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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