SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 17: Webb Simpson of the United States plays a bunker shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 17, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

U.S. Open Championship 2012: Webb Simpson Bests Jim Furyk

On Sunday, Webb Simpson captured his first career major event win.

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U.S. Open 2012: Webb Simpson Talks About Winning His First Major

Much of the fanfare from the 2012 U.S. Open went to Tiger Woods, 17-year old phenom Beau Hossler, and the difficulty of the course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Webb Simpson quietly snuck in to win the tournament with a 1-over par on the weekend and captured his first career major in only his fifth appearance in one.

Simpson joined WFNZ in Charlotte, N.C. with The Drive, to share a little bit about his experience at the Open and what it means for him going forward in his career. Thanks to SportsRadioInterviews for transcribing the interesting interview.

When did the thought creep first creep into your mind that you could win the U.S. Open?:

"I didn't look at the board until I was done putting on 18. I just didn't think it could help me in any way. I never had a thought that I can't win, but I didn't expect to win this early. I've only played in four majors prior, so more than anything I was just looking to gain experience through the week. I found myself there on the back nine in contention, so I figured I better take advantage of it because it doesn't come often."

Did it help that you were coming from back in the pack on Saturday and Sunday so there wasn't a lot of added pressure?:

"I think so. Playing in a final group would have certainly been a lot more pressure I think, just given the circumstances and the pressure surrounding that in itself. I figured being the fourth-to-last group was a great place for me to be because I'm close to the leaders, but I'm far enough ahead where I can make some birdies and make some noise and put a little pressure on them coming in."

Nine first-time major winners in a row. Do you expect to contend for more of them going forward?:

"I hope you see me in more majors because I sure love playing in them. But, like I said, the more experience I get, I think the better I'll play. I was able to fortunately feel the pressure and know what to expect in the U.S. Open. So next time I'm in contention, I think it'll pay off kind of knowing what to expect and what the feelings are like."

How much harder was that course compared to the courses you play week-in and week-out?:

"It's so much harder. Everything about it is harder. The greens are firm and fast, the rough's up, the fairways are firm. And Olympic's such a great venue because there's one fairway bunker on the whole golf course, I'm pretty sure, and no water hazards to speak of really, that come into play. You take a golf course with no water hazards and one bunker and it's that hard, you know you've got a fair, tough test in front of you. It was a course where you can make birdies, but also if you didn't think about where you were trying to place your approach shot, you could make bogeys and doubles so quickly."

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2012 U.S. Open Golf Prize Money: Webb Simpson Rakes It In, Beau Hossler Will Have To Wait

The breakout star of the 2012 U.S. Open was indisputably Beau Hossler. The 17-year-old high school amateur the made the cut and entered Sunday's final round with a legitimate shot of winning the whole thing. Of course, the U.S. Open title went to Webb Simpson, but Hossler will be around for many years to come and is in line to rake it in when he finally goes pro. Sponsors are likely already planning out how to court the teenager.

But for now, Hossler is not allowed to earn any money from his weekend at the U.S. Open. Simpson, meanwhile, will earn $1.44 million for his Grand Slam win.

Here are the payouts for the final Top 10 standings in the 2012 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

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2012 U.S. Open Golf Results: Webb Simpson Captures Title With Late Surge And A Little Luck

On Sunday, Webb Simpson captured his first career major event win. The 2012 U.S. Open had proved to be just as difficult and nerve-wracking as anticipated, as the world's best golfers had little luck with the course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. In the end, Simpson was able to take advantage of some of his fellow golfers' tough luck and lean on a strong final round to secure his victory.

Simpson birdied four times following two early bogeys to come in at 2-under for the day and finish the tournament at 1-over. Once his round was over, all Simpson could do was wait and see how the morning's leaders would finish.

Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell had entered Sunday's final round atop the leaderboard, tied at 1-under. McDowell fell behind early but came back late, while Furyk led for nearly the entire day before faltering in the back nine. Furyk bogeyed on hole 13 to allow Simpson to draw even and then bogeyed on 16 to fall a stroke behind Simpson.

