US Open Suspends Play Due To Darkness; Glover and Barnes Tied For Lead

Alex CunninghamCorrespondent IJune 21, 2009

FARMINGDALE, NY - JUNE 21:  Ricky Barnes reacts to his birdie putt on the 17th hole during the continuation of the third round of the 109th U.S. Open on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on June 21, 2009 in Farmingdale, New York.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Play was suspended at 8:00 PM EST at the U.S. Open, due to darkness at Bethpage Black on Sunday.  At that time, tied leaders Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover, each at seven under par, picked up their balls on the second hole and headed back to the clubhouse.

Although it would be a shame to see one of these two lose, two of the players at two under par would also make a great story to see win.

One of them is David Duval. A former number two player of the world, duval has been set back a bit with injuries. His lone major win was in 2001 at the British Open.

The other is Phil Mickelson.  Right now it seems that not even a cancer-stricken wife can make Phil win the US Open.  He's suffered monumental collapses in both 2001 and 2006. He is a four-time runner-up.

Of course, now Phil is playing catchup rather than blowing the lead spot.  Tomorrow, and maybe Tuesday, we will find out.

Maybe if Phil wins, Barnes would become the new "lead-blower" at the US Open.  Barnes held a six-shot lead earlier today, which is now entirely erased.  That's a lead not even Phil has blown at this championship.

Enough about Phil, the pressure is on Ricky and Lucas.  Neither of the two has won any major, nor have they been atop the leader board in one.  The pressure placed on them by the media and by themselves is insurmountable.

This will surely wrap up as one of the most epic US Opens ever.  With the rain that made everyone scramble, the clash of two unknowns, and many more story lines throughout the week, it's sure to be an exciting conclusion.