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

Phil Mickelson during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

Phil Mickelson during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

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2John Huh-3F-6
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Tiger Woods returned to Merion early Friday morning to wrap up a disappointing opening round, but continued to show mediocre form. Saturday he'll try to heal up after playing 24 holes in 1 over par and close in on the leaders.

When darkness brought an end to play Friday, Woods was four back of co-leaders Billy Horschel and Phil Mickelson.

Presumably getting some rest before his second round, unlike Wednesday night when he flew across the country for his Thursday morning tee time, Mickelson needed all 18 holes to card his only birdie of the day at the last. Horschel, on the other hand, shot a 67 that was the best scorecard turned in for the round Friday.

Five players are T-2 at even par: Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Steve Stricker all finished their rounds, while Cheng-Tsung Pan and Ian Poulter have nine and four holes to play, respectively.

Several big names are in danger of missing the cut, which is projected at 8 over.

Recap the top developments during the second day of U.S. Open play at Merion – and scroll down for our previous coverage.

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Update No. 29: 8:41 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose makes a 6-footer for par on the last to close out a 69 that leaves him even par after 36 holes, one shot back of co-leaders Billy Horschel and Phil Mickelson.

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Update No. 28: 8:30 p.m. EDT

The horn sounds, signaling play must end now or at the conclusion of play on each group's current hole.

Seeking his first birdie of the day at the last hole of the round, Phil Mickelson finds the right edge of the green and has a long putt in front of him – perhaps his longest attempt in a round replete with opportunities – and sinks it for a 72 to move to 1 under, back into a share of the lead alongside Billy Horschel.

Steve Stricker pars the last to remain even for the tournament with a 1-under 69.

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Update No. 27: 8:14 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson misses the green at the par-3 No. 17, but chips close with his second shot from the rough. He raps it in for par.

Steve Stricker faces a long birdie attempt and has the speed but leaves it on the high side. Stricker also finishes off the par.

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Update No. 26: 8:08 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel is alone in the lead as Justin Rose bogeys the par-4 15th to drop to even par. Rose is tied for second with five others: Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Cheng-Tsung Pan, Ian Poulter and Steve Stricker. Mickelson and Stricker are playing the par-3 17th and could finish their round before play ends.

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Update No. 25: 7:49 p.m. EDT

With the projected cut at 8 over – but the last groups on the course only having completed five holes of play – Sergio Garcia gives himself a little breathing room with a birdie at No. 12 to get to 6 over. Other big names around the cut line: Defending champ Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker, 6 over; Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Freddie Jacobson, 7 over; Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, 8 over.

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Update No. 24: 7:40 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose finds the rough on No. 14, hitting his second shot onto the fat part of the green but leaving a long two-putt through a swale for par. He lags to about a foot or so and makes par to remain 1 under.

Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson both find the green at No. 15, playing well left of the bunker-guarded pin and leaving long putts as well. Mickelson is away and leaves his putt about 4 feet short, while Stricker gets a look on the similar line but finds a similar result despite the look. Stricker misses, making bogey to fall from the lead to even par; Mickelson makes par to remain even.

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Update No. 23: 7:26 p.m. EDT

Daylight might become an issue before long, as Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson struggle to see their approach shots land on the long par-4 No. 14, the sun getting low and in their eyes. Mickelson's shot runs off the back and he putts from the fairway-length grass, coming up several feet short; he then jars the par putt. Stricker hits it to 8-10 feet and two-putts for par.

Justin Rose pars No. 13 to remain 1 under alongside co-leaders Stricker and Billy Horschel.

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Update No. 22: 7:12 p.m. EDT

Steve Stricker finds the green with his tee shot at No. 13, on line with the pin and about 15 feet shy. He rolls in his birdie putt to join co-leaders Billy Horschel and Justin Rose at 1 under. Rose just barely misses a birdie putt at No. 12 and cards par to remain in the three-way tie.

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Update No. 21: 7:07 p.m. EDT

In another costly mistake, Phil Mickelson overshoots the green at the short par-3 13th, his ball coming to rest in the back bunker and sitting down in the sand a bit. He then nearly holes out the sand shot, the ball rimming out on the cup and curling behind the hole, but stopping about 15-18 feet past. He'll need to make a putt here to stay among the co-leaders. The par attempt just misses on the high side and he taps in for bogey to drop to even par.

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Update No. 20: 6:59 p.m. EDT

Another approach, another green for Phil Mickelson, the ball coming to rest nearly pin high and about 20 feet right at the 12th. He makes another good run at birdie but again narrowly misses the putt – then lips out the two-foot comebacker to add to his frustrations.

Mickelson falls to co-leader status at 1 under, alongside Billy Horschel (in the clubhouse) and Justin Rose (through 11).

