Tiger Woods put himself in a bit of a spot after Thursday's play at the U.S. Open.(Photo Eileen Blass USA TODAY Sports)
MERION Pa. Round 1 was about rain delays and Phil Mickelson who shot a 3 under 67 to take the clubhouse lead.
Luke Donald however got to 4 under through 13 holes before darkness forced suspension of the round.
U.S. OPEN Mickelson opens with a 67
MARQUEE GROUP Adam Scott starts fastest
Friday will be another long day as late starters try to finish Round 1 and then begin Round 2. Players will be on the course at 7 15 a.m. Donald will tee off at the tough 14th Tiger Woods has a par putt at No. 11 to stay at 2 over.
Here's where they stand In progress leaderboard.
TV schedule 8 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ESPN 3 5 p.m. NBC 5 7 p.m. ESPN.
What to keep an eye on Friday and all weekend at the U.S. Open
Will Merion hold up The 6 996 yard host course didn't give up much Thursday despite the soft conditions. The rough the blind spots the sloping greens and the pin positions kept things challenging in the first round. And don't forget the wicker baskets Lee Westwood who had gotten to 3 under smacked the wicker basket at the top of the pin on No.12 and it ricocheted back off the green. He ended up with double bogey. Overall the scoring average was 73.81. And that was in spite of the 115 yard par 3 13th hole which gave up 44 birdies and averaged 2.71 strokes.
Breaking down the golfers with the best chance of winning at Merion Golf Club.
How about that weather Two storm delays one starting at 8 36 a.m. and lasting 3 hours 34 minutes and a second that began at 6 11 p.m. and lasting 44 minutes caused headaches Thursday. There is a 30% chance of showers today a clear forecast for Saturday and about a 30% chance of rain on Sunday.
Back to back No one has won consecutive U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988 89 but Webb Simpson began defense of his title in strong fashion. Simpson was among the late starters but was 2 under through eight holes and is most certainly in the mix. And how about Adam Scott looking for back to back major wins He was at 3 under after a birdie at 11 as play was being suspended for the day.
Right time for Lefty Phil Mickelson has finished second in the U.S. Open a record five times. When the sun set Thursday he had put himself in contention again with a 67. It was his lowest opening round in the U.S. Open since 1999.
Does Tiger's drought go on Well he showed few signs early that he was going to end the five year major drought. He played out of the rough frequently wincing in pain more than once as he chopped out and struggled to 2 over par through 10 holes. He will have a par putt on 11 when he begins play today. His one bright spot was a 50 footer for birdie on the 489 yard par 4 sixth hole. He was the favorite coming in. Those odds are slipping a bit.
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