Toms Leads U.S. Open; All-LSU Pairing Saturday
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Fans tuning in to Friday's second round of the 112th United States Open Championship at The Olympic Club saw two Tigers not named Woods finish the day in contention as former LSU All-America David Toms tied for the 36-hole lead at 1-under par and 2011 NCAA champion John Peterson finished two back in a tie fourth place at 1-over par.
Toms is one of only three players in the field to break par in 36 holes as he shares the U.S. Open lead with fellow major champions Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk with matching scores of 1-under par 139.
After opening the championship with a 1-under par 69 in Thursday's opening round, Toms posted a score of even-par 70 on Friday afternoon while carding two birdies and two bogeys in his second round.
The 2001 PGA Champion made the turn at 2-over par on the day after making bogeys at the par-four first and par-four sixth holes. Toms then birdied two of his first four holes on the back nine at the par-four 11th and par-three 13th holes en route to an even-par round of 70. He is poised to challenge his best career U.S. Open finish in 18 appearances as he twice tied for fifth place in 2003 and 2007.
"You really just have to concentrate, give it your all on every shot and never give in to the golf course. It will punish you if your attitude is not good, if your concentration is not good," Toms said after the second round. "There are just too many hard shots out there to really ever give in to it and not be there."
Peterson, who is making his first U.S. Open start this week, matched Toms with an even-par 70 on Friday after opening the championship with a 1-over par 71 in the first round on Thursday. He also made the turn at 2-over par on the day with bogeys at the par-four first and fifth holes, before dropping back to even-par with birdies at the par-four 12th hole and par-five 17th hole for his score of even-par 70.
Peterson has enjoyed a strong start to his PGA Tour career while making the cut in three of his four event appearances as a rookie in 2012, including his first start in a major championship.
"Our plan today was to go out and try to make pars," Peterson said. "On Thursday we had five birdies but we had a double and four bogeys. You can make pars out here. You get in trouble when you try to go after flags. I proved to myself these last two days that I can play this golf course. I'm really excited about the weekend."
In a remarkable twist of fate, Toms and Peterson are paired with one another for the second to last pairing on Saturday as they will tee off on hole No. 1 at 4:55 p.m. CT.
The pair played a practice round prior this week along with Furyk.