U.S. Open scores 2013: Luke Donald leads, Tiger Woods struggles as play suspended Thursday night

Scott Halleran

With only half the field done with 18, it's Phil Mickelson who holds the clubhouse lead at Merion.

It was a sun-up to sun-down golf day at Merion, as the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open was interrupted twice by inclement weather before play was suspended due to darkness just before 8:30 p.m. ET. The clubhouse leader is none other than Phil Mickelson, a five-time runner-up at America's national championship who is hoping to capture the white whale of his career at the historic Philadelphia course. Mickelson's wild day started before dawn, when his red eye flight from San Diego landed around 4:30 a.m. local time, just hours before his tee time.

There was some consternation about Mickelson's travel arrangements and preparation, but the veteran lefty obviously felt comfortable with the course and didn't care much for those critiques. Phil opened with a three-putt bogey that would be his only dropped shot of the a long day. Less than two hours into his round, a severe derecho line of storms hit Philly and caused a three-plus hour rain delay. It was not even 9 a.m. and there was some thought that the entire day would be washed out but Mother Nature did relent, allowing the morning wave to finish up 18. Mickelson carded four birdies, including two over his final four holes to finish the day with only one of the two rounds in the 60s.

Luke Donald came on late, picking up three straight birdies on holes 11 through 13 before play was called for the day. Donald holds a one-shot margin over the clubhouse leader Mickelson, but still has five more holes to play. And those five are the toughest stretch on the course, Merion's diabolical finishing five. Tiger Woods, who is currently 2-over, also has to play that stretch and will start Friday morning with a par putt on the 11th green. That's where it went sideways for Woods on Thursday, as he struggled to get the green speeds down and looked lost with the putter at times.

The last groups out on the course are only through their first four holes, so there's still a significant amount of the first round remaining when things restart at 7:15 a.m. Friday. But here's your current leaderboard after the first day:

