2013 U.S. Open leaderboard: Luke Donald drops out of the lead, Tiger Woods struggling

Rob Carr

The morning groups are beginning to make the turn at the U.S. Open as they attempt to navigate through challenging conditions.

With wind picking up and Merion Golf Club drying out, the conditions for the second round of the U.S. Open are proving to be difficult. Tiger Woods is one of the players having a hard time finding birdies on Friday as he's 1-over for the round and dangerously close to the cut line.

Woods birdied his third hole of the second round, but bogeyed two of his next five holes to drop to 4-over overall. With the projected cut line at 4-over, Woods may need to pick up a shot or two on the front nine to avoid missing the cut. He came close to picking up a shot on No. 1, but his birdie putt was just off.

Luke Donald birdied two of his first three holes to take over the lead at 4-under, but two bogeys and five pars since have dropped him back to 2-under and one stroke behind Phil Mickelson who leads at 3-under. Mickelson is scheduled to tee off at 3:41 p.m. ET.

Woods' playing partners have also struggled to pick up shots in the second round as Rory McIlroy is even on the day while Adam Scott is 1-over on the round. Both players are one stroke ahead of Woods at 3-over for the tournament. Five players are currently under par for the tournament, with only Donald and Mickelson better than 1-under.

Here is a quick look at the top of the leaderboard and a few notable players.

Player Score Thru
Phil Mickelson -3 3:41 p.m.
Luke Donald -2 10
Mathew Goggin -1 4
Russell Knox -1 4
Nicolas Colsaerts -1 3:30 p.m.
Charl Schwartzel E 4:03 p.m.
Jason Day E 4:36 p.m.
Rickie Fowler E 4:36 p.m.
Bubba Watson 1 3:30 p.m.
Justin Rose 1 3:52 p.m.
Rory McIlroy 3 9
Adam Scott 3 9
Ernie Els 2 7
Tiger Woods 4 9

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