Despite not taking advantageous of a couple prime birdie opportunities, Phil Mickelson continues to lead the 2013 U.S. Open. Mickelson has carded 10 straight pars after an opening bogey and continues to lead by one stroke at 2-under.
While he's still one of only three players under par, Mickelson missed golden opportunities to increase his lead. Mickelson's been locked in with his irons, hitting a number of excellent approach shots. He nearly holed his approach shot on No. 8, yelling "oh, come on baby. Come on" as he watched the ball spin back and just miss going in. Mickelson, however, lipped out the short birdie putt and was forced to settle for a disappointing par. He hit another excellent approach into No. 9, but once again missed the birdie putt.
Mickelson hasn't been able to capitalize with birdies, but he's still fared better than a number of players in the late groups. Rickie Fowler and Jason Day are 2-over through six holes on Friday while Bubba Watson went from contention to in danger of missing the cut on three holes. Watson doubled bogeyed No. 9 and No. 10 before a bogey on No. 11. He's now 6-over for the tournament. Dustin Johnson, playing in the same group as Watson, also struggled over that stretch, playing No. 9, No. 10 and No. 11 at 4-over. Johnson is now 7-over overall.
Here is a glance at the current leaderboard as a few notable players begin their second nine holes.
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