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Update No. 19: 6:51 p.m. EDT

Let's run through the top five in the Official World Golf Ranking, where they stand and what they shot today:

  • 1. Tiger Woods: 3 over at T-22 after an even-par 70 today;
  • 2. Rory McIlroy: 3 over at T-22 after an even-par 70 today;
  • 3. Adam Scott: 7 over at T-65 after a 5-over 75 today;
  • 4. Matt Kuchar: 6 over at T-52; 2 over through 10 holes today;
  • 5. Justin Rose: 1 under at T-2; 2 under through 10 holes today.

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Update No. 18: 6:43 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson hits his approach at No. 11 to about 10 feet, again giving himself a makeable putt for his first birdie of the day. Again, the putt misses. This time, it slides by on the low side and leaves him 3 feet coming back. He makes that one to remain 2 under.

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Update No. 17: 6:34 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar nearly drives the green at the short par-4 No. 10 hole, but the pin is back left so he's got some work if he's to get up and down for birdie.

Sergio Garcia bogeys No. 6 and double bogeys No. 7 to slide to 6 over.

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Update No. 16: 6:25 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose narrowly misses a birdie roll at No. 9 that would have tied him for the lead.

After eight pars to start his day, Bubba Watson cards back-to-back double bogeys as he makes the turn to drop to 5 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 15: 6:17 p.m. EDT

Leader Phil Mickelson hits it to about 8 feet for birdie at the par-3 No. 9 – his approach game today is solid – and again misses the putt as he remains 2 under, his round today 1 over as he makes the turn.

Justin Rose pulls within a shot as he birdies No. 8, getting to T-2 with Billy Horschel. Nicolas Colsaerts cards his third bogey of the day, dropping to even par again, then nearly make a birdie putt at No. 10 but taps in for par.

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Update No. 14: 6:06 p.m. EDT

Rory Sabbatini is 2 under through five today, with birdies at Nos. 11 and 14. That gets him to 5 over for the tourney.

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Update No. 13: 5:59 p.m. EDT

Leader Phil Mickelson hits it tight at No. 8, only to miss about a 4-footer for birdie and settle instead for par.

Nicolas Colsaerts chips in for birdie at No. 8 to move to 1 under, T-2 with Billy Horschel. At No. 9, he hits it in the creek and wedges on from the drop area, then makes his bogey putt to return to even.

Steve Stricker birdies No. 8 to get to even par.

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Update No. 12: 5:46 p.m. EDT

Leader Phil Mickelson pulls his tee shot right on No. 7, bringing some overhanging limbs into play on his second shot. Using a soft draw for his approach, he finds the right side of the green. His long birdie attempt has good speed and he'll tap in for par.

Justin Rose drops to even par with a bogey at the par-4 6th hole.

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Update No. 11: 5:35 p.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler makes double-bogey at No. 3 to fall to 2 over, leaving five golfers at even par and T-4. Luke Donald is in the clubhouse at even at 68-72, leaving four on the course at that mark:

  • Nicolas Colsaerts: 1 over through seven today;
  • Charley Hoffman: 1 under through three today;
  • Jerry Kelly: Even through three today;
  • Charl Schwartzel: Even through five today.

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Update No. 10: 5:23 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose pars again to remain T-2 at 1 under. Playing partner Matt Kuchar gets the gallery excited with an up-and-down to save par at No. 5 to remain 4 over.

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Update No. 9: 5:14 p.m. EDT

Leader Phil Mickelson extends his par streak to four since he opened with bogey, remaining at 2 under and a shot ahead of Billy Horschel and Justin Rose. Nicolas Colsaerts pars No. 6 to remain even par.

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Update No. 8: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Nicolas Colsaerts bogeys No. 5 to fall into a group of six golfers at even par, two back of leader Phil Mickelson and 1 back of Billy Horschel and Justin Rose. Rose pars his second straight since opening with two birdies.

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Update No. 7: 4:52 p.m. EDT

Leader Phil Mickelson gives himself a chance at birdie at No. 4, but runs it past and settles for his third straight par since a bogey to start the day. Playing partner Steve Stricker, who birdied No. 2, has a shorter birdie chance but leaves his short to remain T-5 at even par.

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Update No. 6: 4:39 p.m. EDT

Nicolas Colsaerts leaves himself a tough birdie putt at No. 4, missing short and left, then makes about a 5-footer for par to stay T-2 at 1 under with Billy Horschel and Justin Rose.

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Update No. 5: 4:26 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel makes his birdie putt at No. 18 to finish with the low round of the day so far, a 67 that gets him into a tie for second at 1 under.

