The action at Merion Golf Club is heating up as Day 3 at the 2013 U.S. Open is set to kick off on Saturday.
Four-time major champion Phil Mickelson and relative unknown Billy Horschel enter the day tied for the lead at one-under par through 36 holes, but Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy aren't far behind, each just four strokes back at three-over.
The course has played much tougher than anticipated before the tournament began, but players should at least know what to expect on Saturday. The conclusion of Round 2 is set to begin just after 7 a.m. ET.
Here we'll get you set for Saturday's action at Merion.
Where: Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.
TV Coverage: 12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Contenders to Watch
Tiger Woods (+3)
Tiger Woods will tee off with Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott on Saturday afternoon, forming quite the group.
Woods is just four strokes back of the lead, and he'll need to take advantage of the early par-fives once again on Saturday if he hopes to be in contention on Sunday.
Phil Mickelson (-1)
Phil Mickelson has experienced more than his fair share of heartbreak at the U.S Open over the years (five runner-up finishes), but 2013 looks promising so far. Lefty will begin Saturday with loads of confidence after finding a way to birdie No. 18 to grab a share of the lead through 36 holes.
If Mickelson can put himself in position to shoot par on Saturday, he'll have to be pleased with where he stands. The course is drying up, but all indications are that Merion will be difficult to tame once again in Round 3.
Rory McIlroy (+3)
A U.S. Open champion two years ago, Rory McIlroy certainly knows what it takes to win this event. Despite bogeying three straight holes from the end of Round 1 to the beginning of Round 2, the 24-year-old managed to shoot par over his final four holes on Friday.
Both Tiger and Rory have posted the same exact scores through the first two rounds, and both are certainly right in the mix entering play on Saturday.
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