Simpson watched from the clubhouse as first Furyk and then McDowell missed their birdie attempts, securing the win for Simpson. McDowell finished at 2-over, in a tie for second place with Michael Thompson, while Furyk finished at 3-over, tied with four other golfers for fourth place.

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U.S. Open 2012 Golf Winner: Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson is your 2012 U.S. Open champion. Simpson birdied four holes in a five-hole stretch, got pars the rest of the way in the final round, moved into contention for the lead, then won by default when Jim Furyk made two bogeys down the stretch and coughed up his one-shot lead down the stretch.

Pacific Northwestern golfers did not perform well this weekend. Casey Martin finished +9 overall and missed the cut. Ben Crane and Kyle Stanley were +10 each on Thursday and Friday and ended up missing the cut. Nick Sherwood went +18 the first two days and really missed the cut.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard: Jim Furyk Opens 2 Stroke Lead, Tiger Woods Fails To Rebound From Saturday's Struggle

The leaders are on the course in Round 4 of the 2012 U.S. Open, and in the early going Jim Furyk has taken the lead. He has been able to hold par while bogeys on holes three and five sent Garame McDowell to 1-over, leaving Furyk as the sole man in the lead. Ernie Els is making a move up the board, picking up an eagle on hole seven to move into a tie for second with McDowell.

Tiger Woods needed to follow his 5-over performance from Saturday with an aggressive, nearly flawless game, but he was unable to do so. He struggled quite a bit early, collecting four bogeys and a double bogey in the first five holes. He's settled in since then, but that still leaves him at 5-over through 11 and 9-over for the tournament. There's a crop of six men tied for third place at 3-over, but at the moment it looks to be Furyk or McDowell's tournament to lose.

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2012 U.S. Open Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Struggles Early

The leaders are just beginning to tee off in Round 4 of the 2012 U.S. Open, and already it looks like Tiger Wood's chance to make a play is slipping away. He needed to follow his 75 from Round 3 with a great performance to have any shot at the lead, and through the first four he's already 5-over. A bogey each on the first two holes and a double bogey on three piled up early. He had a shot at a birdie on hole four, but with the fog slowing down the greens, his putt came up short and he had to settle for par. The same problem struck on hole five, as a put for par slowed up before the hole and forced another bogey.

The early returns haven't seen anyone make any big moves on the leaderboard. K.J. Choi has had one of the best days at 2-under, but he's still at +5 for the tournament, sitting in 16th place. The serious contenders have yet to get started, though, so the action is still to come. 17 year old Beau Hossler is off to a strong start, holding at par through two. The remaining leaders will tee off shortly, finishing with the two men tied for first, Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell at 3:10pm PDT. That's when things really get started, as the pressure mounts and sorts out the crowding at the top of the leaderboard.

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U.S. Open 2012: Live Updates, TV Schedule, Watch Online And More

On Sunday, there will be a champion crowned at the 2012 U.S. Open. Defending champion Rory McIlroy is well out of the running and three-time champion Tiger Woods will have to be at the top of his game and be hoping for unlucky breaks for the leaders in order to hope to capture his fourth career title at the Grand Slam event. Leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell will both be going for their second win at the event. It would be the second career Grand Slam win for both men as well.

Television coverage begins at 12:00 p.m. PT on NBC with "Live at the U.S. Open" before final round coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. PT. USOpen.com will provide a online stream of the eighth and 18th holes from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT. NBCSports.com will also provide online video coverage begging at 1:00 p.m. PT.

Radio coverage of the final round will begin at 1:00 p.m. PT and is available online and on select smartphones. Fans can also find the full 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard and follow live scoring at USOpen.com.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Tee Times And Pairings For Sunday: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell Look To Capture Title

In 2003, Jim Furyk captured his first career Grand Slam win by taking the title at the U.S. Open. In 2010, Graeme McDowell did the same. Both men will enter Sunday's final round in the 2012 U.S. Open looking to repeat their own personal histories. The two men sit tied atop the leaderboard at 1-under as the championship round gets underway on Sunday.

Fredrik Jacobson is in third place at 1-over and another four golfers are tied at 2-over. Tiger Woods still has a chance at capturing his fourth career U.S. Open title, but is five strokes off the lead heading into the final round.

