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June 16 2012

1:30 AM

Thompson holds on after tough start

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

SAN FRANCISCO -- Michael Thompson entered the second round of the U.S. Open with a three-shot lead, thanks to his opening 4-under 66. That advantage quickly disappeared with a bogey and a double in his first four holes, but Thompson didn't vanish off the front page of the leaderboard.

Holding steady after the disastrous start, Thompson shot a 5-over 75 that leaves him at 1 over through 36 holes. He no longer is the leader, but he does still have a chance.

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"Yesterday was an unbelievable round and didn't by any means expect to go out and do the same thing, just go out and survive," Thompson said, "and I felt like I did that. I didn't give up.

"Obviously 5 over's not the best, but I finished with a birdie and that's always good."

After starting his round off the ninth tee with a couple of pars before a bogey at the 11th, followed by a double bogey at the 12th. He also had a double at the 18th but played even par in his final eight holes.

"It's just one of those tournaments where playing with the lead really doesn't matter because you're going to go out and make bogeys and you're going to fall back and you're going to make birdies," said Thompson, a finalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur held at the Olympic Club. "I felt like I hung in there."

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