2012 U.S. Open: Webb Simpson Wins First Major Tournament

The 2012 U.S. Open was won by Webb Simpson who started the fourth round four shots back.

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U.S. Open 2012: First Place Earns Webb Simpson $1.44 Million

The only thing heavier than the trophy Webb Simpson won will be his wallet. By taking home the U.S. Open title, Simpson earned $1.44 million.

The difference between first and second place at the U.S. Open was nearly $750,000.

Here's the payout for the top-10 at the U.S. Open:

1 Webb Simpson (+1): $1,440,000
T2 Michael Thompson (+2): $695,916
T2 Graeme McDowell (+2): $695,916
T4 Jason Dufner (+3): $276,841
T4 Padraig Harrington (+3): $276,841
T4 David Toms (+3): $276,841
T4 John Peterson (+3): $276,841
T4 Jim Furyk (+3): $276,841
9 Ernie Els (+4): $200,280
T10 John Senden (+5): $163,594
T10 Kevin Chappell (+5): $163,594
T10 Casey Wittenberg (+5): $163,594
T10 Retief Goosen (+5): $163,594
T10 Lee Westwood (+5): $163,594

Anyone who made the cut earned at least $16,512, besides amateurs.

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2012 U.S. Open: Webb Simpson Comes From 4 Strokes Back To Win Tournament

Webb Simpson started Sunday's final round of the 2012 U.S. Open four strokes out of the lead, and he overcame that deficit to become the 2012 U.S. Open champion. This Also is Simpson's first ever major tournament win.

Simpson shot a final round 2-under par which tied for the second best round of the day, and he also shot the same score in Round 3 to set up his move for Sunday.

Simpson did start off slow with a pair of bogeys on the second and fifth hole, but after that he took off by birdying the sixth through eighth holes as well as hole No. 10. From hole No. 11 on he would go onto pare the remaining holes.

Jim Furyk who was in the lead for the majority of Sunday's round stumbled on the back nine when he had bogeys on hole Nos. 13, 16 and 18, and ended up finishing with a 4-over for Sunday and tied for fourth overall.

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2012 U.S. Open: Jim Furyk Has 1-Stroke Lead In Final Round

The final round of the 2012 U.S. Open is coming to its conclusion and currently the leader is Jim Furyk who is currently shooting 1-over par through 11 holes, and even for the tournament. Furyk has been nothing but consistent on Sunday as he has 10 pars to only one bogey.

Furyk is being chased by Webb Simpson who is one back and is having one of the better final rounds by being at 2-under par through 14 holes. After Simpson there are three players who are 2-over par, and Michael Thompson is one of them and has already completed his round.

The other two players at 2-over par are Ernie Ells and Graeme McDowell. Els is currently shooting even par which includes an eagle on the No. 4 hole with still five holes left. McDowell has struggled on Sunday and is currently shooting 3-over par, but he is paired with Furyk so he will know exactly what he must do to get the win.

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2012 U.S. Open: Joe Ogilvie Shoots 9-Over In Final Round, Has Choice Words Toward USGA

Joe Ogilvie shot the worst score on Sunday's final round of the 2012 U.S. Open by shooting a 9-over par. Overall, Ogilvie finished dead last with a 23-over par for the tournament. On his final round Ogilvie had 10 bogies, seven pars and only one birdie.

When Ogilvie was done he had some choice words for USGA executive director Mike Davis:

The reference to Shinnecock goes back to the 2004 U.S. Open was held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., where the players complained about the harsh conditions.

Ogilvie also said that the pin set up on the 18th hole might lead to the "most tragic finish in championship golf."

The USGA is known for wanting to test golfers at the U.S. Open, but Ogilvie might just be bitter since he shot the worst round on Sunday and finished last.

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2012 U.S. Open Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Bogeys Opening Hole Of Final Round

While the leaders are still about an hour away from getting their final rounds underway there has been little movement within the field as the course at The Olympic Club is still wreaking havoc over the field.

Tiger Woods wasted little time in dropping a stroke with a bogey at the first hole and is now 5-over for the tournament. K.J. Choi, Francesco Molinari and Patrick Cantlay are all 2-under early in the final round. Choi is tied with Woods at 5-over while Molinari and Cantlay are back at 7-over.

Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell are the tournament's final pairing and are co-leaders at 1-under par. There round is scheduled to begin at around 5:10 p.m. CT.

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US Open Golf 2012 Tee Times And Pairings For Sunday: Furyk, McDowell To Battle It Out In Last Group

Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell will be the last pair to tee off Sunday, as they enter the final round tied at 1-under and two shots ahead of third place Fredrick Jacobson. Jacobson will be paired with Lee Westwood, who shot 3-under in one of yesterday's best rounds and is tied at 2-over with Ernie Els, Blake Adams, and Nicolas Colsaers.

Seventeen-year-old amateur Beau Hossler starts the day four shots behind the lead and is paired with Jason Dufner.

Tiger Woods, who shot 5-over with six bogeys after starting yesterday tied for the lead, will play with Casey Wittenberg.

The full pairings and tee times are below (all times CT).

11:20 p.m.: Stephen Ames, Joe Ogilvie
11:30 p.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Jason Bohn
11:40 p.m.: Jason Day, Simon Dyson
11:50 p.m.: Jesse Mueller, J.B. Park
12:00 p.m.: Michael Allen, Keegan Bradley
12:10 p.m.: Rod Pampling, Matthew Baldwin
12:20 p.m.: K.T. Kim, Zach Johnson
12:30 p.m.: Davis Love III, Nicholas Thompson
12:40 p.m.: Kevin Streelman, Alistair Presnell
12:50 p.m.: Marc Warren, Morgan Hoffmann
1:00 p.m.: Darron Stiles, Hiroyuki Fujita
1:10 p.m.: Francesco Molinari, Jeff Curl
1:20 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay (a)
1:30 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Matteo Manassero
1:40 p.m.: Branden Grace, Phil Mickelson
1:50 p.m.: Bob Estes, Charl Schwartzel
2:00 p.m.: K.J. Choi, Nick Watney
2:10 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Robert Karlsson
2:20 p.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Alex Cejka
2:30 p.m.: Jordan Spieth (a), Angel Cabrera
2:40 p.m.: Steve LeBrun, Hunter Mahan
2:50 p.m.: Raphael Jacquelin, Kevin Na
3:00 p.m.: Scott Langley, Adam Scott
3:10 p.m.: David Toms, Michael Thompson
3:20 p.m.: Aaron Watkins, Charlie Wi
3:30 p.m.: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose
3:40 p.m.: Padraig Harrington, Hunter Hamrick
3:50 p.m.: Casey Wittenberg, Tiger Woods
4:00 p.m.: Matt Kuchar, Martin Kaymer
4:10 p.m.: Retief Goosen, John Peterson
4:20 p.m.: Jason Dufner, Beau Hossler (a)
4:30 p.m.: John Senden, Kevin Chappell
4:40 p.m.: Webb Simpson, Nicolas Colsaerts
4:50 p.m.: Blake Adams, Ernie Els
5:00 p.m.: Lee Westwood, Fredrik Jacobson
5:10 p.m.: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell

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2012 U.S. Open: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell Lead After 3 Rounds

After three rounds of the 2012 U.S. Open the leaders are Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell both are at 1-under par for the tournament. The course nearly got to Furyk as he started off slow by bogeying two of his first six holes, but he rebounded nicely to making birdie on hole No. 7 and 11 to get back to even par for the second round.

Furyk fell out of the lead when he hit a bogey on the 16th hole, but he rebounded to birdie hole No. 17 and was able to par No. 18 to finish the day at even par and 1-under for the tournament.

The other leader is Greame McDowell who had the second best round on Saturday by shooting a 2-under par, and he birdied hole No. 18 to end the day tied for first place.

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2012 U.S. Open: Jim Furyk Has Taken Sole Possessin Of First Place

The third round of the 2012 U.S. Open has provided a lot of high scoring with very few players breaking par in Saturday's round. The current leader is Jim Furyk and he has been one of those few players to be shooting their round at par.

Furyk is through 14 holes and is currently shooting at even par which is good enough for him to be in first place. Through his first six holes, Furyk had a bogie on the first and fifth hole, but after that he calmed down and since then he has a pair of birdies to even out his score.

Tiger Woods and David Toms were both tied with Furyk at the start of Saturday's third round, but both have struggled as Woods is 3-over par for the day while Toms is at 6-over.

