After three days of action in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, only one player is below par and nine players are within five strokes. With just one round remaining, the potential for a down-to-the-wire finish is true and real.
The question is, can leader Phil Mickelson hold off the pack?
Mickelson is currently at one-under par, which has him one stroke ahead of Charl Schwartzel, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker, who rest at even. Beyond these four golfers, everyone one else is above par and experiencing the woes of Merion Golf Club.
Eighteen holes separate us from the 2013 U.S. Open champion—who will it be?
Updated 2013 U.S. Open Golf Leaderboard
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When: Sunday, June 16 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
Phil Mickelson is a three-time Masters Tournament champion, a two-time PGA Championship winner and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Lefty, nicknamed for his left-handed swing and otherwise right-handedness, does have one accomplishment that has eluded him.
Winning the U.S. Open.
Mickelson has finished second at the U.S. Open in five separate tournaments and has tied for fourth in two events. He's never broken through and has finished 54th or worse in each of the past two years.
As it presently stands, Mickelson is atop the leaderboard and remains the only player who is under par.
In a change of what we're used to, the field is chasing Lefty in the pursuit of the U.S. Open crown. Already one of the most popular golfers ever, Mickelson is now 18 holes away from winning the event that has always eluded him.
Can he close out?
Who's Left to Contend?
The 2013 U.S. Open may not have many players under par—one, to be exact—but that doesn't mean that everyone is out of contention. Rather, there are countless golfers in the hunt and within striking distance.
The question is, who will step up and challenge Lefty?
In terms of the superstars, Tiger Woods is at nine-over par and Rory McIlroy comes in at eight-over. Other notables in that range are Bubba Watson at seven-over, Ernie Els and Lee Westwood at six-over, and Ian Poulter at five-over par.
And then it gets crowded.
Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Steve Striker are all one stroke off the lead at even par. Luke Donald, Billy Horschel and Justin Rose are all at one-over par, thus sitting two strokes off Phil Mickelson's score of one under.
Jason Day is at two-over, while Ricky Fowler is at three-over and 19-year-old Michael Kim is at four-over par.
Perhaps the hottest player at the event is Mahan, as he's posted consecutive rounds of 69 to pull within one stroke of the leader. With that being said, Fowler just shot a third-round 67 and Day registered a 68.
As we said, things are crowded at the top—so who will win?
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