Sunday, June 16
09:48 p.m. EDT | Thank you for your support of the 2013 U.S. Open. We look forward to bringing you all the action next year from Pinehurst No. 2.
09:20 p.m. EDT | USGA Executive Director Mike Davis on this year's U.S. Open: "It was great to come back here to Merion because there have been so many great moments in time here, and it's clear that time hasn't passed Merion by."
09:06 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose on his father, Ken, who passed away in 2002, when Justin was 21: "The time we had together was quality not quantity. I have very fond memories of the way I grew up. I can look back at our life together with a lot of fondness. I thought today was a fitting time – I felt like I had done what I could out there – I felt like I had practiced a lot of the lessons he taught me and I had conducted myself in a way he would be proud of."
09:04 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose on his approach shot on the 18th hole, hit from near the Hogan plaque: "I feel like I did it justice and hit a shot that even Ben Hogan might have thought was a pretty good one.” Like Hogan in 1950, Rose made par on the 72nd hole.
08:53 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose was on the cusp of his 18th birthday when he tied for fourth at the 1998 British Open at Royal Birkdale: "It feels at times 25 years since Birkdale and other times it feels like it was just yesterday. My learning curve has been steep from that point. I announced myself on the golfing scene probably before I was ready to handle it. Golf can be a cruel game. I think ultimately it’s made me stronger and able to handle the situation."
08:50 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose on his win: "I’ve been striving my whole life to win a major championship. I’ve imagined holding the cup hundreds of thousands of times on the putting green at home. As a professional golfer this is the pinnacle of the game. I really targeted Merion--Philadelphia has been a good town to me."
08:42 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald on his good friend Justin Rose's win: "I think Justin for the last few years has been known as one of the best ball strikers in the game. He showed that today. To win a U.S. Open, you have to have ultimate control of your golf ball. He hit some really clutch iron shots down the stretch. And that's what you want to do in this game. I'm sure it's going to be emotional for him. He obviously lost his father a few years ago, and I'm sure that little sign up to the sky was for his dad."
08:23 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson on the support he and the U.S. Open have received this week: "The people here have been fabulous. The way the community has wanted this and supports this tournament, more so than just about any place we've ever been. Coming out when they can't really see too much, coming out to be a part of the tournament. It's great the way the city of Philadelphia has supported this tournament. I hope we have a chance to come back."
08:18 p.m. EDT | Jason Day, 25, on his second runner-up finish at the U.S. Open in three years: "I've just got to keep putting myself in position to win. And I feel that my game is in a really good spot right now. I've been close so many times now in majors, especially at a young age, which is nice. I've got plenty of majors to play in and hopefully I can keep doing the same as I'm doing, and hopefully win one soon."
08:14 p.m. EDT | This is Jason Day's second runner-up finish in the U.S. Open. He finished behind Rory McIlroy in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.
08:10 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose's week by the numbers: 15 birdies, 16 eagles, 300.38 yard average driving distance, 75 percent fairways hit, 69.4 percent greens in regulation and 120 putts.
08:09 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has won the U.S. Open trophy and the Jack Nicklaus Medal, named for the four-time winner of the U.S. Open.
08:00 p.m. EDT | The Low Amateur is 19-year-old Michael Kim. He shot 76 to finish tie for 17th at 10-over 290.
07:52 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson on his sixth U.S. Open runner-up finish: "This is tough to swallow after coming so close. This was my best chance out of all of them. I felt like this was as good of an opportunity as you could ask for and to not do it this time, it hurts."
07:49 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose, the father of Leo and Charlotte, on what it means to win on Father's Day: "I think a lot of us come from great men and we have the responsibility to our children to show them what a great man can be. I couldn’t help but to look up to the heavens and think that my old dad Ken had something to do with it."
07:48 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose on playing the 18th hole: "When I came over the hill and I saw my ball lying in the middle of the fairway, I thought this is my moment. I just tried not to get too ahead of myself."
07:42 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose is the fifth U.S. Open champion at Merion Golf Club, joining Olin Dutra (1934), Ben Hogan (1950), Lee Trevino (1971) and David Graham (1981).
07:40 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose is the ninth Englishman to win the U.S. Open. Horace Rawlins won the inaugural championship in 1895, followed by Joe Lloyd, Harry Vardon, George Sargent, Ted Ray, Jim Barnes, Cyril Walker and Tony Jacklin.
07:33 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson made bogey on the 18th hole. He falls to 3 over, tied with Jason Day for second place. It is Mickelson's sixth runner-up finish in the U.S. Open.
07:29 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose is the 2013 U.S. Open champion.
07:28 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson's pitch has rolled past the hole.
07:28 p.m. EDT | Before Phil Mickelson's third shot, Hunter Mahan has played his third shot to the green.
07:26 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson is walking up to the green to evaluate his shot. He received encouragement from the spectators around the green. Mickelson needs to hole the shot to force a playoff with Justin Rose.
07:23 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson's second shot has come up short of the green. The hole is located on the back left of the green. According to USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, the hole is in a "bowl," and shots should feed into this area.
07:22 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson has hit his drive in the left rough but has drawn a decent lie. The top of the ball is visible. he is 224 yards from the hole.
07:20 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson made birdie on the 18th hole in the second round.
07:18 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson needs a birdie on the 18th hole, which is playing 511 yards today. No players has made birdie on the 18th hole in the third or fourth round.
07:17 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson has made par on the 17th hole to remain one stroke behind clubhouse leader Justin Rose.
07:13 p.m. EDT | On the 17th hole, Phil Mickelson is facing a 40-foot birdie putt to tie Justin Rose.
07:09 p.m. EDT | After holing out, Justin Rose hugs playing partner and fellow Englishman Luke Donald. The last Englishman to win the U.S. Open was Tony Jacklin, who won the 1970 championship.
07:08 p.m. EDT | Chipping with a fairway wood, Rose has nearly made birdie. He taps in for par to post a score of 1-over 281. His waiting begins.
07:05 p.m. EDT | From 229 yard from the middle of the 18th fairway, Justin Rose has hit an approach shot that landed in the middle of the green and rolled over the back. He faces a birdie chip of approximately 20 feet.
07:04 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson has slid his eight-foot birdie putt over the left lip. He makes par to remain at 2 over, one stroke behind Justin Rose.
06:55 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has hit the fairway on the 18th hole. Up ahead, Jason Day has missed a five-footer to make bogey. He finishes at 3 over, two stroke behind Justin Rose.
06:53 p.m. EDT | Also on the 15th hole, Phil Mickelson has made bogey to fall to 2 over, one stroke behind Rose.
06:52 p.m. EDT | On the 15th hole, Hunter Mahan makes double bogey to fall to 3 over, two strokes behind leader Justin Rose.
06:51 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose just misses the green of the 17th green. His chip from 10 feet stops within tap-in range for par. Rose remains at 1 over.
06:50 p.m. EDT | After missing the fairway on the 18th hole, Jason Day has found a greenside bunker with his second shot.
06:48 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson hit the green of the 15th hole, but the edge the green is between him and the hole. He chose to hit a wedge, but has hit the shot thin, leaving a 20-footer for par. After missing the green short, Hunter Mahan has 25 feet for par.
06:42 p.m. EDT | After running his first putt eight feet past the hole, Justin Rose has three-putted to drop to 1 over. He is now tied with Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan for the lead.
06:40 p.m. EDT | Jason Day has two-putted from more than 60 feet on the par-3 17th hole to remain at 2 over.
06:34 p.m. EDT | As the leaders have entered the closing holes, four players have separated themselves from the field: leader Justin Rose (even par), Phil Mickelson and Hunter (1 over) and Jason Day (2 over). Jason Dufner and Ernie Els, who have finished, are among a group at 5 over.
06:32 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan have made par on the 14th hole to remain one stroke behind Justin Rose.
06:30 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has parred the 15th hole to remain in the lead. On the 14th hole, Phil Mickelson has 10 feet left for par, while Hunter Mahan has a four-footer. Both need to make to remain one stroke behind Rose.
06:24 p.m. EDT | On the 14th hole, Hunter Mahan has hit the fairway, while Phil Mickelson has missed the fairway to the left.
06:23 p.m. EDT | Leader Justin Rose has hit the middle of the green on the 15th hole. He has a 20-footer for birdie.
06:19 p.m. EDT | The rain has subsided and the sun is starting to peek through the clouds.
06:17 p.m. EDT | It has been raining hard for the past 15 minutes. From the thick, wet rough, Phil Mickelson has pitched to 25 feet on the 13th hole. He misses the putt to make bogey and fall to 1 over, tied with playing partner Hunter Mahan for second, one stroke behind Justin Rose, who is playing the 15th hole.
06:12 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has made bogey on the 14th hole to fall back to even par. He is tied with Phil Mickelson who has missed the green of the short par-3 13th hole.
06:08 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson has made par on the 12th hole to remain at even par, while Hunter Mahan also made par to stay at 1 over. Two holes ahead on the 14th, Justin Rose is facing a 20-footer for par.
05:55 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has backed up his birdie with another. He has holed a 25-foot putt on the 13th hole to move to 1 under and take the lead.
05:46 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has answered Phil Mickelson's eagle with a great shot of his own. After hitting his approach to three feet, Rose has made birdie on the par-4 12th hole to pull even with Phil Mickelson at even par.
05:40 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson has holed a pitch shot for eagle on the 10th hole, which has been set up at 290 yards today. He moves to even par, one stroke ahead of Jason Day, Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose.
05:28 p.m. EDT | Jason Day made an unconventional bogey at the par-4 11th: He hit his approach shot in the water short of the green, nearly did it again with his fourth shot, and then pitched in from greenside rough for a 5. Day falls to 1 over for the championship, a stroke behind leader Justin Rose.
05:14 p.m. EDT | Jason Dufner finished his round with a par at the 18th hole, carding a 3-under 67. It's the second 67 of the day, which remains the lowest score shot so far in the championship.
05:10 p.m. EDT | Jason Day is trying to become the second Australian major champion this year. He birdied the par-4 10th hole to move to even par for the championship.
05:03 p.m. EDT | An amateur has not finished in the top 10 in a U.S. Open since Jim Simons in 1971, right here at Merion. Michael Kim is currently tied for 11th after a bogey at the short par-4 10th hole.
04:57 p.m. EDT | Mahan three-putts the par-4 sixth hole to fall to 1 over par for the championship. Justin Rose is the solo leader, at even par.
04:49 p.m. EDT | Jason Dufner bounces back with a birdie on the 16th hole. Despite the triple bogey on the 15th, he is 3 under par for his round and 5 over for the championship.
04:44 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has just made his second consecutive birdie, at the par-4 seventh hole, to tie Mahan for the lead at even par.
04:40 p.m. EDT | At the treacherous par-4 fifth hole, Hunter Mahan has made his fifth consecutive par to start the round, while Phil Mickelson made a double bogey to drop to 2 over for the championship. Mahan now holds a one-stroke lead over Jason Day, who birdied the par-4 eighth, and Justin Rose, who birdied the sixth hole.
04:36 p.m. EDT | The par-4 15th hole claims yet another victim as Jason Dufner, who was 5 under par on his round through 14 holes, hooks his tee shot out of bounds en route to a triple-bogey 7. He drops to 6 over par for the championship.
04:21 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson has two-putted for birdie at the par-5 fourth hole, which is playing shorter today at 571 yards.
04:14 p.m. EDT | Charl Schwartzel missed a four-foot par putt on the fourth hole. He's now made back-to-back bogeys and falls to 1 over par for the championship. Hunter Mahan is the current leader, at even par.
04:11 p.m. EDT | Mickelson's double bogey drops him to 1 over par. This marks the first time since just after 7 a.m. on Thursday that no player has been under par for the championship.
04:09 p.m. EDT | Leader Phil Mickelson has made a double bogey at the 266-yard, par-3 fourth hole. He pushed his tee shot to the left into heavy rough above a bunker, and three-putted after his pitch shot.
04:06 p.m. EDT | Dufner has added another birdied at the short par-3 13th to move to 3 over par for the championship. He is the first player to reach 5 under par for his round.
04:04 p.m. EDT | Jason Dufner has moved to 4 under for the day with a birdie on the 12th hole. He is at 4 over.
04:02 p.m. EDT | Both Justin Rose and Jason day have made birdies on the fourth hole to move to 1 over.
04:01 p.m. EDT | Charl Schwartzel has three-putted the third hole to fall back to even, one stroke behind Phil Mickelson.
03:55 p.m. EDT | Hideki Matsuyama has shot 67, the lowest round of the day and matching the low score for the championship.
03:52 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson has missed a four-foot putt for birdie on the par-5 second hole, which is set up at 525 yards today. He remains tied with Charl Schwartzel at 1 under, one stroke ahead of Hunter Mahan.
03:46 p.m. EDT | Using a driver, Luke Donald pulled his tee shot on the par-3 third hole, which is playing 266 yards today. The ball hit a volunteer, who was okay. Donald pitched over a tree and a bunker and made bogey. He is now 2 over.
03:45 p.m. EDT | Steve Stricker hit two shots out of bounds on the par-5 second hole: his drive and his fourth shot, which was a shank. He made eight to fall back to 3 over.
03:32 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan have made par on the first hole. Mahan remains one stroke behind Mickelson and Charl Schwartzel.
03:31 p.m. EDT | Moving up the leader board is Jason Dufner, who is 3 under for the day through 10 holes. He is at 5 over for the championship.
03:23 p.m. EDT | On the first green, Charl Schwartzel has holed an eight-footer for birdie to move to 1 under and tie Phil Mickelson, who hit his drive on the hole into the right rough.
03:21 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan have teed off. While Mickelson has five runner-up finishes, Mahan's best finish in the U.S. Open is sixth, in 2009. Both are USGA champions: Mickelson won the 1990 U.S. Amateur, and Mahan was the 1999 U.S. Junior Amateur champion.
03:13 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson has arrived at the first tee. He will tee off in the fourth round with the lead for the second time in the U.S. Open. He led after 54 holes during the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club but finished tied for second behind Geoff Ogilvy.
03:03 p.m. EDT | For the week, Sergio Garcia is 16 over for the 14th and 15 holes. He is 1 under for all the other holes.
02:43 p.m. EDT | HIdeki Matsuyama is now 4 under for the day. He has made five consecutive 3s, from the ninth through the 13th holes.
02:25 p.m. EDT | The spectators in the grandstand at the driving range, located at Merion's West Course, sang "Happy Birthday" to leader Phil Mickelson as he arrived to begin warming up for his 3:20 p.m starting time. Today is his 43rd birthday.
02:20 p.m. EDT | Hideki Matsuyama is 3 under for the day, 7 over for the championship. Since turning pro in April, the 21-year-old has played in five Japan Golf Tour events. He has won two of them and has finished second in two.
01:55 p.m. EDT | Ernie Els has started birdie-birdie. The two-time U.S. Open champion is now 4 over.
01:17 p.m. EDT | The par-3 third hole, which is listed on the card at 256 yards, is measuring 266 for today's final round. The ninth hole, which is listed at 236 yards, is measuring 246 today. The 13th hole is playing 121 yards, six more than the listed yardage. But the 17th hole is playing 17 yards less than the original listed yardage of 246.
01:15 p.m. EDT | Here's some more course setup notes for Sunday's final round. The tee markers for the two par-5 holes have been moved up, while three of the four par 3s are playing longer than their original listing for the championship. The par-5 second is playing 525 yards, 31 less than the 556 yards on the post. The par-5 fourth is measuring 571 yards, 57 less than the original listing.
01:10 p.m. EDT | Here's an update on today's course setup at Merion. The greens are rolling at 13 to 13.5 on the USGA Stimpmeter. All the fairways were mowed on Sunday morning and the course will measure 6,869 yards, which is the shortest the East Course has played for the championship.
01:07 p.m. EDT | Shawn Stefani improved 16 shots from Saturday, carding a 1-under 69 in the final round, which included the hole-in-one on 17.