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Update No. 4: 4:19 p.m. EDT

Nicolas Colsaerts immediately gives back his birdie, failing to get up and down on No. 3 and carding a bogey to return to 1 under.

Billy Horschel lands his approach at No. 18 close to the pin, but it runs well past to leave him a sizable birdie attempt.

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Update No. 3: 4:12 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson again finds a fairway bunker, this time with his second shot on the par-5 No. 2 hole, and again finds the green – this time much closer to the wicker-topped pin, giving himself a birdie attempt of about 6 feet; he runs it past and settles for par to remain tied for the lead at 2 under alongside Nicolas Colsaerts.

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Update No. 2: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Nobody has bettered the even-par 70 shot by Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Geoff Ogilvy and Scott Langley. Billy Horschel, however, is 2 under three straight pars under his belt as he steps to the 17th tee; he has a good look at birdie but just slides by and taps in for par.

Nicolas Colsaerts reaches the green in two at the par-5 second hole, then two-putts for birdie to tie Phil Mickelson for the lead.

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Update No. 1: 3:54 p.m. EDT

Leader Phil Mickelson finds a high-lipped fairway bunker to start his day, and the imaginative lefty plays to the front tier of the green that has its pin at the back today. He leaves his birdie attempt about 8 feet short, and his par attempt lips out. His bogey drops him to 2 under, just a shot ahead of Nicolas Colsaerts.

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 313 yards

Tiger steps to the last, where he made par yesterday after making the turn, six shots back of Phil Mickelson about 15 minutes before the leader tees off.

• Off the tee: Tiger goes with an iron and finds the fairway without issue.

• Approach: With a wedge, Tiger sticks it pin high and about 10 feet right. He should have a good look at birdie from there.

• On the green: The downhill birdie attempt stops short after diving low, and Tiger taps in to end his day with a par.

TIGER FOR THE ROUND: He'll card an even-par 70, heading to the clubhouse 3 over and T-29, six shots back of the lead.

• Elsewhere on the course: Woods' playing partners, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, finish with a par and a bogey respectively. McIlroy is alongside woods at 3 over after a 70, while Scott is 8 over after a 76.

Luke Donald makes par at No. 10 to finish with a 72, even par after two rounds but surely feeling like a rocky stretch on his closing nine – 4 over on Nos. 2-7 – was quite costly.

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Hole No. 9: Par 3, 219 yards

This was supposed to be the easy stretch, but Tiger is not looking like he's enjoyed the last couple of holes. This par 3 might take some trouble out of the equation, yet approach shots have not been Tiger's strength of late even from the fairway.

• Off the tee: Trying to gauge the wind with caddie Joe LaCava, Tiger takes his time before going with a 5 iron; he finds the front tier of the green, left of the pin and past it, and will have a birdie try here.

• On the green: After watching a similar line from Adam Scott, Tiger has the speed down on this putt, but misses right. He taps in for par.

TIGER FOR THE ROUND: 1 over; T-28 and 3 over for the tournament.

Elsewhere on the course: Billy Horschel bogeys No. 13 to slip back to even par and T-3 with Luke Donald and five others. Lee Westwood tries to drive the green on the short par-4 10th, but finds the bunker left and can't execute a sand save for birdie; he ends his day with a 77 and stands T-89 at 7 over.

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Hole No. 8: Par 4, 363 yards

Tiger's pair of greenside shots at the last brought back eerie memories of some holes during the Memorial Tournament when he needed four to get down for double bogey or worse. Luckily he saved himself from disaster by gathering himself and one-putting. He'll need to keep his composure as some birdie opportunities await during the final three holes; he made par here yesterday.

• Off the tee: Tiger finds the left-side rough and as the ball sits down, he will have a challenging second shot here despite the short hole.

• Approach: From about 150 yards, Tiger powers the club through the rough and misses the green to the right; he immediately favors that left wrist/arm after impact. He'll have plenty of green to work with, though.

Around the green: Tiger pitches to about 10 feet, but hits his par putt firm and dead-center of the cup to save the hole.

TIGER FOR THE ROUND: 1 over; T-28 and 3 over for the tournament.

• Elsewhere on the course: Billy Horschel makes par at No. 12 to end his brief birdie streak, while Luke Donald ends his bogey slump with a par.

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 368 yards

Tiger made par here yesterday. Length won't be an issue for him the rest of the day.

Off the tee: Tiger takes iron here and plays perhaps a slight draw to the center of the fairway.

• Approach: He misses this one left from the get-go, though not by much, and finds the rough just off the green – but faces a short-sided pin for his chip, so his lie will be crucial.

• Around the green: Thick grass sits behind Tiger's ball, which is visible. Tiger only hits it about a yard to the first cut, but now has a much easier shot this time. He leaves that one about four feet short – then makes the putt for bogey.