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2012 U.S. Open: Joe Ogilvie Shot A 6-Over For Round 3, 14-Over For Tournament

Joe Ogilvie was one of many golfers who struggled in the Saturday's round at the U.S. Open. It just happened that Ogilvie shot one of the worst scores in the overall at 6-over par, and he is now sitting at 14-over for the tournament.

On the first six holes Ogilvie had four bogies, a double bogie and only one par to have a front nine score of 6-over par. Ogilvie did eventually recover during the back nine to shoot an even par with a birdie on the par-3 No. 15 hole and a bogie on the 18th hole.

The poor third round score puts Ogilvie near the bottom of the leaderboard and in a tie for 70th place.

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2012 U.S. Open: Early Golfers Struggling To Make Par

The third round of the 2012 U.S. Open is underway and the Olympic Club has been a difficult beast to tame for the early golfers on Saturday. The majority of the players are struggling to make par, and so far only 17 of them have managed to be between even and 2-under par. Out of those 17 golfers, nine are still playing their front nine.

The one golfer who has managed to play the course reasonably well is Angel Cabrera, and so far he is at 2-under par through 16 holes. Cabrera has managed three birdies and only one bogey to have the best third round score so far.

There are still over 20 players who have yet to take their first tee, and that includes the three leaders of Tiger Woods, David Toms and Jim Furyk. That trio is currently at 1-under for the tournament and will tee off at 5:05 p.m. CT.

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2012 US Open Golf: Weekend TV Schedule, Live Updates, Streaming And More

Saturday's edition of the US Open features several compelling story lines, from Phil Mickelson's struggles, Tiger's run at his first major championship since 2008, to 17 year-old amateur Beau Hossler starting Saturday tied for ninth place and four shots back.

LIVE TV

3:00-9:00 NBC. NBC will have exclusive live tv coverage for the rest of the weekend, which means NO MORE CHRIS BERMAN THANK YOU SWEET AND MERCIFUL LORD. Americans became united in outrage over Berman's awful, awful commentary Thursday and Friday in a way normally reserved for national tragedies and Nicolas Cage movies.

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Live streaming starts at 3:00 and can be seen here.

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SMARTPHONE APPS

The US Open app has live streaming video, highlights, scores, and live radio courtesy of ESPN Radio. It's free and has very good user reviews.

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US Open 2012 Tee Times And Pairings For Saturday: Woods & Furyk Final Group, LSU Alums Paired Together

Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk enter Saturday tied at 1 under with David Toms and will be the final pairing of the day. Toms will tee off directly before them with fellow LSU alumnus John Peterson, who is 1 over and in fourth.

Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, will be teeing off four and a half hours earlier with Alex Cejka after going 7 over after two rounds and barely making the cut.

Beau Hossler, the 17-year old amateur who led the tournament briefly yesterday, sits at 3 over and will tee off at 4:05 with Rapahel Jacquelin.

The complete list of tee times and pairings is below (all times CT).

11:15 p.m.: Kevin Streelman, Bo Van Pelt
11:25 p.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Patrick Cantlay
11:35 p.m.: Matthew Baldwin, Steve LeBrun
11:45 p.m.: Jesse Mueller, Rickie Fowler
11:55 p.m.: Angel Cabrera, Jordan Spieth
12:05 p.m.: Casey Wittenberg, Nicholas Thompson
12:15 p.m.: Jeff Curl, Simon Dyson
12:25 p.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bob Estes
12:35 p.m.: Rod Pampling, Davis Love III
12:45 p.m.: Stephen Ames, Zach Johnson
12:55 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Alex Cejka
1:05 p.m.: K.T. Kim, Keegan Bradley
1:15 p.m.: Adam Scott, Hiroyuki Fujita
1:25 p.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Scott Langley
1:35 p.m.: Darron Stiles, Jason Day
1:45 p.m.: Morgan Hoffmann, Marc Warren
1:55 p.m.: Robert Karlsson, Webb Simpson
2:05 p.m.: Retief Goosen, Branden Grace
2:15 p.m.: Kevin Na, Jason Bohn
2:25 p.m.: Kevin Chappell, Matteo Manassero
2:35 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer
2:45 p.m.: Lee Westwood, John Senden
2:55 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Michael Allen
2:05 p.m.: Alistair Presnell, Padraig Harrington
3:15 p.m.: J.B. Park, Steve Stricker
3:25 p.m.: Ernie Els, Justin Rose
3:35 p.m.: Nick Watney, Sergio Garcia
3:45 p.m.: Charlie Wi, Frederick Jacobson
3:55 p.m.: K.J. Choi, Charl Schwartzel
4:05 p.m.: Raphael Jacquelin, Beau Hossler
4:15 p.m.: Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar
4:25 p.m.: Hunter Mahan, Aaron Watkins
4:35 p.m.: Blake Adams, Michael Thompson
4:45 p.m.: Graeme McDowell, Nicolas Colsaerts
4:55 p.m.: John Peterson, David Toms
5:05 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk

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2012 U.S. Open Odds: Tiger Woods Clear Favorite

Stop me if you've heard this before: Tiger Woods is the clear favorite to win one of golf's major events.

Woods, who is tied atop the leaderboard with Jim Furyk and David Toms, has emerged as the obvious favorite to win the 2012 U.S. Open, according to sports experts and bettors alike. Woods is currently a 5/4 favorite headed into Saturday's round.

Furyk has the second-best odds at 5/1 and Toms comes in at 10/1.

Despite being seven strokes over par, Phil Mickelson's odds are at 80/1 headed into Saturday's action. Mickelson barely made the cut, which was set at +8.

Round three is set to get underway on late Saturday morning. The first pairing, Kevin Streelman and Bo Van Pelt, will tee off at 9:15 a.m. PT, 11:15 a.m. locally here in Houston.

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2012 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods Is Tied For The Lead After 2 Rounds

The 2012 U.S. Open first two rounds have been completed at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, and Tiger Woods is tied atop the leaderboard with Jim Furyk and David Toms at 1-under par. Woods nearly fell out of contention when he started slow and proceeded to bogey the fifth, sixth and seven holes, but Woods would recover from that and shoot 2-under par over the final 11 holes of the round. For the round Woods shot an even par.

The course has been difficult for these professionals since the leaders are the only players shooting under par while other world class golfers struggled.

To make the cut players had to be at 8-over par or better, but that score was too tough to reach for a pair of former major champions. Defending U.S. Open champion Rory McIlory shot a 10-over par and missed the cut as did 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson who ended up shooting 9-over par through two rounds.

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2012 U.S. Open: Cut Line Is Projected To Be 8-Over Par

The projected cut after Day 2 at the 2012 U.S. Open is currently set at 8-over. There are a few big names who are in serious danger of heading home early from the Olympic Club. The two biggest names in trouble are last year's U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy who has finished their round at 10-over for the tournament, and this year's Masters winner Bubba Watson.

Waston is currently sitting at 10-over par through 16 holes, so he has very little time left to make up two strokes to be able to continue play over the weekend.

Local golfers that are on pace to make the cut are Joe Ogilvie who is currently at 8-over par through 16 holes, and Texas alum Ben Estes is 5-over through 13 holes.

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2012 U.S. Open Golf Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Loses Lead; Joe Ogilvie +4 Overall

Tiger Woods took sole possession of first place in the 2012 U.S. Open on Friday, but it didn't last long.

Michael Thompson entered the day with a three-shot lead on the field, but has shot 3-over on the day. Woods birdied hole No. 3 to take over the top spot, but bogeyed Nos. 5 and 6 to drop to a tie for fourth at even par. Thompson is now in a three-way tie for first at 1-under with Jim Furyk, who shot 1-under on the day, and 17-year-old Beau Hossler is 1-under through 10 on the day.

As for area golfers, Austin resident Joe Ogilvie is tied for 29th at 4-over overall. On the day, he is 1-over through five holes. Texas alum Ben Estes is tied for 41st at 5-over.

Here is the current leaderboard.

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U.S. Open 2012 Update: Joe Ogilvie Is +3 After Day 1

Austin resident Joe Ogilvie shot 3-over par on Day 1 of the U.S. Open tournament at Olympic in San Francisco. Ogilvie is among a handful of participants in the Open with Houston/Austin ties, which also features Anders Hansen (former Houston Cougar), Robert Castro (Houston native), Bob Estes (lifelong Texan and Longhorn alum) and Shane Bertsch (Texas A&M alum).

All of those golfers are toward the bottom of the leaderboard, with Ogilvie and Estes putting out the best showing at +3 and +4, respectively.