Here are the full tee times and pairings for the final round of the 2012 U.S. Open on Sunday. All times are Pacific.

9:20 a.m.: Stephen Ames; Joe Ogilvie
9:30 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt; Jason Bohn
9:40 a.m.: Jason Day; Simon Dyson
9:50 a.m.: Jesse Mueller; J.B. Park
10:00 a.m.: Michael Allen; Keegan Bradley
10:10 a.m.: Rod Pampling; Matthew Baldwin
10:20 a.m.: K.T. Kim; Zach Johnson
10:30 a.m.: Davis Love III; Nicholas Thompson
10:40 a.m.: Kevin Streelman; Alistair Presnell
10:50 a.m.: Marc Warren; Morgan Hoffmann
11:00 a.m.: Darron Stiles; Hiroyuki Fujita
11:10 a.m.: Francesco Molinari; Jeff Curl
11:20 a.m.: Rickie Fowler; a-Patrick Cantlay
11:30 a.m.: Ian Poulter; Matteo Manassero
11:40 a.m.: Branden Grace; Phil Mickelson
11:50 a.m.: Bob Estes; Charl Schwartzel
12:00 p.m.: K.J. Choi; Nick Watney
12:10 p.m.: Steve Stricker; Robert Karlsson
12:20 p.m.: Jonathan Byrd; Alex Cejka
12:30 p.m.: a-Jordan Spieth; Angel Cabrera
12:40 p.m.: Steve LeBrun; Hunter Mahan
12:50 p.m.: Raphael Jacquelin; Kevin Na
1:00 p.m.: Scott Langley; Adam Scott
1:10 p.m.: David Toms; Michael Thompson
1:20 p.m.: Aaron Watkins; Charlie Wi
1:30 p.m.: Sergio Garcia; Justin Rose
1:40 p.m.: Padraig Harrington; Hunter Hamrick
1:50 p.m.: Casey Wittenberg; Tiger Woods
2:00 p.m.: Matt Kuchar; Martin Kaymer
2:10 p.m.: Retief Goosen; John Peterson
2:20 p.m.: Jason Dufner; a-Beau Hossler
2:30 p.m.: John Senden; Kevin Chappell
2:40 p.m.: Webb Simpson; Nicolas Colsaerts
2:50 p.m.: Blake Adams; Ernie Els
3:00 p.m.: Lee Westwood; Fredrik Jacobson
3:10 p.m.: Jim Furyk; Graeme McDowell

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Odds: Jim Furyk Is The New Betting Favorite

Jim Furyk held onto his lead following the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open on Saturday. He had new company atop the leaderboard, as both he and Graeme McDowell will tee off their final round on Sunday as the leaders at 1-under. They hold a 2-stroke lead heading into the final round at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

As befits their status as the leaders on the final day, McDowell and Furyk are now the betting favorites as the tournament enters its endgame. Tiger Woods entered the tournament as the betting favorite and is still just five strokes off the lead, but his odds have slipped to 12/1.

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

Jim Furyk 9/4
Graeme McDowell 5/2
Lee Westwood 6/1
Tiger Woods 12/1
Fredrik Jacobson 12/1
Ernie Els 15/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 20/1
Jason Dufner 25/1
Webb Simpson 25/1
Blake Adams 40/1
John Senden 50/1
Matt Kuchar 50/1
Martin Kaymer 50/1
Kevin Chappell 80/1
Retief Goosen 80/1
John Peterson 100/1
Beau Hossler 100/1
Justin Rose 100/1
Sergio Garcia 100/1
Field (all others) 15/1

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U.S. Open Scores And Results 2012: Tiger Woods Falls Down Leaderboard, Jim Furyk & Graeme McDowell Hold Lead

At the beginning of the third round in the 2012 U.S. Open on Saturday, Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and David Toms all held the lead at 1-under. At the end of play in the third round, Furyk still had a share of the lead, but both Woods and Toms had fallen drastically.

Furyk was at even par for the day to stay above the field at 1-under, while Graeme McDowell shot 2-under in his third round to join Furyk at the top of the leaderboard. Woods shot 5-under for the day and is in a tie for 14th place at 4-under, but still within five strokes of the lead in case he has one more terrific round left in him.

