Former US Open Champion Michael Campbell has got off to a disastrous start to the 112thUS Open Championship at The Olympic Club near San Francisco.
Cambo, who is playing in his biggest event of 2012 after missing the cut in eight out of nine events on the European Tour, opened with a nine over par 79 to be in a share of 141st place.
The only Kiwi in the field will begin round two 13 shots back from little-known American Michael Thompson who leads by three shots after round one.
Campbell’s round is a big dent in his hopes to make only his second cut at the US Open since he won it back in 2005. His best performance since his career-defining win at Pinehurst was a tie for 58thin 2007.
The 43-year-old, who began on the 10thtee on the notoriously tough layout, made a promising start with two bogeys and birdie in his opening seven holes to be one over the card and in a share of 32ndplace.
But it all went awry for the 2005 champion as he made the turn. He added three more bogeys, a double and a triple to fall off the pace and out of contention of making the cut.
Former World No.1 Tiger Woods, a three-time US Open Champion, is right in contention with a one under par 69 leaving him in a share of second place only three shots back from Thompson.
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