Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood came into the 2010 U.S Open as the most talked about trio on the PGA Tour, but by mid-afternoon on the first day of the tournament two of the three sat at four over par, six shots off the lead and in danger of falling out of contention at the tournament.
Woods stood at even par through six holes, and Westwood still had a dozen holes to salvage his day, but Mickelson was in the clubhouse left to ponder if his window to win the U.S open was getting a little closer to closing.
So who was on top of the leaderboard as the clock struck 4 p.m? Why, Brandon de Jonge and Mathew Richardson at two under par, of course, and Richardson had gotten to the top of the leaderboard after only five holes.
Steven Wheatcroft, John Rollins and Heath Slocum were the top Americans, all at one under par and all still on the course. There may be a lack of big names on top of the board, but with Tiger parring each of his first six holes he’s lurking close enough to the top to spawn thoughts of him returning to the top of the golf world.