Toms, meanwhile, shot 6-over for the day and is in a tie for 18th place.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard: Jim Furyk Currently Stands Alone In First Place

Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and David Toms entered the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open in a three-way tie for first place, all sitting at a cumulative 1-under. Nearing the end of play on Saturday, Furyk now stands alone, having gone even par for the day and remaining at 1-under through 15 holes.

Woods, meanwhile, has shot 3-over for the day and sits in a tie for fourth place at 2-over, through his first 15 holes. Also at 2-over are Lee Westwood, Ernie Els and Nicolas Colsaerts. Graeme McDowell is at even par through 16 holes and just one stroke off the lead.

Toms, unfortunately, has gone 6-over for the day through 15 holes and is currently in a tie for 18th place.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Struggles, Jim Furyk Takes The Lead

Round 3 of the 2012 U.S. Open has proven to be a significant challenge for the leaders, and of the three men who opened the day tied for first, only Jim Furyk remains. With a birdie on hole seven he was able to separate from Graeme McDowell and Nicolas Colsaerts, both of whom managed to move up while Tiger Woods and David Toms struggled. Woods hasn't slipped too far, sitting tied for fourth at 3-over on the day and 2-over for the tournament. Toms has had a worse day, sitting 5-over for Round 3 4-over for the week thus far.

There are over 25 players within 5 strokes of the lead, so Round 3 and Sunday's Round 4 will likely see plenty of movement on the leaderboard.

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U.S. Open 2012: Casey Martin Reflects On Tournament

Oregon Ducks coach Casey Martin missed the cut following Round 2 of the 2012 U.S. Open. He was disappointed in that showing, but given his unique circumstances even that was a substantial accomplishment. Martin hadn't played competitive golf in six years, and it was his first major tournament in 14 years. As he told ESPN, that long of a layoff presents big challenges in a return:

"It was the thought process, getting used to a routine of what you think about on every shot," Martin said. "I was hearing voices out there at times because there's so many 'Is this the right club?' (decisions). The biggest thing is actually just thinking like a great player. That's the challenge when you haven't done it and you have some bad shots that creep in there. That certainly was rusty."

Martin also deals with the circumstances of his disability, and the physical and legal challenges that have resulted from that:

Whatever complaints most golfers have this week will pale next to the challenge in front of Casey Martin. Eleven years ago, Martin forced the curmudgeonly golf establishment to bend a bit to let him play. Tiger Woods' old Stanford teammate suffered from Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, a rare circulatory disorder that has left him with a withered right leg, making it painful for him to walk. He asked the PGA Tour to let him use a cart to play. The Tour said no, so in 1997, Martin sued the Tour, and in 2001, after a four-year legal battle, the disabled golfer won his case when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal law requires a leveling of the playing field for the handicapped, even in pro sports.

Martin's own comments on his play, however, focused only on his efforts, ability and luck. As he told Oregon Live:

"I'm disappointed right now," [...] "I wasn't really happy with the way I played today," Martin said. [...] Martin, 40, was flummoxed by Olympic's small, extremely fast greens. "I hit a lot of putts that looked good," he said. "The speed just didn't quite match. I was on the edges for a lot of 20-, 30-footers and never really got one to drop. I needed a couple to go in."

Martin is done for the weekend, but says he will try to qualify again. For now, he returns to Oregon to focus on the Ducks mens golf team.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Odds: Tiger Woods In Front, Jim Furyk Close Behind

The field keeps getting narrower and the course keeps getting tougher at the 2012 U.S. Open. The third round will begin on Saturday morning and will feature odds-on favorite to win Tiger Woods atop the leaderboard. Keeping Woods company both at the top of the leaderboard and at the top of the odds are Jim Furyk and David Toms. The three men will enter Saturday with a two-stroke lead over the next-closest players.

Casey Martin may be off the board and out of the odds, but anything could happen over the next two days. It wouldn't be a surprise if any of the leaders had a horrific round on either Saturday or Sunday. The Olympic Club in San Francisco doesn't appear interested in making any friends.

