SAN FRANCISCO -- It's only going to get tougher from here. With the early morning fog gone, the sun is doing its work, baking The Olympic Club to a crisp as the first wave of competitors navigates the site of the U.S. Open. And as of now, the golf course is winning yet again.
At the moment, only eight players are in the red. The lowest in-progress score is 2-under from Nicolas Colsaerts, who worked his way back to even-par for the tournament with three birdies and a bogey on his first 10 holes. With the morning emerging as the best time to post a number at Olympic, it's a bad sign that so few players have been unable to get anything going.
Fairways and greens that were already firm and fast are, at this point, like driveways. And as the sun continues to cover the course, it's only going to get firmer and faster. For players chasing the lead, that means a number right near par should result in movement towards the top of the leaderboard. For those hovering around the cut line, the field should come back to them as the day progresses.
Olympic Club is living up to its billing as an incredibly difficult track, and it's only going to get tougher, both as the day wears on and as the weekend rounds begin.
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