Tiger's solid round puts him near Open lead

Tiger Woods hits a drive on the seventh

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Tiger Woods hits a drive on the seventh hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament. (June 12, 2012) (Credit: AP)

SAN FRANCISCO -- The first shots on the first hole were all you needed to see. Phil Mickelson's ball never came down from a cypress tree, Bubba Watson's ball was in such thick rough that he could barely gouge it out and Tiger Woods' ball went right down the middle.

Yes, all of the excitement leading up to the first round of the U.S. Open Thursday had been about that high-powered threesome....

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