Here are the current top odds on who will win the 2012 U.S. Open:

Tiger Woods - 5/4
Jim Furyk - 5/1
David Toms - 10/1
Graeme McDowell - 14/1
Nicolas Colsaerts - 25/1
Matt Kuchar - 22/1
Jason Dufner - 33/1
Hunter Mahan - 28/1
Charl Schwartzel - 33/1
Lee Westwood - 33/1
K.J. Choi - 40/1
Justin Rose - 50/1

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U.S. Open 2012: Live Updates, TV Schedule, Watch Online And More

Oregon Ducks golf coach Casey Martin put together a good run, but after shooting 5-over on Friday, his cumulative 9-over was not quite good enough to make the cut for the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open. The third round will begin on Saturday and will feature Tiger Woods tied atop the leaderboard and gunning for a historic fourth U.S. Open title. We have all your viewing information for you right here.

NBC will broadcast six hours of round-three coverage Saturday, beginning at 12:00 p.m. PT with "Live from the U.S. Open," a pregame show sure to be full of in-depth analysis. Live third-round coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. PT.

In addition to the television broadcast, fans will also be able to watch some of the action online via a stream at USOpen.com. A live stream of the eighth and 18th holes will be available from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT.

Radio coverage will begin at 4 p.m. ET and is available online and on select smartphones. Fans can also find the full 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard and follow live scoring at USOpen.com.

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U.S. Open 2012 Tee Times And Pairings For Saturday: Tough Course Will Only Get Tougher

Casey Martin had a good run but has been knocked out of the 2012 U.S. Open. Although the Oregon Ducks golf coach failed to make the cut after coming in at 9-over after Friday's second round, there remains no shortage of reasons to tune in for the championship rounds of the Grand Slam event, beginning with the third round on Saturday.

Perhaps the most compelling reason to watch is the fact that Tiger Woods is in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard. While the leaders' score of 1-under may not seem too impressive in most other tournaments, that speaks to how truly difficult the course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco has been thus far.

The third round begins at 9:15 a.m. PT. Complete tee times for Saturday can be found below. All times are Pacific.

9:15 a.m.: Kevin Streelman, Bo Van Pelt
9:25 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Patrick Cantlay
9:35 a.m.: Matthew Baldwin, Steve LeBrun
9:45 a.m.: Jesse Mueller, Rickie Fowler
9:55 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Jordan Spieth
10:05 a.m.: Casey Wittenberg, Nicholas Thompson
10:15 a.m.: Jeff Curl, Simon Dyson
10:25 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bob Estes
10:35 a.m.: Rod Pampling, Davis Love III
10:45 a.m.: Stephen Ames, Zach Johnson
10:55 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Alex Cejka
11:05 a.m.: K.T. Kim, Keegan Bradley
11:15 a.m.: Adam Scott, Hiroyuki Fujita
11:25 a.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Scott Langley
11:35 a.m.: Darron Stiles, Jason Day
11:45 a.m.: Morgan Hoffmann, Marc Warren
11:55 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Webb Simpson
12:05 p.m.: Retief Goosen, Branden Grace
12:15 p.m.: Kevin Na, Jason Bohn
12:25 p.m.: Kevin Chappell, Matteo Manassero
12:35 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer
12:45 p.m.: Lee Westwood, John Senden
12:55 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Michael Allen
12:05 p.m.: Alistair Presnell, Padraig Harrington
1:15 p.m.: J.B. Park, Steve Stricker
1:25 p.m.: Ernie Els, Justin Rose
1:35 p.m.: Nick Watney, Sergio Garcia
1:45 p.m.: Charlie Wi, Frederick Jacobson
1:55 p.m.: K.J. Choi, Charl Schwartzel
2:05 p.m.: Raphael Jacquelin, Beau Hossler
2:15 p.m.: Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar
2:25 p.m.: Hunter Mahan, Aaron Watkins
2:35 p.m.: Blake Adams, Michael Thompson
2:45 p.m.: Graeme McDowell, Nicolas Colsaerts
2:55 p.m.: John Peterson, David Toms
3:05 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk

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2012 U.S. Open, Leaderboard Update: Beau Hossler Steals Headlines On Friday

Beau Hossler is 17 years old. He just finished up his junior years of high school and qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open as an amateur. Hossler was tied for the lead for quite a bit of Friday afternoon at Olympic, and only a few bad holes late dropped him down to +3. Still though, he's not even old enough to vote and he held his own on one of the world's toughest courses.

