As the hours ticked away before the leaders in the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open — Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms — teed off, anticipation was building to see what they, and specifically Woods, would do. After one hole, the answer is: not great. Not great at all.
Woods, Furyk and Toms all bogeyed the first hole of the course, just minutes after Michael Thompson chipped in for birdie. Thompson bogeyed his next hole, meaning he's still one shot back despite the leaders dropping down to even par. No one is in under par anymore, no more red numbers, another reminder that the U.S. Open is the hardest tournament in golf, and it really isn't close.
Players have been having more luck closer to the turn, so we'll see if the leaders can get the ship turned around and back under par. Graeme McDowell, John Peterson and Nicolas Colsaerts are also tied with Johnson at +1.