2012 U.S. Open Leaderboard: (Leaderboard Update)

South African Ernie Els has catapulted himself into a tie for the clubhouse lead at two-over par, and did so in impressive style after being an afterthought for most of the tournament.

The former Major winner and current Hall of Famer was standing on the seventh hole a full eight shots back from the leaders before recording consecutive birdies in his next two holes. He would eventually birdie No. 12 as well to get his round back to even par, but Els wasn't done just yet.

After hitting his approach shot 30-yards offline on No. 17, Els would land an impressive flop shot barely onto the green and watched as his ball trickled into the cup for an eagle. After narrowly-missing another birdie effort on No. 18, Els joined Lee Westwood as the clubhouse leaders for the tournament.

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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