Michael Thompson is still atop the leaderboard at 4-under par, but has yet to tee off on Day 2. Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell Jim Furyk have worked their way up with low scores on the day.

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US Open Golf 2012 Tee Times And Groupings For Friday: Tiger Takes On The Olympic In Afternoon

After yesterday's surgical -1 opening round, Tiger Woods spoke about the difficulty of playing The Olympic in the afternoon once it has had a chance to dry and firm up. Today we'll see if he also will struggle after a later tee time as did Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, and Lee Westwood.

(All times CT)

First Wave, No. 1 Tee:

9:15 a.m.: John Peterson, Morgan Hoffmann, Aaron Watkins
9:26 a.m.: Jeff Curl, Nicholas Thompson, Casey Wittenberg
9:37 a.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Chez Reavie, Peter Lawrie
9:48 a.m.: Michael Campbell, Olin Browne, Joe Durant
9:59 a.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Jordan Spieth
10:10 a.m.: Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose
10:21 a.m.: Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar
10:32 a.m.: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner
10:43 a.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson
10:54 a.m.: Hunter Haas, Tadahiro Takayama, Lee Slattery
11:05 p.m.: Alex Cejka, Kevin Chappell, Blake Adams
11:16 p.m.: James Hahn, Darron Stiles, Roberto Castro
11:27 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (a), Kyle Thompson, Samuel Osborne

First Wave, No 9 Tee:

9 a.m.: Casey Martin, Cameron Wilson (a), Dennis Miller
9:11 a.m.: Jim Herman, William Lunde, David Mathis
9:22 a.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Charlie Wi, Simon Dyson
9:33 a.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, John Senden
9:44 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
9:55 a.m.: Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
10:06 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover
10:17 a.m.: Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera
10:28 a.m.: Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Anders Hansen
10:39 a.m.: Matteo Manassero, Aaron Baddeley, Miguel Angel Jimenez
10:50 a.m.: Brian Harman, Spencer Levin, Mikko Ilonen
11:01 p.m.: Brice Garnett, Justin Hicks, Jesse Mueller
11:12 p.m.: Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Brian Gaffney

Second Wave, No. 1 Tee:

2:45 p.m.: Shane Bertsch, Martin Flores, Tommy Biershenk
2:56 p.m.: Scott Piercy, Matthew Baldwin, Matt Bettencourt
3:07 p.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
3:18 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
3:29 p.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Stephen Ames, Tim Herron
3:40 p.m.: Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
3:51 p.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III
4:02 p.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bob Estes, Robert Rock
4:13 p.m.: K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, K. T. Kim
4:24 p.m.: Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Garrigus, Alexander Noren
4:35 p.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Sang-Moon Bae, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
4:46 p.m.: Marc Warren, Anthony Summers, Michael Allen

4:57 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Tim Weinhart, Scott Smith

Second Wave, No. 9 Tee:

2:30 p.m.: Scott Langley, Steve Lebrun, Beau Hossler (a)
2:41 p.m.: Jason Bohn, Raphael Jacquelin, J. B. Park
2:52 p.m.: Michael Thompson, Colt Knost, Steve Marino
3:03 p.m.: Brendan Jones, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy
3:14 p.m.: Patrick Cantlay (a), Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley
3:25 p.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson
3:36 p.m.: Andy Zhang, Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
3:47 p.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson
3:58 p.m.: Tim Clark, Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling
4:09 p.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson
4:20 p.m.: D. A. Points, Dong-Hwan Lee, Kevin Streelman
4:31 p.m.: Edward Loar, Paul Claxton, Alistair Presnell

4:42 p.m.: Mark McCormick, Nick Sherwood (a), Cole Howard

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2012 U.S. Open Score Update: Michael Thompson Leads, Tiger Woods In The Hunt

So far in the 2012 U.S. Open, only five golfers are under par. One member of the superstar grouping of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson is in the hunt, while the other two have imploded. Woods is currently in second place at -2, one stroke behind Michael Thompson who leads the field at -3.

Mickelson and Watson, on the other hand, have not enjoyed Thursday's opening round. Mickelson sits at +6 through 15 holes, while Watson is at +7.

Thompson's -3 leads all golfers, and he's through 16 holes himself. Jason Bohn and David Toms, along with Woods, are one stroke behind at -2. Marc Warren is the only other golfer in the tournament so far under par, and he's at -1 through 10 holes.