The other big story on Friday was strong play yet again from Tiger Woods, who is on quite the roll right now. Woods is tied for the tournament lead at -1 with David Toms and Jim Furyk after 36 holes. He shot an even par 70 in the second round.

Michael Thompson, who led the field at -4 entering Friday, shot +5 and is now tied for second place at one-over par. Phil Mickelson finished his day at one-over, dropping him to +7 at the U.S. Open. The projected cut line is +8. The struggling Rory McIlroy continued to struggle on Friday and is now at +10 through two rounds.

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U.S. Open Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Bogeys 5, 6 & 7 To Drop Out of Lead

Tiger Woods had taken sole possession of first place atop the leaderboard at the 2012 U.S. Open earlier Friday afternoon with a little help from a birdie on the par 3 No. 3. That had pushed him to 2-under overall and 1-under for Friday and into the lead past Day 1 leader Michael Thompson. Unfortunately for Woods, that lead wouldn't hold.

Woods went on to bogey holes 5, 6, and 7 and drop out of the lead, currently at +2 for the day and +1 on the tournament. He is through 9 at The Olympic Club, tied for third, currently trailing leaders Beau Hossler, at -1 through 12, Jim Furyk, -1 through 2 rounds, John Peterson, and Nicolas Colsaerts, Graeme McDowell, and Michael Thompson, who all finished the day +1 overall.

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2012 U.S. Open, Leaderboard Update: Casey Martin Finishes +9, In Danger Of Missing Cut

For half of the competitors at the 2012 U.S. Open, Friday will be the last day of their tournament if they are not on the right side of the cut line. On player desperately trying to make the weekend is Oregon head golf coach Casey Martin, who had a rough go of it on Friday as he hopes to stick around for the weekend.

Martin began his day on the back nine, and immediately gave back a stroke with a bogey on No. 9. His birdie on the par-4 11th got him back to where he started, but it was all downhill from there after making the turn, carding bogies on the first, fourth, and fifth holes to push him back to 4-over for the day and 8-over for the tournament. He made par on No. 7, then found the bunker on his tee shot on No. 8, his last hole of the day, leading to an unfortunate bogey.

All-in-all Casey sits very close to the cut line at 9-over for the week, and will likely need a little help if he wants to stick around for the weekend.

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2012 U.S. Open, Leaderboard Update: Graeme McDowell Birdies His Way Into 2nd Place

It's far from easy going on Friday morning at the 2012 U.S. Open as birdies are a rare commodity on the Lakes course at the moment. A few players are finding daylight though, including Graeme McDowell, who carded back-to-back birdies on his front nine to move himself into second place by himself behind tournament leader Michael Thompson, and ahead of Tiger Woods.

McDowell started his day out with a bogey on his opening hole, No. 9, but got it right back with a birdie on No. 10. Another bogey on No. 12 pushed him back to even par, but managed to card birdies on the par-3 15th and par-5 16th to put him one shot ahead of Tiger Woods at 2-under for the week.

Woods and Thompson are still a few hours from teeing off, 1:18 and 12:52 p.m. PT respectfully, so any ground McDowell can make this morning will be a plus as scoring conditions are likely to get harder as the day goes on.

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2012 U.S. Open: Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson Highlight Olympic Club 'Victims'

The 2012 U.S. Open is setting up nicely, and is looking more likely that an over par score could be the evenutal winner at the Olympic Club. One thing is for sure, that the Lakes course has already claimed a number of 'victims' already, so here's a closer look at some of those who have really struggled.

Rory McIlroy: +9 thru seven holes

Luke Donald: +9 thru seven holes

Bubba Watson: +8 tees off at 1:18

Louis Oosthuizen: +8 thru three holes

Zach Johnson: +7 tees off at 1:25

Adam Scott: +6 tees of at 1:47

Phil Mickelson: +6 tees off at 1:18

These guys are going to have to get it together if they want to be around for the weekend, but it's not looking too good at this point.