12:37 p.m. EDT | Shawn Stefani has made a hole-in-one at the 229-yard 17th hole with a 4-iron. The ball landed in the rough to the left before bouncing onto the green and rolling into the hole. It is the 43rd ace in U.S. Open history and the first during an Open at Merion Golf Club.
12:28 p.m. EDT | After hitting his drive out of bounds on the second hole, Tiger Woods has made a triple-bogey 8.
12:19 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods started the round with a birdie, but followed up with an out-of-bounds drive on the second hole.
12:05 p.m. EDT | Early in the fourth round, there are birdies to be had at Merion. Mike Weir shot 3-under 33 on the front nine, while Martin Laird is 3 under through eight holes.
12:02 p.m. EDT | Coverage of the U.S. Open is starting on NBC.
11:00 a.m. EDT | Happy Father's Day from all of us at the USGA!
10:47 a.m. EDT | Tiger Woods and Matt Bettencourt are today's marquee grouping on usopen.com. Watch live video of their round starting at 12:02.
10:42 a.m. EDT | The 10 amateurs who qualified for the 113th U.S. Open are exempt to play in this year's U.S. Amateur, to be held at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., in August. The four amateurs who made the cut - Michael Kim, Cheng-Tsung Pan, Michael Weaver and Kevin Phelan - are also exempt into the 2014 U.S. Amateur, which will be held at Atlanta Athletic Club.
10:26 a.m. EDT | Shawn Stefani has birdied the par-4 sixth hole to go 3 under par through six holes.
10:07 a.m. EDT | Stanley promptly gave back all three of those shots by taking an 8 at the par-5 fourth hole.
09:50 a.m. EDT | Kyle Stanley, who struggled to an 85 in yesterday's third round, has birdied the first three holes today.
09:47 a.m. EDT | USGA Vice President Tom O'Toole Jr., who is helping get the golf course prepared for today, said the following about the final round: "I think you'll see a similar day of scoring to what it was yesterday. We're expecting some winds today, from the south at around 5 to 15 miles an hour, so we're setting up the course accordingly."
09:40 a.m. EDT | The caddie bibs used in each grouping through the first three rounds were red, white and blue. Today they are using red and white, matching the colors of Merion's distinctive wicker sticks.
09:36 a.m. EDT | The scoring average for the third round of the U.S. Open was 74.35, nearly identical to the first-round average of 74.31. So while the scoring was slightly lower than the second round, when the average was 75.13, the scoring has remained fairly steady throughout the championship.
09:09 a.m. EDT | Spectators are also encouraged to take SEPTA to the Rosemont Station on the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line or the Ardmore Avenue Station on the Norristown High Speed Line. Shuttle service is available from Rosemont Station, while Ardmore Avenue Station is within walking distance of an admission gate.
09:03 a.m. EDT | The BLUE Lot (PPL Park) in Chester, Pa., will remain open. Shuttle service will operate continuously from both lots to and from Merion Golf Club from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
08:59 a.m. EDT | If you are planning on attending the U.S. Open today, be advised that the RED Lot (Rose Tree Plaza) in Media, Pa., remains closed. Signs will direct spectators to alternate parking at Granite Run Mall, approximately three miles away.
08:46 a.m. EDT | The players are going off in groups of two today, all from the first tee. Since 73 players made the cut, there is one player, Sweden's Robert Karlsson, who is not paired with another U.S. Open competitor. Karlsson just began his round and elected to play alone, without a marker.
08:35 a.m. EDT | Welcome to Sunday at the U.S. Open! The skies are cloudy over Merion this morning but the stage is set for a memorable and historic final round, with five-time runner-up Phil Mickelson holding a one-stroke lead over Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker.
Saturday, June 15
09:48 p.m. EDT | Although there were no birdies on the closing hole in the third round, the hole, which was stretched to 530 yards, ceded its position as Merion's toughest hole to the fifth hole by mere hundredths of a stroke. In the third round, the fifth hole had a stroke average of 4.79, while the 18th hole's average was 4.74.
09:19 p.m. EDT | Two youngsters, Rickie Fowler, 24, and amateur Michael Kim,19, are paired together at 2:36 p.m. Their combined ages equal 43, which is how old Phil Mickelson will turn tomorrow.
09:17 p.m. EDT | Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker tee off at 3:09 p.m., while Englishmen Justin Rose and Luke Donald go off at 2:58.
09:15 p.m. EDT | Fourth round starting times are available. Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan will play in the final group, teeing off at 3:20 p.m. EDT.
09:13 p.m. EDT | Mickelson has a record five second-place finishes in the U.S. Open, in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009: "I don't think I feel any more pressure than anybody else who wants to win the U.S. Open. But it would certainly mean a lot to me that this is a tournament for years I've had opportunities, I've come close to, and it would mean a lot tomorrow if I could play some of my best golf."
09:05 p.m. EDT | Although Mickelson may feel good physically, it may be his mental approach that decides tomorrow's outcome: "I love being in the thick of it. I've had opportunities in years past, and it has been so fun, even though it's been heartbreaking to come so close a number of times and let it slide. But I feel better equipped than I have ever felt heading into the final round of a U.S. Open. I feel very comfortable on this golf course. I love it."
09:03 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson will turn 43 tomorrow, which is also the final day of the 2013 U.S. Open. "At 43, I feel as good as I've ever felt. I feel like I'm in better shape than I've been in years. I feel stronger than I've been, more flexible. And I've had no injuries or aches or pains."
08:59 p.m. EDT | Billy Horschel began the third round tied with Phil Mickelson for the lead. He will start the fourth round two strokes behind Mickelson, the leader, but likes his position as a pursuer. "I'm trying to think of it just as another tournament, but it's tough to do that. But I feel good. I feel more comfortable coming from behind. I don't know why that is. I've always been like that my whole life. I feel like I'm in a good position that I can go out, post a good number, and see what happens."
08:51 p.m. EDT | Steve Stricker, 46, would be the oldest U.S. Open champion. After shooting 70 in the third round, capped by a 10-foot par putt on the 18th hole, he is one stroke behind Phil Mickelson: "I wanted to make that. I wanted to be at even par. And as it turns out, I'm only one back. So that was a big putt. Keeps my momentum going for tomorrow and keeps me closer."
08:46 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald shot 1-over 71 and is two strokes behind Phil Mickelson. But his bogey-double bogey finish hasn't changed his view of the entire day: "Through 16 holes, I could have been 4 or 5 under and really was playing as good a golf as I played for a while. I was pretty much in control my ball and I'll forget about those two holes and carry on tomorrow."
08:39 p.m. EDT | Over the last couple of years, Justin Rose has been in contention in several majors, and he is in a good position heading into the final round. Despite bogeys on the final two holes, Rose is at 1 over, two strokes behind Phil Mickelson: "I've been lucky enough to win quality PGA TOUR events and lucky enough to win a WGC event. But absolutely, the thing missing from the resume is a major now. I feel like this week's been a big learning curve for me for what I can take forward as well."
08:34 p.m. EDT | Hunter Mahan, who is tied for second, previews the final round: "It's going to be a very, very exciting finish because I don't think any lead is safe, and there's an opportunity to make two or three birdies in there."
08:28 p.m. EDT | Michael Kim's caddie this week is Merion looper LaRue Temple: "The greens get really tricky out here and he's been a great help. For probably the first 12 holes today he was getting more cheers than I was. Everybody was going 'LaRue, LaRue.'"
08:22 p.m. EDT | Amateur Michael Kim has shot rounds of 73, 70 and 71, which places him 10th going into the final round. When he looked at the leader board during the third round, Kim wasn't looking to see where he stood, but rather for another reason: "I just thought it was super cool to see my name on that big leader board next to the leaders like Schwartzel, Mickelson, Donald, all those guys. It was a cool feeling."
08:20 p.m. EDT | Rory McIlroy after shooting 75 in the third round: "I missed a few shots here and there, and I was trying on every shot out there and I was trying to get myself back into it, but it's tough. If you're just not a hundred percent on top of your game, it's going to expose some of your flaws or weaknesses."
08:11 p.m. EDT | Although Phil Mickelson is a five-time runner-up in the U.S. Open, he has held the 54-hole lead just once previously, in 2006 at Winged Foot.
08:08 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald's bogey putt slides by, while Phil Mickelson's par putt stops a revolution short of the hole. Donald drops to 1 over, while Phil Mickelson is the only player under par. He leads by one stroke over Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker.
08:06 p.m. EDT | All the players are on the final green, and Phil Mickelson is facing a 10-foot putt for par, while Luke Donald has a 12-footer for bogey.
08:05 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson is chipping for birdie on the 18th hole, where there hasn't been a birdie today.
08:02 p.m. EDT | From the deep rough to the right of the 18th hole, Luke Donald has hacked out a pitch shot that has rolled over the other side of the green.
07:59 p.m. EDT | From 274 yards, Phil Mickelson has hit a fairway wood that landed on the 18th green and rolled over the back and into the rough. Luke Donald has missed the green to the right.
07:56 p.m. EDT | In the penultimate group, Steve Stricker has made par and Justin Rose has made bogey on the 18th hole. Rose finished at 1 over, while Stricker shot 70 to finish at even-par 210.
07:51 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods' third-round 76 included 36 putts: "I didn't make anything today. I just couldn't get a feel for them. Some putts were slow, some were fast and I had a tough time getting my speed right. If you put yourself in a correct spot, you can really take a pretty good run at it and be aggressive. But if you put the ball in the wrong spots, it's tough to make putts."
07:45 p.m. EDT | The leaders have reached the 18th hole, which is set up at 530 yards today. Both Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald have hit the fairway, but Mickelson is facing a long second shot.
07:42 p.m. EDT | Putting for par from outside Phil Mickelson's birdie attempt on the 17th hole, Luke Donald misses to make bogey. Phil Mickelson makes his putt for a two-shot swing and a lead change. Mickelson is at 2 under, while Donald falls to 1 under.
07:40 p.m. EDT | Charl Schwartzel and Hunter Mahan have made bogey on the 18th hole. Both have shot 69 for a 54-hole total of 210, even par.
07:38 p.m. EDT | On the par-3 17th hole, leader Luke Donald has hit his tee shot into a bunker, while Phil Mickelson is facing a 10-footer for birdie. Mickelson is one stroke behind Donald, so a lead change is a possibility.
07:33 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has made a bogey on the 17th hole to fall back to even par. There are now four players under par: leader Luke Donald (2 under), as well as Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Phil Mickelson (1 under).
07:24 p.m. EDT | Amateur Michael Kim shot 71 in the third round despite finishing double bogey-bogey-bogey on the final three holes. He is currently tied for 11th.
07:20 p.m. EDT | Rickie Fowler on the conditions: "I feel like the setup's been fair and pretty similar every day. There's some tricky pin placements out there every day and that's part of the reason why the scores are where they're at. You can hit it on the green and there's some tough two-putts out there."
07:16 p.m. EDT | Playing in the same group, Hunter Mahan and Charl Schwartzel made bogey on the 17th hole to fall out of the lead. Luke Donald, who is playing the 16th hole, is sole leader, at 2 over.
07:09 p.m. EDT | On moving day, Rickie Fowler shot 67, the lowest score of the round, to jump from a tie for 37th to his current position, 11th.
07:01 p.m. EDT | Hunter Mahan has birdied the 16th hole to move to 2 under and a tie for the lead with Charl Schwartzel and Luke Donald.
06:59 p.m. EDT | Jason Day, who shot 68, on the conditions: "There was opportunity out there to shoot a good number, but there was still a lot of respect for the golf holes, because with how firm and fast the greens are getting now, you have to still give the holes respect."
06:48 p.m. EDT | As the leaders play the final five holes, here are the scoring averages for these holes today: par-4 14th (4.65), par-4 15th (4.61), par-4 16th (4.32), par-3 17th (3.49), par-4 18th (4.69).
06:47 p.m. EDT | Charl Schwartzel has made a par on the 15th hole.
06:29 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald parred the 13th and Charl Schwartzel parred the 14th to remain in a tie for the lead at 2 under.
06:24 p.m. EDT | Co-leader Luke Donald is facing a 10-footer for birdie on the13th hole. Charl Schwartzel, the other co-leader has 25 feet for birdie on the 14th hole.
06:21 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose makes it a fivesome of players under par with a birdie at the 13th hole.
06:18 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald has made par on the 12th hole. He moves on to the 98-yard 13th hole.
06:14 p.m. EDT | On the 12th hole, Luke Donald has hit his second shot to six feet. If he makes the putt, he will take the outright lead.
06:11 p.m. EDT | Hunter Mahan has birdied three of his last four holes to move to 1 under, one stroke behind Charl Schwartzel and Luke Donald.
06:04 p.m. EDT | After making birdies on three of the previous four holes, Michael Kim has made a bogey on the 16th hole. He is at 1 over, three strokes behind Charl Schwartzel and Luke Donald.
06:02 p.m. EDT | Jason Day's par putt on the 18th hole has come up short. He putted out for 68, the lowest score of the round so far. Day is at 2 over.
06:00 p.m. EDT | On the 11th hole, Phil Mickelson has made his second consecutive birdie. He is now at 1 under, a stroke behind Charl Schwartzel and Luke Donald.
05:57 p.m. EDT | Now that the leaders have entered the stretch with the easiest holes on the course, birdies have become more frequent. they will then try to hang on the difficult closing holes.
05:50 p.m. EDT | Henrik Stenson has made three consecutive birdies, from the 10th to 12th holes, to get to 1 over.
05:49 p.m. EDT | Amateur Michael Kim has made his third birdie of the back nine on the 15th hole. He is at even, two shots behind Charl Schwartzel and Luke Donald. Kim, 19, was the collegiate player of the year for the University of California.
05:46 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald has made birdie on the 10th hole to tie Charl Schwartzel for the lead at 2 under. In the same group, Phil Mickelson has made his first birdie of the round. Both laid after up on up the hole, which has been set up at 280 yards.
05:42 p.m. EDT | Leader Charl Schwartzel has made a routine par on the 11th hole to remain one stroke ahead of Luke Donald, who is facing a short birdie putt on the 10th hole.
05:25 p.m. EDT | Charl Schwartzel played a pitch shot on the par-4 10th hole to six feet past the hole and made the putt, moving him into the lead at 2 under par.
05:21 p.m. EDT | Steve Stricker, who arrived at the ninth tee having made eight straight pars, pushed his tee shot into the creek and then two-putted for double bogey, dropping him to 2 over par.
05:14 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald, who has never finished better than 12th in nine career U.S. Open starts, has birdied the par-4 eighth hole to move back to a tie for the lead at 1 under par.
05:11 p.m. EDT | It's now two birdies in a row, and three in the last four holes, for amateur Michael Kim. He hit his approach shot on the par-3 13th hole to five feet and made the putt. He is now heading to the difficult five-hole finishing stretch in a tie for fifth place at 1 over par.
05:02 p.m. EDT | Michael Kim hit his approach shot to four feet on the par-4 12th hole. He rolled in the birdie to move to 2 over par for the championship, three strokes off the current lead.
04:51 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald bogeyed the par-4 sixth hole, leaving Steve Stricker as the only player who has yet to make a bogey today. Stricker is playing the eighth hole.
04:50 p.m. EDT | John Senden has bounced back from his bogey on the sixth with a birdie on the seventh, moving nto a tie for the lead at 1 under par with Schwartzel.
04:45 p.m. EDT | Michael Kim has made a birdie on the par-4 10th hole to improve to even par for the day and three over for the championship. He and fellow amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan, who is at four over par, look likely to battle it out for low amateur honors.
04:38 p.m. EDT | Charl Schwartzel and John Senden have flip-flopped positions on the leader board. Schwartzel rolled in a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole to move to 1 under par, while Senden missed an 8-foot par putt on the fifth hole to fall back to even par.
04:18 p.m. EDT | After starting double bogey-eagle-bogey-birdie, Nicolas Colsaerts has mad his first par of the third round, at the fifth hole.
