The opening round of the U.S. Open took place on Thursday (most of it anyways), and Phil “Lefty” Mickelson is in the hunt once again after shooting a 67 for the round, which is good for a -3 going into the second round.
Lefty has one victory so far this year, which came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament in February. He had a solid outing at the FedEx St. Jude Classic last weekend, finishing in second place behind tournament winner Harris English. Mickelson has been able to continue the U.S. Open right from where he finished the last tournament.
The veteran has won 41 times on the PGA Tour, but the U.S. Open is still a tournament that he has not been able to crack. He has come oh so close a couple times, finishing runner up at the U.S. Open five times, but he has yet to seal the deal.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods, the crowd favorite or villain depending on which way you look at it, finished the first ten holes of round one and was one stroke back of Mickelson at that point. He will pick up from there on Friday. Woods has won the U.S. Open tournament three times previously: in 2000, 2002 and 2008. If he was able to take the tournament for a fourth time, he would move into a five-way tie for most victories with Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus.
The scoreboard leader at the end of the first day is Luke Donald at -4 after completing a birdie on the 13th hole. Donald is searching for his first tournament victory of the year, as his best finish so far is a third place showing at the RBC Heritage tournament in April.