How it happened: Tiger struggles early at Merion

Tiger Woods during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

Tiger Woods during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

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Tiger Woods' quest for a fourth U.S. Open title and 15th overall major championship began Thursday at Merion Golf Club.

Only it wasn't the start Woods was hoping for.

Woods, who has won four times on the PGA Tour this season but hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, was 2 over through 11 holes before play was called due to darkness. He made two birdies and four bogeys Thursday and was facing a short par at No. 12 before deciding to save it for Friday morning.

Luke Donald leads outright at 4 under through 13 holes while Phil Mickelson turned in a 3-under 67 earlier Thursday.

Two weather delays totaling more than four hours will force half the field to resume their first rounds at 7:15 a.m. Friday.

Woods struggled his last time out, finishing T-65 two weeks ago at the Memorial, and it was clear he wasn't his normal self Thursday at Merion. His speed on the greens was off, and he also struggled to find fairways – even with irons. Hitting out of the rough at No. 1, Woods appeared to injure his left hand or arm. It bothered him twice more on shots out of the rough.

His playing competitors, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, fared better. Scott is 3 under after making birdie at No. 12. McIlroy is even after a bogey at No. 12.

We followed all the action Thursday at Merion: the weather, Phil's thrilling first round, Tiger, and more.

See how it all unfolded:

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Hole No. 11: Par 4, 375 yards

Another missed putt for Tiger, who has been way off on the greens today. Also, this could be the final hole for Tiger today as it's getting dark.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with iron and again misses the fairway. He just does not look like he wants to be there right now. He's clearly frustrated.

Approach shot: Tiger has some trees in his way and he gets a lot of ground on this swing. The ball ends up short and in the rough. More importantly, though, he immediately shakes his left hand. Not sure if it's the hand, wrist or arm, but whatever it is, it's definitely hurting him.

Around the green: Tiger shakes it off and delivers a great fop to within a few feet.

On the green: Play is called for the day due to darkness, but players have the option of finishing the hole that they're on. After a birdie by Adam Scott, who moves to 3 under, and a bogey for Rory McIlroy, who is now even, Tiger decides not to attempt his short par.

Elsewhere on the course: Luke Donald birdies his third straight hole, at No. 13, to move to 4 under and into the solo lead. Also, Beau Hossler played well at the U.S. Open last year. Now his buddy and future Texas teammate Gavin Hall is doing the same. Hall just birdied No. 15 to move back to 1 under.

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 301 yards

Tiger's speed on the greens has been off today and that's hurt him. Yet, he's still got a chance to salvage a decent round. The question now is will he take a chance at reaching this short par-4 in one?

Off the tee: Tiger plays it safe with iron off the tee, but it trickles into the right rough.

Approach shot: What rough? Tiger sticks his approach form the long stuff to about 5 feet.

On the green: After a great approach, Tiger misses a good look at birdie, running it just by the left of the cup.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 10 holes

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood has already hit a ball in the grandstands. Now he's hit one off a wicker basket. Westwood got into trouble off the 12th tee and had to lay up at the par-4 hole. His third then hit the basket atop the flagstick and bounced back off the front of the green. He ends up with double bogey, and Westwood drops to 1 under.

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Hole No. 9: Par 3, 237 yards

That miss hurt a little bit, but Tiger's approach at No. 8 was one of his best shots of the round so far.

Off the tee: Tiger leaves his 5-iron just short of the ridge in the middle of the green.

On the green: Tiger has a tough, long putt up and then down the ridge. He runs it about 5 feet by, though, before seeing his par putt lip out. Make it a three-putt bogey for Woods.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through nine holes

Elsewhere on the course: Luke Donald birdies No. 11 to move back to 2 under.

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Hole No. 8: Par 4, 360 yards

He didn't get a birdie there, but Tiger seems to be turning things around.

Off the tee: Another iron, another fairway for Tiger.

Approach shot: Woods' approach is a beauty. It's on a great line and spins back to about 8 feet from the cup.

