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ARDMORE---John Senden and
Justin Rose replaced Phil Mick-
elson and Billy Horschel atop
the leaderboard in the third
round at the US Open yesterday,
becoming the only players under
par on the tough and tight little
Merion Golf Club course.
Senden, who won the Aus-
tralian Open in his homeland
seven years ago, moved from 1
over to 1 under in a hurry by
opening with a pair of birdies on
a course where any putt over 15
feet was proving to be an adven-
Rose, whose only top-ten finish
at the US Open came ten years
ago, joined Senden in first place
with a birdie putt at No. 5.
Mickelson and Horschel shared
the second-round lead at 1 under.
Mickelson opened his round with
a pair of tap-in pars, while
Horschel saved par at No. 2 by
making a putt from the fringe on
a hole that ended a remarkable
streak of accuracy. Horschel didn t
miss a green in regulation during
the second round, but his trouble
at the second included a hook
that went so far left that he had
to stand a few feet behind a water
cooler to make his next shot.
But neither could get a handle
on the 245-yard par-3 third,
Horschel finding the bunker and
Mickelson the greenside rough.
Both 2-putted for bogey to fall
back to even par.
Then there was a lefty making
a charge at Lefty. Edward Loar
eagled the par-3 second and
birdied No. 5 to move to 1 over.
But he was the exception, not
the rule, on a day when sunshine
helped dry the course after a week
of rain, making the sloping greens
faster and tougher to read.
Tiger Woods was all over the
place, making an arcing 15-footer
for birder at No. 1 but missing
an 8-footer for par at No. 3.
Another bogey at No. 5 put him
at 4 over. He needed to get out
of trouble with several tee shots
that landed in the rough, although
in the early holes he showed no
obvious signs of the left elbow
problem that s been ailing him
Of the first 39 holes played in
the round, there was only one
birdie---by Masters champion
Adam Scott at the par-4 11th.
No one could catch Mickelson
or Horschel when the second
round wrapped up earlier in the
day. Rose, Steve Stricker and Luke
Donald were one stroke behind
the leaders at the midway point.
The average score through two
rounds on the par-70 course was
74.7. The cut line was 8 over, sav-
ing both defending champion
Webb Simpson (5 over) and Scott
(7 over) and keeping alive, albeit
faintly, hopes for a Grand Slam.
The third round was played in
threesomes teeing off at Nos. 1
and 11 in a tournament that fell
behind schedule when storms
moved through the Philadelphia
area on Thursday.
Ian Poulter had a chance to
join the leaders as he finished his
second round, but he had a bad
lie in a bunker at No. 16 and his
approach rolled off the back edge
of the green at the 18th. The two
bogeys sank him from even par
to 2 over after his round of 71.
move atop US
Open leaderboard LONDON---Top-seeded Andy Murray
and defending champion Marin Cilic will
contest the final at Queen s Club after
both claimed three-set victories yester-
Murray, the champion in 2009 and
2011, rallied to defeat fourth-seeded
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-3,
6-2 in a repeat of their 2011 final, and
fifth-seeded Cilic of Croatia held off former
four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-
Murray will play for his 27th career title
and first since he won at Key Biscayne in
March, while Cilic will be bidding for the
tenth title of his career. His last tournament
victory came in February on home soil in
Tsonga held the upper hand over Murray
in the opening set of their semifinal, failing
to convert any of his three break points
at 2-2 but breaking to lead 5-4 when Mur-
The Frenchman missed two more break
points at 3-3 in the second set before
Murray broke for a 5-3 lead when Tsonga
netted a backhand.
In the last set, Murray broke for 2-1 on
his seventh break point, and all but secured
victory when he broke again at love to
Cilic and Hewitt managed to complete
just two games, with Cilic leading 2-0,
before rain forced them off the grass court
for more than two hours.
Upon the resumption, Hewitt held three
break points to level at 5-5 but Cilic held
serve to win the set.
Hewitt swept five straight games on his
way to taking the second set, before Cilic
gave up just ten points in winning the last
five games of the match in the third. (AP)
Murray, defending champ
Cilic for Queen's final
HALLE---Top-seeded Roger Federer
came from behind to beat defending
champion Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-
4 and reach the Gerry Weber Open
Federer lost last year s final to the
German veteran but he is on course for
his first title---in his second final---of
the year. Federer will play Mikhail
Youzhny in today s final. Youzhny upset
second-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-3,
6-2 in less than hour.
Federer is seeking his sixth title on
grass in Halle, his favourite warm-up
for Wimbledon. Four of Federer s seven
Wimbledon titles have come after tri-
umphs in Halle.
Haas is 3-11 against Federer through-
out his career.
The semi-final featured two men over
30. The 35-year-old Haas, the oldest
player in the top 100, is enjoying his
second spring and is ranked No. 11.
Haas was No. 2 in the world in 2002.
Hip surgery in 2010 left him No. 896,
before he started climbing again. Unlike
Federer, he already has a title this year,
in Munich. (AP)
Federer reaches final in Halle
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