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U.S. Open 2012, Leaderboard Update: Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell Falter, Casey Martin Staying Strong

Oregon head golf coach and fan favorite Casey Martin was part of the early group that went out on the Lakes course at the Olympic Club Friday morning, trying his best to stay in contention and make the cut for the weekend. It's looking pretty good thus far after he fired a one-over 36 on his front nine this morning, which just so happened to be the back nine.

After starting with a bogey on the par-4 ninth, he gained the stroke back on the par-4 11th with a solid birdie. He would bogey the par-3 13th a few holes later, leaving him at 5-over for the week heading into his back nine, which includes the terrible difficult stretch of holes 1-6.

Hopefully Martin can find a way to stick around for the weekend.

The two players that began the day under par that are on the course already, Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose have already given shots back and are both back to even for the week.

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U.S. Open 2012: Live Updates, TV Schedule, Watch Online And More

Day two of the U.S. Open Championship begins on Friday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. All eyes are on Tiger Woods, whose -1 score ties him with a handful of other golfers at No. 2 on the leaderboard.

Here's an update on golfers with Pacific Northwest connections:

  • Kyle Stanley: +3, 1:14 p.m. PT Tee Time with Patrick Cantlay and Jonathan Byrd
  • Casey Martin: +4, 7:00 a.m. PT Tee Time with Cameron Wilson and Dennis Miller
  • Nick Sherwood: +8, 2:42 p.m. PT Tee Time with Mark McCormick and Cole Howard
  • Ben Crane: +7, 2:25 p.m. PT Tee Time with Martin Laird and Anders Hansen

TV Coverage: ESPN, 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT
Online Stream: ESPN3.com, 8:30 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. PT
Live Updates: U.S. Open official website, video, leaderboard and live updates

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2012 U.S. Open Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Tied For Second, Kyle Stanley At +3

Tiger Woods had one of those remarkable days, avoiding disaster and getting birdies on 4, 5 and 17 to stay under-par for the majority of his first round of the 2012 U.S. Open. Woods is in a comfortable position going into the second round, as he's one of only six golfers currently standing under par after Thursday.

Among Pacific Northwest golfers, no one has broken par among the group. Kyle Stanley went +3, finishing with six bogeys and three birdies. Casey Martin is currently on the golf course and struggling early, going four-over through five holes. Nick Sherwood is struggling heavily, currently situated at fourth-to-last place at +8. Ben Crane just teed off, so he'll have the best shot to make some noise among these guys.

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2012 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods Moves To 1-Under

Tiger Woods has seemingly put it all together at the Olympic Club after moving into red numbers for the first time this week at the 2012 U.S. Open, while the rest of the field seems to be feeling his wake at the Lakes course.

Tiger began his day on the back nine, firing an even par 36 after a bogey on the 14th and birdie on the 17th. He then moved on to the difficult front side, where after staying the course through the first three holes, sank a solid birdie putt on the par-4 fourth, than followed that up with a 45 foot birdie on the next hole to move to 2-under. Unfortunately he gave a shot back on the sixth after finding the greenside bunker.

Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, Tiger's playing partners in the first two rounds, have gotten out of the gate horribly as Lefty sits at 6-over and Bubba 8-over through the first 13 holes of the day. They will certainly in danger of missing the cut if they can't get it together.

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U.S. Open 2012, Leaderboard Update: Tiger Woods Even Par, Kevin Na, Brandon Grace At 2-Under

The 2012 U.S. Open has been playing as it was billed, as one of the toughest tests of golf. A few players have poked through the par barrier, led by Brandon Grace and Kevin Na sitting at 2-under, while a slew of players remain right behind them including Tiger Woods

Asdie from Na and Grace, six other players find themselves in red numbers at the moment, though more than half the field is yet to tee of still. But all eyes are on TIger Woods, who began the day very well.

Woods has been steady so far on his round today, using a lone bogey on the par-4 14th as well as a short-putt birdie on the par-5 17th to leave himself at even par for he tournament. His playing partners have not fared as well though as Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson have stumbled hard out of the gate, both firing 4-over on their first nine of the tournament.

