After a full day of action on Thursday at Merion Golf Club for the 2013 US Open, we're technically not out of the first round yet, making the final three days full of action before they even start.
Luke Donald was your Day 1 leader, but he is one of several golfers that will have a day full of action that includes more than the standard 18 holes in a round at a major tournament. With play suspended twice due to weather concerns, the USGA had to call Round 1 early due to darkness.
Play is slated to begin at 7:15 a.m. ET on Friday, and that means we're looking at golf from the sunrise to the sunset during Round 2.
Behind Donald, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott have a share of second-place honors at three under, while only 12 other golfers have managed to stay under par so far as the leaderboard shakes out.
One of those total 15 was last year's US Open winner, Webb Simpson, while 2011 Open champion Rory McIlroy sits just four strokes off the pace at even par. Tiger Woods, seeking his first major in five years, is at two over through 10 holes with a putt on No. 11 slated to open up his early morning.
Check out the sections below for a viewing guide for Day 2.
2013 US Open Day 2 Schedule
When: Friday, June 14 at 7:15 a.m. ET
Where: Merion Golf Club
Watch: ESPN, NBC (per Sporting News, check local listings)
Listen: ESPN Radio (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: USOpen.com
Round 2 Notable Pairings/Tee Times (all times ET)
|Pairing||Tee Time||Hole Start|
|Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott||10:44 a.m.||11|
|Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer||10:22 a.m.||11|
|Webb Simpson, Steven Fox, Ernie Els||11:06 a.m.||11|
|Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley||3:41 p.m.||1|
|Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker||3:52 p.m.||1|
*Complete listings can be found at USOpen.com.
Round 2 Action Guide
Any conversation about Day 2 has to start with No.'s 1, 2 and 3 in the World Golf Ranking, all playing together for 25 more holes on Friday.
Woods, McIlroy and Scott all had different rounds through the first 10 holes on Thursday, with Scott starting out hot at three under, McIlroy keeping pace at even par and Woods well off the pace at two over after a day with four bogeys in an incomplete round.
The putt Woods has on No. 11 for par should tell us a lot about how he's going to finish the rest of the way. It should also tell us about his wrist, which he was clinching all day on the course but said was fine prior to the start of Day 2 (via PGA Tour):
Tiger Woods says wrist is 'fine' after tough first day at U.S. Open http://t.co/IMlVSUmvZ3— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 14, 2013
Donald has the lead after 13 holes of action, and lucky for the rest of the field, darkness was the only thing to stop his progress.
He birdied three straight holes to close his evening and might have been in line for more if darkness hadn't captured the round and forced the USGA's hand. Opening up on No. 14, Donald has a chance to increase—or lose—his lead before Round 2 begins.
Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson is looking to put the demons of his past finishes to bed for good. With five runner-up finishes at the US Open over the years, Lefty is sitting at three under after one round and poised to be in contention for his first USGA major win.
Other past champions, Simpson, McIlroy and Ernie Els, all sit within four strokes of the leader, while some other steady performances include those of Jason Day, Kyle Stanley, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.
On the flip side, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Keegan Bradley all struggled mightily and will be up against the odds just to make the cut while trying to figure out how to play this course correctly.
Another factor to watch on Friday is the long day some of these golfers have.
With an early start, the hole total is going to increase by at least 50 percent for some, more than that for others. That kind of grind isn't what we normally see at majors anymore, and who rises to the occasion on the last five holes of the second round after more in the first to play could be in contention heading into the weekend.
Nothing's ever for certain at majors, and this year is no exception. Round 2 will help us weed out the contenders from the pretenders, and hopefully trim the huge field that currently is getting ready for the second round of action.
Make sure you make plans to catch the drama at Merion on Friday—it's not like you won't have chances to with the schedule expected to take up the entirety of the sunlight the world has to offer.