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article imageU.S. Open: Sharp Tiger Woods near top, 14-year-old Zhang way back

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 14, 2012 in Sports
San Francisco - It may only be the first round but Tiger Woods continues to look in form and ended Day 1 at the U.S. Open in a tie for second at -1. The active player with the most Open titles, 3, is in a bunch that's 3 strokes behind leader Michael Thompson.
Way down the other end of the leaderboard at San Francisco's Olympic Club is 14-year-old Chinese national, Andy Zhang, who became the youngest to ever make the U.S. Open field after Paul Casey withdrew due to injury. Zhang started the day at 8 over after 5 holes but settled and finished the round at 9 over, in a tie for 147th out of 156 contestants.
Tiger Woods: 2008 U.S. Open winner
Woods, who sits at 14 Major wins but hasn't won one in 4 years, said he knew how he wanted to approach the course going into the round and "executed all the way through." He looked comfortable and his comments after his round reflected that. "I felt very pleased with every facet of my game and I stayed very patient out there," he said.
Two weeks ago, Woods won the Memorial in Ohio, giving him 73 career PGA wins and tying him for second all-time with Jack Nicklaus, 9 behind leader Sam Snead. The Memorial was only his second tournament win since returning to golf in April of 2010 after his well-publicized personal issues. Woods' last major win was the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.
Zhang, who lives in Florida now, looked overwhelmed to start but at one point he reeled off 7 consecutive pars. He had two birdies on the day, on the 7th and 18th.
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