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US Open 2012: Live Updates, TV Schedule, Watch Online And More

The U.S. Open is always something to behold, and this year will certainly be no different. If you want to catch all the action, you're going to need to know when and where to watch all the exciting action.

Here is everything you need to know to watch and enjoy Thursday's action at the U.S. Open on a number of different platforms:

TV coverage (ET): 12-3 p.m. on ESPN, 3-5 p.m. on NBC, 5-10 p.m. on ESPN

Live audio (ET): ESPNRadio.com, 1-7 p.m.; ESPNRadio.com exclusive hour from 7-8 p.m.

Live internet video: (via ESPN3): Marquee group 1 (on ESPN3); Marquee group 2 (on usopen.com); ESPN TV simulcast on WatchESPN; 8th/18th hole video feed on ESPN3; Live coverage in Spanish

GolfCast: ESPN.com's Michael Collins brings you his live analysis starting at 11 a.m. ET

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2012 US Open: Tee Times And Groupings For Thursday

The 2012 U.S. Open is ready to get underway at the illustrious Olympic Club, and the players are in for a stiff test at the Lakes Course this year.

The marquee pairing of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, teeing off No. 9 at 10:33 a.m. ET, while defending champion Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, and Luke Donald tee off at 4:33 p.m. ET off the first tee.

Below are the complete pairings for the first day of the tournament. All Times ET.

Thursday, No. 1 tee
Starting time (ET), players
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, Colt Knost, 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.: Andy Zhang (a), 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
Thursday, No. 9 tee
Starting time (ET), players
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
Thursday, No. 1 tee
Starting time (ET), players
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, Spencer Levin, Mikko Ilonen
5:46 p.m.: Brice Garnett, Justin Hicks, Jesse Mueller
5:57 p.m.: Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Brian Gaffney
Thursday, No. 9 tee
Starting time (ET), players
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, Jordan Spieth
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), Kyle Thompson, Samuel Osborne

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2012 U.S. Open: Oregon Ducks Coach Casey Martin Has An Incredible Story

Golf fans will always pull for the big names who have won countless tournaments in the past, but everyone loves to cheer for an underdog who has defied the odds to get to the point he or she is currently at. For the 2012 U.S. Open, you should look no farther than Casey Martin, who is looking to make a run this weekend against the world's best competition despite some serious health concerns.

Martin, the current head coach of the Oregon Ducks golf team, qualified for the Open despite a blood circulation issue in his right leg. He applied to use a cart during the tournament -- something typically frowned upon by most -- but don't think for a minute that he is simply trying to gain an advantage over the competition.

Here is Bob Harig of ESPN with the latest:

Those who have followed his story back to its beginning in 1997 are fully aware that a birth defect makes it very painful for him to walk and realize that a golf cart was hardly going to even the playing field for Martin. And they realize that his fight to use the cart in competition has not come close to altering the game in any meaningful way.

But a good part of that is due to Martin himself. He's a good guy, a fighter, and an excellent golfer. He handled the attention and backlash that came with his lawsuit against the PGA Tour with grace. People watched him play -- and some saw his swollen, shriveled lower leg and pronounced limp -- and realized that this guy deserved what he was asking for.

Of course, it was impossible to know all of that when Martin first emerged and attempted to go through the PGA Tour's Qualifying Tournament. Golf purists were outraged. Walking is an integral part of the game, they argued quite reasonably. Martin was granted an injunction to ride in competition, but the PGA Tour fought two lower-court victories for Martin, with the case going to the Supreme Court.

Martin will have numerous golf legends testifying against him in court, but you cannot help but hope everything works out for him. Keep fighting the good fight, Casey. Those in the state of Oregon (and hopefully many, many more) will be rooting for you this weekend at the U.S. Open.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Odds: Tiger Woods Is The Favorite To Win

The 2012 U.S. Open begins on Thursday. Tiger Woods is the early betting favorite to win the Grand Slam event.

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2012 U.S. Open Preview & Tee Times: Casey Martin Among Contenders

Casey Martin makes his debut, and he along with Ben Crane, Kyle Stanley and Nick Sherwood all aim to win their first U.S. Open.

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