Seven golfers are at even par. Golfing fans can check out a live leaderboard here at the U.S. Open's official website.

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2012 U.S. Open Leaderboard Update: Kevin Na, Jason Bohn Tied

The first round of the 2012 U.S. Open is officially underway, and it's never too early to start looking at the leaderboard.

Through his first seven holes, American Kevin Na is tied for the lead in the U.S. Open field with a -2 score. It's worth noting that Na began his course on the back nine, rather than the front nine, so it's difficult to truly compare his score through seven with somebody who started on the front nine.

Fellow American Jason Bohn is tied with Na at -2.

Only six golfers are currently under par in the early going of the first round, and here's how they stack up on the current leaderboard.

  • Kevin Na, -2, through eight
  • Jason Bohn, -2, through seven
  • Branden Grace, -1, through eight
  • Davis Love III, -1, through five
  • Fredrik Jacobson, -1, through two
  • Marc Warren, -1, through one
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2012 U.S. Open Odds: Tiger Woods The Favorite

Despite no longer being the top-ranked golfer the world, golf superstar and legend Tiger Woods is favored to win the 2012 U.S. Open this weekend in San Francisco, California.

Along with Woods, oddsmakers like Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald to win the event. Here are the favorites for the tournament.

  • Tiger Woods, 6/1
  • Rory McIlroy, 8/1
  • Lee Westwood, 14/1
  • Luke Donald, 14/1
  • Phil Mickelson, 18/1
  • Martin Kaymer, 22/1
  • Sergio Garcia, 25/1
Woods' fall from both the sports world and public grace has been well documented over the last couple of years. A win in a major tournament, even if favored, would likely help alleviate the pressure that Woods must be feeling ever since the story about his scandal came out.

We'll see if Woods can make good on his odds, or if another golfer steals the show this weekend.

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2012 US Open Tee Times And Groupings For Thursday: Woods, Mickelson, and Watson Set For 9:33 A.M.

Here are today's pairings for the first round of the US Open from The Olympic Club in San Francisco:

(All times CT)

First Wave, No 1 Tee:

9:15 a.m.: Scott Langley, Steve Lebrun, Beau Hossler (a)
9:26 a.m.: Jason Bohn, Raphael Jacquelin, J. B. Park
9:37 a.m.: Michael Thompson, Colt Knost, Steve Marino
9:48 a.m.: Brendan Jones, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy
9:59 a.m.: Patrick Cantlay (a), Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley
10:10 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson
10:21 a.m.: Andy Zhang (a), Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
10:32 a.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson
10:43 a.m.: Tim Clark, Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling
10:54 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson
11:05 p.m.: D. A. Points, Dong-Hwan Lee, Kevin Streelman
11:16 p.m.: Edward Loar, Paul Claxton, Alistair Presnell
11:27 p.m.: Mark McCormick, Nick Sherwood (a), Cole Howard

First Wave, No 9 Tee

9 a.m.: Shane Bertsch, Martin Flores, Tommy Biershenk
9:11 a.m.: Scott Piercy, Matthew Baldwin, Matt Bettencourt
9:22 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
9:33 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
9:44 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Stephen Ames, Tim Herron
9:55 a.m.: Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
10:06 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III
10:17 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bob Estes, Robert Rock
10:28 a.m.: K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, K. T. Kim
10:39 a.m.: Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Garrigus, Alexander Noren
10:50 a.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Sang-Moon Bae, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
11:01 p.m.: Marc Warren, Anthony Summers, Michael Allen
11:12 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Tim Weinhart, Scott Smith

Second Wave, No 1 Tee

2:45 p.m.: Casey Martin, Cameron Wilson (a), Dennis Miller
2:56 p.m.: Jim Herman, William Lunde, David Mathis
3:07 p.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Charlie Wi, Simon Dyson
3:18 p.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, John Senden
3:29 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
3:40 p.m.: Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
3:51 p.m.: Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover
4:02 p.m.: Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera
4:13 p.m.: Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Anders Hansen
4:24 p.m.: Matteo Manassero, Aaron Baddeley, Miguel Angel Jimenez
4:35 p.m.: Brian Harman, Spencer Levin, Mikko Ilonen
4:46 p.m.: Brice Garnett, Justin Hicks, Jesse Mueller

