How it Happened: Rose wins U.S. Open at Merion

Justin Rose kisses the trophy after winning the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.

Justin Rose kisses the trophy after winning the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.

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Phil Mickelson's tournament began with a red-eye flight. Four days later, he looked to bring home the most red-white-and-blue title in golf by winning his first U.S. Open after five runner-up finishes in his career.

Mickelson began the day at Merion Golf Club with a one-shot lead over playing partner Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker.

But it was Englishman Justin Rose's even-par 70 that claimed the title in Pennsylvania, the World No. 5 winning by two shots over Mickelson and Jason Day.

The drama was high on Merion's famed stretch of five closing holes, No. 14-18. Click here to read a breakdown of the extended finish – and players' performances along the stretch during the first three rounds.

Tiger Woods teed off more than three hours earlier than the leaders, following Saturday's dismal 76 with a disappointing 74. Read about Tiger's final round here.

• 5 Things: Mickelson falls short; Kim is low amateur; more

Rose's win ends England's decades-long U.S. Open drought

Recap the action from the final round at Merion Golf Club – and scroll down for our previous coverage of U.S. Open week.

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Update No. 54: 7:29 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson's next shot will either validate a week's worth of work at Merion Golf Club, or yield yet another U.S. Open runner-up finish. The gallery chants, "Let's go, Phil! Let's go, Phil!" as he plans his pitch from the front of the 18th green to the pin at the back.

Mickelson strikes it clean but it runs along the same line as Justin Rose's approach from the fairway, about a foot right of the hole. He two-putts for bogey to finish 3 over after a 74.

Rose wins the 2013 U.S. Open.

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Update No. 53: 7:23 p.m. EDT

Five times a U.S. Open runner-up, Phil Mickelson will create a legendary tale if he makes birdie at the 18th – because it would be from the rough on the left side of the fairway, on a hole where several approach shots from the fairway have run off the back, to tie the World No. 5, Justin Rose.

His ball is sitting up somewhat and he considers all options with caddie "Bones" Mackay. The shot from about 225 out is short of the green.

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Update No. 52: 7:17 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson's mission is set: He's one shot back with two to play, and soon will stand over a 40-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th. This one is short all the way, and he makes the short par putt. If Mickelson is to delight the fans and win his first U.S. Open title, he will need to force a playoff by birdieing the historic 18th hole that bears the famed Ben Hogan plaque – or hole out from the fairway for the second time today to win outright.

Hunter Mahan bogeys to drop to 4 over.

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Update No. 51: 7:12 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose selects a fairway metal for his chip, using a smooth putting stroke and pushing the ball to the left edge of the up. It doesn't quite fall and he taps in for a final round of even-par 70, heading to the clubhouse with the lead at 1 over for the tournament as Mickelson has two holes to finish. He floats a kiss to the sky. Could the Englishman be your 2013 U.S. Open champion?

At the par-3 17th, Phil Mickelson hits it to the center but can't get to the proper tier; he'll face a long, difficult birdie putt to try to gain ground.

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Update No. 50: 7:07 p.m. EDT

Leader Justin Rose and second-place Phil Mickelson are too many holes apart to call this a duel, but it's practically down to the two of them unless Hunter Mahan can muster some late heroics from two shots back.

Mahan misses a birdie putt just right and will tap in for par at the 16th to remain 3 over, two back of Rose.

Mickelson again runs a birdie try just over the edge of the hole at the 16th and taps in for par.

Rose has about 230 to the 18th green and certainly hits it on the right line – it rolls just about a foot left of the pin – and hits it to the rough just off the back of the green. Rose's ball finds a good lie as it did a hole earlier, possibly producing a similar chip that Rose executed well on the 17th.

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Update No. 49: 7:01 p.m. EDT

Jason Day's par putt at No. 18 does a 270-degree turn off the left side and will drop him to 3 over, his 1-over 71 putting him T-3 at 3 over as he heads to the clubhouse.

