Day 1 of the 2013 U.S. Open didn't disappoint, as Merion Golf Club tested the wits and ability of some of the top golfers in the world.
However, Round 1 play would be suspended due to darkness. According to the U.S. Open's website, "The first round will resume at 7:15 a.m. EDT Friday morning. The second round will commence immediately following the completion of the first round."
Heck, Lee Westwood saw one of his shots hit a wicker basket at Merion and bounce off the green.
There are some top golfers in contention headed into Friday's action. Here's a look at some of them currently in the top 10, complete with the broadcast schedule for Day 2.
TV Schedule (via USOpen.com)
|2||Friday, June 14||9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.||ESPN|
|3 p.m. - 5 p.m.||NBC|
|Round||Date||Marquee Group 1 (Time)||Marquee Group 2 (Time)|
|2||Friday, June 14||7:11 a.m.||4:41 p.m.|
|2||Friday, June 14||11 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
Top Golfers Who Will Continue to Play Well
Phil Mickelson (-3)
Phil Mickelson ranks 160th on tour in driving accuracy this year (per PGATour.com), but, like Tiger Woods, he has the ability to make up for that with his putting game (ranked eighth).
Mickelson played very well on Thursday, registering four birdies. He also avoided trouble on holes 14 through 18, a deadly stretch at Merion.
The 42-year-old had two top-three finishes in his last three tournaments coming into the 2013 U.S. Open, including a second-place showing at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Jason Sobel of GolfChannel.com tweeted:
Phil Mickelson's daughter quoted Ron Burgundy in graduation speech. If she watched today, may be saying, “Great story. Compelling and rich.”— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) June 13, 2013
Luke Donald (-4)
Luke Donald has a game well-suited for Merion. Not only does he rank 34th in driving accuracy this season, he also ranks sixth in putting (strokes gained), per PGATour.com.
Donald has generally performed poorly at the U.S. Open throughout his career (two top-20 finishes in nine career appearances), but I think he bucks the trend this year. He's shown consistency this year—only placing outside the top 25 in one tournament this season (Cadillac Championship)—and he posted five birdies in just 13 holes on Thursday.
There's also this little tidbit from Jason Sobel of GolfChannel.com:
Luke Donald is one of the world's best wedge players. Merion is one of the world's best wedge courses. It's all making sense now.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) June 14, 2013
Adam Scott (-3)
Adam Scott's game isn't particularly suited for Merion (90th in driving accuracy, 48th in putting, per PGATour.com), but he registered four birdies through 11 holes on Thursday.
Scott, of course, won the Masters this year. He's never had much success at the U.S. Open, but he's had some success in other majors throughout his career. I don't expect him to keep up his blistering pace at Merion, but I like what he's shown thus far and wouldn't be surprised if he was still in contention after Day 3.