TIGER FOR THE ROUND: 1 over; T-31 and 3 over for the tournament.

• Elsewhere on the course: Luke Donald bogeys his fourth in a row and fifth in six holes to fall to 1 over.

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Hole No. 6: Par 4, 491 yards

Tiger's short game just saved par there and kept his momentum going.

• Off the tee: Tiger finds the right side of the fairway and doesn't get much roll.

• Approach: After a couple of shaky approach shots on the previous holes, Tiger's second shot here finds the left side of the green, barely avoiding the rough, and kicks to about 10-12 feet from the pin.

On the green: Tiger takes his time getting a good look at this one, which has a left-to-right break to it. He leaves it low, though, and has about 2 feet coming back. He makes par.

TIGER FOR THE ROUND: 1 under; T-24, 2 over for the tournament.

• Elsewhere on the course: BIlly Horschel birdies No. 10 to get to even par for the tournament during a bogey-free second round. Horschel birdies again at No. 11 to move to 1 under.

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 504 yards

With the exception of his second shot from the rough on the last hole, Tiger is playing cleanly the last few holes. If he can keep that momentum together on the next two holes, he'll be looking good as he gets to the supposedly easier stretch from Nos. 7-10.

• Off the tee: Tiger hits driver and finds the short grass on the left side, giving himself a decent chance on this long par 4.

• Approach: From more than 220 yards out, Tiger leaves it a bit right and well short of the green. He'll need to execute a tricky up-and-down to escape bogey here.

• Around the green: Tiger's pitch starts high to the right and comes down, he gauged the contour correctly, but it's 8-10 feet short as he made sure to keep the ball below the hole. The putt is money, though, as he sees the break correctly again and catches the low edge of the hole.

TIGER ON THE ROUND:1 under; T-24, 2 over for the tournament.

• Elsewhere on the course: Luke Donald bogeys from the creek on No. 5 and drops to T-2 at 1 under. He follows with another on No. 6, his par putt lipping out and giving him four bogeys in his last five holes.

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Hole No. 4: Par 5, 628 yards

Tiger made par here yesterday. With his game rounding into form, he'll be looking to better that.

• Off the tee: Tiger splits the middle and gets plenty of roll – but left as well as forward, and a final hop sends his ball barely into the rough.

• Approach: Tiger's second shot goes from the rough immediately beside the fairway to deeper in the rough, several yards left of the short grass. A fantastic third shot bounces onto the green and stops about 12 feet from the pin for a birdie look.

• On the green: No problem. The putt finds the center of the cup to get Tiger under par for the second time in this round.

TIGER FOR THE ROUND: 1 under; T-25, 2 over for the tournament.

• Elsewhere on the course: John Senden, T-4 at even par, has steadied himself since a double bogey at the turn, rolling off three pars and a birdie.

Second-place Luke Donald hits his ball into the creek on the par-4 fifth hole.

Woods' playing partners, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, make bogeys on No. 4 to fall to 3 over and 5 over, respectively.

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 203 yards

Tiger made bogey here yesterday, when the hole played 247 yards. We'll see if the shorter setup benefits Woods and lets him get under par for the second time in this round.

• Off the tee: Right of the pin toward the fat part of the green, Tiger's ball lands on the front and settles about pin high for a moderate-length birdie opportunity.

• On the green: Tiger gets a look at the putt, as playing partner Rory McIlroy makes a long birdie putt on a similar line. But Tiger's attempt rolls past on the high side and he'll tap in for par.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: Even par; 3 over, T-36 for the tournament.

• Elsewhere on the course: Mathew Goggin bogeys No. 6 to drop to even for the tournament, T-4 with John Senden.

McIlroy's birdie gets him to 1 under for the day, 2 over and T-25 for the tourney. Playing partner Adam Scott bogeys to fall to 4 over for the week.

Luke Donald drops from the lead again with a bogey at No. 4 taking him back to 2 under, a shot back of Phil Mickelson.

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 557 yards

Let's see if Tiger can work some of his renowned par-5 scoring magic and get back to even par for the day here.

• Off the tee: Tiger misses left, finding the rough as the wind can't help the ball cut enough to get back to the fairway.

• Approach: Pitching out of the rough, he leaves himself a short shot to he pin – and nearly holes out, leaving himself a tap-in of less than a foot for his second birdie of the round.

• On the green: No drama here, as Tiger elects to finish rather than mark.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: Even par; 3 over, T-38 for the tournament.

• Elsewhere on the course: Luke Donald birdies No. 3 to move back into a share of the lead at 3 under with Phil Mickelson, two up on Mathew Goggin and Nicolas Colsaerts.