04:18 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has made a bogey on the fifth hole to fall out of the lead.
04:12 p.m. EDT | Edward Loar has made the turn in 3-under 33. Five players, including co-leader John Senden, are 2 under for the round.
04:03 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald has holed a 14-foot putt for birdie on the fourth hole to make it a trio atop the leader board. He is tied at 1 under with John Senden and Justin Rose.
03:53 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has birdied the par-5 fourth hole to join John Senden at 1 under. Five players are tied for third at even par.
03:43 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel have made bogeys on the par-3 third hole, which leaves John Senden atop the leader board at 1 under.
03:41 p.m. EDT | Charl Schwartzel has made consecutive birdies on the third and fourth holes to move to even par.
03:38 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods has failed to get up and down from short of the fifth green. He is at 4 over, 1 over for the day. McIlroy, who also bogeyed No. 5, is at 5 over.
03:25 p.m. EDT | The up-and-down round continues for Nicolas Colsaerts, who has started double bogey-eagle-bogey.
03:16 p.m. EDT | On the par-5 second, Billy Horschel has missed his first green in 21 holes.
03:14 p.m. EDT | John Senden has birdied the second hole to join Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel in the lead at 1 under.
02:57 p.m. EDT | Nicolas Colsaerts has rebounded from his first-hole double bogey with an eagle on the second hole to move back to one over. It is the second eagle of the day on the hole
02:46 p.m. EDT | After missing short of the green on the par-3 third, Tiger Woods has missed a six-foot putt for par to move back to 3 over, even for the day.
02:43 p.m. EDT | John Senden has birdied the first hole to move up to a tie for second.
02:34 p.m. EDT | Nicolas Colsaerts has made double bogey on the first hole to fall to 3 over.
02:31 p.m. EDT | On the second hole, Rory McIlroy hit his drive out of bounds to make bogey and fall to 3 over. Tiger Woods made par to remain at 2 over.
02:12 p.m. EDT | After taking off his shoes and rolling up his pants to play out of hazard for his third shot on the par-5 fourth hole, Charley Hoffman chipped in on the next shot for a birdie. He is 2 under for the day and 2 over overall, tied for 10th.
02:09 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both converted birdie putts on the par-4 first hole. Tiger's was a curling, left-to-right breaker of roughly 12 feet, while McIlroy's was an uphill 15-footer. Both have moved into the top 10 at 2 over.
02:00 p.m. EDT | After three balls out of bounds, Sergio Garcia just putted out for a 10 on the par-4 15th hole.
01:58 p.m. EDT | Padraig Harrington, who finished in fourth place in last year's U.S. Open at Olympic and also has two fifth-place finishes (2000 and 2006), made an uphill, 25-foot birdied putt at the par-5 second hole to reach 3 over par for the championship.
01:43 p.m. EDT | Charley Hoffman, who made a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 10th hole to end his second round this morning, just hit a hybrid club to three feet on the difficult par-3 third hole, which is playing 245 yards today. Hoffman converted the birdie opportunity to get back to 3 over for the championship.
01:39 p.m. EDT | Jason Dufner went for the green in two shots on the par-5 fourth hole, but hit his second shot in the water hazard short of the green en route to a bogey, his third in the first four holes.
01:28 p.m. EDT | The back nine at Merion Golf Club will play 425 yards shorter than the front nine - 3,254 yards vs. 3,679. However, the last five holes are a stout finish, with four of those five ranked in the top 7 holes in terms of difficulty.
01:19 p.m. EDT | In an interview with NBC before beginning his practice session, Phil Mickelson said he was just reviewing the hole location sheet and thought that there was the potential for a round in the mid-60s today.
01:17 p.m. EDT | The par-three 13th hole is playing just 98 yards today, but it is not the shortest hole in U.S. Open history. That distinction belongs to the 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, which played 92 yards during one of the rounds of the 2010 U.S. Open.
01:14 p.m. EDT | Merion Golf Club played nearly a stroke harder, on average, in the second round compared to the first round. The second-round scoring average was 75.1, compared with 74.3 for the first round.
12:59 p.m. EDT | Just after he addressed his ball on the 12th tee, Robert Karlsson switches clubs to a higher-lofted fairway wood. He split the fairway on the 403-yard hole.
12:32 p.m. EDT | The teeing ground on the par-4 10th hole has been moved up for the third round, meaning the hole will play 280 yards.
12:13 p.m. EDT | None of the 20 players who competed in both Local and Sectional Qualifying for the U.S. Open made the cut, the first time that has happened since 1997.
12:07 p.m. EDT | You can watch live video coverage on usopen.com of the 12:39 grouping of Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Robert Karlsson. Live video will then switch to the Steve Stricker/Justin Rose/John Senden grouping when they begin their round at 2:29.
10:50 a.m. EDT | Four amateurs have made the cut, the most since 2004: Michael Kim (3 over), Cheng-Tsung Pan (4 over), Kevin Phelan (8 over) and Michael Weaver (8 over).
10:46 a.m. EDT | Hunter Mahan (1 over), Charl Schwartzel (1 over) and Nicolas Colsaerts (1 over) are teeing off at 2:18.
10:42 a.m. EDT | Steve Stricker (even par), Justin Rose (even par) and John Senden (1 over) are playing at 2:29.
10:31 a.m. EDT | Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are playing together for the fourth consecutive day (first two rounds plus Wednesday's practice round). They will tee off with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano at 1:56 p.m.
10:27 a.m. EDT | Starting times are now available for the third round. Phil Mickelson, Billy Horschel and Luke Donald will tee off at 2:40 p.m. EDT.
10:12 a.m. EDT | Among those missing the cut are U.S. Open champions Jim Furyk, Michael Campbell, Angel Cabrera, Lucas Glover and Graeme McDowell,
10:05 a.m. EDT | The third round will begin at 12:15 p.m. EDT. Players will tee off on the first and 11th tees. Starting times will be available soon.
10:02 a.m. EDT | Ryan Nelson has made double bogey on the 10th hole, so 73 players have made the cut at 8 over or better.
09:44 a.m. EDT | Ryan Nelson has made a bogey on the ninth hole to fall to 9 over. He needs to make a birdie on the 10th hole to make the cut. His group is the last one on the course.
09:42 a.m. EDT | Matt Weibring has made par on his final hole to remain at 8 over.
09:32 a.m. EDT | Amateur Kevin Phelan had mad a bogey on the 18th hole but remains inside the projected cutline.
09:29 a.m. EDT | Amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan has made double bogey on the 17th hole to fall to 4 over. Michael Kim is currently low amateur at 3 over.
09:26 a.m. EDT | After making bogey on the eighth hole to fall to 9 over, Matt Weibring rebounded with a birdie on the ninth hole to move back inside the cutline. His final hole is the 10th, which is playing as the second-easiest on the course.
09:22 a.m. EDT | Nicholas Thompson birdie his final hole, the 10th, to move inside the cutline at 8 over.
09:21 a.m. EDT | Amateur Michael Kim has finished his second round. He shot 70 and is at 3 over, safely inside the cutline, joining University of California teammate Micheal Weaver, who is at 8 over.
09:18 a.m. EDT | Amateur Kevin Phelan is playing the difficult 18th hole. If he makes bogey or better, he will likely make the cut.
09:13 a.m. EDT | Of the 72 players currently inside the projected cutline of 8 over, six are on the course.
09:02 a.m. EDT | There are currently 74 players at 8 over or better. Among the players at 8 over who have finished their second rounds are Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Martin Kaymer.
08:56 a.m. EDT | At No. 15, Amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan records a second consecutive bogey to fall back to 2 over. He is now even par for his round with three holes remaining.
08:49 a.m. EDT | Ian Poulter has bogeyed the 18th hole to finish up a round of 1-over 71, good for a 2-over 142 total.
08:39 a.m. EDT | Pan bogeyed the 14th hole to drop back to 1 over, still currently tied for sixth place.
08:11 a.m. EDT | The sixth-ranked amateur in the world, Cheng-Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei, has come out this morning and parred the 10th through 13th holes, and is currently tied for third at even par for the championship.
08:04 a.m. EDT | Australian Jason Day has birdied the par-4 16th hole to move to 3 over for the championship, currently tied for 16th.
07:47 a.m. EDT | Ian Poulter, who stood at even par when play was suspended yesterday, has made a bogey on the 16th hole to fall to 1 over par.
07:44 a.m. EDT | Amateur Michael Kim has made a bogey on the par-5 fourth hole, dropping him to 2 over for the championship.
07:15 a.m. EDT | Spectators are also encouraged to take SEPTA to the Rosemont Station on the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line or the Ardmore Avenue Station on the Norristown High Speed Line. Shuttle service is available from Rosemont Station, while Ardmore Avenue Station is within walking distance of an admission gate.
07:14 a.m. EDT | The horn just sounded here at Merion Golf Club and second-round play in the U.S. Open has resumed.
07:13 a.m. EDT | The BLUE Lot (PPL Park) in Chester, Pa., will remain open. Shuttle service will operate continuously from both lots to and from Merion Golf Club from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
07:06 a.m. EDT | If you are planning on attending the U.S. Open this weekend, be advised that the RED Lot (Rose Tree Plaza) in Media, Pa., is closed for the remainder of the championship. Signs will direct spectators to alternate parking at Granite Run Mall, approximately three miles away.
07:04 a.m. EDT | Welcome to Saturday at the 2013 U.S. Open. It's a picture-perfect morning here at Merion Golf Club, with blue skies and mild temperatures. The players who have yet to finish their second rounds will resume play at 7:15 a.m. EDT. After they are done, a cut will be made to the low 60 and ties and the third round will begin shortly afterward.
Friday, June 14
09:27 p.m. EDT | The second round will resume at 7:15 a.m. tomorrow morning, with 68 players still on the course. The projected cut, which is calculated by using a combination of actual scores for players and the hole statistics for the holes they have yet to play, is 8-over 148.
09:20 p.m. EDT | As a 16-year-old, Justin Rose tied for fourth at the 1998 British Open. Fifteen years later, Rose is now a regular contender in major championships--he finished in the top 10 in the 2012 Masters and 2012 PGA Championship. "I feel that I'm capable of a good week and big week," said Rose, who has two U.S. Open top-10 finishes. "And I feel like I'm capable of winning these tournaments now. I'm not going to get ahead of myself one little bit. I think that's part of learning your trade, not get past Friday night."
09:00 p.m. EDT | Amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan, who missed the cut in the 2011 U.S. Open, feels more comfortable in his second appearance. "This atmosphere here is great. I came to the U.S. Open in 2011 and I just fell in love with this kind of atmosphere. Personally I feel I belong to that kind of place. I'm not saying I'm good enough, but I love this kind of feeling and the competition is great. I just want to be here always."
08:56 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson, who has finished second in the U.S. Open five times, is in good position again at the halfway point: : "I just like being in the mix. I think it's fun having a chance heading into the weekend. The way I have control off the tee and as good as the putter is, even though it didn't show today, I'm very excited about the opportunity this weekend."
08:53 p.m. EDT | Even with the increased pace, the Mickelson-Stricker-Bradley group had to be inventive to start the final hole before the horn blew to suspend play. "We told [Dustin Johnson] and his caddie Keith Sbarbaro, we may hit one shot and they looked out for it. So they moved to the side, Keegan hit. It was nice of them so we could finish." The horn blew as the group was walking to the green.
08:46 p.m. EDT | For most of the round, Steve Stricker didn't think his group, which included Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, would finish before dark. "I didn't think we had a chance. But when we teed off on 14, we realized it was still pretty bright. I think the pace of play picked up. Guys were thinking about finishing and trying to get in. It's a big break for us to finish and get that extra rest, because it's two long days and you need all the rest you can get."
08:38 p.m. EDT | In the gloaming, Justin Rose has made par to stay one stroke behind co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel.
08:36 p.m. EDT | On the 18th hole, Justin Rose has hit a blind pitch to six feet for par to stay within one shot of the lead.
08:34 p.m. EDT | Cheng-Tusn Pan, who is at even par, has parred the ninth hole, his last of the day and will come back in the morning to play nine holes.
08:32 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose, who is at even par, has chosen to finish the 18th hole. After driving into the rough, Rose has laid up short of the green.
08:30 p.m. EDT | Steve Stricker has made par on the 18th hole to finish at even par.
08:29 p.m. EDT | With the sun setting, Phil Mickelson has made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. His first birdie of the day places him in a tie for the lead with Billy Horschel at 1 under.
08:27 p.m. EDT | The horn has blown to announce the suspension of play due to darkness. Competitors have the option to finish the hole that they have started.
08:26 p.m. EDT | Steve Stricker, who missed the 18th green short, has pitched to four feet for par.
08:22 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker, who are tied for second and are playing together, are playing the 18th hole.
08:14 p.m. EDT | Two amateurs are currently in the top 10: College player of the year Michael Kim of the University of California, who is even par, and the University of Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan, who is tied for second at even par.
08:11 p.m. EDT | Billy Horschel continues to lead at 1 under. Six players, including five who are on the course, are tied for second at even par. Of those players at even par, Luke Donald has finished his second round. The players on the course are Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan.
07:40 p.m. EDT | Steve Stricker has three-putted the 15th hole to fall to even par, one stroke behind Billy Horschedl and Justin Rose.
07:21 p.m. EDT | Cheng-Tsung Pan has tapped in for birdie on the fifth hole to move to even par. Pan, who attends the University of Washington, is No. 5 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
07:19 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose has made par on the 13th hole to remain tied with Billy Horschel and Steve Stricker.
07:13 p.m. EDT | Co-leader Justin Rose is facing a 15-footer for birdie on the par-3 13th hole.
07:09 p.m. EDT | Playing with Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker has made a birdie on the 13th hole to join Horschel and Rose at 1 under.
07:06 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson has missed a 15-foot putt for par to fall to even par. Billy Horschel and Justin Rose are leading the U.S. Open.
06:58 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson's streak of pars has come to an end with a bogey on the 12th hole, where he missed a short putt. Mickelson is now tied with Billy Horschel and Justin Rose for the lead at 1 under.
06:49 p.m. EDT | Hunter Mahan has made two consecutive birdies, on the first and second holes, to vault into the mix. He is at 1 over, three strokes behind Phil Mickelson.
06:39 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson has made nine consecutive pars. He has just two bogeys, the fewest of any player in the field.
06:24 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose is back under par after a birdie on the eighth hole.
05:55 p.m. EDT | On the par-4 8th hole, Phil Mickelson, spins his approach shot to within three feet below the hole, but misses the short birdie putt to remain at 1 over for his round.
05:42 p.m. EDT | Nicolas Colsaerts has chipped in for birdie on the eighth hole to move back into red figures. He is at 1 under, tied with Billy Horschel and one stroke behind Phil Mickelson.
05:30 p.m. EDT | After shooting 3 under for 11 holes yesterday, Adam Scott was 10 over for his 25 holes today: "I was a little disappointed with the way I played today. I just lost my rhythm early this morning when it was a bit cold and windy and just fought with it all day long and the putter kind of cooled off."
05:24 p.m. EDT | Floridian Billy Horschel shot the lowest second round thus far, a 67 in windy conditions: "I grew up playing in the wind. I feel like I control my golf ball pretty well, flight it well. I try to use the wind as a my friend."
04:57 p.m. EDT | Nicolas Colsaerts has bogeyed the fifth hole to fall to even par, leaving Billy Horschel (1 under), Justin Rose (1 under) and Phil Mickelson (2 under) as the only players under par.
04:35 p.m. EDT | 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn.
04:30 p.m. EDT | Two more players join Phil Mickelson and Nicolas Colsaerts in the red. One of them, Billy Horschel, will be staying there overnight. He made a rare birdie on the 18th hole to shoot 67 and is the clubhouse leader at 1-under 139. Justin Rose has started birdie-birdie to move to 1 under.
04:17 p.m. EDT | Nicolas Colsaerts has followed up his birdie with a bogey on the third hole to fall one stroke behind Phil Mickelson, who is playing the third hole. Colsaerts is playing in the group ahead of Mickelson.
