U.S. Open: Breaking down amateurs who made cut

In a week that saw a golf course eat some of the world's best golfers alive, it might be surprising to see that four amateurs are among those who will play the final 36 holes at Merion Golf Club. Until you read their impressive amateur resumes.

Big names find big trouble on Friday at Merion

While Adam Scott and Lee Westwood both hold their breath to get inside the cut line at 7 over, Merion showed its teeth on Friday in sending some of golf's best out of contention at the U.S. Open.

Mickelson retains lead despite tough day with putter

Phil Mickelson had plenty of short birdie misses Friday, but a 20-footer at No. 18 allowed Lefty to jump into a share of the lead with Billy Horschel as play was suspended because of darkness.

Early exits won't ruin qualifiers' Open experience

From 48-year-old John Nieporte to 18-year-old Gavin Hall, the qualifiers and amateurs in the U.S. Open field understand that the experience is worth much more than the results.

How it Happened: Day 2, U.S. Open at Merion

Tiger Woods returned to Merion early Friday morning to wrap up an opening-round 3-over 73. Now, he'll look to make up some ground in Round 2 at the U.S. Open. Follow Day 2 developments here!

Putt for dough? Not Colsaerts, who contends anyway

The worst putter on the PGA Tour, Nicolas Colsaerts somehow remains a contender here in the U.S. Open, 1 over through 36 holes at Merion Golf Club.

Horschel hits every green, finds Open lead

Hitting 18 greens in regulation in a round is so rare that the USGA is still researching how often it has been done in U.S. Open play.

Tiger shoots par, says arm hurt at Players

For the second day in a row, Tiger Woods grimaced in pain after several shots, his left arm clearly bothering him at times. Still, he pieced together an even-par 70 while playing 24 holes.

At even, Donald finally in contention at a U.S. Open

Luke Donald posted a 2-under 68 in the completion of the first round on Friday morning and followed it with a solid 2-over 72 to keep himself one shot off the clubhouse lead.

U.S. Open's first two days have been eventful

It’s time to take a look at some award-worthy performances during the first and second rounds of the 113th U.S. Open: Wicker to water, pain to preparation, and more.

Notes: Westwood's wicker, Stanley's strategy, more

The first round finally finished in colder, wetter and windier conditions than Thursday's start, with players dropping shots and wondering what Merion had in store.

Klein: 10 reasons why Merion is kicking back

Why is Merion Golf Club kicking serious butt? The first-round leader (Phil Mickelson) is only 3 under, with only five rounds completed in red and an average stroke score of 74.2. Our Bradley S. Klein offers up 10 reasons for Merion's toughness.

Tiger, Scott, McIlroy provide few first-round fireworks

Merion Golf Club did not prove to be as easy as 1-2-3. At least not for the world's top three players. With Adam Scott picking up a 2-over 72 and Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both posting 73s, there is plenty of work to be done for the trio.

U.S. Open: Updated second-round tee times

With two weather delays on Thursday forcing a Friday finish of the first round at the U.S. Open, all second-round tee times were pushed back by three hours. Check out the updated schedule.