Jim Furyk finished his first round at the 2012 U.S. Open at even-par, putting him four shots off Michael Thompson's field-leading 4-under and one shot back off the likes of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell. The course at the Olympic Club is as unforgiving as they come but Furyk wrangled it well, making par on 16 of 18 holes.
The West Chester, PA, native was 1-under after nine holes after making birdie on the par 4 No. 6 hole. The first six holes at Olympic are perhaps the hardest of the course. The fact that Furyk came out of the stretch under par had to be encouraging as he stared down the final nine holes and potential birdie opportunities on 16, 17 and 18.
Fury didn't finish quite as strongly as he started, however. He bogeyed on No. 12 before closing Thursday out by making par on the final six holes. Still, considering the difficult of the course, Furyk should be very happy to be in striking distance of the lead after the first day.
Furyk was solid on the green, averaging 1.78 putts per hole. He hit 18 of 14 greens in regulation and landed on eight of 14 fairways.