04:14 p.m. EDT | Rory McIlroy, who shot the U.S. Open scoring record of 268 in 2011, has shot 73-70 at Merion. McIlroy on the conditions: "it's definitely fair. I think with the greens being as soft as they are, I think they need to protect the pin positions. If you hit a good shot, it's going to stop where it lands."
04:11 p.m. EDT | Nicolas Colsaerts has birdied the second hole to move into a tie with Phil Mickelson for the lead at 2 under.
04:06 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods, who had 28 putts during his round of 70, said of the second-round hole locations: "They're really tough. We knew they were going to be in the areas, but we didn't think they were going to be as severe as they are."
04:03 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald on his four consecutive bogeys from holes 4 through 7: "I didn't feel like I made too many mistakes. It's just a difficult golf course. The putts on 6 and 7 [for par], I thought I made both. The greens have been tricky to read all week."
03:58 p.m. EDT | Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, will likely miss the cut after a 153 total: "I'm temporarily dejected. I'll shake it off and I'll get ready for The Open Championship in a few weeks time. That's my next target."
03:54 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson bogeys his first hole with a three-putt, which is the same way he started his round of 3-under 67 yesterday.
03:53 p.m. EDT | While there is no guarantee that they will be paired together again on Saturday, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy finished 36 holes with matching 143 (70-73) totals.
03:45 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods shoots an even-par 70 after missing a 12-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole. He stands at 3-over 143.
03:37 p.m. EDT | Billy Horschel two-putts from 30 feet on the 15th green, but not before calling in a Rules official. His ball rolled down a small slope after he had picked up his marker but before he addressed the ball. Therefore, there was no penalty and he played the ball from where it came to rest.
03:29 p.m. EDT | After a second round that included just eight pars, Luke Donald posts a 2-over 72 to go with his first-round 68, and is the new clubhouse leader at even-par 140.
03:26 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson, who leads the U.S. Open at 3 under par, is taking his final putts on the practice green adjacent to the 14th tee. He starts his second round at 3:41 p.m. from the first tee.
03:14 p.m. EDT | After hitting a 5-iron short and right of the par-3 ninth green, Rory McIlroy's 10-foot par putt slid by. He is now back to even par for the round and 3 over for the championship.
03:00 p.m. EDT | John Senden is the leader in the clubhouse at 1-over 141. He shot 71 in the second round.
02:36 p.m. EDT | On the 11th hole, Billy Horschel has made his third birdie of the round to tie Nicolas Colsaerts for second at 1 under.
02:32 p.m. EDT | Donald has made four consecutive bogeys. There are now just two players, Phil Mickelson and Nicolas Colsaerts, under par for the championship. Neither has begun his second round.
02:00 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald has bogeyed the fifth hole to fall into a tie into second with Nicolas Colsaerts at 1 under.
01:56 p.m. EDT | After a pair of shots from the rough, Tiger Woods has made a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole. He is 1 under for the round and 2 over for the championship. Woods has made birdies on three of the four par 5s he has played.
01:45 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald's adventures continue on the fifth hole, where he has driven into the hazard to the left of the fairway.
01:37 p.m. EDT | The hottest player on the course is Martin Kaymer, who is 3 under through 12 holes of his second round after shooting 6-over 76 in the first round.
01:35 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald's roller coast continues with another bogey on a on par 5, the fourth hole. His bogeys bookend a birdie on the par-3 second. So his scores on the last three holes are 6-2-6.
01:10 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald has bounced right back with a birdie on the par-3 second hole.
01:07 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald has bogeyed the par-5 second hole to fall to 2 under, one stroke behind Phil Mickelson.
12:58 p.m. EDT | John Senden has made consecutive bogeys on the eighth and ninth holes to fall four strokes behind.
12:25 p.m. EDT | Since the suspension of play last night, the field's scoring average has gone up by nearly half a stroke, to 74.41.
12:22 p.m. EDT | After beginning his second round with a double bogey on the 11th hole, Webb Simpson has regained those strokes with birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to get back to 1 over.
12:04 p.m. EDT | The 13th hole is playing at 123 yards in the afternoon after being set up at 102 yards in the morning.
12:00 p.m. EDT | For the second round, the teeing grounds have been moved up on two of the long par 3s, the third and the 17th. The third, which was 246 yards in the first round, is playing at 203 yards. The 17th, which was 243 yards in the first round, is 206 yards in the second round.
11:54 a.m. EDT | John Senden has made birdies on the second and third most difficult holes on the course, the fifth and sixth holes, effectively ggaining a three-stroke advantage on the field, which is averaging 4.76 strokes on the 504-yard fifth and 4.48 strokes on the 487-yard sixth. He is at 2 under, one stroke behind the leaders.
11:41 a.m. EDT | Luke Donald has made a bogey on the 15th hole to fall back into a tie with Phil Mickelson at 3 under.
11:35 a.m. EDT | Every player is now done with the first round.
11:22 a.m. EDT | Mathew Goggin finished his first round at 2-under 68. He is in third place.
11:12 a.m. EDT | Rory McIlroy has started his second round with back-to-back birdies to move to 1 over.
11:07 a.m. EDT | Russell Knox of Scotland after his first-round 69: "I'm thrilled. I didn't really know what to expect my first Major, but I knew I was capable of having a nice round and made some nice putts and hung in there. It's hard, though."
10:59 a.m. EDT | After birdieing two of his last four holes in the first round, K.J. Choi has made birdie the first hole to begin his second round. He is now at 1 under.
10:58 a.m. EDT | After missing the green of the short par-3 13th hole, Luke Donald has chipped in to move to 4 under and the solo lead. Donald has birdied the 12th and 13th holes in both rounds.
10:56 a.m. EDT | In his first U.S. Open round, Russell Knox has shot 1-under 69. As the second round is well underway, the final groups are finishing their first rounds.
10:50 a.m. EDT | Luke Donald has birdied the 12th hole to move into a share of the lead with Phil Mickelson at 3 under.
10:44 a.m. EDT | The Marquee Group of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott are teeing off on the 11th hole for their second rounds. Watch live on usopen.com and on the app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices to see if they can improve on their first-round scores.
10:37 a.m. EDT | Amateur Gavin Hall has holed out his second shot on the eighth hole for an eagle. Of the five eagles made this week, only one has been on a par 5.
10:22 a.m. EDT | Luke Donald has teed off on the 11th hole to begin his second round. In the first round, the 11th started a three-birdie stretch for him.
10:20 a.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson was the only player with just one bogey in the first round. He made bogey on his first hole the day, then made four birdies.
10:02 a.m. EDT | Tiger Woods on the greens: "It's unbelievable how much faster they were this morning. They should slow up a little bit by this afternoon, but there's still quite a bit of moisture in them so I think that the uphill, into-the-grain putts are really slow and then obviously the downhill, down-grain putts are really quick."
09:56 a.m. EDT | Mathew Goggin has birdied the fifth hole to move to 2 under, while Branden Grace bogeyed the seventh to fall to even par.
09:53 a.m. EDT | In addition to the five players under par, there are 11 players at even, including Lee Westwook, Charl Schwartzel, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day.
09:32 a.m. EDT | Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott will tee off at 10:44 a.m. EDT from the 10th tee. They will seek to improve on their first-round scores: 72 for Scott, 73 for McIlroy and Woods.
09:30 a.m. EDT | The second round is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. EDT with the group of Justin Hicks, David Howell and Brian Stuard teeing off the first hole.
09:27 a.m. EDT | There are now just five players under par. Two of them, Mathew Goggin (2 under) and Branden Grace (1 under) are still on the course.
09:21 a.m. EDT | Luke Donald on the difference in conditions from yesterday: "There was a complete switch in wind and obviously a big drop in temperature. So those holes are playing long."
09:13 a.m. EDT | Mathew Goggin has birdied the par-5 fourth hole to move to 2 under and a tie for second with Luke Donald.
08:53 a.m. EDT | Luke Donald has three-putted the 18th green to finish at 2-under 68. Scores continue to rise, as seven players are currently under par.
08:39 a.m. EDT | Kyle Stanley is now 2 under, one stroke behind Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald, who has hit the fairway on the 18th hole.
08:17 a.m. EDT | Adam Scott has made double bogey on the 15th hole to fall to 1 over. The day started with 15 players under par
08:12 a.m. EDT | Luke Donald makes bogey on the 16th, the Quarry Hole, to fall to 3 under and into a tie with Phil Mickelson.
08:02 a.m. EDT | Adam Scott has started bogey-par-bogey this morning to fall to 1 under, three shots behind Luke Donald, who has made two pars.
07:45 a.m. EDT | Ernie Els has made back-to-back birdies on the ninth and 10th holes to move to 2 under. Tiger Woods made birdie on the short par-3 13th and is 2 over. It was the third time in the round that Woods has followed up a bogey with a birdie.
07:31 a.m. EDT | Both Adam Scott and Tiger Woods make bogeys on the 12th hole. Scott falls to 2 under, Woods to 3 over. Luke Donald makes par on the 14th to remain in the lead at 4 under.
07:14 a.m. EDT | After waiting nearly 11 hours, Tiger Woods makes his par putt on the 11th hole to remain at 2 over.
07:13 a.m. EDT | The horn has sounded to resume the first round.
07:03 a.m. EDT | Spectators are also encouraged to take SEPTA to the Rosemont Station on the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line or the Ardmore Avenue Station on the Norristown High Speed Line. Shuttle service is available from Rosemont Station, while Ardmore Avenue Station is within walking distance of an admission gate.
07:02 a.m. EDT | The BLUE Lot (PPL Park) in Chester, Pa., will remain open. Shuttle service will operate continuously from both lots to and from Merion Golf Club from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
07:02 a.m. EDT | If you are planning on attending the U.S. Open this week, be advised that the RED Lot (Rose Tree Plaza) in Media, Pa., will be closed for the remainder of the championship. Signs will direct spectators to alternate parking at Granite Run Mall, approximately three miles away.
06:54 a.m. EDT | After the players restarting this morning finish their first rounds, they will go right back out for the second round, which will begin at 9:45 a.m. All tee times have been moved back three hours from their previously scheduled starts.
06:49 a.m. EDT | Adam Scott is at 3 under, tied with Phil Mickelson, who shot 67.
06:45 a.m. EDT | Tiger Woods begins his day facing a four-footer for par to stay at 2 over. After play was suspended last night, players had the option of finishing the hole they were playing. Playing partners Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy putted out, but Woods opted to wait until the morning.
06:42 a.m. EDT | Leader Luke Donald, who is 4 under, will begin the day on the 14th hole, which begins Merion's difficult finishing stretch. On Thursday, the final five holes played more than two strokes over par cumulatively.
06:34 a.m. EDT | Welcome to Friday at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. After the first round was suspended yesterday at 8:16 p.m. EDT, players have gotten up early to prepare for a 7:15 a.m. restart. Some rain fell overnight, but there is currently no precipitation on this chilly morning.
Thursday, June 13
09:19 p.m. EDT | The first round will resume at 7:15 a.m. EDT Friday morning. The second round will commence immediately following the completion of the first round.
08:54 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods, who was 2 over through 10 holes: "It's kind of the way the Tour has been this year. We've had a lot of bad weather this year and this is the way it's been. I've got a lot of holes to play tomorrow. And hopefully I can play a little better than I did today."
08:52 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald is the overnight leader at 4 under after 13 holes: "I birdied my last three holes, 11, 12, 13. Those are kind of the holes you want to make an easy score if you can. It's playing as gentle as it might play so far. If you were going to make a score, today was a good day. I've obviously got five pretty tough ones to finish, but really happy with the way I started my round.
08:30 p.m. EDT | The first round has been suspended for the day due to darkness. Play will resume Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. EDT.
08:09 p.m. EDT | Luke Donald enters the fray. He has birdied the 10th and 11th holes to join Phil Mickelson at 3 under, while Lee Westwood makes double bogey at the 11th hole.
07:59 p.m. EDT | Lee Westwood has birdied the 10th hole to tie Phil Mickelson at 3 under.
07:34 p.m. EDT | Normally, a succession of pars is the gold standard at the U.S. Open, but there will volatility in the scores at Merion this week. A typical round was that of Ian Poulter, whose 1-over 71 included five birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey: "I always knew this golf course was going to throw birdies at you, and I always knew this golf course was going to throw some bogeys. And it's fun and in a kind of up-and-down way."
07:23 p.m. EDT | After shooting 1-over 71, amateur Kevin Phelan is the low amateur in the clubhouse. Phelan, 22, also qualified for the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where he missed the cut: "I learned more in that week than the rest of my golfing career combined. It was a huge help today."
07:17 p.m. EDT | Amateur Gavin Hall, 18, who is the youngest player in the field, has continued a streak of sorts with a birdie on his first hole, the 11th. Hall made it to the U.S. Open with birdies on his final four holes in sectional qualifying, at Century C.C. in Purchase, N.Y.
07:12 p.m. EDT | Play resumed at 6:55 p.m. EDT. Phil Mickelson continues to lead at 3 under. There are three players on the course, Lee Westwood, Peter Hedblom and 2012 champion Webb Simpson, at 2 under.
06:24 p.m. EDT | Jason Day after his even-par 70: "Everyone on TV was saying we're going to rip up this course. I can't see it. You still have to hit the balls in the fairway. It's not as easy as everyone thinks. Plus you add a U.S. Open, the name and trophy, there's a lot of pressure to play well."
06:16 p.m. EDT | Peter Hedblom of Sweden is 3 under after seven holes. Starting on the 11th hole, Hedblom has made four birdies and an eagle.
06:11 p.m. EDT | Dangerous weather is moving into the area. Play has been suspended for the second time today.
06:07 p.m. EDT | A report from the the 15th hole indicates there have been at least eight balls out of bounds to the left on the dangerous hole. According to a marshal, there would have been more if the fairways were firmer.
06:04 p.m. EDT | Now on the 11th tee is Mathew Goggin. Today is Goggin's 39th birthday.
05:59 p.m. EDT | Rain has been falling lightly at Merion as several groups have yet to tee off.
05:55 p.m. EDT | With back-to-back birdies on Nos. 3 and 4, Adam Scott is leading the Marquee Pairing. Rory McIlroy is 1 under, while Tiger Woods has made two bogeys and a birdie.
05:54 p.m. EDT | Said Garcia after his round: "I felt the people were very nice for the whole day. I think that they almost all of them were behind me and that was nice to see."
05:51 p.m. EDT | Sergio Garcia had a first round that was as turbulent as his past several weeks. Starting on the 11th hole, Garcia went double-quad on the 14th and 15th holes, and was 7 over after eight holes. He battled back with four birdies and an eagle to finish at 3-over 73.
05:23 p.m. EDT | Jerry Kelly, who shot even-par 70, had an interesting observation about the soft greens. Normally, soft greens allow players to fire at hole locations. But as Kelly noted: "Every single one of them was in the back. You can't get to them on soft greens." He said it was difficult to control the spin. Instead of stopping upon landing, many approach shots spun back, away from the hole.
05:15 p.m. EDT | With a 69, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts is the only player other than Phil Mickelson to have completed his first round under par.
05:12 p.m. EDT | During the three-hour weather delay, Phil Mickelson slept for an hour. Charl Schwartzel passed the time by playing Angry Birds on his phone.
04:49 p.m. EDT | 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is looking to become the fourth South African--after Gary Player, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen--to win the U.S. Open, and got off to a good start with a 70. Said Schwartzel: "It's a lot tougher than what they say it is. There's nothing short about it."
04:44 p.m. EDT | The Marquee Group of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlory and Adam Scott is on the first tee. Watch the live coverage now on usopen.com and in iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
04:38 p.m. EDT | The 17th hole, which is playing 243 yards today, remains the only hole on which no player has made birdie. There is one birdie each on the 499-yard fifth and 500-yard closing hole, both par 4s.
