Woods well placed

Updated: June 15, 2012

Qualifier Michael Thompson leads after the first round of the US Open after shooting a superb 66 to give him a 3 shot lead over 3 times winner Tiger Woods.

World No 4 Woods, who is looking for a 15th major but first since his 2008 US Open success, started with five straight pars and eventually finished with three birdies and two bogeys.

World No 6 Matt Kuchar, former US Open champion Jim Furyk, Swede Robert Karlsson and Britain’s Ian Poulter were a further shot off the pace while England’s Lee Westwood carded an opening-round 73 to find himself seven behind.

It was a tough day at the office for some of Westwood’s fellow Europeans as 2011 champion Rory McIlroy and world No 1 Luke Donald struggled.

The 23-year-old McIlroy started the defence of his title with a woeful 77, while Donald fared even worse with a nine-over 79.