Leader Justin Rose's tee shot at No. 18 is down the middle.

Hunter Mahan's tee shot at No. 16 is in the fairway, and he hits from there to the center of the green, pin-high.

Phil Mickelson's tee shot at No. is in the right rough, and he hits from there to about 8 feet short and left of the wicker.

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Update No. 48: 6:55 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson rolls a 15-18 foot par putt past the hole on the high side and will settle for bogey at the 15th to drop to 2 over.

Justin Rose chips it close on the 17th and taps in for par to remain 1 over and assume the lead by himself.

Hunter Mahan lips out a 4-foot bogey putt on the 15th to drop to 3 over.

Jason Day finds the left-side bunker on the 18th and gets it to within 4 feet to try to save par, hoping to end his day at 2 over.

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Update No. 47: 6:51 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson's approach at the 15th lands pin high but spins back to the front edge. He needs wedge from the putting surface – a mound at the edge of the green blocking a puttable line to the cup – and he flips it past the pin to the back of the green. He's got a sizeable par putt remaining.

Justin Rose misses the green but has a fair lie for his chip at the par-3 17th.

AMATEUR WATCH: Not the way that Michael Kim wanted to finish up, as he picks up double bogey on the final hole to card a 6-over 76 and sits T-17 at the moment.

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Update No. 46: 6:44 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose makes bogey at No. 16 with a 3-putt, and we have a 3-way tie for the lead featuring him, Hunter Mahan and Phil Mickelson.

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Update No. 45: 6:39 p.m. EDT

The sun is back out as Jason Day makes a lengthy up and down from in front of the par-3 17th green to remain 2 over.

AMATEUR WATCH: Michael Kim exacts his demons on the par-3 17th by picking up par to go to his last hole at 8 over, still alone in 15th.

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Update No. 44: 6:32 p.m. EDT

Leader Justin Rose makes par at No. 15 to remain even for the tournament.

Phil Mickelson earns a scrambling par at No. 14 to remain 1 over.

Hunter Mahan makes par again to also remain 1 over.

Jason Day makes par again at No. 16, still in fourth at 2 over with two holes to play.

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Update No. 43: 6:23 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson is forced to hit it firm out of the greenside rough at the 13th and flies it past the hole but catches the green. His par putt has perfect speed but just misses left and he takes bogey, dropping to 1 over. Playing partner Hunter Mahan makes his 12th par of the day to remain 1 over. Both are a shot behind leader Justin Rose, a shot ahead of Jason Day.

AMATEUR WATCH: The par-4 16th bites Michael Kim again, as the Cal junior picks up bogey and falls back to 8 over for the tournament, alone in 15th.

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Update No. 42: 6:16 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose makes a good run at his long par putt after the mishap in the bunker, but just misses and will tap in for bogey. He drops to even par and is tied with co-leader Phil Mickelson – who just overshot the green at the par-3 13th and will have some difficult work to save par from the rough.

Jason Day barely misses a birdie putt, the ball curling behind the hole, and he'll tap in for par as well.

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Update No. 41: 6:12 p.m. EDT

There's a steady rain falling now. Phil Mickelson makes a two-putt par at No. 12 to remain even par. Playing partner Hunter Mahan also pars to remain 1 over. Mickelson asks about the lightning forecast at the next tee.

Justin Rose finds the greenside bunker at No. 14, his sand shot squirting wide right and settling on the wrong tier of the green; par here seems unlikely.

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Update No. 40: 6:06 p.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler bogeys No. 15 to fall to 5 over, leaving basically a four-man race barring something unexpected: Justin Rose (1 under), Phil Mickelson (even), Hunter Mahan (1 over) and Jason Day (2 over).

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Update No. 39: 5:54 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose takes the lead outright again, with a 20-25 footer for birdie falling to move him to 1 under.

Phil Mickelson misses a 10-12 footer for birdie at No. 11, running it about a foot or more low and past; he makes par to even par but now 1 back on the leaderboard.