4:57 p.m.: Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Brian Gaffney

Second Wave, No 9 Tee

2:30 p.m.: John Peterson, Morgan Hoffmann, Aaron Watkins
2:41 p.m.: Jeff Curl, Nicholas Thompson, Casey Wittenberg
2:52 p.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Chez Reavie, Peter Lawrie
3:03 p.m.: Michael Campbell, Olin Browne, Joe Durant
3:14 p.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Jordan Spieth
3:25 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose
3:36 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar
3:47 p.m.: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner
3:58 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson
4:09 p.m.: Hunter Haas, Tadahiro Takayama, Lee Slattery
4:20 p.m.: Alex Cejka, Kevin Chappell, Blake Adams
4:31 p.m.: James Hahn, Darron Stiles, Roberto Castro
4:42 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (a), Kyle Thompson, Samuel Osborne
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2012 US Open Golf: TV Schedule, Live Updates, Streaming And More

It's Thursday. The weekend is almost here. And the US Open starts today at the historic Olympic Club in San Francisco. You know weren't going to get any work done today anyway, so here is how you can enjoy live coverage while praying for 5:00 (all times CT):

LIVE TV

11:00-2:00: ESPN

2:00-4:00: NBC

4:00-9:00: ESPN

LIVE ONLINE STREAMING

Live streaming starts at 9:33 for the morning marquee group, which is when Tiger, Phil, and Bubba Watson tee off. The afternoon group will be Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, and Luke Donald. You can watch here.

LIVE STATS

Follow here

SMARTPHONE APPS

The US Open app has live streaming video, highlights, scores, and live radio courtesy of ESPN Radio. It's free and has very good user reviews.

iPhone

Android

And, obviously, you can check SBNation Houston throughout the day for scoring and news updates, highlights, tee times and more.

Now let's get slacking!

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2012 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods 'Won't Be Talking A Lot' To Phil Mickelson

With the start of the 2012 U.S. Open now only a day away, there's still no bigger intrigue than the opening threesome of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson.

The relationship between Woods and Mickelson, the two greatest golfers of their generation, has been psycho-analyzed to death over the years, as the two have always been cordial, if guarded, to each other.

Woods, a famously all-business golfer on the course, doesn't expect that to change this week:

"I don't think we're going to talk about a lot. This is a major championship. We've got work to do." Woods suggested he would put blinders on for the "long grind" that is the hallmark of any U.S. Open.

"It's such a test, playing in this championship," he said. "I think this is one of those championships that I think the guys talk the least to one another because it's so difficult."

For the most part, unlike Brett Favre, you really can't tell if Woods is "having fun out there".

Of course, if recent form holds, Woods may be better off asking Mickelson for tips rather than staying in his own head for two days.

For all your news and updates in the run up to the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, visit SB Nation's dedicated golf hub. Be sure to head over to USOpen.com for even more coverage from the event.

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2012 U.S. Open Odds: Can Tiger Woods Make History?

The Olympic Club in San Francisco will play host to the 2012 U.S. Open, which begins on Thursday. The notoriously difficult course is expected to make for some tight scoring on the top of the leaderboard.

Tiger Woods is the early favorite to win, likely riding on the strength of a recent tournament win, his first in quite some time. The U.S. Open should prove fairly quickly whether Woods has really returned to form or if he will continue to struggle in majors. Should Woods prevail, it would be his fourth career U.S. Open title, putting him into a tie for the most all-time wins in the event.

Here are the top odds to win the 2012 U.S. Open:

Tiger Woods 6/1
Lee Westwood 10/1
Luke Donald 12/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Dustin Johnson 25/1
Jason Dufner 25/1
Justin Rose 28/1
Matt Kuchar 28/1
Adam Scott 33/1
Jim Furyk 33/1
Rickie Fowler 33/1
Zach Johnson 33/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Sergio Garcia 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1

For all your news and updates in the run up to the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, visit SB Nation's dedicated golf hub. Be sure to head over to USOpen.com for even more coverage from the event.

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2012 US Open: The Course, Who To Watch And More

If you're looking for rooting interest in the U.S. Open, aside from the favorites, local golfers are in bold here. Otherwise, SB Nation's Brian Floyd has the everything you need to know about the tournament, which begins Thursday, laid out for you at the golf hub page.

