The 2013 U.S. Open schedule was set shortly after the third round wrapped up with Phil Mickelson owning a one-shot lead at one under par overall, just ahead of Charl Schwartzel, Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan, who will be in the final pairing alongside Mickelson.
In order to allow fans to catch all the action, multiple media outlets are doing their best to give fans access to viewing the 113th edition of this renowned major championship at Merion Golf Club through all different kinds of mediums.
Read on to find out when the starting time is, where the television coverage will be and where you can check out the U.S. Open on live stream as the climactic conclusion approaches in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Also included is a breakdown of the Top 10 entering the last 18 holes.
When: Sunday, June 16; Round 4 will begin at 8:44 a.m. ET
Where: Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.
TV: NBC, 12-7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra at 12 p.m. ET
*The U.S. Open's official website will also stream the "Marquee Group" online and via mobile apps from 12-7 p.m. ET.
Breaking Down the Top 10
Past Major Champions
Mickelson has four major titles to his credit, and Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters by birdieing the final four holes en route to victory.
These men have the nerve and resolve to get it done in the clutch to say the least, and are among the hottest players in the game when they're firing on all cylinders.
For whatever reason, the U.S. Open has always treated Mickelson cruelly, and doing so again on his 43rd birthday that happens to fall on Father's Day doesn't seem fathomable.
This is Mickelson we're talking about, though, and Steve Elling couldn't have better summarized the thoughts millions of golf fans share watching Phil the Thrill grip and rip his way around the course—usually in roller coaster fashion:
Schwartzel's countenance is a little bit more subdued, though he does show fire from time to time. One thing is certain: he's explosive, as was evident at Augusta in 2011 and is now on display at Merion. He's tied for the field lead with 12 birdies this week.
Jason Day and Rickie Fowler have been hailed as some of golf's brightest young talents for quite some time now, yet each have just one PGA Tour win apiece.
What distinguishes Day is his competitiveness in majors—he boasts two top-three finishes at The Masters and a joint runner-up effort at the 2011 U.S. Open, though it came when Rory McIlroy dominated by eight shots.
Fowler sniffed contention at the 2011 British Open, but has otherwise been mostly a non-factor. That has quickly changed after he posted Saturday's best round with a 67.
CBS Sports' Kyle Porter was wondering why neither of them were being mentioned much as the TV coverage wound down:
Part of that was probably because of the developments some of the other youngsters were stirring up—most notably amateur Michael Kim from the University of California-Berkeley.
Kim got as low as level par for the championship, but the final three holes sank their teeth into him, as he dropped four shots in that span to fall to plus-four. Had he somehow salvaged pars on those holes, he'd only be one off the lead, and he also matches the field lead with 12 birdies thus far.
Billy Horschel hit all 18 greens in regulation in Round 2, but then encountered some adversity as the course dried out more with the nicer weather on Saturday.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. The series of pictures within the following GIF showcases Horschel's passion, frustration and competitive fire, which is quickly making him among the more compelling players to watch on Tour:
Needless to say, all four of these 20-somethings will only add to the intrigue due to the unpredictable element that comes with less experienced golfers being thrown into such a pressure-packed situation as this.
Veterans Vying for Breakthrough
Englishmen Justin Rose and Luke Donald are ranked fifth and sixth respectively in the official World Golf Ranking. To get there takes incredible consistency and at least some winning, which both have done.
Donald has even gotten to No. 1 in the world before, winning both major tour money lists in 2011. What he lacks is a major title, though, and if he does pick it up, he's a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame in the opinion of yours truly.
Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman highlighted something different Rose did in preparation for Merion, and it's evidently been effective:
Aside from Donald and Rose, the others who surprisingly haven't gotten it done on any of golf's four biggest stages are Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan.
While Stricker and Donald in particular rely on precision over power, Rose and Mahan have an enviable combination of the two. The problem for the latter duo is the putter, which is essentially all that's kept them from major glory.
If either Rose or Mahan get hot with the putter and have their respective swings in sync, don't be surprised if they're holding the trophy by Sunday's end. Mahan has the luxury of playing with Mickelson in the final group, too.
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