Woods off to good start in U.S. Open

TIGER WOODS shot under par in the opening round of the U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson simply shot himself on the foot.

The celebrated pair submitted contrasting results on Thursday (Friday in Manila) as The Olympic Club played tough as expected.

Woods had two birdies on the back nine on his way to a 1-under 69, gaining a piece of second place behind Michael Thompson’s 3-under 66.

His playing partners – Mickelson and Masters champion Bubba Watson – failed to keep pace. Mickelson opened with three bogeys and finished at 6-over 76 while Watson couldn’t find his rhythm and posted a 78.

Woods never broke par in four rotten rounds at the Masters in April.

”I felt very pleased with every facet of my game today and I stayed very patient out there,” Woods said. ”I was very pleased how I executed my game plan.” Noli S. Cruz

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