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 356 yards

Going 2 over through hole Nos. 14-18 isn't horrible, but for Tiger, he can't stay at 4 over for long. He needs a good front nine here.

Off the tee: Tiger hits iron down left side of fairway.

Approach shot: From the short grass, Tiger's approach is a good one. It lands about 15 feet below the hole before spinning back to about 20 feet away.

On the green: Tiger gives this one a great roll and it misses just high and right. Tap-in par for Tiger. After Tiger's par, Rory bogeys the hole to fall back to 3 over while Adam Scott makes par to stay at 3 over.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: 1 over thru 9 (4 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Luke Donald misses a short par at No. 2 to fall to 2 under.

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 501 yards

Big par save for Tiger. He'll have the wind at his back here at this long par-4.

Off the tee: Like this morning, Tiger avoids the driver, and finds the fairway.

Approach shot: Going to be a long iron here for Tiger, and he hits it through the green and into the back rough.

Around the green: Bad chip for Woods out of a tough lie and he'll have a 20-footer to save par.

On the green: Tiger runs this par putt a good ways by. He leaves himself 5 feet or so for bogey, and he makes it.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: 1 over thru 8 (4 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nice little birdie at No. 16 for Webb Simpson, who gets back to 1 over. Simpson has three birdies through six holes so far this round, but he also has a double bogey and a bogey.

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Hole No. 17: Par 3, 206 yards

Not a bad hole for Tiger as No. 16 doesn't yield a lot of birdies. If Tiger can hold on to make par at these next few holes, he might have a chance to shoot a red number today.

Off the tee: Tiger pulls 5-iron and misses in the right rough.

Around the green: Decent chip from Tiger, who runs it about 4 feet by.

On the green: Tiger makes the short putt to save his par.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: Even thru 7 (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Billy Horschel is 1 under through four holes and has improved to 1 over.

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Hole No. 16: Par 4, 434 yards

Tiger hit iron off tee here in Round 1 and then went on to miss a birdie putt.

Off the tee: And like this morning at No. 16, Tiger goes with iron off the tee and finds the fairway.

Approach shot: From fairway to green as Tiger finds the putting surface. He's 25 feet away, though.

On the green: This putt is tricky, but Tiger gives it a good strike and leaves it just a tad short and left. Easy tap-in par for Woods.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: Even thru 6 (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: John Senden bogeys No. 8 to fall back to 1 under.

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 414 yards

Those two putts at No. 14 weren't very sharp and as a result Tiger gives a shot right back.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with 5-wood and finds the fairway.

Approach shot: With 177 yards left and the ball below his feet, Tiger plays it safe and finds the middle of the green. He'll have a good 30 feet for birdie from there.

On the green: Tiger sheds the sweater and then misses the long birdie putt. It was a nice roll, though, and Tiger taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: Even thru 5 (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood is 5 over through six holes after shooting even-par 70 in first round.

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 453 yards

No. 13 has been Tiger's saving grace so far this tournament. He has two birdie there. He also has a tough stretch coming up, although he was just 1 over through Nos. 14-18 in the first round.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with driver and hits a nice ball into the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: After a good drive, Tiger delivers a decent approach. The ball rolls just onto the back fringe and Tiger should at least make par here.

Around the green: Tiger leaves this one a good 7 feet short as the collar gives him a little trouble. Maybe we spoke too soon on the easy par.

On the green: Tiger misses his par putt badly left and ends up with bogey. Rory can't save his par, either, and he falls back to 2 over.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: Even thru 4 (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Luke Donald's approach gets plugged in a bunker at No. 15, and he can't save par. He drops back to 3 under. Also, John Senden makes a big-breaking putt from 35 feet off the green at No. 5 to move to 1 under.

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Hole No. 13: Par 3, 123 yards

Tiger has yet to birdie, but he also hasn't made any glaring mistakes other than missing the fairway at No. 12. Keep an eye out for that elbow, though.

Off the tee: With pitching wedge, Tiger spins it back to about 6 feet from the back pin.

On the green: After Adam Scott rolls in a birdie to get back to 2 over, Tiger follows suit, drilling his birdie.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: 1 under thru 3 (2 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Webb Simpson ends up with double bogey at No. 11 to fall to 3 over. Also struggling right now is Lee Westwood, who bogeyed No. 11 and then doubled No. 14 to drop to 3 over.

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Hole No. 12: Par 4, 405 yards

Another missed birdie putt for Tiger, and it's one he should have made. He bogeyed this hole earlier this morning.

Off the tee: Tiger's drive misses right and ends up in the thick stuff.

Approach shot: Tiger takes a big hack and gets it on the green, but the elbow looked to have bothered him after that one.

