June 14, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former UAB standout Graeme McDowell is in a tie for second overall after day one of the 112th U.S. Open. McDowell, who played with the Blazers from 1999-2002, carded an opening round score of one-under par 69 on the par-70, 7,107-yard Olympic Club course in San Francisco, Calif.
McDowell will enter the second round of the event in a tie with six other golfers, which includes Tiger Woods, David Toms and Justin Rose. Former Alabama standout Michael Thompson is the clubhouse leader after scorching the course with a four-under par 66.
McDowell, an eight-time winner on the PGA and European Tours, finished his round with back-to-back birdies to close play as one of only seven players in the 156-man field who shot below par.
A two-time PING All-American and the 2002 Fred Haskins award recipient, McDowell captured the 2010 U.S. Open to become the first UAB golfer to ever win a major championship.
McDowell is performing impressively under the watchful eye of current UAB head men's golf coach Alan Kaufman, who made the trip to San Francisco to support his former player.
McDowell and his playing partners (Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia), will tee off Friday's second round at 7:55 a.m. PT (9:55 a.m. CT). Live stats can be found by logging onto USopen.com.