebble Beach, has played his first 10 holes in 1-under fashion and has moved up to second alone. If he can navigate Olympic's opening six holes, he would be in great position for the weekend.

The grouping of the top three in the world rankings has had mixed results. No. 1 Luke Donald is 1-over today and coupled with Thursday's opening 79 is likely to miss the cut. Defending champion Rory McIlroy is also 1-over today and 8-over total; his weekend is also in jeopardy. Lee Westwood is even today and 3-over for the championship.