On the green: Tiger gets a good look at his line from Rory's birdie attempt, but he leaves the birdie attempt just short. Tiger swings his putter in disgust before tapping in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through eight holes

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood drives the par-4 10th green and ends up with birdie to move to 3 under and into a share of the lead. Also, a birdie at No. 8 gets Adam Scott to 2 under.

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 382 yards

That one was impressive and could be just the spark Tiger needs.

Off the tee: Tiger draws iron and slots it into the heart of the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger sticks his approach to about 15 feet to set up a good look at birdie.

On the green: He misses left and it's a tap-in par for Woods.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through seven holes

Elsewhere on the course: Defending champ Webb Simpson nearly grabs a share of the lead at 3 under, but his short birdie putt lips out at No. 5. It would have been his third straight birdie of the round. Also, amateur Gavin Hall birdies his opening hole, the par-4 11th.

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Hole No. 6: Par 4, 489 yards

Maybe that weather delay was just what Tiger needed. He sinks the bogey putt and will look to turn things around starting on No. 6.

Off the tee: Driver here for Tiger and he finds the left side of the fairway.

Approach shot: With about 200 yards left to the hole, Tiger misses a good bit right of the pin.

On the green: Tiger needs a good roll here to set up an easy par. But he does one better, draining a 50-plus-footer for birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through six holes

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood returns from the delay and chips in for birdie at the par-4 seventh. He's now 2 under. Also, a bogey at No. 18 drops Peter Hedblom to 2 under. Also, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott come up short of the green at No. 6, but only Scott can save par as McIlroy bogeys to drop to even par.

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 499 yards

While Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy are 2 under and 1 under, respectively, Tiger can't get anything together.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with driver, but misses in the right rough.

Approach shot: Tiger takes a big hack out of the rough and his ball goes through the green before coming to rest on the back fringe. Tiger looked to be in pain after that one. It's the second time he's favored his left hand after a shot today – the first time was at No. 1.

Around the green: Another bad chip for Tiger, who leaves it a good 18 feet short.

On the green: This putt is worse than the chip as it comes to a rest a couple feet short. But before Tiger can attempt his bogey putt, the horn sounds to suspend play due to inclement weather. . . . And after nearly an hour delay, Tiger makes the bogey putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through five holes

Elsewhere on the course: Peter Hedblom sinks a birdie at the par-3 17th to join Phil Mickelson at 3 under.

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Hole No. 4: Par 5, 640 yards

Not what Tiger wanted there and just like that he has two bogeys in his first three holes. Now he gets the monster par-5 fourth hole.

Off the tee: He'll certainly have to lay up here, but he powers it down the left side of the fairway anyways.

Second shot: No surprise here, Tiger decides to lay up – although Adam Scott did go for green and miss in the left greenside bunker.

Third shot: Tiger hits a little half wedge shot about 15 feet past.

On the green: Tiger leaves his birdie try a foot or so short and taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through four holes

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy both birdie No. 4, McIlroy moving to 1 under, Scott to 2 under. Also, Estanislao Goya moves to 2 under with a birdie at the par-4 15th. He's tied with Scott and Carl Pettersson for second after Luke Donald drops a shot at No. 5.

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 246 yards

And he gets that shot right back with a big birdie make. Tiger now moves on to the lengthy par-3 third hole.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with 5-wood and hits it just off the left side of the green. He should have a decent look at up-and-down for par, though.

Around the green: Not a good chip for Tiger, who leaves it a good 15 feet short.

On the green: Woods can't convert the par save and leaves the left-to-right breaker a little high.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through three holes

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott puts his tee ball at the third right on line with the pin and ends up about 10 feet past. He makes the birdie to move to 1 under. Rory McIlroy gets up-and-down for par from the bunker. Also, Luke Donald is 2 under through four holes as he chases his first major.

