After weather pushed the end of the second round to today, the US Open Golf 2013 leaderboard is starting to come into clearer focus this morning.
The two leaders are still Billy Horschel and Phil Mickelson, who finished their round on Friday. The two are one-under.
But their lead is shrinking, as they currently have just a slim one-stroke lead. Here's how the leaderboard stacks up.
2013 U.S. Open Leaderboard
Which players put themselves into good position heading into Round 3? And which players dropped out of contention? Read below.
Rose shot a solid one-under to get himself within one stroke of the lead. He did it with a no-frills round that included three birdies.
Most impressive was the fact that he rebounded from a disappointing first round. Rose shot a one-over 71, including five bogeys in the first round. Included in that dud of a round was this:
He has recovered from that, and is now in a really good position to win. The golf community still does not know how Billy Horschel will respond to pressure, and Phil Mickelson is coming off just an average second round. With his good second round, Rose might have the best shot of any to take home the trophy.
Cheng Tsung Pan
One of the biggest surprises of the tournament has been Cheng Tsung Pan. The amateur golfer from the University of Washington entered the back nine of the second round two-under, but quickly lost whatever mojo he had.
Pan hit bogeys on the 14th and 15th hole, and then hit a double bogey on No. 17. He is currently five shots off the lead.
Is Pan's chance at a complete shock gone? Probably. The last four holes may have placed him out of contention.
Still, it is quite the performance for an unknown amateur. He has the chance to make some sustained noise in the next few years.
Ian Poulter missed the cut at the Masters a few months ago, but that is looking more and more like a fluke.
The Brit finished one-over for the second round, and is currently two-over for the tournament, three shots off the lead.
His biggest misstep so far was a bogey on the 16th and 18th holes to finish the second round. But, as Poulter noted, he is not that far off the lead:
U.S. Opens have not been kind to Poulter, as he has not yet recorded a top-10 finish. His previous best finish was 12th place in 2006.
But the golfer is showing resiliency after his Masters disaster, and despite the rough finish on the last few holes of the second round, Poulter is in fine position to make a real charge at winning the tournament.
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