04:21 p.m. EDT | After spending several days practicing at Merion last week, Phil Mickelson flew home to attend his daughter's eighth-grade graduation on Monday then flew back across the country for the first round. Besides attending Amanda's graduation, the five-time U.S. Open runner-up fine-tuned his short game. Said Mickelson of his unusual pre-championship preparation: "When I was here [at Merion] for the few days the week before, I was able to get all the work done that I needed. I didn't need any course prep. So being able to be in nice weather on a great practice facility to get my game and my touch sharp was advantageous."
04:07 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson on the course: "Merion is fighting hard. It's one of the best tracks I've seen for the U.S. Open."
03:59 p.m. EDT | Leader Phil Mickelson parred his last hole, the 10th, to shoot 3-under 67. It is his best score in the first round of a U.S. Open since 1999. That year, he went on to finish second to Payne Stewart at Pinehurst No. 2.
03:39 p.m. EDT | Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium made birdie on two of his last four holes to post a 1-under-par 69.
03:37 p.m. EDT | Mickelson sinks a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-3 ninth hole, moving into sole possession of the lead at three under par.
03:20 p.m. EDT | Wisconsin native Jerry Kelly pulls into a tie for the lead with a birdie at 15th. Kelly, 46, earned a spot in the U.S. Open field at the sectional qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee.
03:18 p.m. EDT | The 6:45 a.m. grouping of Cliff Kresge (75), Ryan Yip (76), and Roger Tambellini (80) have completed their first rounds.
03:05 p.m. EDT | Phil Mickelson, who attended his elder daughter's eighth-grade graduation yesterday in Southern California, hit his approach shot on the par-4 seventh hole to two feet and converted the birdie to take the lead at two under par.
02:22 p.m. EDT | Mike Weir is two under par through seven holes, including birdies on the 13th and 16th holes. Weir, the 2003 Masters winner, got into the field as the first alternate from the Columbus, Ohio, sectional qualifier.
02:08 p.m. EDT | There are currently five players tied for the lead, and three of them are South Africans: Charl Schwartzel, Tim Clark and George Coetzee,
02:05 p.m. EDT | Sergio Garcia just recorded the first eagle on the par-5 second hole. He hit the green in two and rolled in a 15-footer. He's had an unusual day so far, making a double bogey 6 and quadruple bogey 8 at the 14th and 15th holes, respectively, before bouncing back with a birdie on the first hole and now the eagle at No. 2.
01:48 p.m. EDT | Amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei birdied the difficult par-4 14th hole to tie for the lead at two under par.
01:07 p.m. EDT | 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen rolled in a 30-foot putt for the first birdie recorded on the 521-yard, par-4 18th hole.
12:47 p.m. EDT | Ian Poulter has yet to record a par in the 2013 U.S. Open. The Englishman has four birdies and a bogey (No. 14) on his card and is tied for the lead at 3 under with two South African Charl Schwartzel.
12:39 p.m. EDT | After opening with three birdies, Charley Hoffman has made bogey on the par-5 4th hole, where there still hasn't been a birdie. Hoffman falls to 2 under, one stroke behind leader Charl Schwartzel.
12:27 p.m. EDT | Tee times have been updated for the rest of today. The group of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott are now scheduled to tee off at 4:44 p.m. from the first tee.
12:13 p.m. EDT | Play has resumed at the 2013 U.S. Open. Like Ian Poulter, Charley Hoffman has birdied his first three holes, except his third birdie took place nearly four hours after his second. Poulter and Hoffman share the lead at 3 under with Charl Schwartzel.
11:50 a.m. EDT | Players are being driven back to the East Course from the practice areas at the West Course. More than a third of the field was on the course when play was suspended.
11:12 a.m. EDT | Play will resume at 12:10 p.m. EDT.
11:02 a.m. EDT | The rain has stopped and the practice areas have opened. The grounds crew is working on several holes in anticipation of resumption of play.
10:47 a.m. EDT | Spectators are also encouraged to take SEPTA to the Rosemont Station on the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line or the Ardmore Avenue Station on the Norristown High Speed Line. Shuttle service is available from Rosemont Station, while Ardmore Avenue Station is within walking distance of an admission gate.
10:34 a.m. EDT | The BLUE Lot (PPL Park) in Chester, Pa., will remain open. Shuttle service will operate continuously from both lots to and from Merion Golf Club from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
10:25 a.m. EDT | If you are planning on attending the U.S. Open this week, be advised that the RED Lot (Rose Tree Plaza) in Media, Pa., will be closed for the remainder of the championship. Signs will direct spectators to alternate parking at Granite Run Mall, approximately three miles away.
10:17 a.m. EDT | Before the suspension of play, 53 players had played at least one hole. Eleven of them are under par, led by Ian Poulter, who is at 3 under. Nicolas Colsaerts, Charl Schwartzel, Tim Clark and Charley Hoffman are at 2 under, followed by six players at 1 under.
10:04 a.m. EDT | After a period of heavy downpours, the rain has abated but still continues to fall. In addition, there is still thunder in the area.
08:36 a.m. EDT | Play has been suspended due to severe weather moving into the area.
08:35 a.m. EDT | Teeing off on No. 11, Ian Poulter has made birdies on his first three holes to take the lead at 3 under.
08:24 a.m. EDT | It's early, but both par 5s, the 556-yard second and the 628-yard fourth, are playing over par. There have been no birdies on the fourth hole.
08:15 a.m. EDT | Tim Clark has birdied the 12th and 13th holes to join Nicolas Colsaerts at 2 under.
08:09 a.m. EDT | Players are firing at the flagstick on the 115-yard 13th hole. Of the first nine players to play the hole, four have made birdie. One, Bubba Watson, made bogey.
07:49 a.m. EDT | Long-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts has made back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to move to 2 under after four holes. Dustin Johnson, Lucas Glover and Justin Rose are one shot behind.
07:30 a.m. EDT | Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, and 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson birdied their first holes of the day. Glover started his round on the first hole and Bubba began play on the 11th hole.
07:09 a.m. EDT | Rikard Karlberg of Sweden posted the first birdie of the championship, recording a 3 at the first hole. Karlberg got into the U.S. Open on Monday as an alternate from the Surrey, England, sectional qualifying site.
06:57 a.m. EDT | Weather Update: A weather warning has been issued as play begins for the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. The first round has started but there is the possibility of strong storms and suspensions of play at various times throughout the day, so spectators should be prepared for disruptions.
06:46 a.m. EDT | The grouping of Cliff Kresge, Roger Tambellini and Ryan Yip began play in the 113th U.S. Open at 6:45 a.m. EDT from the first tee at Merion Golf Club.
06:35 a.m. EDT | The players' driving range is located on Merion Golf Club's West Course, which is located about a mile from the East Course. Cliff Kresge, who will hit the first ball of the 113th U.S. Open, has finished warming up and is en route to the first tee of the East Course.
06:28 a.m. EDT | Currently, weather conditions are good at Merion, with temperatures in the mid-60s and the sun diffusing through the high cloud cover. However, a storm system is moving into this are, and the weather may be changing rapidly through the day. We will keep you informed of the latest happenings during the first round through Live Updates.
06:13 a.m. EDT | The group of Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley and Steve Stricker will tee off at 7:11 a.m. from the 11th tee. You can watch their round live on usopen.com, as well as on iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
06:08 a.m. EDT | Welcome to the first round of the U.S. Open. The first group will tee off the first hole at 6:45 a.m. EDT: Cliff Kresge, Roger Tambellini and Ryan Yip.
Wednesday, June 12
03:20 p.m. EDT | 2009 USA Walker Cup team member Morgan Hoffmann on the difference between Merion then and this week: "It's pretty similar.They brought in a few fairways. The rough is really penal."
02:11 p.m. EDT | Two of them, Americans Rickie Fowler and Morgan Hoffmann, played in the 2009 Walker Cup, held at Merion. They will be reunited with the captain of that team, Buddy Marucci, during a special event at the USGA Member Clubhouse at Merion this afternoon. Marucci, the winner of the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur and runner-up to Tiger Woods in the 1995 U.S. Amateur, is a Merion member.
02:09 p.m. EDT | There are also 25 players who have played in the Walker Cup, the biennial team competition pitting a team from the U.S. against a team from Great Britain and Ireland. Seventeen of them are American, while eight played for GB and I.
01:24 p.m. EDT | Merion's 521-yard 18th is the third-longest par 4 in U.S. Open history, after the 525-yard seventh at Bethpage Black (2009) and the 523-yard finishing hole at Congressional's Blue Course (2011).
01:20 p.m. EDT | Merion Golf Club may measure less than 7,000 yards, but it has some of the longest holes in U.S. Open history, including the 256-yard third, the second-longest par 3 in championship history. (In 2007, the eighth hole at Oakmont was 288 yards.) In addition, the 246-yard 17th is the sixth-longest one-shotter.
12:53 p.m. EDT | Other USGA champions in the field are U.S. Amateur Public Links winners Tim Clark (1997), Ryan Moore (2002, 2004) and Brandt Snedeker (2003), and U.S. Junior Amateur champs Tiger Woods (1991, 1992, 1993), Hunter Mahan (1999) and Jordan Spieth (2009, 2011).
12:50 p.m. EDT | The 10 U.S. Open champions in the field are Angel Cabrera (2007), Michael Campbell (2005), Ernie Els (1994, ’97), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Webb Simpson (2012) and Tiger Woods (2000, ’02, ’08).
12:43 p.m. EDT | Matt Kuchar is one of five U.S. Amateur champions playing in the 2013 U.S. Open. In addition to Kuchar (the 1997 champion), the others are Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1994, 1995, 1996), Ryan Moore (2004) and Steven Fox (2012).
12:24 p.m. EDT | Kuchar made his U.S. Open debut in 1998 as an amateur. He finished tied for 14th at The Olympic Club.
12:22 p.m. EDT | 1997 U.S. Amateur champion Matt Kuchar on the U.S. Open: "If you're not clicking on all cylinders, a U.S. Open course will eat you up. A major championship is something I'm geared up for. I feel like my career has made steps in the right direction."
11:59 a.m. EDT | After an exhaustive review, including modeling using the Merion layout, the USGA's pace of play expectation this week for the first groups is to complete their rounds in four hours and 39 minutes, with the time increasing as the day progresses. The interval between tee times is 11 minutes, and walking referees will help groups stay in position.
11:27 a.m. EDT | Mike Davis: "We finally got the chance to cut the rough last night, so you'll see graduated rough out there."
11:26 a.m. EDT | MIke Davis on the putting surfaces: "They are creeping bentgrass. They have some grain. So when Johnny Miller mentions grain on television this week, he'll be right."
11:22 a.m. EDT | Mike Davis: "The long holes continue to be long. The challenges the players face are similar to what Hogan, Jones and Trevino faced."
11:17 a.m. EDT | Mike Davis: "This is going to be a magical week. We've been looking forward to this for several years. While Merion may be short on the scorecard, it has stood the test of time."
11:16 a.m. EDT | Tom O'Toole: "This U.S. Open is a celebration of this club and a celebration of American golf."
11:14 a.m. EDT | USGA President Mike Davis and Vice President Tom O'Toole Jr. are discussing preparations for the U.S. Open.
11:08 a.m. EDT | Among the visitors to Merion today are the semifinalists for The First Tee's 2013 RBS Achievers of the Year. They will be honored tonight at the National Constitution Center.
10:45 a.m. EDT | Canadians Mike Weir and Ryan Yip, who both got into the field as alternates, are playing together in a practice round.
10:38 a.m. EDT | USGA President Glen Nager on the USGA's leadership on pace of play: "Our goal is to aggressively raise awareness among golfers and golf facility managers about pace of play issues, and to provide accurate, practical information that offers potential solutions."
10:35 a.m. EDT | In a recent study by the National Golf Foundation, 91 percent of serious golfers reported that they are bothered by slow play and say that it detracts from their golf experience
10:23 a.m. EDT | In addition to generating awareness with the PSAs, the USGA is taking other steps to help improve pace of play, including an educational resource center on usga.org, dynamic pace of play modeling, the encouragement of nine-hole rounds and partnerships with other associations.
09:50 a.m. EDT | The USGA's new PSAs, which star Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Annika Sorenstam, Paula Creamer, Butch Harmon and Clint Eastwood, are available on usga.org/whilewereyoung and will be shown during the broadcast of the U.S. Open.
09:48 a.m. EDT | We will also feature live coverage of the 1:14 group of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott on usopen.com and on the apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
09:38 a.m. EDT | The USGA will have exclusive live video coverage of tomorrow's 7:11 a.m. grouping of Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Keegan Bradley on usopen.com and on the official U.S. Open app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
09:29 a.m. EDT | Glen Nager is addressing the media on the USGA's While We're Young campaign: "Pace of play is an epidemic – and the moment has come to attack it in a fun, innovative and cooperative way." You can now watch all five PSAs at www.usga.org/paceofplay.
08:52 a.m. EDT | Before last night's champions dinner, 18-year-old Gavin Hall, the youngest player in the field, had the opportunity to speak to 1973 U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller for a few minutes. It's an example of how one generation of golfers share knowledge with younger players.
08:46 a.m. EDT | Two-time (1959 and '66) U.S. Open champion Billy Casper, who also attended last night's champions dnner, will speak to USGA Members today at 10:30 in the Member Clubhouse.
08:17 a.m. EDT | Just a reminder to spectators coming out to Merion Golf Club today for the final practice round that the Rose Tree (Red) parking lot in Media, Pa., remains closed. Fans should use the Blue lot in Chester, Pa., or take SEPTA.
08:00 a.m. EDT | We're just an hour away from releasing our new Pace of Play PSA videos starring some of the game's greatest players. USGA announcement on Pace of Play initiative comes at 9 a.m. EDT.
07:49 a.m. EDT | Welcome to Wednesday at the 2013 U.S. Open. It's a beautiful for the players' final tune-up for this year's championship. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel have already drawn a big gallery for their 7:30 a.m. tee time.
Tuesday, June 11
07:04 p.m. EDT | Lee Trevino, who won the U.S. Open in 1968 and 1971, said of the gathering: "We tell the same stories but we have forgotten them. We tell the same jokes but we have forgotten them. We all laugh like hell. But it's going to be a lot of fun. Going to be a lot of fun just to see these guys and we thank the USGA for doing that for us."
07:02 p.m. EDT | From Jack Fleck (1955) to Webb Simpson (2012), 27 U.S. Open champions have gathered at the Merion clubhouse for a special dinner.
06:34 p.m. EDT | Justin Rose was the last of the 156 contestants to register. He registered late this afternoon.
05:25 p.m. EDT | Said Graham: "I think it's great that golf has become such a global sport. It's great that we see modern players continuing that by going and showing the world what great golf is. I never thought I'd see in my lifetime where six of the top 10 players are from Europe."
05:18 p.m. EDT | In 1981, David Graham became the only non-American to win the U.S. Open between 1970 and 1994. The game has expanded around the world since his win, and nine of the last 19 U.S. Open champions have been foreign.
05:16 p.m. EDT | Lee Trevino on the rubber snake that was in his bag during the 1971 U.S. Open: "It died. No snakes live 42 years!"
05:11 p.m. EDT | David Graham on Merion: "I think it's great that these old courses can still host a major championship. I think the players are all excited about being here. Hopefully, the powers that be will continue to find these great courses and figure out logistically how to host a major championship and have players like Tiger Woods walking the same course that Hogan did."
05:01 p.m. EDT | Two Merion U.S. Open champions, Lee Trevino (1971) and David Graham (1981), are in the interview room. Graham: "When I think of Merion, I think of history." Trevino: "I'm having a wonderful time. I'm still trying to figure out what her [Merion's] last name is
03:57 p.m. EDT | The wicker baskets at Merion have raised an interesting Rules questions: What happens if the ball gets stuck in the basket? The answer: A flagstick (and the basket) is a movable obstruction. When a ball is in a movable obstruction, Rule 24-1 says when a ball comes to rest in a movable obstruction on the putting green, it must be placed directly below where it came to rest. In this case, the player won't be allowed to place it in the hole. Decision 17/6 says that it must be placed on the lip of the hole.
