Second-round play resumed Saturday morning at Merion Golf Club as 68 players hit the East Course to finish up their second round and set the stage for some weekend drama, via USGA:
Of the 68 players out on the course, 26 are within 2 shots of the cut line on both sides (+7). Should be an interesting morning. #usopen— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2013
A handful of the players at the top of the leaderboard, including co-leaders Phil Mickelson (-1) and Billy Horschel (-1) had finished up their second round on Friday before the sun set. But some other outside contenders, including 2008 British Open runner-up Ian Poulter had to pick up where they left on Friday before turning their attention to the third round.
Here we'll highlight some of the latest Day 3 scores at the 2013 U.S. Open.
2013 U.S. Open Leaderboard
Ian Poulter (+2)
World No. 17 Ian Poulter faltered down the stretch of the second round, bogeying hole Nos. 16 and 18 to finish one over for the round and two over heading into the final two rounds, via his official Twitter account:
The 37-year-old has yet to record a top-10 finish at the U.S. Open, finishing tied for 12th back in 2006 in what was his best effort at the season's second major tournament. Although he still has two rounds to play, 2013 is shaping up to be the most memorable U.S. Open of Poulter's career.
After missing the cut at the Masters two months ago, Poulter has to be pleased with where he stands heading into the third round, via USGA:
Cheng Tsung Pan (+4)
Amateur player Cheng Tsung Pan, who plays collegiate golf at Washington, was one of the nearly 70 players who had to wake up early to finish their second round on Saturday morning.
The 21-year-old from Chinese Taipei who has been a surprising contender to this point, entered the day two under for the second round with the back nine still left to play. But the unknown played a rough stretch over the final four holes, bogeying Nos. 14 and 15 before recording a double bogey on No. 17 to fall five shots back of co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel.
Pan would par the final hole of Round 2 to finish the first 36 holes at just four over.
Pan will easily make the cut following the conclusion of second-round play on Saturday. The question is, can he continue to hang with the leaders heading into the final round?
John Peterson (+8)
American John Peterson gave himself a great chance to survive into the weekend on Saturday morning, sinking a huge birdie put on hole No. 18 to pull him to eight over for the tournament, right on the projected cut line, according to USGA:
Peterson, who fell apart down the stretch in the opening round, shooting five consecutive bogeys, including a double bogey on No. 18, has to be happy with a five-over 75 for Round 2 given how difficult the course has played to this point in the tournament.
The 24-year-old former LSU star actually finished tied for fourth in his first U.S. Open appearance last summer at Olympic Club. If he's able to hang on and make the cut on Saturday, perhaps he'll be a player to watch heading into the final round.
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