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 567 yards

That's not the start Tiger wanted, and things won't get any easier here at No. 2. Despite being a par-5, one of two here at Merion, the second hole hasn't been kind to too many players.

Off the tee: Tiger pulls driver and hammers down the left side of the fairway.

Second shot: Tiger goes for the green in two with fairway wood, but slices it a little right and into a greenside bunker. Tiger is frustrated after that one, swinging the club violently through the air. He's in the same bunker that Phil Mickelson was in earlier.

Third shot: From the sand and from a good lie, Tiger leaves his third shot inside 10 feet.

On the green: It's about a 7-footer for Tiger and he sinks it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through two holes

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott both make mid-range putts to save par at No. 2. Also, U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox birdies the par-4 first hole to begin his round.

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 340 yards

Tiger steps up to the tee wearing a blue shirt, dark grey slacks, white shoes and a white hat. He's playing alongside Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott.

Off the tee: Tiger Woods goes with 5-wood off the tee and misses in the right rough.

Approach shot: Woods has a difficult lie in the rough and gets the ball on the green, but he'll have a tricky putt form the back portion of the green to the front portion, where the pin is. He might have to deal with the fringe on his birdie putt, too.

On the green: Tiger leaves this 40-foot double-breaker well short and left. He'll have a 7-footer to save par. He misses, running it by right and settles for bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through one hole

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy sticks his approach at No. 1 to about 6 feet, but he misses the birdie putt. Also, Rickie Fowler goes for the green off the tee at the short par-4 10th and just misses it. He birdies the hole to finish off an even-par 70.

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Update #69: 4:42 p.m. EDT

Ian Poulter sends a birdie putt just over the lip of the cup at No. 18 and it runs past. He makes the comebacker to finish with a 1-over 71, good for T-22 as he heads to the clubhouse.

Nicholas Thompson cards the first birdie of the day at No. 17 to move to 1 over with one to play.

Brendan Steele birdies No. 11 to start his afternoon round T-2 at 1 under. Mike Weir bogeys No. 6 to fall out of the T-2 group and back to even par with four to play.

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Update #68: 4:36 p.m. EDT

We will start to see some afternoon golfers near the top of the leaderboard, with only three morning players under par. Brian Stuard is one, T-2 at 1 under after birdieing No. 11 to start his day. Stuard has three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season and strung together eight straight cuts made early in the year. Luke Donald is another, birdieing No. 1 to start his day.

Phil Mickelson leads Stuard, Donald and two others by two shots at 3 under, with Nicolas Colsaerts having posted a 69 and Mike Weir 1 under through 13.

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Update #67: 4:28 p.m. EDT

On his final hole of the day and alone in second place at 2 under, Jerry Kelly hits his approach shot at No. 18 well right of the green, forcing him to hit over a bunker to a short-sided pin. His pitch comes to rest in the rough over the green, followed by a chip that comes up about 8 feet short. His bogey putt runs by on the high side and he finishes with an even-par 70.

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Weather update, 4:19 p.m.

The weather forecast for afternoon golf at Merion has gotten considerably brighter, our Bradley S. Klein says. Meteorologist Herb Stevens, who's consulting with the club, initially anticipated a second heavy front of storm and rain to rip through the course late this afternoon. That would have followed a suspension of more than three hours as lightning and 1/3 inch of rain descended upon the course.

That second front, however, which had been approaching from the West, appears to have scattered somewhat. So the likelihood of a second interruption has diminished. It'll take until 5:30-6 p.m. to know for sure – and with a tornado having just touched down in Baltimore 95 miles away, there's plenty of nasty weather in the region. But the hope here is that play can continue and allow the second wave of players, currently slated to tee off as late as 6:27 p.m., to finish at least nine holes today.

The forecast for tomorrow is very good, with wind expected to whip across a dry course and no rain in the area.

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Update #66: 4:14 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel finishes his round with a par at No. 10 for an even-par 70.

Rickie Fowler misses a birdie putt too strong at No. 7 and is 2 over through 15.

