Day 1 of the 2013 U.S. Open had just about everything, but it was also cut short due to darkness.
According to the US 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."
In the golf that was played though, Phil Mickelson posted a three-under-par 67 after missing some practice to attend his daughter's graduation.
Tiger Woods struggled mightily, missing several birdie opportunities on the greens.
So, which top golfers can you expect to rebound on Day 2 at Merion Golf Club?
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|
*The remainder of Round 1 play can be seen via live video on USOpen.com beginning at 7:11 a.m. ET.
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.
Top Players Who Will Rise on Day 2
Justin Rose (+1)
While I've basically abandoned all hope for Brandt Snedeker—who appears to be in a funk right now—Justin Rose was one of the players I tabbed to perform well at the 2013 U.S. Open, primarily because of his style of play.
Coming into Merion, Rose ranked 17th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy, per PGATour.com. His putting is still an item of concern, but he's played well enough this year (four top-10 finishes) to overcome his weakness at Merion.
I don't expect Rose to be in contention for the championship on Day 4, but I do expect the 32-year-old to play much better on Friday.
Graeme McDowell (+3)
Graeme McDowell's clunker on Thursday surprised just about everyone.
First of all, the 33-year-old ranked first on tour in driving accuracy headed into Merion, as well as 13th in putting (strokes gained), via PGATour.com.
Also, he won the 2010 U.S. Open and placed second at The Olympic Club in San Francisco last year.
But McDowell posted a three-over par through 12 holes on Thursday, registering a bogey and two double bogeys along the way. What's more, he still has to face the brutal stretch from holes 14 through 18 to conclude his first round on Friday.
Still, McDowell's game fits Merion too well compared to the rest of the field and he's played relatively well this year. I'm not losing hope for the 2010 champion yet.
Steve Stricker (+1)
Who has the best chance of bouncing back on Day 2?
Steve Stricker is another one of those golfers who has a game that fits Merion. He ranks 13th in both driving accuracy and putting this year, per PGATour.com. He placed 15th at the U.S. Open last year.
In that regard, his one-over-par 71 on Thursday was a bit surprising. He posted three bogeys and one double bogey on the day.
The good news? Stricker did have four birdies on Thursday, which saved him from a disastrous score. That included a birdie on his second-to-last hole of the day.
I expect the 46-year-old Wisconsin native to bounce back on Day 2.