Place Player Score Thru
1 Luke Donald -4 13
2 Phil Mickelson -3 F
T3 Adam Scott -2 10
T3 Webb Simpson -2 8
T3 Mathew Goggin -2 6
T3 Alistair Presnell -2 6
T7 Nicolas Colsaerts -1 F
T7 Lee Westwood -1 13
T7 Estanislao Goya -1 11
T7 Peter Hedblom -1 11
T7 Chris Williams (a) -1 10
T7 Carl Pettersson -1 9
T7 Steven Alker -1 6
T7 Brandon Brown -1 4
T7 Gavin Hall (a) -1 5
T16 Tim Clark E F
T16 Charl Schwartzel E F
T16 Jerry Kelly E F
T16 Jason Day E F
T16 Rickie Fowler E F
T16 John Senden E 11
T16 Rory McIlroy E 11
T16 Michael Thompson E 9
T16 Ernie Els E 8
T16 Kyle Stanley E 7
T16 Jung-gon Hwang E 5
T16 Morten Orum Madsen E 6
T16 Branden Grace E 7
T16 Matt Bettencourt E 5
T16 Hideki Matsuyama (a) E 7
T16 Adam Hadwin E 5
T16 John Nieporte E 5
T16 Jesse Smith E 4
T16 Bio Kim E 5
T35 Dustin Johnson 1 F
T35 Bubba Watson 1 F
T35 Steve Stricker 1 F
T35 Justin Rose 1 F
T35 George Coetzee 1 F
T35 Charley Hoffman 1 F
T35 John Huh 1 F
T35 Ian Poulter 1 F
T35 Scott Stallings 1 F
T35 Kevin Phelan (a) 1 F
T35 K.J. Choi 1 9
T35 Jamie Donaldson 1 8
T35 Kevin Streelman 1 7
T35 Bo Van Pelt 1 7
T35 Russell Knox 1 5
T35 Brandon Crick 1 5
T51 Hunter Mahan 2 F
T51 Stewart Cink 2 F
T51 Shawn Stefani 2 F
T51 Nicholas Thompson 2 F
T51 Mike Weir 2 F
T51 Cheng Tsung Pan (a) 2 F
T51 Angel Cabrera 2 13
T51 Geoff Ogilvy 2 13
T51 Jim Furyk 2 12
T51 Marc Leishman 2 11
T51 Tiger Woods 2 10
T51 Scott Langley 2 10
T51 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 2 10
T51 Michael Weaver (a) 2 10
T51 Luke Guthrie 2 7
T51 Eddie Pepperell 2 7
T51 Josh Teater 2 7
T51 Yoshinobu Tsukada 2 7
T51 Edward Loar 2 6
T51 Sang-Moon Bae 2 6
T51 Max Homa 2 6
T51 Billy Horschel 2 7
T51 Jim Herman 2 5
T51 Grayson Murray (a) 2 4
T51 Matt Harmon 2 5
T51 Zack Fischer 2 5
T51 Ryan Sullivan 2 5
T78 Nick Watney 3 F
T78 Paul Casey 3 F
T78 Marcel Siem 3 F
T78 Sergio Garcia 3 F
T78 Padraig Harrington 3 F
T78 Fredrik Jacobson 3 F
T78 Michael Kim (a) 3 F
T78 John Peterson 3 F
T78 Chris Doak 3 F
T78 Kevin Sutherland 3 F
T78 Jaco Van Zyl 3 F
T78 Ryan Nelson 3 F
T78 Jose Maria Olazabal 3 14
T78 David Toms 3 14
T78 Paul Lawrie 3 13
T78 Brian Stuard 3 11
T78 Martin Kaymer 3 13
T78 Zach Johnson 3 12
T78 Graeme McDowell 3 12
T78 Morgan Hoffmann 3 10
T78 Thongchai Jaidee 3 10
T78 Casey Wittenberg 3 10
T78 Francesco Molinari 3 9
T78 Joe Ogilvie 3 7
T78 Kevin Chappell 3 8
T78 Russell Henley 3 6
T78 Jordan Spieth 3 6
T105 Peter Hanson 4 F
T105 Lucas Glover 4 F
T105 Matt Kuchar 4 F
T105 Brandt Snedeker 4 F
T105 David Lingmerth 4 F
T105 Martin Laird 4 F
T105 Jason Dufner 4 F
T105 Henrik Stenson 4 F
T105 Simon Khan 4 F
T105 Robert Karlsson 4 F
T105 Jay Don Blake 4 F
T105 Brandt Jobe 4 F
T105 Randall Hutchison 4 F
T105 Steven Fox (a) 4 9
T105 Scott Piercy 4 8
T105 D.A. Points 4 7
T121 Cliff Kresge 5 F
T121 Aaron Baddeley 5 F
T121 Louis Oosthuizen 5 F
T121 Boo Weekley 5 F
T121 Matteo Manassero 5 F
T121 Ryan Palmer 5 F
T121 Doug LaBelle II 5 F
T121 Matt Weibring 5 F
T121 John Hahn 5 F
T121 Mackenzie Hughes 5 F
T121 Darren Clarke 5 14
T121 Justin Hicks 5 11
T133 Ryan Yip 6 F
T133 John Parry 6 F
T133 Ted Potter, Jr. 6 F
T133 Hiroyuki Fujita 6 F
T133 Michael Campbell 6 F
T133 Wil Collins 6 F
T133 Harold Varner, III 6 F
T133 David Howell 6 11
T133 Brendan Steele 6 11
T133 Marcus Fraser 6 11
T143 Keegan Bradley 7 F
T143 Bill Haas 7 F
T143 Rory Sabbatini 7 F
T143 Y.E. Yang 7 F
T143 Thorbjorn Olesen 7 10
T148 Rikard Karlberg 8 F
T148 Yui Ueda 8 F
T148 David Hearn 8 F
T148 Geoffrey Sisk 8 F
152 Ryan Moore 9 F
T153 Roger Tambellini 10 F
T153 Robert Garrigus 10 F
T155 Andrew Svoboda 11 F
T155 Cory McElyea 11 F

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