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Update No. 38: 5:47 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose fires a dart at the No. 12 pin, rolling in a short putt to pull even with Phil Mickelson at even par.

Jason Day has a 25-30 footer for birdie at No. 13, rolling it over the high side of the lip to barely miss. His par keeps him T-2 with Hunter Mahan, a shot back of co-leaders Rose and Phil Mickelson.

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Update No. 37: 5:40 p.m. EDT

Eagle. That's what puts Phil Mickelson back into the lead as he holes out from the right-side rough, about 75 yards out, on the par-4 No. 10.

AMATEUR WATCH: Michael Kim just won't go away, picking up birdie at the short par-3 13th to move to T-12 at 7 over. He is 3 over on his round.

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Update No. 36: 5:38 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose runs his long birdie try at No. 11 about 5-6 feet past the hole and misses the comebacker, a three-putt bogey dropping him to 1 over and into a 3-way tie for the lead with Jason Day and Hunter Mahan. Phil Mickelson is another shot back at 2 over.

Day leaves a birdie try about 3 feet short at No. 12. He makes to remain a co-leader.

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Update No. 35: 5:34 p.m. EDT

Another birdie opportunity eludes Phil Mickelson, as he hits a 20-25 footer that lips out from the low side at No. 9. He and partner Hunter Mahan card pars. Let's reset the leaderboard:

  • Justin Rose: Even through 10.
  • Jason Day: 1 over through 11.
  • Hunter Mahan: 1 over through 9.
  • Phil Mickelson: 2 over through 9.
  • Ernie Els: 4 over through 17.

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Update No. 34: 5:27 p.m. EDT

Jason Day avoids disaster at No. 11, after his approach from the drop area finds the rough short of the green – he chips in from there to save bogey, if you will, and slip to 1 over. He's a shot back of leader Justin Rose and T-2 with Hunter Mahan.

AMATEUR WATCH: Michael Kim is slowly falling back, picking up double-bogey at the dangerous par-4 11th and is now T-15 at 8 over.

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Update No. 33: 5:21 p.m. EDT

Jason Dufner misses a birdie try on No. 18 to finish with a 67, at 5 over the low man in the clubhouse but surely haunted by that triple bogey at No. 15.

Ernie Els birdies No. 17, his second in three holes, to get to 4 over.

Phil Mickelson misses a long birdie try at No. 8 and settles for par to remain 2 over in fourth place.

Co-leader Jason Day hits his tee shot at No. 11 into the rough, then goes for the green with his approach shot but finds the creek instead.

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Update No. 32: 5:12 p.m. EDT

Jason Day at No. 10 hits a gutsy approach shot from the rough, finding the green and giving himself a birdie try of about 10 feet. He makes the left-to-right breaker to tie Justin Rose in the lead at even par. Rose makes par at No. 9.

• AMATEUR WATCH: Michael Kim can't save par at the short par-4 10th and picks up his third bogey of the day, falling back to 6 over for the tournament and T-11 with three others, including Luke Donald.

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Update No. 31: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Jason Dufner nearly chips in on No. 17, but settles for par to remain 3 under for the day – having scattered six birdies but taken a triple bogey at No. 17. He heads to the last hole of the day trying to match (or better) the low round of the day, a 67 by Hideki Matsuyama.

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Update No. 30: 4:59 p.m. EDT

Give Phil Mickelson this much: He's resilient. Mickelson finds the middles of the fairway and the green at No. 6 after his second double bogey of the round. With about an 18-footer for birdie, Mickelson rolls it just a bit past, just a bit high. He makes par and will look to steady himself on the shorter stretch of Nos. 7-13, which he's played in 2 under this week.

Playing partner Hunter Mahan comes up short of the No. 6 green and cannot get up and down, taking bogey to fall to 1 over and one back of the lead.

Justin Rose has about 30 feet from the fringe for birdie at No. 8; he misses well right and long, but makes his par putt to assume the lead outright at even par.

Jason Day makes par at No. 9 to remain 1 over, tied with Mahan.