For starters, this is the toughest challenge for all of those competing, while at the same time gives anyone a chance because of its rigor and uncertainty. Floyd notes that finishing at even-par can be seen as a good thing at the U.S. Open, even though Rory McIlroy became a man there after setting the tournament's record with a 16-under 268 score.

The pairing of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson in this year's Open headlines the event as the Thursday approaches later in the week. These three are certainly among the favorites to win this weekend.

Read more on general golf news and analysis at Waggle Room.

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2012 US Open Tee Times And Pairings: Anders Hansen Paired With Martin Laird And Ben Crane

There are several local connections in the 2012 U.S. Open, some of them being Houston-area natives, while others came to H-Town for college. Among them is Anders Hansen (former Houston Cougar), Robert Castro (Houston native), Bob Estes (lifelong Texan and Longhorn alum), Joe Ogilvie (Austin resident) and Shane Bertsch (Texas A&M alum).

Take a look at the tee times, pairings and lineups right here. The local guys are in bold.

Morning wave off No. 1 tee:

10:15 a.m.: Scott Langley, Steve Lebrun, Beau Hossler (a)
10:26 a.m.: Jason Bohn, Raphael Jacquelin, J. B. Park
10:37 a.m.: Michael Thompson, TBD, Steve Marino
10:48 a.m.: Brendan Jones, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy
10:59 a.m.: Patrick Cantlay (a), Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley
11:10 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson
11:21 a.m.: Paul Casey, Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
11:32 a.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson
11:43 a.m.: Tim Clark Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling
11:54 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson
12:05 p.m.: D. A. Points, Dong-Hwan Lee, Kevin Streelman
12:16 p.m.: Edward Loar, Paul Claxton, Alistair Presnell
12:27 p.m.: Mark McCormick, Nick Sherwood (a), Cole Howard

Morning wave off No. 9 tee:

10 a.m.: Shane Bertsch, Martin Flores, Tommy Biershenk
10:11 a.m.: Scott Piercy, Matthew Baldwin, Matt Bettencourt
10:22 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
10:33 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
10:44 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Stephen Ames, Tim Herron
10:55 a.m.: Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
11:06 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III
11:17 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bob Estes, Robert Rock
11:28 a.m.: K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, K. T. Kim
11:39 a.m.: Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Garrigus, Alexander Noren
11:50 a.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Sang-Moon Bae, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
12:01 p.m.: Marc Warren, Anthony Summers, Michael Allen
12:12 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Tim Weinhart, Scott Smith

Afternoon wave off No. 1 tee:

3:45 p.m.: Casey Martin, Cameron Wilson (a), Dennis Miller
3:56 p.m.: Jim Herman, William Lunde, David Mathis
4:07 p.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Charlie Wi, Simon Dyson
4:18 p.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, John Senden
4:29 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
4:40 p.m.: Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
4:51 p.m.: Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover
5:02 p.m.: Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera
5:13 p.m.: Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Anders Hansen
5:24 p.m.: Matteo Manassero, Aaron Baddeley, Miguel Angel Jimenez
5:35 p.m.: Brian Harman, TBD, Mikko Ilonen
5:46 p.m.: Brice Garnett, TBD, Jesse Mueller
5:57 p.m.: Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Brian Gaffney

Afternoon wave off No. 9 tee:

3:30 p.m.: John Peterson, Morgan Hoffmann, Aaron Watkins
3:41 p.m.: Jeff Curl, Nicholas Thompson, Casey Wittenberg
3:52 p.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Chez Reavie, Peter Lawrie
4:03 p.m.: Michael Campbell, Olin Browne, Joe Durant
4:14 p.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Brandt Snedeker
4:25 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose
4:36 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar
4:47 p.m.: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner
4:58 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson
5:09 p.m.: Hunter Haas, Tadahiro Takayama, Lee Slattery
5:20 p.m.: Alex Cejka, Kevin Chappell, Blake Adams
5:31 p.m.: James Hahn, Darron Stiles, Roberto Castro
5:42 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (a), TBD, Samuel Osborne

For all your news and updates in the run up to the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, visit SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.

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U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier 2012: Official Tee Times And Pairings

56 golfers have descended to Houston, Texas to try and qualify for the 2013 U.S. Open at the Lakeside Country Club.

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