15 Jun 2012

Woods on track at Olympic

2:32 pm on 15 June 2012

Tiger Woods has showed the poise that's made him a 14-time major golf champion, adapting to a difficult Olympic Club course in San Francisco to sit in a five-way tie for second after his first round at the US Open.

The three-time US Open champion shot a one under par 69 and sits three shots behind the leader, fellow American Michael Thompson, who's on four under.

The recent form of Woods, whose pursuit of Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major titles has been slowed by scandal, injury and swing changes, has raised expectations he may win his first major trophy since 2008.

Wellington's Michael Campbell is unlikely to make the cut for just the second time since winning the US Open in 2005 - Campbell shot a nine over 79, the same as 14-year-old qualifier Andy Zhang.

They weren't alone in high scores however - the reigning champion Rory McIlroy is seven over, British world number one Luke Donald's also nine over, the four-time major winner Phil Mickelson is at six over and the Masters champion Bubba Watson is eight over.

Just six players in the 156-strong field carded under par.