Michael Thompson left the clubhouse Saturday two strokes behind the leaders -- Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms -- at +1. After hitting a subpar tee shot, he found himself several dozen yards away from the pin for his third stroke on the par 4 hole. He was to the right of the fairway but, with the pin placed at the front of the green, he decided to go for it.
He landed the ball softly about 15 feet from the hole, and watched it roll along a ridge to drop in for a birdie. He's now even for the tournament, -1 for the day and just a stroke behind the leaders. As if a U.S. Open Saturday with Tiger atop the leaderboard wasn't compelling enough, Thompson just turned up the heat at The Olympic Club.