On the green: Woods has about 20 feet left for birdie. He misses and then taps in for par. Rory birdies his second straight hole to move to 1 over.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: Even thru 2 (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Webb Simpson, who shot an opening-round 71, is in trouble at his first hole of the second round, No. 11. He hit his approach shot into Cobbs Creek and then his fourth shot ended up a good 15 feet away.

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Hole No. 11: Par 4, 363 yards

Tiger still wearing his grey sweater as he steps up on the tee box. An under-par round today would be huge for Woods.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with iron at the short par-4 and finds the fairway.

Approach shot: After seeing Rory stick a wedge to about 3 feet, Tiger's approach ends up about 15 feet away.

On the green: This one is more like 18 feet and Woods runs it by just left of the hole. He ran it 4 feet by, too, but cleans up for par. McIlroy makes birdie to move to 2 over.

TIGER ON THE ROUND: Even thru 1 (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Luke Donald birdies No. 12 to move back to 3 under, and then holes a chip from off the green at No. 13 to move to 4 under.

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Update No. 7: 10:34 a.m. EDT

What a shot at the par-4 eighth for amateur Gavin Hall. The 18-year-old had just bogeyed six of his last seven holes, but then he holed out for eagle at No. 8. He's 4 over with two holes left in his first round.

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Update No. 6: 10:22 a.m. EDT

With players still finishing their opening rounds, the second round has begun here at Merion.

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Update No. 5: 10:15 a.m. EDT

Amateur Max Homa out of Cal chips in from just off the green at the par-3 17th. That birdie moves him to 3 over.

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Update No. 4: 9:55 a.m. EDT

Matthew Goggin just made a long birdie putt at No. 6 to move into a tie for second at 2 under.

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Update No. 3: 9:42 a.m. EDT

There are just five players under par right now. Phil Mickelson (3 under), Luke Donald (2 under) and Nicolas Colsaerts (1 under) are through 18 holes. Branden Grace and Matthew Goggin, both 1 under, are through 14 and 13 holes, respectively.

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Update No. 2: 9:37 a.m. EDT

Bradley S. Klein from the 13th: For the record, that totals 24 of 30 greens in regulation hit here at 13 this morning, an 80 percent GIR rate and within statistical range of yesterday's 91 percent.

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Update No. 1: 9:33 a.m. EDT

Bradley S. Klein from the 13th: Last group of Round 1 on the 13th tee -- Brandon Brown, Grayson Murray and Jesse Smith. And the first spotting of sunshine this morning as well. Though, in fact, cloud cover is better because warm sun would create updraft here and lead to more thunderstorms. Given all the ambient moisture, you don't want more turbulent thermal air.

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TIGER'S FIRST ROUND

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 500 yards

Tiger needs a birdie here to give him some confidence heading into his second round later this morning. That last bogey hurt, but at 3 over, Tiger is still just six shots back, so maybe par at this tough 18th hole will suffice?

Off the tee: Tiger goes with fairway wood, clearly trying to keep it out of the rough.

Approach shot: Tiger gives this long iron a big cut and he ends up just off the right side of the green about 20 feet from the hole. Not a bad spot.

Around the green: Tiger chips to a few inches right of the hole.

On the green: A short tap-in par for Tiger and he wraps up a 3-over 73.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over thru 18

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott makes par at No. 18 and he'll finish with a 72 while Rory McIlroy found the bunker at No. 18 and ended up with bogey to give him a 73.

Bradley S. Klein from the 13th: Morton Orum Madsen of Denmark – he looks very Danish, as he's tall and blonde – makes the first bogey of the day, this one from the right bunker. . . . The travails of being a golf writer out in the field; if I properly hydrate I will have to leave my post after 2-3 hours, so in the interest of keeping GW readers informed, I'm willing to run the risk of dehydration. The things we do for you! . . . The green at the 13th is easy to hit, but it's risky trying to hit it close to the hole since it's just past a very steep bunker and a forward kick slope. At least they can spin the ball back a little, but this afternoon's back hole location on a green that will be firmer should prove far more difficult. This little 13th, the final holes in a string of seven consecutive short holes, is like the calm before the storm of the concluding five when all hell breaks loose. . . . On the tee, Adam Hadwin, John Nieporte and Jim Herman, who are all over par. Herman lands it 8 feet behind the hole and comes to rest six inches away. Amazing was Hadwin from the front bunker, who runs it right over the hole and somehow it doesn't go in.

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Hole No. 17: Par 3, 243 yards

Just imagine if Tiger turned a few of these near-misses into birdies. Two more holes before Tiger takes a short break and then heads right back out for his second round. He'd like a birdie or two in these last two holes, but pars are a must.

Off the tee: There's a bit of a wait here at the tee box – and by bit, try 20 minutes. Tiger tries to stay loose. Finally, he steps up to this long par-3 and finds the left greenside bunker.

