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Better start for Donald
After an opening round of 79 which did not contain a single birdie world number one Luke Donald did at least make a better start when the US Open resumed in San Francisco today.
Donald, needing to make a huge climb from joint 140th into the top 60 just to survive the halfway cut, hit his approach to six feet at the 449-yard ninth.
Making the putt immediately improved things, but then came his 10th bogey of the week only two holes later. After pushing his drive into the rough the 34-year-old then found a greenside bunker and failed to get up and down.
Playing partner Lee Westwood birdied there from only three feet and at two over was only three shots off second place - no mean effort after starting yesterday with a double bogey.
Defending champion Rory McIlroy was the third member of the group and following his first day 77 he remained seven over and just outside the top 100 after three opening pars.
The 23-year-old Northern Irishman had chances at the ninth and 11th, but in between saved a four from sand.
Little-known American Michael Thompson, a qualifier ranked 107th in the world, had established a three-stroke lead with his sparkling 66.
He was among the later starters along with the star group of Tiger Woods (69), Phil Mickelson (76) and Masters champion Bubba Watson (78).
England's Justin Rose and 2010 champion Graeme McDowell resumed alongside Woods in a share of second, both having finished with two birdies last night.
Rose parred the difficult 520-yard par four first, while McDowell hit back from a bogey on the ninth - he drove into the left-hand rough - with a birdie at the next.