03:11 p.m. EDT | Sergio Garcia: "I think we all make mistakes. You do regret your mistakes, but the most important thing is to learn. Hopefully, they make you a better person. I can see that I hurt a lot of people, and that doesn't make me feel good. The only thing I can do is show my respect moving forward."
03:05 p.m. EDT | Sergio Garcia is in the interview room: "I apologize for what happened a couple weeks ago. But hopefully like Tiger said, he considers the matter closed and we can all move forward and start competing respectfully. With him saying that he considers it closed, that obviously means a lot to me."
02:03 p.m. EDT | Rory McIlroy on how he might spend his time away from the golf course: "I was actually thinking about going and taking a run up the 'Rocky' steps, wherever they are."
01:54 p.m. EDT | Rory McIlroy on his strategy: "I'll hit seven drivers out here. So I'll be pretty aggressive off the tee. But other holes will probably be irons. There aren't a lot of 3-woods or things like that."
01:47 p.m. EDT | In 2011 at Congressional C.C., McIlroy shot 16-under 268, the lowest 72-hole total in U.S. Open history. "I don't think you'll see scores like Congressional."
01:45 p.m. EDT | World No. 2 McIlroy on playing with No. 1 Tiger Woods and No. 3 Adam Scott in the first and second rounds: "It's always nice to be a part of a group like that. It's something I'm excited about. It's a good think I like it and enjoy it because there will obviously be a lot of attention come Thursday afternoon on our first tee shots."
01:40 p.m. EDT | 2011 U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy on Merion: "I have never really played a course like it. You have a tough start, then you have a stretch from 7 to 13 where you have a lot of wedges in your hand and a lot of chances to make birdie, and the last five holes where you're just trying to hang on."
01:24 p.m. EDT | In the interview room, Graeme McDowell will be succeeded by the man who succeeded him as U.S. Open champion, fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.
01:22 p.m. EDT | Graeme McDowell on the logistical challenges this week: If it wasn't for the cooperation of the neighborhood around Merion, we wouldn't be here for the U.S. Open."
01:21 p.m. EDT | Graeme McDowell on the timing of the U.S. Open: "It's always special with the U.S. Open being Father's Day. Most guys in the field, their dads put a golf club in their hands. To share that moment with my dad at Pebble three years ago was certainly one of the great moments in my life."
01:06 p.m. EDT | 1960 U.S. Open champion Arnold Palmer is holding court near the clubhouse, on the terrace adjacent to the first tee. Judging by the cheers from the fans, he seems to be as popular as ever.
01:03 p.m. EDT | Graeme McDowell on how Merion will hold up to today's best players: "There are 10 or 11 holes on this course that are as tough as any U.S. Open holes I've seen. I don't think it is going to be a scorefest."
01:01 p.m. EDT | 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell has put in plenty of preparation for this week. "Getting in last Wednesday and seeing my around will prove to be invaluable, I think."
12:28 p.m. EDT | With one more U.S. Open win, Woods would tie Willie Anderson, Ben Hogan, Bob Jones and Jack Nicklaus, who have four victories each.
12:23 p.m. EDT | With nine USGA championships, Woods is tied with Bob Jones for the most among male golfers. Jones won four U.S. Opens and five U.S. Amateurs, including two at Merion (1924, 1930). This is Woods' first championship at the club.
12:20 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods has won nine USGA championships: three U.S. Junior Amateurs (1991-93), three U.S. Amateurs (1994-96) and three U.S. Opens (2000, 2002, 2008). "The USGA does a fantastic job running all of their events and this is their crown jewel."
12:10 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods on the 521-yard 18th: "Yesterday I hit driver/3-iron and I hit two pretty good ones."
12:06 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods on the scores expected this week: "I don't think we have a feel yet for what we'll have to shoot here. The conditions keep changing."
12:01 p.m. EDT | Tiger Woods has entered a standing-room-only interview room: "It's a great golf course. The greens are self-explanatory. It's just a bit tricky with the blind tee shots. Now I'm just trying to get my lines."
11:22 a.m. EDT | In his talk at the USGA Member Clubhouse this morning, 1986 U.S. Open champion Raymond Floyd was asked by Golf Channel's Rich Lerner if he thinks Tiger Woods will break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championship victories: "I don't think he will. I think he'll win another one or two majors, but he's not the dominant figure he once was."
11:00 a.m. EDT | Defending champion Webb Simpson has begun his press conference. Simpson played in the 2005 U.S. Amateur at Merion. "Being announced on the first tee as the defending U.S. Open champion hasn't gotten old."
10:40 a.m. EDT | Three South Africans--Gary Player (1965), Ernie Els (1994, 1997), Retief Goosen (2001, 2004)--have won the U.S. Open. Could the fourth come from a foursome currently on the course? They are Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace and George Coetzee.
09:54 a.m. EDT | Donald, who visited the course for a practice round the week before the U.S. Open, also commented on the historic atmosphere at Merion: "It's just very interesting and very cool to walk around this place and kind of take everything in."
09:52 a.m. EDT | Luke Donald said in his press conference that he didn't think the rain would change the strategy of most players: "The short holes there's no room to hit driver. You could take it on, but I'm not sure over four days it's going to work out. A lot of guys will still maintain their game plan of trying to hit fairways."
09:32 a.m. EDT | Adam Scott is attempting to become the sixth player in history to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. The others were Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951 and '53), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002).
08:36 a.m. EDT | 1986 U.S. Open champion Raymond Floyd will be participating in a question-and-answer session at the USGA Member Clubhouse in Spectator Square at 10:30 this morning. All USGA Members on site at Merion are welcome.
08:02 a.m. EDT | Seven players in this year's U.S. Open field also competed in the 2005 U.S. Amateur at Merion: Kevin Chappell, Morgan Hoffmann, Billy Horschel, Webb Simpson, Kyle Stanley, Nicholas Thompson and Ryan Yip. Only Horschel and Stanley did not advance to match play that year.
07:31 a.m. EDT | There is a packed schedule of player press conferences today. You'll hear from defending champion Webb Simpson, three-time champion Tiger Woods, 2010 champion Graeme McDowell and 2011 champion Rory McIlroy, along with Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.
07:09 a.m. EDT | Welcome to the second day of practice rounds at the 113th U.S. Open at Merion. The sun is shining and the 11th hole is reopened for play. Hopefully we'll have a full day of action as players catch up on their preparations for our national championship.
Monday, June 10
05:33 p.m. EDT | USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, USGA Vice President Tom O'Toole Jr., Merion director of grounds Matt Shaffer gave a briefing about the condition of the course after rain fell all day. Said Shaffer of the 11th hole, which is the lowest point on the course: "The good news on No. 11 is that it fills up with water quickly but it also recedes quickly."
04:32 p.m. EDT | If you are planning to come out to the U.S. Open and are a USGA Member, make it a point to stop by the USGA Member Clubhouse in Spectator Square for special events through Friday, June 14. Currently going on is a Golf Architecture Forum with panelists including Mike Davis, Tom Fazio and Curtis Strange.
04:06 p.m. EDT | Among the players at the driving range is alternate Brandon Matthews, an amateur. The local standout from DuPont, Pa., just completed his freshman year at Temple and was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.
03:50 p.m. EDT | The rain has mostly stopped. Although Merion's East Course is still closed, the driving range, which is located on the West Course, about a mile away is open, and competitors are practicing.
02:58 p.m. EDT | Heavy rain has returned to Merion, suspending play.
02:40 p.m. EDT | Major champions Angel Cabrera (2007 U.S. Open, 2009 Masters), Jose Maria Olazabal (1994, 1999 Masters) and Darren Clarke (2011 British Open) are playing a practice round together. The fourth member of the group is Lee Westwood, who has come close in numerous majors including three top-3s in the U.S. Open.
02:30 p.m. EDT | The historic Merion layout features plaques commemorating two of the most memorable moments in golf history. The 367-yard 11th hole was where Bob Jones defeated Eugene Homans in the final of the 1930 U.S. Amateur to complete the Grand Slam. On the 18th fairway, a plaque marks the position from where Ben Hogan hit his 1-iron that clinched a spot in the 1950 U.S. Open playoff, which he won.
02:29 p.m. EDT | Light rain continues to fall, but practice rounds continue at Merion's East Course, which was designed by Hugh Wilson and opened in 1912.
02:02 p.m. EDT | The USGA has been a frequent visitor to Pennsylvania. The 2013 U.S. Open is Pennsylvania's 81st USGA championship, the most of any state. California is second, with 70 USGA championships, followed by New York (66) and Illinois (59).
01:55 p.m. EDT | There is a lot of excitement in the Philadelphia area about the U.S. Open, which returns to the city for the first time since 1981. But before World War II, there were four U.S. Opens in the area between 1907 and 1939.
01:32 p.m. EDT | The baskets have been used at every USGA championship at Merion since the 1916 U.S. Amateur. The only exception was the 1950 U.S. Open.
01:13 p.m. EDT | The USGA will be using Merion's traditional wicker baskets instead of flags for the U.S. Open. An article containing information about these iconic beacons will be posted soon.
12:46 p.m. EDT | New videos are available on the usopen.com homepage. In one, USGA Mike Davis talks about what makes Merion Golf Club such a distinctive venue.
11:54 a.m. EDT | On both Saturday and Sunday, NBC will broadcast live from noon to 7:30 p.m. (EDT).
11:53 a.m. EDT | The broadcast schedule for Friday is the same as for Thursday, with one change: ESPN will begin coverage at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).
11:47 a.m. EDT | On Thursday, ESPN will broadcast live from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m (EDT), and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (EDT). In between, NBC will take over from 3 p.m to 5 p.m.
11:45 a.m. EDT | Live video of marquee groups will be available on usopen.com and on the iPad, iPhone and Android apps at 7:11 a.m. and 1:14 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, and 7:44 a.m. and 12:41 p.m. Friday.
11:38 a.m. EDT | If you can't make it to Merion, you can watch all the action on your television, on your computer or on your mobile device.
11:20 a.m. EDT | Ernie Els on the field: "It's going to be an exciting U.S. Open. I see a lot of guys bunched together and a lot of guys in contention."
11:14 a.m. EDT | Ernie Els has two U.S. Open wins. He won in 1994 at Oakmont in a playoff over Colin Montgomerie and Loren Roberts, then nipped Montogomerie again in 1997 by a stroke at Congressional.
11:11 a.m. EDT | Ernie Els on the conditions: "We're going to have a soft golf course this week. So that means if you're on your game, you'll have birdie chances."
11:09 a.m. EDT | Ernie Els is giving his pre-championship press conference: "I love the idea of the U.S. Open coming back here. It's a wonderful, historic venue."
11:07 a.m. EDT | The youngest competitor is 18-year-old amateur Gavin Hall. The oldest is 54-year-old Jay Don Blake.
11:03 a.m. EDT | There are 43 first-time competitors at Merion this week. The player with the most experience is Phil Mickelson, who is making his 24th start. Mickelson made his U.S. Open debut in 1990 at Medinah.
11:01 a.m. EDT | The course has opened, and Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer are the first twosome off the first tee.
10:25 a.m. EDT | The rain has stopped, and the course will open at 11 a.m. so players can resume their practice rounds.
10:09 a.m. EDT | The 48-year-old Sisk, a native of Massachusetts, attended Temple University in Philadelphia. "It's nice to be back in the area. I played on tournament round here in 1988. I remember a lot of the golf course. This is a great venue. I go in with very little expectations. Hopefully I play well. I have nothing to lose in this situation and everything to gain.
10:06 a.m. EDT | Geoffrey Sisk is addressing the media. The professional is playing in his seventh U.S. Open. He went through local and sectional qualifying six times and through sectional qualifying once. He has made the cut twice, and his best finish was a tie for 30th in 1999 at Pinehurst No. 2.
09:37 a.m. EDT | Adam Scott on playing with Tiger Woods: "It's a pairing you also want on Sunday. There will be some energy and electricity playing with him."
09:19 a.m. EDT | Masters winner Adam Scott is addressing the media: "I was here three weeks ago and I bought the poster of Hogan hitting the 1-iron shot. I think most of us appreciate the history of the place."
09:03 a.m. EDT | Six players were added to the U.S. Open field this morning, including Kyle Stanley, who earned a full exemption for being in the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Joining him were five alternates from sectional qualifying: Mike Weir, Harold Varner III, Ryan Palmer, Ryan Yip and Rikard Karlberg.
08:39 a.m. EDT | Of the 9,860 entrants, 156 have made it to Merion. Seventy-six were exempt, while 80 earned their spots through the qualifying process: 111 local qualifiers conducted at 18 holes, followed 36-hole qualifying at 13 sites. Of the 80 qualifiers, 20 made it through both local and sectional qualifying
08:21 a.m. EDT | The first U.S. Open was played at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. There were 11 entrants, and Horace Rawlins won the 36-hole championship. This year's U.S. Open attracted a record 9,860 entrants.
07:58 a.m. EDT | The rain has subsided at Merion. The first impressions of the course will come from 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, who will give a press conference this morning. Scott will be playing with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy for the first two rounds. They tee off at 1:14 p.m. in Thursday's first round.
07:38 a.m. EDT | Merion was the site of Bob Jones' victory in the 1930 U.S. Amateur, which clinched the Grand Slam. He also had won the British Open, British Amateur and U.S. Open that year. In the U.S. Amateur, Jones defeated Eugene Homans in the final match.
07:18 a.m. EDT | The five U.S. Opens are among the 17 USGA championships hosted by Merion, the most of any club in the United States.
07:09 a.m. EDT | This is the fifth U.S. Open conducted at Merion, which hosted the championship in 1934 (won by Olin Dutra), 1950 (Ben Hogan), 1971 (Lee Trevino) and 1981 (David Graham).
07:04 a.m. EDT | There is no golf being played currently, as heavy rain is falling on Merion.
06:59 a.m. EDT | Welcome to the 2013 U.S. Open. All week, we will be bringing you live updates from Merion Golf Club. Please check back often for the latest news and reports from the national championship.
Monday, June 3
11:01 p.m. EDT | Thank you for your support of the U.S. Open. Please join us next week when we continue Live Updates from Merion Golf Club on Monday, June 10.
10:38 p.m. EDT | Max Homa chips to two feet to make par, matching Cory McElyea. Both qualify, while Jesse Schutte is the first alternate. Homa is the third Cal player in the field at Merion.
10:36 p.m. EDT | Shutte has eight feet for bogey, while Homa has a difficult downhill chip.
10:33 p.m. EDT | On the second playoff hole, all three players hit the fairway. Schutte's second shot went into the water, while Homa is over the green. McElyea has a 10-footer for birdie.
10:26 p.m. EDT | On Big Canyon's ninth hole, Max Homa made an eight-footer to tie Cory McElyea and Jesse Schutte. The trio head to the first hole.
10:13 p.m. EDT | Jesse Schutte and amateurs Cory McElyea and Max Homa are playing off for two spots at Big Canyon G.C. in Newport Beach, Calif.
10:01 p.m. EDT | Ryan Palmer and Zach Fischer parred the eighth playoff hole with pars. They will resume the playoff at 7:30 a.m. CDT.
09:51 p.m. EDT | A playoff is looking likely at Newport Beach, where three players--Cory McElyea, Jesse Schutte and Max Homa--are tied for fourth. There are five spots available. Bio Kim, Roger Tambellini and Steven Alker look to have qualified.
09:50 p.m. EDT | Ryan Palmer missed a four-foot putt for birdie on the seventh playoff hole that would have sent him to Merion. On to the eighth playoff hole at Lakewood.
09:46 p.m. EDT | Michael Gligic fails to birdie the final hole at Tumble Creek. Cheng-Tsung Pan has qualified for the U.S. Open.
