June 14, 2012
The 2007 U.S. Amateur runner-up at The Olympic Club sure played
like he knew the course Thursday, piling up seven birdies to go
with three bogeys in an aggressive round. The 27-year-old from
Alabama still couldn't feel too comfortable with a familiar face
making a charge at another major.
Woods birdied back-to-back holes late in his round and played
the unleveled Lake Course with the kind of confidence that has made
him a 14-time major champion. He bogeyed his second-to-last hole to
card a 1-under 69 and blow away playing partners Phil Mickelson
(76) and Bubba Watson (78).