Around the green: He's not in the bunker, but instead just above it and in some tall fescue grass. Tiger chokes up on the the club and from an awkward lie, hit the ball high in the air. The ball fails to reach the green, though, as it gets caught up in the rough, just off the fringe. Tiger decides to chip this one and he leaves it a foot or two right.

On the green: Tiger lines up his bogey putt and he makes it. Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott bogey No. 17, too.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over thru 17

Elsewhere on the course: Luke Donald drops another shot, missing a short par at No. 18 to wrap up a first-round 2-under 68. Also, Justin Hicks hits 9-iron from 125 yards out at the par-4 eighth and holes out for eagle. He's just 6 over, though.

Bradley S. Klein from the 13th: Feels very British here; hairy old bunkers, cold wet weather, active commuter train next to the green, crowd dressed in dull gray clothing and lousy food to buy in concession stands. Let's hope the next group of Teater, Tsukada and Pepperell can rouse this diminished crowd from their collective slumber. Thank goodness, Tsukada is wearing shocking yellow canary slacks! . . . Six groups through here this mooring, have yet to see a bogey but have seen five very good up-and-downs for pars. Maybe there is something to this short-game thing.

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Hole No. 16: Par 4, 440 yards

Tiger didn't get birdie at No. 15, but par isn't the worst score there. He's found his last couple fairways and he'll need another one here at No. 16.

Off the tee: Tiger goes for iron and puts it in the short grass.

Approach shot: Woods has a long shot into this green, about 185 yards, and he likes it as soon as he hit it. It ends up about 10 feet right of the hole.

On the green: Tiger has another birdie chance, but he runs it by left and then makes the par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 16

Elsewhere on the course: How about Kyle Stanley? After a birdie at No. 13, he's 2 under. Stanley got into the U.S. Open early last week after finishing inside the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 413 yards

Despite his struggles, Tiger isn't out of this one. He can't afford to pull his tee shot here, though, with the out of bounds very close to the left side of the 15th fairway.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with 5-wood and finds the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger delivers a pretty good approach here and he'll have about 15 feet for birdie.

On the green: This one could drop, but it doesn't. That's a big missed opportunity there after a good approach.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 15

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott nearly hits his tee shot out of bounds twice at No. 15, and he ends up with double bogey to fall to 1 over. Rory McIlroy also moves to 1 over after bogey at No. 15. Also, Luke Donald bogeys No. 16 to fall back to 3 under.

Bradley S. Klein from the 13th: This is why they keep averages. First three groups, 8 of 9 in regulation at 13 with there birdies and six pars and a 2.67 scoring average, very consistent with yesterday's results at 13. But that will change this afternoon when the hole is put in the back center. Webb Simpson up, a guy that leads in shanked irons on par-3s. But three more tee balls on the green. This game is easy! The misguided search for scorecard yardage has doomed chances for many golfers to enjoy short, fun par-3s like this one in which anyone can be a hero.

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 446 yards

There's a birdie from Tiger Woods, but can it get him rolling? We'll see here at No. 14.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with 3-wood and finds the fairway. It feels like it's been nearly a day since Tiger hit his last fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger finds the green, but he's well short of the hole.

On the green: He has about 35 feet or so to the cup and Tiger puts a great roll on this one. He misses just right, but Tiger judged the speed perfectly there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 14

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott bogeys No. 14, his second bogey this morning, he he's back to 1 under.

Bradley S. Klein from the 13th: OK, so the 13th averages 2.71, easiest home on the course. Goodbye wedge, however, as it'll be the last time they need to use that club to hit any of the next five holes in regulation.

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Hole No. 13: Par 3, 102 yards

That wasn't what Tiger Woods wanted this morning, and instead of getting some birdies early, he drops another shot.

Off the tee: Tiger will need to work some magic with his wedge and he hits a good shot. It doesn't spin back too much, but he'll have a 10-footer or so for birdie.

On the green: This one shouldn't be too hard for Woods and he drains it for birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 13

Elsewhere on the course: Ernie Els has moved to 2 under after a birdie at No. 10, his second straight birdie of his first round.

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Hole No. 12: Par 4, 386 yards

That was a big par putt and you have to think Tiger needs a few birdies before he reaches some really tough holes near the end of this back nine.

Off the tee: Tiger hits driver and finds the right rough.

Approach shot: Tiger hacks it out of the deep stuff and ends up about halfway to the green, and in some more rough. No flinch fro Woods there, so that's good.

Around the green: Tiger's third nearly goes in the hole on the second bounce and he'll have a good 5-footer for par.