09:43 p.m. EDT | At Old Warson C.C., Mackenzie Hughes joins Jay Don Blake after defeating Travis Johns in a playoff for the second and final qualifying spot. Johns is the first alternate.
09:39 p.m. EDT | At Tumble Creek, Michael Gligic needs to birdie the 485-yard par-4 18th hole to tie Cheng-Tsung Pan and force a playoff for the final qualifying spot. Medalist Will Collins is playing at Merion.
09:37 p.m. EDT | Zack Fischer and Ryan Palmer have tied the sixth playoff hole with pars. Due to darkness the seventh playoff hole likely will be the last of the day.
09:36 p.m. EDT | From Columbus, Mike Weir is the first alternate while Jason Kokrak is second alternate.
09:27 p.m. EDT | Zack Fischer and Ryan Palmer birdied their fifth playoff hole at Lakewood.
09:16 p.m. EDT | At Dallas, Zack Fischer and Ryan Palmer are headed to their fifth playoff hole.
09:13 p.m. EDT | From 123 yards in the third playoff hole at Columbus, Luke Guthrie hit a wedge to five feet then sank the putt for birdie to claim the last of the 15 spots.
09:00 p.m. EDT | With four holes remaining, Michael Gligic has moved into a tie with Cheng-Tsung Pan for the final qualifying spot at Tumble Creek. Will Collins is two strokes ahead with one hole left to play.
08:58 p.m. EDT | In California, Max Homa birdied the sixth hole at Big Canyon to move into a five-way tie for second at 5 under. Of those, Jesse Schutte has finished. There are five spots available.
08:51 p.m. EDT | On the second playoff hole at Columbus, Rory Sabbatini and Sang-Moon Bae made birdies to move on to the U.S. Open, while Charlie Wi made bogey. Jason Kokrak, Mike Weir, Lukas Guthrie and Steve Flesch play on for the final spot.
08:49 p.m. EDT | In Texas, Zack Fischer two-putted from 40 feet for par on the second playoff hole while Ryan Palmer missed an eight-footer for birdie. They are headed to the 10th hole.
08:36 p.m. EDT | The playoff between John Nieporte and David Snyder at Ritz-Carlton Members G.C. has been suspended due to darkness after they halved two holes with pars. They will resume the playoff at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
08:34 p.m. EDT | At Tumble Creek, Cheng-Tsung Pan is in at 1-under 139. He is in second place, two shots behind Will Collins, who has two holes remaining, and one shot ahead of Michael Gligic, who has six holes left. There are two spots available at Tumble Creek.
08:31 p.m. EDT | Meanwhile, Bio Kim has finished at 10-under 133 at Newport Beach, where five spots are available. Max Homa, who is looking to join Cal teammates Michael Weaver and Michael Kim at Merion, is tied for sixth with four holes remaining.
08:25 p.m. EDT | At Columbus, all four players in the final group made par. Aaron Baddeley, Doug LaBelle, Justin Hicks and Ted Potter Jr. are playing at Merion. Seven players are now vying for three spots.
08:24 p.m. EDT | The playoff between Ryan Palmer and Zack Fischer at Lakewood is underway. They are playing the 18th hole.
08:21 p.m. EDT | The first two groups--seven of the 11 players--have completed the first playoff hole at Columbus. In the first group, Doug LaBelle made birdie, while Jason Kokrak and Sang-Moon Bae made par. In the second group, Aaron Baddeley, Ted Potter Jr. and Justin Hicks birdied, while Rory Sabbatini parred.
08:19 p.m. EDT | At Colonial, Andrew Svoboda and Alistair Presnell survived the three-for-two playoff. Scott Stallings is the odd man out. He bogeyed the par-5 10th hole on the North Course while the others made par.
08:15 p.m. EDT | In Florida, club professional John Nieporte and amateur David Snyder are playing off for the final spot. Kevin Phelan and John Hahn have advanced.
08:02 p.m. EDT | At Woodmont, Matt Bettencourt made three on the second playoff hole to advance to the U.S. Open. Harold Varner III and Sam Saunders will continue to play to determine alternate positions.
08:01 p.m. EDT | At Columbus, the 11-for-7 playoff began at 7:52 p.m. There is approximately one hour of daylight remaining.
07:58 p.m. EDT | On the first playoff hole at Woodmont, Matt Bettencourt, Harold Varner III and Sam Saunders made par. One spot is available.
07:44 p.m. EDT | Ryan Palmer birdied his last hole at Lakewood C.C. to trigger a playoff with Zack Fischer for the fourth spot. Already in from Lakewood are Matt Weibring, Edward Loar and Jordan Spieth, who birdied his 33rd, 34th and 35th holes to leapfrog into a berth at Merion. Spieth, now a professional, was the low amateur at the 2012 U.S. Open.
07:41 p.m. EDT | At Old Warson C.C. in St. Louis, Jay Don Blake has secured his first trip to the U.S. Open since 2003. He finished at 3-under 139. Mackenzie Hughes and Travis Johns are tied for second at even par. Brad Hopfinger is at 1 over with five holes remaining. There are two spots available at Old Warson.
07:38 p.m. EDT | The Columbus playoff will take place on the The Lakes' 10th and 18th holes in groups of three, four and four.
07:33 p.m. EDT | In Dallas, where there are four available spots, Ryan Palmer needs to birdie his last hole to tie Zack Fischer for fourth. Matt Weibring and Jordan Spieth are in the clubhouse at 8 under, tied with Edward Loar, who is playing his final hole.
07:27 p.m. EDT | At Columbus, there are 11 competitors playing off for seven spots at The Lakes: Ted Potter Jr., Jason Kokrak, Mike Weir, Steve Flesch, Aaron Baddeley, Lukas Guthrie, Rory Sabbatini, Justin Hicks, Charlie Wi, Doug LaBelle and Sang-Moon Bae.
07:25 p.m. EDT | The competitors already through from Colonial are medalist Kevin Sutherland, Shawn Stefani, Jerry Kelly, Morgan Hoffmann, Joe Ogilvie, Scott Langley and Brandon Crick.
07:23 p.m. EDT | There is a three-way playoff for the final two spots at Colonial C.C. Alistair Presnell, Scott Stalling and Andrews Svoboda are tied for eighth.
07:13 p.m. EDT | Mike Weir has birdied the eighth hole at Brookside to join the group at 8 under.
07:00 p.m. EDT | At Columbus, medalist Charley Hoffman, David Hearn, Nicholas Thompson, Robert Karlsson, Josh Teater, David Lingmerth, Brandt Jobe and Brendan Steel appear to be headed for Merion. With 15 spots available, 10 players are tied for ninth at 8 under, which means a playoff is imminent. The only question is whether MIke Weir, who is 7 under with two holes remaining, can join them.
06:57 p.m. EDT | Brian Stuard and Brandon Brown are moving on from Springfield. Stuard shot 11-under 129, while Brown shot 5-under 135.
06:54 p.m. EDT | With his performance at Hawks Ridge, Michael Kim will join University of California teammate Michael Weaver at Merion. Weaver is exempt, thanks to his runner-up finish in the 2012 U.S. Amateur. Another teammate, Max Homa, is contending at Newport Beach, Calif., where he is in fourth place.
06:47 p.m. EDT | Amateur Grayson Murray closed with three birdies and an eagle on his final six holes to slip into the third and final qualifying spot at Hawks Ridge G.C. Ryan Nelson and Michael Kim tied at 11-under 133, while Murray finished at 9 under.
06:31 p.m. EDT | Amateur Kevin Phelan of Ireland is in good position to qualify for his second U.S. Open. (He played in 2010.) He posted 9-under 135 at Ritz-Carlton Members Club and is two strokes ahead of three players, Danny Evelyn, Ryan Blaum and John Hahn, who are on the course. There are three spots available.
06:29 p.m. EDT | At Colonial C.C., there are six players tied for the ninth and final spot at 2 under. The sextet is comprised of Ben Crane and Jack Newman, who have finished, along with Will Bishop, Jeff Maggert, Cameron Percy and Andrew Svoboda, who are on the course.
06:22 p.m. EDT | Russell Knox is in the clubhouse at 9-under 132 at Woodmont. He is one shot ahead of Randall Hutchinson, who has one hole remaining. With eight spots up for grabs, there are eight players at 6 under or better.
06:19 p.m. EDT | The five competitors in at 8 under are Ted Potter Jr., Jason Kokrak, Rory Sabbatini, Sang-Moon Bae and Doug LaBelle. The four on the course are Justin Hicks, Brandt Jobe, Lukas Guthrie and Mike Weir.
06:15 p.m. EDT | At Columbus, Charley Hoffman is the leader in the clubhouse at 11-under 133. Four players are tied for second at 10 under, two are tied for sixth at 9 under, and nine players are tied for eighth at 8 under. There are 15 spots available. Of the players at 8 under, five have completed their rounds.
06:11 p.m. EDT | Ryan Lenahan needs to birdie the 18th hole at Springfield Country Club to tie Brandon Brown for second. Lenahan is six under for his second round, but has not made a birdie since the 10th hole. There are two spots available.
06:06 p.m. EDT | At Ritz-Carlton Members G.C., where three spots are available, John Nieporte has jumped into the mix with a hole-in-one on the 208-yard third hole. He is now tied for fifth at 6 under, one stroke behind three players who are tied for second.
06:03 p.m. EDT | At St. Louis' Old Warson C.C., Travis Johns has finished at even-par 142. He is tied for second with Mackenzie Huges and Brad Hopfinger, four strokes behind Jay Don Blake. There are two spots available at Old Warson.
05:57 p.m. EDT | The four players to qualify from Purchase are Gavin Hall, Jesse Smith and Geoffrey Sisk, who tied at 4-under 137, and Jim Herman, who finished at 3 under. Hall, an amateur, finished heroically, with birdies on his final four holes.
05:49 p.m. EDT | Michael Whitehead made a hole-in-one on the 212-yard 14th hole at Lakewood C.C.
05:46 p.m. EDT | At Colonial, Shawn Stefani has posted 9-under 134. He is tied with Kevin Sutherland, who has seven holes remaining. The PGA Tour rookie qualified for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.
05:44 p.m. EDT | Ryan Nelson shot 7-under 65 in the second round and is in good position at Hawks Ridge. He is in the lead at 11 under, with Michael Kim on the course at 9 under with four holes remaining. There are three spots available at Hawks Ridge.
05:34 p.m. EDT | The waiting also has begun for Brandon Brown at Springfield. After two bogeys in the last four holes, Brown finished at 5-under 135. With two spots available, he is in second, one stroke ahead of Ryan Lenahan, who has four holes remaining.
05:28 p.m. EDT | At Hawks Ridge G.C. in Ball Ground, Ga., where three spots are available, T.J. Vogel has posted 8-under 136 and has begun the waiting game. He is tied for third with Gavin Green, one stroke behind Michael Kim and two behind Ryan Nelson.
05:17 p.m. EDT | Edward Loar holed out his second shot on the 18th hole at Lakewood Country Club--his 27th of the day--for an eagle to move into the lead at 7 under. The left-hander made birdie-eagle-eagle on his last three holes to shoot 29 on the back nine.
05:15 p.m. EDT | Scott Langley made a hole-in-one on the 174-yard eighth hole at Colonial C.C.'s North Course. The ace vaulted him to a tie for sixth
05:06 p.m. EDT | At Springfield C.C., Brian Stuard looks to be on his way to playing in his first U.S. Open. With one hole remaining, he is 11 under, five strokes ahead of Brandon Brown, who is two strokes ahead of Ryan Lenahan and Ryan Yip. There are two spots available at Springfield.
05:01 p.m. EDT | Players are starting to finish at Woodmont C.C. Matthew Goggin shot 6-under 135 and is currently tied for fifth. No doubt, he will be watching the leader board as competitors finish their rounds at Woodmont, where eight spots are available.
04:59 p.m. EDT | There was a significant disparity in first-round scores at the two Newport Beach, Calif., courses. The scoring average at Big Canyon C.C. was 76.7, while it was just 70.8 at Newport Beach C.C.
04:57 p.m. EDT | There are no scores under par at Tumble Creek. Cheng-Tsung Pan shot 1-under 69 in the morning, but bogeyed his second hole in the afternoon to fall into a tie with Will Collins, who has yet to tee off for his second round.
04:52 p.m. EDT | The picture is similarly murky at Columbus, where nine players are tied for 14th at 6 under, and 10 players are bunched at 5 under. With 15 spots available, it will take some strong play down the stretch to break out of this large pack.
04:49 p.m. EDT | At Woodmont Country Club, where eight spots are available, five players are tied for seventh at 5 under, and four players are at 4 under. Ryan Sullivan, who is at 9 under, continues to lead.
04:45 p.m. EDT | At Purchase, where four spots are available, Jim Herman has posted 3-under 138. Jesse Smith is at 4 under with one hole remaining, while Brandon Matthews and Geoffrey Sisk are at 2 under. Three players, Bryan Bigley, Gavin Hall and Brad Faxon are at 1 under.
04:19 p.m. EDT | At Lakewood C.C. in Dallas, Matt Weibring has birdied four consecutive holes, the seventh through the 10th, to take the lead by a stroke over Ryan Hybl, Zack Fischer and Jordan Spieth. Matt is the son of five-time PGA Tour winner D.A. Weibring. There are four spots available at Lakewood.
04:05 p.m. EDT | Champions Tour player Jay Don Blake, 54, birdied the first three holes of his afternoon round and holds a four-stroke lead at Old Warson C.C. in St. Louis, where two spots are available. Blake last played the U.S. Open in 2003.
03:59 p.m. EDT | One player to watch over the next few hours is Sean O'Hair, who is playing at The Lakes in Columbus, Ohio. O'Hair lives in West Chester, Pa., down the road from Merion, and really wants to play at home. After shooting 2-under 70 in the morning, O'Hair is at 6 under with seven holes remaining, which places him in a tie for 12th with six other players, including Rory Sabbatini, Aaron Baddely and Camilo Villegas. The top 15 at Columbus will advance to Merion.
03:52 p.m. EDT | Another player making a move is Brandon Matthews at Century C.C. in Purchase. After shooting 2-over 72 at Old Oaks, Matthews played the sixth through 10th holes in five under (three birdies and an eagle). He is tied for third at 3 under. Four spots are available at Purchase.
03:40 p.m. EDT | At Columbus, Josh Teater is the first player to reach double digits under par today at any site. Teater shot 9-under 63 in the morning at The Lakes. After seven pars and a bogey at Brookside to start his second round, Teater birdied the 10th and 12th holes to reach 10 under for the day. He leads Charley Hoffman and Robert Karlsson by a stroke.
03:34 p.m. EDT | The hottest player in the afternoon is Brandon Brown, who is 6 under through 10 holes after shooting even-par 70 in the morning at Springfield C.C. He is in second place, two strokes behind Brian Stuard and one ahead of Derek Ernst and Seung Yul Noh. There are two U.S. Open spots available at Springfield.
03:11 p.m. EDT | The top of the leader board at Hawks Ridge G.C. in Ball Ground, Ga., is getting crowded. Four players are tied at 7-under, including 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion T.J. Vogel, who is making his professional debut.
02:57 p.m. EDT | PGA Tour pros Matt Every, Kevin Stadler and Gary Woodland have withdrawn from the Columbus qualifier. Chris DiMarco, Tim Petrovic, Colt Knost and John Rollins are among the withdrawals from Memphis, while Len Mattiace and Brett Wetterich have withdrawn from Rockville.
02:54 p.m. EDT | With the delayed first round nearly complete, three players have posted 7-under 65 at Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Bradenton. John Hahn joined Andrew Johnson and Kevin Phelan, who finished before the 90-minute delay.
02:35 p.m. EDT | Ryan Palmer shot 5-under 66 to lead Jordan Spieth and Zack Fischer by one stroke after 18 holes at Lakewood C.C. in Dallas. In 2007, Fischer won the 15-18 age division of the Texas Boys Junior, while Spieth won the 12-14 group.