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Update No. 29: 4:47 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose at No. 7 makes about an 18-footer for birdie to move into a share of the lead with Hunter Mahan at even par.

AMATEUR WATCH: With a par at the par-4 8th, Michael Kim has moved up to T-7 at 5 over, now only five shots off the lead. We aren't saying it's going to happen, but what if it did?

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Update No. 28: 4:42 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson makes another double bogey, this time at the par-4 No. 5 after driving it in the rough and three-putting. He falls out of the lead and to 2 over, T-3 with Charl Schwartzel.

Leader Hunter Mahan pars again, his fifth of the day, to remain even par and a shot ahead of Jason Day, who birdies No. 8, and Justin Rose.

• TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods talked about Merion Golf Club's setup after his round: "It played tricky. The rough was up. They were raking the rough up every morning into the grain. And the pins were really tough.

"Kuch (Matt Kuchar) and I were talking about that this morning. We knew all the areas we were going to put it, but sometimes we would be three paces off within the area, they put it so close to the edge. A couple of times there, step over a hump. I didn't think they were going to be that difficult, but given the soft conditions, I think that's what they tried to do."

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Update No. 27: 4:36 p.m. EDT

AMATEUR WATCH: Michael Kim picks up his first birdie of the day at the par-4 7th and has returned to the top 10 at 5 over for the tournament. He is 1 over on his round and tied with David Lingmerth and Rickie Fowler.

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Update No. 26: 4:23 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson gives himself a chance to retake the lead, hitting his second shot onto the green at the par-5 No. 4. Hia 20-25 footer finishes low and about a foot past, and he taps in for birdie to pull into a share of the lead again at even par.

Hunter Mahan has about a 10-footer for birdie, which he hits past on the high side and taps in for par to remain co-leader with Mickelson.

AMATEUR WATCH: Michael Kim gets through the tough opening six holes at 2 over after a par at the 6th and is 6 over for the tournament, currently T-13.

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Update No. 25: 4:16 p.m. EDT

As Charl Schwartzel three-putts for bogey at No. 4, Hunter Mahan assumes the lead outright. Let's reset the leaderboard:

  • Hunter Mahan: Even through three
  • Charl Schwartzel: 1 over through four
  • Phil Mickelson: 1 over through three
  • Justin Rose: 1 over through four
  • Jason Day: 2 over through five

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Update No. 24: 4:09 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson misses the green left at the par-3 No. 3 and after a shot from the rough faces a par putt as long as Charl Schwartzel's birdie try was, but Mickelson runs his past. His 7-footer for bogey is a downhill try that slides by on the high side and the three-putt drops him to T-3 at 1 over.

Hunter Mahan and Charl Schwartzel lead at even par.

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Update No. 23: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald bogeys again to drop to 3 over and sixth place.

AMATEUR WATCH: Playing the second-most difficult hole on the course, Michael Kim bogeys the par-4 5th to fall back to 6 over and T-14. He is 2 over on his round.

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Update No. 22: 3:57 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson finds the greenside bunker with his second shot at the par-5 No. 2, and the ball runs right beside the cup; it stops about 4 feet past to give him a chance to reclaim the lead. The putt grazes over the lip, though, and he settles for par to remain tied for the lead at 1 under. Playing partner Hunter Mahan leaves a 20-foot birdie try just short and remains even par.

Co-leader Charl Schwartzel has a long birdie try at No. 3, which he leaves about 5 feet short. He misses his putt as well and fall to T-2 with Hunter Mahan at even par.

Jason Day birdies the par-5 fourth hole to improve to 1 over, good for fourth as things stand.

Tiger Tracker: A long birdie try at No. 18 is too strong, going about 3 feet past and well on the high side of the hole. He makes the comebacker for par. That's a 74, Tiger's second-worst round of the week, and he heads to the clubhouse T-40 at 13 over.

