While the weather has made it difficult on the golfers, it has also created what will be a very dramatic weekend at the 2013 US Open.
There is a major backlog in the tournament right now, and Mother Nature is the only one to blame.
Because of the various weather delays on Thursday, there are still roughly 70 golfers who have yet to finish their second rounds. The tournament will resume Saturday morning, with the third round to follow, per the US Open's Twitter account:
Round 2 will resume on Saturday morning at 7:15 am EDT. #usopen— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2013
The individual tee times have yet to be released, and when the second round is close to finishing up, you'll have a much better idea of when the third round will get underway, and who will be paired up with whom.
Looking at the Weather.com forecast, the rain should hold off completely, giving everyone the entire day to try and catch up and complete their third rounds.
Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel are the co-leaders going into Saturday. They're the only two players under par, with each sitting at one under for the tournament. Five golfers are a stroke back at even par.
You can see the full leaderboard below.
Here's the viewing information for Saturday's play.
When: Saturday, June 15
Watch: NBC from 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. ET
Top Golfers to Watch on Saturday
Phil Mickelson (-1)
Generally, Phil Mickelson draws a crowd and plenty of fan interest. This tournament is different, though.
Rather than getting in a final practice, Mickelson chose to fly to California in order to attend his daughter's eighth-grade graduation, per ESPN.com's Bob Harig. He got back to Merion Golf Club rather late, and that should have put him at a disadvantage coming into the US Open.
Instead, Mickelson finds himself in a tie atop the leaderboard. He struggled a bit in the second round, shooting a two-over 72.
Fatigue and jet lag could be starting to have their effects. Even golfers need the proper time to rest after cross-country flights, and playing in a major tournament doesn't really allow that to happen.
Still, it would be great to see Lefty win, and here's to hoping he can regain his form on Thursday. Professional athletes have to sacrifice so much time with their family, so it's great to see one star go out of his way to be there for his daughter.
Cheng-Tsung Pan (E)
Cheng-Tsung Pan is one of the many golfers who have yet to finish their second rounds. He was only able to finish the front nine before play was halted. There's a very good chance Pan could be the leader or a co-leader by the time the third round begins.
If Pan manages to win the US Open, it would be nothing short of a miracle. He's still a sophomore at the University of Washington and the sixth-best amateur in the world.
Pan was one of the few golfers who managed to get under par in the second round. Through his nine holes. he's sitting at two under. There's still plenty of time to improve upon that score.
Considering the stage, there's every chance Pan will begin to wilt as the weekend drags on. Even if that happens, it will still be fun to watch an amateur take on the best golfers in the world and try to win the US Open.
Michael Kim (+1)
As if it's not cool enough to have one amateur near the top of the leaderboard, the US Open has doubled your pleasure.
Like Pan, Michael Kim is an amateur, ranked 12th. He's a junior at the University of California. He took a major jump up the leaderboard on Friday after posting a two-under and moving to one over for the tournament.
Also like Pan, Kim still has some work to do on his second round, as he was only able to get 11 holes completed.
The odds are stacked against Kim just a little bit more because he's two strokes behind the leader and has two fewer holes than Pan to make up that ground.
It's a shame Kim had to stop on Friday because he looked to get going again. He birdied two of his final three holes.
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