The narrative for the 2013 U.S. Open is beginning to take shape, and if the developments that have occurred thus far hold true, the weekend promises to bring plenty of drama at golf's second major.
Thankfully, plenty of media sources are on top of their games to bring you the latest information in the 113th edition of this prestigious tournament in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
Phil Mickelson led at the end of the first round and a closing birdie allowed him to tie Billy Horschel for the lead. Horschel's round of 67 featured him finding all 18 greens in regulation in a stunning display of ball-striking.
After 36 holes of one-under-par golf, Mickelson and Horschel are the only ones in the field in red figures.
Luke Donald surged to the front early on, spurred by a chip-in at the par-three 13th hole to get to minus-four.
Unfortunately, Donald had to face the treacherous stretch of Nos. 14 through 18 in very close proximity. In wrapping up his first round on those holes then beginning Round 2 on No. 11, he played 10 of 13 holes on the hardest stretch Merion had to offer.
In spite of that, Donald held his own and wound up making five bogeys in six holes on the generally easier front nine, but still salvaged a 72 to stay one behind.
As ESPN noted during Friday's telecast, the former world No. 1 Donald hasn't finished better than tied for 12th in nine previous U.S. Open starts, having missed three cuts and withdrawing one time as well. However, the particular emphasis on precision at Merion Golf Club is an ideal fit for Donald's game.
To catch the action on the third day, the leaderboard widget below constantly updates to reflect the current scores for the top-five competitors. The widget also includes a link to PGA.com, which provides the complete list of players and how they're faring.
There is also a listing of the tee times for each pairing in Round 3, with those near the top of the heap going off later in the afternoon. Live video covering the marquee groups, along with highlights from the big names and analysis after play has concluded.
Round 1 was completed on Friday due to inclement weather, which caused two different rain delays and ultimately suspended opening-round play due to darkness. Such wasn't the case, and now the championship should be back on schedule.
With Weather.com predicting a sunny and warm Saturday without too much wind and a minimal chance of precipitation, the stage is set for a magnificent finish to the U.S. Open.
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