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US Open Leaderboard 2013: Updates on Golf's Top Stars on Day 2
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While just half of the field had to deal with the rough conditions at the 2013 U.S. Open on Day 1, the effects were felt by the entire field in Day 2—it wasn't pretty. 

The wet conditions coupled with an already tough course meant a day of frustration for most golfers on the course and scores that rarely dipped below par. Tiger Woods described the combination of wet conditions and course layout as "severe," per Stephanie Wei of Sports Illustrated

But Tiger wasn't the only one who had a less-than-ideal day. The rest of golf's biggest stars had to tee off in the second day of a tournament that is set to be a battle of attrition throughout. 

Here's the latest on Day 2 for Tiger, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson

 

Tiger Woods

Woods may have been frustrated at the end of his Round 2 performance, but he improved from his first outing at Merion, shooting a 70. According to Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel, Woods is battling inflammation in his left elbow and received treatment after Round 1. 

In the early going, it looked like the treatment would work. Woods went two under over the first six holes of the course after two over with three bogeys over the same stretch on Day 1. This beautiful shot on No. 4 was the highlight of that stretch:

via Ken Dorset of Bleacher Report

The rest of the round would be a bit more difficult, as Tiger went two over in the rest of the round, picking up bogeys on No. 7, 14 and 18. 

This birdie putt on No. 9 that just missed characterized the rest of his day:

via Ken Dorset of Bleacher Report

All things considered, it wasn't an awful day for Tiger. He left a few strokes on the table with poor putting, but as Robert Lusetich of Fox Sports tweeted, he's still very much in the hunt the way the course is playing. 

 

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy was another top star who came into the second day of the tournament looking to shoot much better than the 73 he posted in Day 1. And much like his playing partner, Woods, he was able to do just that, shaving three strokes off of his score and posting a 70 for the day. 

Unlike Tiger, McIlroy got off to a bumpy start before righting the ship as the round went on. He bogeyed both No. 1 and No. 4 to kick things off but eventually got into a rhythm, especially on the green. He hit this putt to get to two over for the tournament. 

via Ken Dorset of Bleacher Report

 

The best stretch for McIlroy was holes 8-12, where he picked up three birdies in five holes. He finished out with pars and a bogey on No. 14 to close out, but as Jay Coffin of the Golf Channel points out, he's still in contention after a sneaky good round.

 

Phil Mickelson

Lefty opened up Round 2 with plenty of pressure, according to Justin Ray of ESPN. Mickelson has quite the track record after leading in the first round. 

At the outset, it looked like the pressure of being the leader and tricky conditions might be too much for him. As PGA Tour tweeted, he immediately gave up a stroke thanks to a three-putt on the first green. 

He would eventually go even par through the rest of the front nine, though he had an opportunity to birdie No. 8 but missed the putt. 

via Ken Dorset of Bleacher Report

In a round where many golfers struggled with the conditions and course difficulty, par was a good score. And Mickelson had a day full of them. He netted 10 in a row on holes 2-11. As Cameron Morfit of Sports Illustrated noted, he could have improved upon his early lead had he been putting better. 

Back-to-back bogeys on No. 12 and 13 would cost Lefty as he gave up the lead and moved to even par for the tournament. He would get right back on track, though. He finished out with pars up to No. 18, where he birdied to take a share of the lead as Day 2 drew to a close. 

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