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Update #65: 4:06 p.m. EDT

Jerry Kelly leaves a birdie putt well short at No. 17, but manages to save par to remain at 2 under.

Also, Justin Rose's second shot at No. 10 hits the stick and he makes a short birdie putt to close out his 1-over 71.

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Update #64: 3:53 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson taps in for par at No. 10 to wrap up a 3-under 67. He's your current leader. It's his lowest first round in a U.S. Open since 1999, when he also shot 67 to hold the first-round lead. Also, Lefty's playing competitor, Steve Stricker, goes for the green off the tee at the short par-4 and then chips close to set up a birdie. Stricker finishes with a 71. The third man in that group? Keegan Bradley shot 77.

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Update #63: 3:47 p.m. EDT

Jerry Kelly remains at 2 under after making a 40-footer to save par at No. 16.

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Update #62: 3:43 p.m. EDT

Ian Poulter just double-bogeyed the par-4 sixth to drop back to 2 over. Poulter birdied four of his first five holes, but has definitely cooled off since.

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Update #61: 3:42 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson taps in for birdie at the par-4 10th to wrap up a 1-over 71. His playing competitors Nicolas Colsaerts and Dustin Johnson shot 69 and 71, respectively. That's a pretty decent collective showing from this long-hitting group.

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Update #60: 3:36 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson makes another long birdie, this time from about 20 feet at the par-3 ninth, to move to 3 under and back into the outright lead. Phil has held the lead at the end of the first round of a U.S. Open just once. That was in 1999, when he ended up finishing T-2.

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Update #59: 3:20 p.m. EDT

Jerry Kelly joins Phil Mickelson in the lead at 2 under after making a tricky 15-footer for birdie at No. 15.

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Update #58: 3:18 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson has 25-footer for birdie at No. 8, but he leaves it a foot short. He'll tap in for par to remain at 2 under.

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Update #57: 3:12 p.m. EDT

Nicolas Colsaerts was 2 under through eight holes, but then made three bogeys in five holes to drop to 1 over. He has since made two straight birdies (Nos. 7-8) and is back in red figures.

Also, Justin Rose just sank his second straight birdie putt, at No. 6, and he improves to 2 over.

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Update #56: 3:03 p.m. EDT

After a great approach to within 3 feet at the par-4 seventh, Phil Mickelson sinks the short birdie to move to 2 under. He leads the U.S. Open outright.

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Update #55: 2:55 p.m. EDT

George Coetzee three-putts for bogey at No. 14 to drop to 1 under. Then Tim Clark completes his disaster of a hole at No. 5, making double bogey to fall to even par. That means the lead is 1 under, and among the leaders are Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter.

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Update #54: 2:46 p.m. EDT

With Mike Weir dropping a shot, Tim Clark and George Coetzee are tied for the lead at 2 under. But Clark is in trouble at No. 5. His tee ball ended up in the hazard. Fortunately he could play it, but he had to do it from an awkward stance – a near split over the small creek that runs along the left side of the fairway. His second ended up in the right rough, though, so Clark is looking at a possible bogey, maybe even worse.

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Update #53: 2:36 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel misses a long par attempt at the par-5 fourth hole and he drops to 1 under. That leaves Tim Clark, Mike Weir and George Coetzee tied for the lead at 2 under.

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Update #52: 2:28 p.m. EDT

Another big save for Phil Mickelson. After driving his ball just into the hazard, he's able to play it from there, laying up. His third shot spins back to about 8 feet and he calmly drains the par save to remain at 1 under.

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Update #51: 2:25 p.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler went 4-0 at the 2009 Walker Cup at Merion. He's playing well today, too. Fowler just sank a birdie at the par-5 second, his second straight, to move back to even. He's two back of the lead.

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Update #50: 2:19 p.m. EDT

George Coetzee is among the leaders at 2 under. He's one of three South Africans tied for the lead right now. Tim Clark and Charl Schwartzel are the others.