02:21 p.m. EDT | At Colonial C.C. in Memphis, Jimmy Gunn, Kevin Sutherland and Andrew Svoboda shot 5-under 67 in the morning, all on the North Course. Shawn Stefani his second hole in the afternoon to fill out a foursome atop the leader board.
02:14 p.m. EDT | We've had scores of 61 and 63 today. Now we have a 62, a 9-under performance by Bio Kim at Newport Beach (Calilf.) C.C. Kim is three strokes ahead of Aaron Goldberg, who is through 14 holes at Newport Beach.
02:04 p.m. EDT | Play will resume at Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla, at 2:23 p.m. There are 21 players who have yet to finish the first round, and afternoon tee times have been moved back by an hour and 30 minutes.
01:58 p.m. EDT | Adding to the difficulty of the firm greens, the wind has picked up at Tumble Creek in Cle Elum, Wash. Only three players are currently under par on the Tom Doak-designed layout. Darren Wallace, Cheng-Tsung Pan and 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jason Allred were at 1 under through nine holes.
01:56 p.m. EDT | Amateur Brant Peaper shares the lead with Travis Johns at Old Warson C.C. in St. Louis. Both shot 2-under 69 and are the only players under par.
01:50 p.m. EDT | Shawn Stefani is the early 18-hole leader at Colonial C.C. in Memphis. He shot 4-under 68 on the South Course. Morgan Hoffmann, Jake Johnson, Bryden Macpherson and Marc Turnesa have posted 69s.
01:39 p.m. EDT | Playing with borrowed clubs in Columbus, Scott Gardiner shot 7-under 65 at The Lakes, which tied him for fourth at the halfway point. With six birdies and an eagle, Gardiner didn't have any trouble adjusting to new clubs, especially with the putter. In fact, Gardiner is used to playing with different flatsticks. "I change putters all the time," he said.
01:29 p.m. EDT | Another player going low is Bio Kim, who is 8 under through 15 holes at Newport Beach C.C. He has birdied three of his last nine holes.
01:23 p.m. EDT | Nicholas Cullen shot 65 to take the lead after 18 holes at Hawks Ridge G.C. in Ball Ground, Ga. He leads Gavin Green by a shot, and Michael Kim is two shots behind. Kim is a member of the Cal golf team, which completed play at the NCAA Championship in Georgia. Kim flew to Ohio to receive the Nicklaus Award as the top collegiate player on Saturday, then returned to Georgia for the qualifier.
01:18 p.m. EDT | Afternoon rounds have begun at several sites. Hole-by-hole scoring of the second round will be available from all 11 sites.
01:09 p.m. EDT | Two college coaches are in the hunt. At Lakewood C.C. in Dallas, Oklahoma coach Ryan Hybl shot 3-under 68 and is one shot behind the trio of leaders. At Old Warson C.C. in St. Louis, Illinois coach Mike Small is even par through 11 holes, two shots off the lead.
01:04 p.m. EDT | At 12:53 p.m., play was suspended at Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., due to dangerous weather. A lightning strike was recorded within two miles of the course.
12:59 p.m. EDT | Josh Teater, the current leader at Columbus after shooting 9-under 63, has been enjoying a good run in qualifying rounds this year. In May, Teater shot 133 at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, to lead eight qualifiers for the British Open, which will be held at Muirfield in July.
12:38 p.m. EDT | Ryan Sullivan made an eagle on the par-5 18th hole to cap a back-nine 27 and a round of 8-under 61 at Woodmont's South Course. Sullivan was 1 over through eight holes before making eight birdies and an eagle over his final 10 holes.
12:18 p.m. EDT | Birdies are also rampant at Columbus, Ohio. Doug LaBelle shot 8-under 64 at The Lakes, one stroke more than leader Josh Teater, and Charley Hoffman shot 65 on the same course. So far, most of the low numbers have been at The Lakes. The lowest posted round at Brookside is Brendan Steele's 5-under 67.
12:16 p.m. EDT | Andrew Johnson and Kevin Phelan have posted 7-under 65 at the Ritz-Carlton Members G.C. in Bradenton, Fla. There have been plenty of birdies, as 22 players are currently under par.
12:12 p.m. EDT | With more than half the field completing the first round at Purchase, N.Y., Sunny Kim holds the lead after shooting 2-under 68 at Old Oaks. Five players are at 1-under. Brad Faxon, who made his U.S. Open debut at Merion in 1981, shot 70 at Century.
12:09 p.m. EDT | At Springfield Country Club, Brian Stuard bogeyed his last hole to shoot 5-under 65. He leads Derek Ernst, who has three hole remaining in the first round, by a stroke. Just two other players are currently under par: Seung Yul Noh, who shot 68, and David Erdy, who is 1 under through 15 holes.
12:00 p.m. EDT | After shooting 29 for the first nine at Woodmont's North Course, Roger Sloan shot 37 on the back for a first-round 66. His score puts him in good position, as he plays the shorter South Course in the afternoon.
11:53 a.m. EDT | Southern Cal coach Chris Zambri, who was an alternate at Newport Beach, was waiting at Big Canyon when a spot opened up at Newport Beach C.C. Thankfully, the courses are close to each other, separated by a shopping mall. Officials met Zambri in the lot at Newport Beach C.C. and parked his car so he could make his tee time.
11:38 a.m. EDT | There have been a couple of mid-day withdrawals: Matt Every from Columbus and Tim Wilkinson from Rockville, Md.
11:35 a.m. EDT | The first players to finish their morning rounds at Columbus have set a very high standard. Josh Teater shot 9-under 63 and Sang-Moon Bae shot 64, both at The Lakes. They will play Brookside this afternoon.
11:22 a.m. EDT | University of Southern California men's golf coach Chris Zambri has replaced Dae-Hyun Kim at Newport Beach, Calif. Southern Cal tied for 23rd at last week's NCAA Championship.
11:15 a.m. EDT | Nick Seitz, 18, who got into the field at Columbus this morning when Ron McClellan withdrew, shot 4-under 32 on the front nine of The Lakes to sit one shot behind Rod Pampling. The Dayton Daily News High School Player of the Year, Seitz will start at Valparaiso University in the fall.
11:06 a.m. EDT | Besides Roger Sloan's 29 at Woodmont, there have been other low scores through nine holes. Amateur Gavin Green of Malaysia, a sophomore at the University of New Mexico, shot 6-under 30 on the back nine at Hawks Ridge in Ball Ground, Ga. Professional John Hahn Jr. shot 30 at Ritz-Carlton Members G.C. in Bradenton, Fla.
11:01 a.m. EDT | Richard Sterne, who was exempt, withdrew from the U.S. Open this morning. Another spot has been added for the Purchase, N.Y., qualifier. There are now four spots available from Purchase.
10:50 a.m. EDT | Using borrowed clubs because his clubs didn't arrive with his flight, Scott Gardiner played his first nine holes at The Lakes Golf and Country club in Columbus in 3-under 33, two strokes behind Rod Pampling, who shot 31 on the same course.
10:47 a.m. EDT | A day after his team lost in the final of the NCAA Championship to Alabama, Illinois coach Mike Small is in the St. Louis qualifier at Old Warson Country Club. Small is looking to play in his fourth U.S. Open.
10:34 a.m. EDT | Roger Sloan shot 7-under 29 at Woodmont C.C.'s North Course. The club's shorter South course was the site of Shigeki Maruyama's 58 during sectional qualifying in 2000, and Olin Browne's 59 during 2005 sectional qualifying.
10:22 a.m. EDT | A couple of heroes from the NCAA Championship, which took place last week at Capital City Club in Georgia, are playing today. Cal's Max Homa, the individual champion, flew home to California and is competing at Newport Beach. Cory Whitsett, who won the clinching match for Alabama, which beat Illinois in the final, is playing at Columbus, Ohio.
10:12 a.m. EDT | The skies over Woodmont C.C. in Rockville, Md., are starting to clear. Here is a report from Brian Jackson, volunteer meteorologist with the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang: "The rain just ended and we're getting some peeks from the sun. Hopefully we're in the clear, but we are going to watch for some thunderstorms that might develop later in the day before the cold front goes through. But by the middle of the afternoon, we should see improved conditions."
10:00 a.m. EDT | A pair of amateurs from the other side of the Atlantic are setting the pace at Ritz-Carlton Members G.C. in Bradenton, Fla. Ireland's Kevin Phelan, who is ranked 39th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, and England's Greg Eason, who is 40th, played their first nine holes in 4-under 32.
09:48 a.m. EDT | Kyle Stanley, who finished third at the Memorial Tournament yesterday, has two chances to get into the U.S. Open. His finished vaulted him to 59th in the Official World Golf Ranking. If he remains in the top 60 after this week, he will be exempt. He is also playing in the qualifier at Columbus.
09:44 a.m. EDT | At Lakewood C.C. in Dallas, Freddie Jannetk, who got in when Tommy Armour III withdrew, has made birdies on two of the first three holes.
09:33 a.m. EDT | The last player to win the U.S. Open from sectional qualifying was Lucas Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.
09:12 a.m. EDT | Seventeen-year-old alternate Chase Johnson arrived The Lakes G. and C.C. for the Columbus qualifier at 5:30 a.m. to see if he would get into the field. He waited until 8:30, when the last player teed off, but didn't get in. Despite the disappointment, Johnson enjoyed the experience: "It wasn't a wasted trip. I got in a practice round and got to putt on the putting green next to guys like Ricky Barnes and Mike Weir. That was cool in itself."
09:06 a.m. EDT | Among the players at the qualifying sites in Newport Beach, Calif., Big Canyon C.C. and Newport Beach C.C., are a pair of sons of U.S. Open champions: Steven Irwin (son of three-time champion Hale) and Andy Miller (son of 1973 champion Johnny). Also in the field is Beau Hossler, who is attempting to qualify for his third consecutive U.S. Open. Last year at Olympic, Hossler, 17 at the time, briefly held the lead during the second round before finishing tied for 29th. There are 102 players for five spots.
09:01 a.m. EDT | Heavy rain is passing through the Purchase, N.Y., area, but play is continuing, as the weather is supposed to pass through quickly. Jesse Smith has posted an early nine-hole score of 2-under 33 at Century C.C. His caddie is his instructor, David Glenz, who already has guided another student through Open qualifying. Last week, Glenz caddie for Kendra Little, who qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in the sectional qualifier at Edgewood C.C. in River Vale, N.J.
08:58 a.m. EDT | At Tumble Creek, John Cassidy has withdrawn after pinching a nerve in his neck during yesterday's practice round. Taking his place will be Derek Berg, who is currently a professional with conditional status on the Canadian Tour. Berg won the 2010 Oregon Open as an amateur. Cassidy and Berg are good friends, and Cassidy knew Berg was first alternate.
08:54 a.m. EDT | Play will begin at the two West Coast sectional sites in a little over an hour. At Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Wash., there are 34 players for two spots. University of Oregon golf coach Casey Martin will be trying to play in his third U.S. Open. He played in 1998 and 2012, both at The Olympic Club.
08:52 a.m. EDT | Michael Putnam, the winner of the last two Web.com Tour events, has withdrawn from Woodmont C.C. in Rockville, Md. He has been replaced by Spence Fulford.
08:37 a.m. EDT | One of the scenes from sectional qualifying is that of alternates waiting around the first tee in the hopes of a last-minute scratch. The waiting has paid off for two players. At Hawks Ridge, Brent Witcher replaced Hudson Swafford, who did not show up for his time. And at Colonial, Nathan Green did not make his tee time, and was replaced by Jason Gandy.
08:35 a.m. EDT | Several notable players have withdrawn overnight and this morning. Vijay Singh withdrew from Columbus (replaced by Nick Kirsh), and Alex Cejka (replaced by Len Mattiace) and Patrick Cantlay (replaced by Wesley Bryan) withdrew from Rockville.
08:28 a.m. EDT | PGA Tour rookie Scott Gardiner got to Columbus on a flight yesterday, but his clubs didn't make it. He teed off this morning at The Lakes Golf & Country Club with a set cobbled together with the help of The Lakes assistant professional Brian Sullivan. Gardiner had to buy shoes from the shop.
08:18 a.m. EDT | Three other players from the 1981 U.S. Open, John Cook, Jay Haas and Mark O'Meara will not be returning to Merion. All three withdrew from sectional qualifying over the weekend. Cook tied for fourth in 1981.
08:14 a.m. EDT | At Dallas, Tom Kite and Tommy Armour III have withdrawn, replaced by Freddie Jannetk and Travis Woolf. Kite, 63, would have been the oldest competitor in sectional qualifying in an attempt to return to Merion, where he tied for 20th in the 1981 U.S. Open.
08:08 a.m. EDT | Lakewood Country Club in Dallas has 68 players for four spots. A pair of British Open champions, Justin Leonard (1997) and Todd Hamilton (2004) are in the field, as is Jordan Spieth, the two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion. Spieth shot Lakewood's course record of 62 in the 2009 HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship
08:04 a.m. EDT | There are 112 players for nine spots at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn. Taking place during the week of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, this qualifier has attracted a number of PGA Tour players, including 2001 British Open champion and 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate.
08:00 a.m. EDT | At Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, 41 competitors, including three-time Missouri Amateur champion Skip Berkmeyer, are playing for two spots. Berkmeyer, 39, has been trying to qualify for the U.S. Open since high school. This is his sixth trip to sectional qualifying.
07:44 a.m. EDT | Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., is hosting U.S. Open sectional qualifying for the first time. There are 56 competitors playing the Tom Fazio-designed course for three spots. The field includes the brothers of a couple of PGA Tour winners: Manuel Villegas (Camilo) and Tommy Stankowski (Paul).
07:30 a.m. EDT | Overcast skies are the norm at most of the sites this morning, including at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga., where play is starting. Playing for three spots are veterans professionals Billy Andrade and Heath Slocum, as well as 2012 U.S Amateur Public Links champion T.J. Vogel, who is making his professional debut.
07:23 a.m. EDT | Forty-five miles due west of Columbus along I-70 is Springfield Country Club, where 39 competitors, including 2013 Wells Fargo Championship winner and PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst, are playing for two spots.
07:13 a.m. EDT | Play is underway at Columbus, Ohio, where the field of 120 players are playing Brookside Golf and Country Club and The Lakes Golf and Country Club. Many tour pros have stuck around after the Memorial Tournament for one of 15 available spots. Notable players at Columbus include a number of major winners: 1997 PGA Championship winner Davis Love III, 2003 Masters winner Mike Weir, 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman and 1996 U.S. Open champion Steve Jones.
07:01 a.m. EDT | Live hole-by-hole scoring for the second 18 holes will be available on usopen.com from all 11 sites. The qualifiers at Newport Beach, Calif., Springfield, Ohio, and St. Louis will offer hole-by-hole scoring for all 36 holes. The Dallas site will update scores every three holes in the morning. All other sites will update scores after the ninth and 18th holes.
06:56 a.m. EDT | There will be eight qualifiers from Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., where it is overcast and humid. Tee times have been pushed back 20 minutes
06:51 a.m. EDT | At Purchase, N.Y. (Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club), two-thirds of an inch of rain fell overnight, but both courses are playable. There are 79 competitors for three spots. Among the players at Purchase are 17-year-old Jim Liu, who became the youngest winner of the U.S. Junior Amateur when he won in 2010 at age 14, and 62-year-old Paul Simson, who has won two of the last three USGA Senior Amateurs.
06:49 a.m. EDT | The first two qualifiers took place in England and Japan a week ago. Five players punched their tickets to Merion from Ohtone Country Club in Japan, and 12 players, including Paul Casey and two-time Masters winner Jose Maria Olazabal, qualified from England’s Walton Heath Golf Club.
06:33 a.m. EDT | Welcome to U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying. Today, more than 800 hopefuls will play 36 holes at 11 sites around the country to earn one of 56 available spots at next week’s U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. We will be providing Live Updates all day from all 11 sites. Play begins at many sites at 7 a.m. EDT, so check back often for the latest news from U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying.