Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 15th 2013 Contents ARDMORE---One by one, red
numbers disappeared from the
leaderboard at the US Open, leav-
ing Phil Mickelson alone at the top,
waiting to take his turn.
Mickelson s 3-under 67 remained
the standard when the first round
was completed yesterday morning,
and the nasty rough and hard-to-
read greens at Merion Golf Club
took an even bigger bite once the
second round was under way.
Besides Lefty, the only player
under par at one point was Bel-
gium s Nicolas Colsaerts, who, like
Mickelson, had a late tee time after
shooting 69 on Thursday. Mickelson
3-putted the first hole of his second
round to drop to 2 under, cutting
his lead to one stroke.
That must-see group of Tiger
Woods, Adam Scott and Rory McIl-
roy was at times a hard-to-watch
bunch---perhaps even for Woods
ski champion girlfriend Lindsey
Vonn, who was part of the gallery.
The trio combined to shoot 14
over at the halfway mark. Woods
ailing left elbow flared up again, and
he hit a chip from just off the green
that travelled barely a foot while
making bogey at the par-4 7th.
Woods then dropped his left hand
off the club and shook his wrist
while putting his tee shot wide of
the fairway at No 8, just as he had
done several times on Thursday. The
arm clearly bothered him again on
the next shot, which he put in the
rough near the green. He saved par
on the hole and finished a second-
round 70 that left him at 3 over for
the tournament, still in contention
if he can stay healthy.
"It s hard with the wind and the
pin locations," Woods said. "They re
really tough. ... We didn t think they
were going to be as severe as
Woods was tight-lipped about
his elbow, saying only that it first
bothered him at the Players Cham-
pionship five weeks ago. Asked what
he felt, he answered: "Pain."
Masters champion Scott fell apart
quickly, all but quashing any hope
for a Grand Slam. He was 3 under
when first-round play was suspend-
ed Thursday, but he hit a hard-luck
Merion shot at No 12: an approach
that landed just short of the pin,
spun backward and rolled some 75
feet to the edge of the fairway rough.
He also put a tee shot out of bounds
at No 14 to complete a first-round
72, then came back after the short
turnaround to post a 76 to sit at 8
over through two rounds.
McIlroy had quite the adventure,
putting his drive at No. 4 onto the
No. 8 fairway. Once he got back to
the correct hole, he put a shot in a
bunker and bogeyed the par 5. His
second-round 70 left him at 3 over.
"I m very happy. Right in there
for the weekend," McIlroy said. "I
don t think I ll be too far away by
the end of the day."
Then there was Luke Donald, who
actually pulled ahead of Mickelson
at 4 under with back-to-back
birdies, including a chip-in at the
par-3 13th during his second round.
But Merion took him apart on the
front nine when he bogeyed four
consecutive holes, turning his num-
ber from red to black. His second-
round 72 left him at even-par.
Coming into the Open, the ques-
tion was how Merion would fare
against a modern-day championship
field. It last hosted this event in
1981, with the thinking that today s
golfers had outgrown the course.
Certainly, the 301-yard par-3 10th
and 102-yard par-3 13th yielded
their share of makeable shots, but
pre-tournament concerns about
scores in the low 60s seem totally
"This course never lets up,"
defending champion Webb Simpson
said after his opening round 71.
The sun came out yesterday after
play began in a cool drizzle that was
far gentler than the storms that
interrupted play twice on Thursday.
The fallout from foul weather was
a cramped schedule, with some
players getting precious little time
between rounds on a course that
requires long shuttle rides to move
them to and fro. It also left players
and spectators spackled in mud from
their shoes to their pant cuffs.
Woods completed his first-round
of 73, but not before pulling out his
driver and putting his first tee shot
of the day well right of the fairway
into the high grass.
On Thursday, he would wince and
shake his left arm, particularly his
wrist, when playing out of the
rough, but there was no obvious
sign of discomfort Friday when he
played his second shot at the long
par-4 No. 12.
There wasn t much else good
about the shot, which landed in
lesser rough about 100 yards from
the hole. Woods then got the ball
on the green, but he missed a down-
hill 5-foot putt and bogeyed the hole
to go to 3 over. (AP)
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Mickelson's red number
looks lonely at US Open
Phil Mickelson tees off on the fourth hole during the second round of the
US Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, yesterday in Ardmore,
Philadelphia. AP PHOTO
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