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Update #49: 2:13 p.m. EDT

Rain or not Merion is one tough golf course. Just nine players are under par and only 16 players are even or better.

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Update #48: 2:03 p.m. EDT

Mike Weir is tied for the lead at 2 under after a birdie at the par-4 16th. The former Masters champ is playing in his 13th U.S. Open, but hasn't finished better than T-3 (2003). He also hasn't had a top-10 of any kind since the start of the 2010 PGA Tour season.

Also, Sergio Garcia is back to 4 over after a birdie at No. 1 and an eagle at the par-5 second hole.

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Update #47: 1:54 p.m. EDT

Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan birdies the par-4 14th to move to 2 under. He's tied for the lead with Tim Clark and Charl Schwartzel. Another amateur, North Florida's Kevin Phelan, is 1 under through five holes after a birdie at the par-4 15th.

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Update #46: 1:50 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot way right at the par-3 third hole. He delivers a great second shot to set up a par save. Steve Stricker isn't so lucky and his tee ball ends up in an awkward spot, under a tree and nearly in a bunker. Officials determine that he wasn't in the bunker, so he takes an unplayable and flops his third shot to about 10 feet. Stricker ends up with double bogey to fall to 2 over.

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Update #45: 1:38 p.m. EDT

Merion continues to wreak havoc as Brandt Snedeker chunks a chip badly from just off the green at the par-5 second. He ends up with double bogey and falls back to 4 over. Meanwhile, Justin Rose can't buy a putt right now and he bogeys No. 2 to drop to 3 over.

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Update #44: 1:37 p.m. EDT

Ian Poulter leaves his approach with 5-wood at the long par-4 18th short and in a bunker. He can't get up-and-down to save par and a bogey drops him to 1 under.

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Update #43: 1:26 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson misses the green right with his second shot at the par-5 second hole. Then from the bunker, Phil pulls off an extremely difficult sand shot and puts it to within about 6 feet. He runs the birdie putt by, though, and Phil remains at 1 under.

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Update #42: 1:20 p.m. EDT

Ian Poulter bogeys the par-3 17th and he's now in a three-way tie for the lead with Tim Clark and Charl Schwartzel at 2 under.

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Update #41: 1:17 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson makes a 12-footer to save bogey at the par-5 second after hitting his tee ball way right and out of bounds. He drops back to even par through 10 holes. His playing competitor Bubba Watson makes birdie at No. 2 to get back to 1 over.

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Update #40: 1:10 p.m. EDT

How about Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan? Pan birdies his opening hole the par-4 11th, and he's 1 under early in his second U.S. Open. Pan missed the cut in 2011.

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Update #39: 1:09 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel drops to 2 under and out of the lead after bogey at No. 18. Ian Poulter is now your solo leader once again at 3 under.

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Update #38: 1:04 p.m. EDT

The tee times have been updated and the group of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy will now tee off at 4:44 p.m. EDT off of tee No. 1. This means that they'll almost surely have to play the last few of their first-round holes early Saturday morning.

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Update #37: 1 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson just drained a 25-footer for birdie at No. 1 to move to 1 under. It was a tough putt speed-wise, but Mickelson gave the fast putt just enough and it dropped in the hole.

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Update #36: 12:57 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson and Justin Rose each drop a shot thanks to three-putts. Watson's came at No. 1 and the bogey dropped him to 2 over. Rose moves back to 2 over, too, after his bogey at No. 18.

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Update #35: 12:48 p.m. EDT

Ian Poulter gets a shot back with birdie at the par-4 15th. He shares the lead again at 3 under. Poulter has finished outside the top 40 in his last three U.S. Open starts.

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Update #34: 12:37 p.m. EDT

What's happening to Sergio Garcia? He is 6 over through five holes thanks to a bogey at No. 11, a double bogey at No. 14 and a quadruple bogey at the par-4 15th, where his tee shot went out of bounds.