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Update No. 22: 3:46 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald makes bogey after his second shot at No. 3 hits a tournament standard bearer. He slips to 2 over and T-5. A hole back, Steve Stricker hits his drive out of bounds and finds OB again from the fairway; an 8-foot putt gives him triple bogey.

Tiger Tracker: Tiger makes par at No. 17 to remain 13 over.

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Update No. 21: 3:37 p.m. EDT

Jason Day has quietly parred his first three holes to remain 2 over, good for seventh at the moment.

Billy Horschel bogeys No. 3, his second in a row, and falls back to eighth at 3 over.

Tiger Tracker: Tiger gives back his birdie immediately, the second time today he's done so, with a bogey at the par-4 16th. He returns to 13 over.

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Update No. 20: 3:32 p.m. EDT

Co-leader Phil Mickelson hits a solid shot from the rough to give himself a bout a 25-foot birdie try. He's got the speed down but it lips out and he'll settle for par to remain tied at 1 under with Charl Schwartzel.

• Amateur Watch: Michael Kim fails to hit the green at the long par-3 3rd -- a hole that had some hitting driver off the tee in the first two rounds -- and pays for it, making bogey to fall back to 5 over and T-11 with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

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Update No. 19: 3:24 p.m. EDT

And the lead group is off: Hunter Mahan finds the right side of the fairway, a popular landing spot at No. 1 today, while leader Phil Mickelson hits it wide right and into the rough.

Charl Schwartzel's birdie attempt in the group ahead hangs on the lip of the cup before it falls, moving him into a share of the lead.

Let's reset the leaderboard:

  • Phil Mickelson: 1 under, just teed off
  • Charl Schwartzel: 1 under after 1
  • Hunter Mahan: Even par, just teed off
  • Steve Stricker: Even par after 1
  • Luke Donald: 1 over after 1
  • Justin Rose: 1 over after 1

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Update No. 18: 3:19 p.m. EDT

BIlly Horschel misses a short par putt at No. 2 to drop to 2 over.

Tiger Tracker: Finding the green in regulation at the par-4 No. 15, Tiger makes a birdie putt of more than 30 feet to improve a bit to 12 over.

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Update No. 17: 3:12 p.m. EDT

Amateur Watch: Michael Kim lays up at the par-5 2nd hole, spins it back off the green with his third, but gets up-and-down for par to stay at 4 over, now T-10 with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Henrik Stenson.

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Update No. 16: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Defending champ Webb Simpson bogeys No. 17 to fall to 13 over, giving back some of the progress he'd made with three straight birdies from Nos. 13-15. As our Bradley S. Klein said of Simpson, he "makes some of the strangest iron swings on Tour - no wonder he leads the league in shanked irons on par-3s."

Tiger Tracker: Tiger bounces back from his bogey, leaving himself with an 8-footer for par on No. 14 that he sinks to remain 13 over.

Amateur Watch: As Michael Kim starts with a par, let's check in with his amateur colleagues. Cal teammate Michael Weaver cards a 5-over 75 to finish at 21 over for the tournament. Former UNF star Kevin Phelan posts a 4-over 74 to get into the clubhouse at 20 over, while Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan is still ont he course and is even through 10 holes and 9 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 15: 2:49 p.m. EDT

Michael Kim starts his day with a birdie opportunity, but the putt misses and he settles for par to stay at 4 over, as does playing partner Rickie Fowler to stay at 3 over.

Tiger Tracker: Tiger misses the green at the par-3 No. 13 and leaves himself with a 10-12 foot par putt that slides two feet past on the low side. He cards bogey to return to 4 over for the day, 13 over for the week.

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Update No. 14: 2:41 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy makes a birdie putt of about 15 feet to move to 9 over.

Tiger Tracker: Tiger gives himself about a 6-footer for birdie, but runs it past on the high side. Par keeps him at 12 over.

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Update No. 13: 2:31 p.m. EDT

Ernie Els gives back a shot with a bogey at No. 3 and follows with a par to stand T-11 at 5 over, six shots off the lead with less than an hour until Phil Mickelson's tee time.

