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2012 U.S. Open Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Not Far Off Lead After 1-Under-Par First Round

Three-time U.S. Open champion tiger Woods is in sight of the leader Michael Thompson after Thursday's round at the 2012 U.S. Open Championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Thompson shot a 4-under-par 66 in his first round while Woods shot a 1-under-par 69. Woods hit 11 of 18 greens in regulation and 10 of 14 fairways. Woods had a much better round than the other two players in his group. Phil Mickelson shot a 6-over-par 76 on Thursday while Bubba Watson fared even worse with an 8-over-par 78.

According to Woods after his round, all he did was stick to his game plan. "I played well today. I felt like I had control of my game all day and just stuck to my game plan and executed my game plan." Woods also said the course changed a lot from the day before. "I was really really surprised at how much it had changed from last night or from yesterday. We teed off the same time yesterday and it wasn't that bad. Come out here today and it's just like they used sub air on the whole place and it was just quick. And we had to make the adjustments and I felt like I did that today." (via ASAP Sports)

Woods will be paired with Mickelson and Watson again on Friday. The trio will tee off at 4:18 p.m. Eastern.

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