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Update #33: 12:35 p.m. EDT

John Peterson notched an ace last year at Olympic Club en route to a T-4 finish. He nearly has another ace at a U.S. Open, but his tee shot at No. 13 ends up inches from the cup. Peterson taps in for birdie to move to 1 under.

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Update #32: 12:32 p.m. EDT

And now it's Charley Hoffman dropping out of the lead after missing an 8-footer for par at the par-5 fourth hole. That means Charl Schwartzel is all alone atop the leaderboard at 3 under.

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Update #31: 12:29 p.m. EDT

Ian Poulter pulls driver for the first time at the par-4 14th and boy does he pull it. His drive ends up in the tall fescue to the right of the fairway. Luckily, Poulter gets a free drop due to an embedded ball, but still has to hit out of the fescue. He was to lay up and ends up with bogey to fall back to 2 under.

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Update #30: 12:27 p.m. EDT

Hiroyuki Fujita gets back to even par with a birdie at the par-3 13th. It was nearly an ace, though, as the ball spun violently back and just ran by the edge of the cup.

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Update #29: 12:25 p.m. EDT

Ryan Palmer drains a 15-footer for birdie at the par-5 second hole, his second of the day, and he's 2 under through two holes.

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Update #28: 12:16 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel hits his approach at the par-4 15th a little long, but chips in for birdie to move to 3 under. It's his third straight birdie, too.

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Update #27: 12:13 p.m. EDT

While Keegan Bradley returned to a triple bogey, Charley Hoffman returns to a birdie, his third straight to start his round. His birdie at No. 3 moves Hoffman into a share of the lead with Ian Poulter at 3 under.

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Update #26: 12:10 p.m. EDT

It's a tough return to the course for Keegan Bradley, who triple-bogeys the par-4 16th to fall back to 4 over.

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Update #25: 12:07 p.m. EDT

And play is back under way after about a three-and-a-half-hour delay.

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Update #24: 11:46 a.m. EDT

While players are returning to the range and then the course, there promises to be more bad weather later this afternoon. Our Bradley S. Klein was behind-the-scenes with Merion's head groundskeeper and meteorologist as they began to assess what Mother Nature was doing to the course and tournament schedule. A 36-hole Sunday finale? Read the story here.

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Update #23: 11:42 a.m. EDT

Our Jim McCabe was with the Phil Mickelson-Keegan Bradley group this morning, and came away with this thought: While Merion wreaked havoc with a few scorecards early -- just ask Keegan Bradley -- it was Mother Nature that stole the attention on the morning of the first round at the U.S. Open. Read the column here.

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Update #22: 11:13 a.m. EDT

Play is scheduled to resume at 12:10 p.m. EDT. Players have already begun warming up on the range.

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Update #21: 11:03 a.m. EDT

Players, including Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, are making their way back to the driving range and practice area. Still no word on a restart time, yet.

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Update #20: 11:01 a.m. EDT

Curious about what the weather is doing? Check out this story from our Bradley S. Klein, who continues to update us on what Mother Nature is doing and how it is affecting the tournament. Story.

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Update #19: 10:31 a.m. EDT

The rain came down hard for a little while but has since gotten lighter. There's still some electricity in the air, though, and play should remained stopped for the foreseeable future.

To hold you over, here are some humerous tweets from leader Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter):

• Me & my mate Tiger chilling in the house whilst this storms comes thru. http://instagram.com/p/agAaTPJg0j/

• This doesn't look very good at all right now. I've chosen the house not the tent. http://instagram.com/p/agB-E-pg2H/

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Update #18: 8:41 a.m. EDT

With play now stopped, let's look at the leaderboard. Ian Poulter is the solo leader at 3 under through three holes. He's birdied Nos. 11-13. Nicolas Colsaerts, Charl Schwartzel, Charley Hoffman and Tim Clark are a shot back at 2 under. Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker are among those at 1 under. Phil Mickelson is even, so are Sergio Garcia, Jason Dufner and Matt Kuchar. At 1 over, you have a group that includes Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley, who will drop at least one shot when he completes No. 16 after he gets back on the course.

