Olazabal shares early lead at the US Open

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania - Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal was quick out of the blocks yesterday, seizing a share of the early first-round lead at the 107th US Open golf championship.

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania - Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal was quick out of the blocks yesterday, seizing a share of the early first-round lead at the 107th US Open golf championship.

The two-time Masters Champion birdied the third and sixth holes to reach two-under through seven, tied with Argentina's Angel Cabrera and American Pat Perez.

While the field of 156 were hoping a Wednesday evening thunderstorm that poured half an inch of rain would have the demanding par-70 Oakmont Country Club showing its softer side, birdies were still at a premium.

World No 1 Tiger Woods, bidding for his third US Open title, was 1-under through six holes. The US superstar opened with a bogey at the par-four first, where he was in a fairway bunker off the tee.

He responded with a birdie at the second, finding the middle of the fairway and leaving himself an 18-footer. He added another birdie at the par-three sixth, which was playing at 198 yards yesterday.

Some pundits have predicted Woods' recent lack of accuracy off the tee will doom his chances. - Sapa-AFP

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