After rain delayed the start of the majority of tee times on day one at Merion Golf Club, day one was suspended due to darkness. A day removed, the second day was also suspended due to lack of daylight.
Entering Saturday, Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel share the lead at one-under. Europeans Steve Stricker, Luke Donald, and Justin Rose sit just one stroke back at even par.
The highly anticipated group of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Adam Scott has yet to live up to the expectations set entering the U.S. Open. Woods and McIlroy both shot 73 and 70 on Thursday and Friday respectively and sit at three-over. Scott, who won the 2013 Masters, made the cut by the slimmest of margins, and currently sits at seven-over after shooting a 75 on Friday.
Despite Mickelson being the biggest name among those in contention, day two was Billy Horschel’s day. After a 72 in Round One, he proceeded to shoot a 67 on Friday, picking up four birdies and just one bogey along the way. The key to Horschel’s day two success was his ability to put consistently put himself in a good predicament. Horschel hit all 18 greens in regulation on Friday, good for the first time anyone has done so in an open in two decades.