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Update #17: 8:39 a.m. EDT

According to sources, Phil Mickelson's flight from San Diego did not land until 4:15 a.m., just three hours before his scheduled tee time on Thursday. He arrived at the course at 5:30.

Mickelson skipped practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday to be at his daughter's middle-school graduation back at home.

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Update #16: 8:36 a.m. EDT

And the horn has sounded, marking a stoppage of play. Continue to check back for updates.

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Update #15: 8:33 a.m. EDT

What's Mother Nature up to? Check out the latest weather updates as inclement weather inches closer to Merion. Blog.

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Update #14: 8:30 a.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel knows a thing about winning a major. The 2011 Masters champ is 2 under through four holes. Schwartzel has never won a U.S. Open, though, with his best finish being a T-9 showing in 2011.

Also, Keegan Bradley is going to have to take an unplayable at No. 16.

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Update #13: 8:26 a.m. EDT

Ian Poulter and Charley Hoffman are each 2 under through two holes to join the leaders. Poulter made birdies on Nos. 11-12 while Hoffman started on the front, making birdie at Nos. 1-2.

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Update #12: 8:21 a.m. EDT

Steve Stricker birdies No. 15 by making a 5-footer to move to 1 under. Phil Mickelson settles for par while Keegan Bradley makes bogey to drop to 1 over.

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Update #11: 8:17 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson has missed his first three fairways, yet he's still at even par. At the par-4 14th, Lefty hit 5-wood right into the rough. He then left his approach on the front part of the green, well short of the hole. Keegan Bradley found the right fairway bunker with iron off the tee and couldn't get to the green with his second. Steve Stricker, the only player to find the fairway, has a good look at birdie.

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Update #10: 8:14 a.m. EDT

Birdies at Nos. 12-13 have Tim Clark tied for the lead at 2 under. He's tied with Nicolas Colsaerts, who couldn't be more on the other end of the spectrum from Clark when it comes to the style of player.

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Update #9: 8:09 a.m. EDT

Steve Stricker gets his first birdie of the day, at No. 14, as he, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley move to the par-4 15th. Look for these players to play it safe off the tee with out of bounds being very close to the left side of the fairway.

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Update #8: 8:04 a.m. EDT

Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose, Nick Watney and Tim Clark, all players who have a realistic shot at winning this week, are all 1 under early in their rounds. Seven players total are 1 under and sitting a shot back of Nicolas Colsaerts.

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Update #7: 7:59 a.m. EDT

Nicolas Colsaerts birdies the par-4 14th to get to 2 under. He leads outright.

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Update #6: 7:52 a.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley lands his tee shot past the hole and has it spin back to about 18 feet at No. 13. Phil Mickelson's spins back even more to about 10 feet right of the cup. Both make birdie to get back to even par.

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Update #5: 7:50 a.m. EDT

It's not looking good for much golf to be played at Merion, with forecasts now calling for a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms starting at 10 a.m., clearing for an hour at noon and then escalating to 60 to 90 percent chances all afternoon, according to weather.com.

The marquee pairing of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy, slated to start at 1:14 p.m. EDT, is looking iffy at this point. Could Friday be #GolfsLongestDayRevisited?

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Update #4: 7:47 a.m. EDT

2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover is part of the four-way tie for the lead at 1 under. Glover birdied the par-4 first hole.

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Update #3: 7:42 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Keegan Bradley are all 1 over through two holes after starting on No. 11. But wth the 115-yard par-3 13th coming up, they should all have a chance to get a shot back.

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Update #2: 7:40 a.m. EDT

Of the 21 players who have completed at least one hole so far this morning, just four are under par. Two of them, Dustin Johnson and Nicolas Colsaerts, are playing in the same group. Both birdied the par-3 13th after starting on No. 11.