Tiger Tracker: A par at No. 11 is a better follow to his birdie than on the front nine, for sure; Tiger remains 12 over, T-43.

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Update No. 12: 2:11 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia makes a 7-footer for birdie at No. 13 to improve to 12 over, while defending champ Webb Simpson makes a 5-footer at No. 15 to improve to 14 over.

Tiger Tracker: At No. 10, Tiger needs to put that 4-over front nine behind him, the triple bogey at No. 2 and back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 6-7 pushing him to 13 over. But he does exactly that, starting the back nine with a birdie (as he did the front). The 3 at the 290-yard par-4 10th gets him back to 12 over, which is T-43 and 13 shots off the lead.

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Update No. 11: 1:58 p.m. EDT

After a birdie at No. 1, Ernie Els sinks another birdie at the par-5 second. He's 4 over for the tournament.

Tiger Tracker: Tiger finds the green with 5-iron at the par-3 ninth. He has a 25-footer for birdie, misses it and makes par.

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Update No. 10: 1:47 p.m. EDT

Ernie Els birdies the par-4 first hole to move to 5 over, one shot out of the top 10.

Tiger Tracker: Fairway to green at No. 8 for Tiger, who has a 25-footer for birdie. He misses it and he'll stay at 13 over.

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Update No. 9: 1:34 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy finds the sand at the par-3 third hole and bogeys to fall back to 8 over.

Tiger Tracker: After finding the fairway, Tiger hits his approach on the green, although it fails to get past the ridge and rolls to the very front portion of the putting surface. He'll have a lengthy uphill putt for birdie. He misses that, and then misses the 5-foot comebacker for par. Another bogey as Woods moves to 13 over.

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Update No. 8: 1:25 p.m. EDT

Jason Dufner birdies the par-4 first hole to move to 7 over. Also, Rory McIlroy finds the green at the par-5 second in two shots. His long eagle putt ends up about 4 feet away. He makes birdie to move to 7 over.

Tiger Tracker: Tiger finds the sand off the tee and can't reach the green in two shots at No. 6. His third shot stops about 15 feet short of the hole. He misses the par putt, burning the right edge, to drop to 12 over.

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Update No. 7: 1:11 p.m. EDT

Morten Orum Madsen shot even-par 70 on Saturday, and is 1 under today after a birdie at the opening hole, No. 1. Madsen is 7 over for the championship.

Tiger Tracker: Tiger drives it right off the tee at No. 5, but he manages to save par at the hole.

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Update No. 6: 12:54 p.m. EDT

John Huh birdies Nos. 1-2 to move to 7 over for the tournament. This is Huh's first U.S. Open start, too.

Tiger Tracker: Tiger goes for the green in two at the par-5 fourth hole and he finds it. He has a lengthy putt for eagle. He lags it to about 5 feet, but then misses the birdie putt to remain at 11 over.

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Update No. 5: 12:37 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson is even through 10 holes today; two birdies and two bogeys have him at 13 over where he began the final round.

Shawn Stefani lands the ball left of the green at the par-3 No. 17. But the ball kicks right and onto the green, slowly rolls all the way across to the right-side pin – and falls into the cup for an ace! He kisses the mound where the ball landed to celebrate. What a moment.

Tiger Tracker: There will be no ground gained today on Jack Nicklaus, it seems, after that triple bogey. But Tiger finds the green at the long par-3 No. 3 and has a long birdie putt in front of him. He makes a great putt that settles less than a foot behind the hole and has a tap-in for par.

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Update No. 4: 12:28 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott bogeys No. 3 to slip to 11 over. Sergio Garcia bogeys No. 12 to slip to 12 over.

• Tiger Tracker: Tiger hits 3 off the tee after his O.B. drive on the par-5 second hole, and finds the right-side rough again, then the left-side rough with his fourth shot. He hits to the green from there, then three-putts for a triple-bogey 8 that drops him to 11 over.