On the green: Tiger runs his par save by left and he'll have a 4-footer for bogey. He makes that one, but he definitely didn't need bogey there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over thru 12

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott also bogeys No. 12 to fall back to 2 under.

Bradley S. Klein from the 13th: At 7:15 am, the horn blows, cheers from crowd around 102-yard 13th, ho-hum, Zack Johnson, Furyk and McDowell all wedge to 20-ft. Rain picking up. McDowell misreads it completely, Zach's a quick learner on same line and sinks it for birdie. Sweater weather out here, feels and looks more like an Open Championship than a U.S. Open. Little 13th, only 102 yards, to smallest, most tightly bunkered green at Merion, pin just over right bunker. Can't land it short there as downslope would power boost the ball forward. Crowd building as marquee trio of Woods, Scott and McIlroy are next.

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Hole No. 11: Par 4, 375 yards

Tiger is facing a 4-footer for par as he returns to the course early Friday morning to complete the remainder of his first round.

On the green: He's had a lot of time to think about this one and Tiger drains it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 11

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Weather conditions

The forecast Friday morning calls for a 30 percent chance of showers – with no thunderstorms – that could last until about 1 p.m., when forecasters foresee partly cloudy skies. Play was stopped twice Thursday because of thunderstorms, the first time for more than three hours starting at 8:34 a.m. and the second for about 45 minutes at 6:10 p.m.

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Thursday

• Rain, darkness give Woods seemingly needed pauses in U.S. Open first round

Tiger Woods wasn't floundering Thursday, but he wasn't excelling either – and twice play came to a stop when he might have needed some downtime to gather himself or rest a visibly irritated left wrist.

• 5 Things: Toughest and easiest holes; amateurs shined; more

Play came to a halt before the first round was completed, but not before scoring trends on some holes became clear. Also: Several amateurs shined amid the usual recognizable names of pros, plus more.

• Legend of Amanda Mickelson grows after dad's first-round 67

Given that she’s eight days shy of her 14th birthday and has never swung a club professionally, it wouldn’t figure that Amanda Mickelson would be part of U.S. Open folklore. But she is. Twice.

Philly lets Garcia hear it; his strong play fights back

Sergio Garcia and at least one observer said there were far more cheers than jeers during Thursday's first round, but plenty of fans at Merion made it clear they weren't happy with his recent remarks at the expense of Tiger Woods' ethnicity.

Notes: Rules officials clear Stricker, Scott; Bradley struggles

Viewers called in about potential infractions involving Steve Stricker and Adam Scott, and both times players were cleared. Plus: Keegan Bradley's high score was surprising; Merion was able to stand up for itself; more.

Hogan's renowned 1-iron carries celebrity status at Merion

It doesn't get transported in a Brink's truck or enjoy Secret Service protection, but the famed 1-iron from Ben Hogan's clutch shot in 1950 got fans' attention everywhere it went.

• Mickelson might see every club in bag tested, but driver isn't along for ride

The USGA takes pride in a U.S. Open course setup that tests a complete range of golfers' skills. But if Phil Mickelson's plan holds up, he'll succeed this week without an examination of the ol' 1-wood.

• Weather could push Open to marathon Sunday finish

With stormy weather a certainty all day Thursday, USGA officials are facing the difficulty of getting all 72 U.S. Open holes in by Sunday. Once the rain clears out, the prospects look good for play to continue the next three days – before more rain that’s anticipated for Monday. That might mean a 36-hole final on Father's Day.

How it Happened: Tiger struggles, Donald leads as first round is suspended

Luke Donald made his way to the lead before his afternoon round could be completed, with five birdies and a bogey; Tiger Woods had more bogeys than birdies and also must finish his opening round in the morning.

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Wednesday

Going low at Merion? History doesn't back it up

How low will they go at Merion? Many think that the U.S. Open scoring record is in jeopardy, but our Alex Miceli says that history doesn't support that sentiment.

5 Things: Repeat winner? Plus Merion's fateful five, more

As the final 24 hours begin to tick off the clock before the first official tee ball is sent into the air at the U.S. Open, there are plenty of storylines to watch as the 156-player field tries to tame the historic Merion Golf Club. Here are 5 Things to watch before Thursday's first round.

Rude: Reflecting on 75 straight majors

All the miles walked, notes taken and cheap cigars give our Jeff Rude reason to look back on 75 straight major championships.

Flying home, Homa enjoys U.S. Open spotlight

Max Homa was just one of the five-headed monster that was the Cal men's golf team. Now on his own, Homa is enjoying a coming-out party at the U.S. Open after earning the berth in thrilling fashion.

School's out, but learning sessions endure for Hall

Gavin Hall is still a week from high school graduation, but he's learning more about what he hopes to do with his life with his experiences at the U.S. Open this week at Merion.

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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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