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The lead belonged to Michael Thompson, a 27-year-old in his first U.S. Open as a pro. He made seven birdies — that's seven more than Luke Donald — for a 4-under 66 that gave him a three-shot lead over Woods and the four other lucky souls to manage to break par Thursday. The buzz came from Woods. Even as Thompson strung together four birdies on the back nine, Woods put on a clinic on the other side of the course on how to handle the toughest test in golf.