Tiger Woods said Wednesday he has at least a decade to catch up to Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors.
Less than 24 hours later, Woods was racing to notch another major in his belt. Woods began his quest for a 15th major with a 1-under-par 69 Thursday, only three shots behind the leader at the U.S. Open at San Francisco's Olympic Club.
Woods' day was good enough to tie him for second with fellow American David Toms, three strokes behind the leader Michael Thompson.
The former Stanford star has not won a major since shortly before his personal life was derailed in November 2009.
Tiger's strong performance is still early. The final round of the U.S. Open will be played Sunday.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Rory Mcllroy was tied for 33rd in the tournament at 1-over-par.