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Update No. 3: 12:17 p.m. EDT

Robert Karlsson is the first man in the clubhouse, carding a 73 for a total of 305 at 25 over.

• Tiger Tracker: Following his birdie at the first, Tiger sends his drive right again – and out of bounds this time. He'll have his work cut out for him if he's to avoid a big number here.

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Update No. 2: 12:11 p.m. EDT

Martin Laird also gets to the 3-under mark for the day, with four birdies and a bogey through eight holes to get to 10 over.

• Tiger Tracker: After his solid approach shot from the deep grass, Tiger Woods makes a 12-15 foot putt for a scrambling birdie that gets him to 8 over.

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Update No. 1: 12:08 p.m. EDT

Mike Weir is 3 under today with birdies at Nos. 1, 3 and 7. He's 10 over for the week. David Hearn is the low man on the course, a birdie at the first getting him to 9 over. Sergio Garcia is even through three holes and Masters champion Adam Scott is even through two holes.

• Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods' tee time of 12:02 p.m. gets his round started and he finds the right-side rough, then wedges onto the green from just more than 100 yards.

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Early risers

Mike Weir birdies Nos. 1 and 3 to get to 2 under for the day through six holes, bringing him to 11 over. Martin Laird also is 2 under for the day through five holes and 11 over with birdies at Nos. 2 and 4. David Hearn, Russell Knox, Scott Stallings and Shawn Stefani are 1 under for the day.

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Slow starters

Peter Hedblom is 5 over through 10 holes today, while John Peterson, Kyle Stanley and Matt Weibring are 4 over today through nine, 12 and seven holes respectively. They're four of 16 golfers over par in the early going.

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Weather conditions

The beautiful weather enjoyed Saturday at Merion will last into Sunday – the question is for how long. Temperatures will be near 70 when play starts, with highs near 80. Winds could reach double-digit speeds around midday – and a 30 percent chance of storms begins about 3 or 4 p.m., weather.com reports.

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Saturday

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Tiger moves out of contention Saturday at Merion

Remarkably, after making his lone birdie on the opening hole, Tiger Woods shot a 6-over-par 76 at Merion Golf Club in the third round of the U.S. Open.

Donald appreciates 'solid' round despite twin mishaps

Englishman Luke Donald seems determined to fight back at the U.S. Open. It could, of course, be fascinating to see how he handles 17 and 18 in the final round.

Against Philly backdrop, Stricker plays role of 'Rocky'

On a leaderboard packed with talent, 46-year-old Steve Stricker has emerged as the perfect figure to cast in the role of Rocky Balboa.

Kim, Caddie thrust into U.S. Open spotlight

Michael Kim grabbed the attention of the golf world with his unlikely run up the leaderboard on Saturday, but it was his caddie, LaRue Temple, that proved to be the crowd favorite at the U.S. Open.

Award-winning talking points at Open's third day

Even the golfers who didn’t play well in the U.S. Open's third round seemed to be talkative. That brings the latest installment of major championship awards.

Furyk, Bradley fail to make cut in U.S. Open

Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley were all on the outside looking in as the cut at the U.S. Open was set at 8 over on Saturday morning.

How it Happened: Tiger tumbles, Mickelson leads at Merion

Tiger Woods birdied his opening hole Saturday at the U.S. Open, but seven bogeys after that virtually ended his championship hopes. Phil Mickelson's hopes are alive and well, as Lefty leads at 1 under entering Sunday. See how it all unfolded Saturday at Merion.

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Friday

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.

Big names find big trouble Friday at Merion Golf Club

Some marquee names will not have a late tee time Saturday for the U.S. Open. In fact, some won't have one at all – including Graeme McDowell, Angel Cabrera, Keegan Bradley, Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson.

Horschel hits every green, finds U.S. 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 for 2nd round; 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.

Early exits won't ruin qualifiers' U.S. 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.

Putt for dough? Not Colsaerts, who contends nonetheless

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.

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.

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.

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 award-worthy

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.

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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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