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Update #1: 7:20 a.m. EDT

Well, play is underway at Merion, but for how long we do not know. The weather forecast is looking horrible, as there is a major storm front slated to hit the area between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., likely to bring heavy rain and eventually hail and high winds.

For those on the course, Bubba Watson opened his round with a birdie on the par-4 11th, while Rickard Karlberg birdied the par-4 first hole.

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Tee times

U.S. Open tee times: Woods with McIlroy, Scott

Here are the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

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Tuesday

Merion's 15th presents an infernal double-cross

On a Merion East Course famed for its very long holes and very short holes, the 15th fits neatly into the middle – and is simply masterful in showing how angles of play can be mind-bending.

For family, Mickelson ducks away from soggy Merion

Phil Mickelson decided a while back to be home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on the Wednesday before the first round of the U.S. Open to attend his daughter Amanda’s graduation from eighth grade.

Woods on winning majors: 'It wasn't ever easy'

Tiger Woods, surprised by niece-turned-interviewer Cheyenne Woods during his press conference, addressed the Sergio Garcia situation, Merion's sloppy conditions and what drives him to success.

Q&A: Webb Simpson, 2012 U.S. Open champion

The defending U.S. Open champion reveals how he switched gear before he won his first major – and says he's not afraid to give up anchored putting.

Sisk, 48, brings perspective to U.S. Open mix

Geoff Sisk entered the U.S. Open local qualifier in an attempt simply to get a competitive round under his belt. A few short weeks later, the 48-year-old will tee it up in his seventh U.S. Open.

U.S. Open a surprising struggle for Donald, Johnson

Look up and down the entry list and you’ll find curiosities with players when it comes to the U.S. Open, but nothing confounds quite like the overall record of Luke Donald and Zach Johnson.

Trip down memory lane reveals Open's true colors

Our James Achenbach spent many years attempting to qualify for the "National Open." Although he never made it out of local qualifying, he still continues to be fulfilled by the process.

U.S. Open: Wet weather dampens spirits at Merion

For now, the low-lying 11th hole at Merion, a 367-yard par 4 that culminates in a small green wrapped by Cobbs Creek, is sitting high and dry. The same can’t be said for the spirits at the U.S. Open venue.

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Monday

What they're saying: U.S. Open week at Merion

Here is a handful of posts via Twitter from pro golfers and top figures of the sport during U.S. Open week at Merion GC in Ardmore, Pa.

Scott measures preparation by confidence it builds

So with an uncluttered mind and a plan that he feels comfortable following, Scott comes to Merion for the 2013 U.S. Open ready to chase golf's Grand Slam.

Monday rains further soften U.S. Open course

Much of Merion's East Course has withstood recent rains. But the 11th hole needed some work on a bunker as U.S. Open week began with practice delays.

U.S. Open: Tiger headlines staff predictions

Our staff of experts will be on the ground all week at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., and took a few moments to study the field and make a few predictions: favorite, underdog, low amateur and the winning score.

U.S. Open: Stanley, Palmer among 6 additions

Kyle Stanley and Ryan Palmer were among six players added to the U.S. Open on Monday morning, completing the 156-player field at Merion.

Takes special player to bounce back from major flub

It takes a special player to overcome a meltdown and win one of golf's top prizes says our Jeff Rude.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Shifting gears: Hole-by-hole at Merion

They’ll be tacking, shifting gears, constantly adjusting at Merion. All of which could make for great spectator viewing – and the occasional road wreckage as players come unglued and fall by the wayside.

U.S. Open: Closer look at 20 key players at Merion

A capsule look at 20 top players for the 113th U.S. Open golf championship, to be played June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

U.S. Opens at Merion: Trevino, Hogan among winners

A look at the four previous U.S. Opens held at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., won by Olin Dutra, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino and David Graham.

U.S. Open: Garcia's playing career at crossroads

Even as he approaches the prime of his career, the best times for Sergio Garcia seem to be so far behind him. How will he handle the pressure in the city of Brotherly Love? It will depend on how thick his skin is, which hasn't been his strong suit.

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