2013 U.S. Open scores: Phil Mickelson leading, Tiger Woods in contention at Merion

Rob Carr

The East Course at Merion was the story on Friday, punishing a field that's left with just two players under par.

It was a brutal day at Merion, with 12 players finishing with rounds in the 80s and only three players under par. When the second round was called due to darkness at 8:27 p.m. ET, only two players remained in red numbers for the tournament -- Billy Horschel, a 2013 PGA Tour winner who fired a flawless round of 67, and first-round leader Phil Mickelson.

Horschel hit every single green in regulation for the miraculous loop through a course that made fools of some of the biggest names and best players in the world. It appeared he would go to sleep as the only player under par at the 113th U.S. Open, but Mickelson, always with a flair for the dramatic, canned a lengthy birdie putt in the gloaming on No. 18 to get back to 1-under. It was Mickelson's only birdie of the day, coming on a hole that was statistically playing the most difficult. For the second straight night, he'll go to bed with the clubhouse lead, halfway to capturing the white whale of his career.

Tiger Woods started his day with eight holes left in his opening round and then quickly doubled up with his second 18 just an hour later. It was a bit of a bad draw for Woods, who had to play the brutal five finishing holes twice back-to-back without really catching his breath, and at one point he was on the 4-over cut line. As the day progressed and the big numbers stacked up, that cut line moved well north of Woods, who picked up a shot coming into the clubhouse on Merion's front side.

And despite all the agita about his struggles on the greens and a nagging elbow injury that's clearly bothering him, Tiger got to sit back and watch the field contend with the same beast of a course and fall back to his spot at 3-over. He spent much of his first two rounds way back, hovering around 50th in the field but now he's tied for 17th place and in fine contention to end his majors drought. That last victory, in 2008 at Torrey Pines, came with a severe injury hobbling him. Could he pull off another banged-up U.S. Open win?

Alongside Woods at 3-over are fellow U.S. Open champions Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy. With big numbers looming on almost every hole, anyone who makes the cut is technically in contention, but especially that accomplished trio at 3-over. More than a quarter of the field still has to finish up the second round, but here's where things stand on Friday night:

Place Player Score Thru
T1 Billy Horschel -1 F
T1 Phil Mickelson -1 F
T3 Luke Donald E F
T3 Steve Stricker E F
T3 Justin Rose E F
T3 Ian Poulter E 14
T3 Cheng Tsung Pan (a) E 9
T8 John Senden 1 F
T8 Nicolas Colsaerts 1 F
T8 Charley Hoffman 1 12
T8 Jerry Kelly 1 12
T8 Michael Kim (a) 1 11
T13 Mathew Goggin 2 F
T13 Charl Schwartzel 2 16
T13 Hunter Mahan 2 15
T13 Henrik Stenson 2 12
T17 Rory McIlroy 3 F
T17 Tiger Woods 3 F
T17 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 3 F
T17 Ernie Els 3 F
T17 Matt Bettencourt 3 F
T17 Jason Day 3 14
T23 Geoff Ogilvy 4 F
T23 Bo Van Pelt 4 F
T23 Edward Loar 4 F
T23 Russell Knox 4 F
T23 Padraig Harrington 4 15
T23 Jason Dufner 4 14
T23 George Coetzee 4 13
T23 Marcel Siem 4 13
T23 John Huh 4 12
T23 Robert Karlsson 4 11
T33 Scott Langley 5 F
T33 Kyle Stanley 5 F
T33 Paul Casey 5 14
T33 Rickie Fowler 5 14
T33 David Lingmerth 5 13
T33 Scott Stallings 5 13
T33 Shawn Stefani 5 11
T33 Mike Weir 5 10
T33 Kevin Sutherland 5 9
T33 Ryan Nelson 5 9
T43 K.J. Choi 6 F
T43 Jamie Donaldson 6 F
T43 Webb Simpson 6 F
T43 Hideki Matsuyama 6 F
T43 Sergio Garcia 6 15
T43 Simon Khan 6 11
T43 Jaco Van Zyl 6 10
T43 Kevin Phelan (a) 6 9
T43 Randall Hutchison 6 9
T43 Matt Weibring 6 9
T53 Paul Lawrie 7 F
T53 Lee Westwood 7 F
T53 Carl Pettersson 7 F
T53 Adam Scott 7 F
T53 Bio Kim 7 F
T53 Bubba Watson 7 F
T53 Matt Kuchar 7 17
T53 Stewart Cink 7 15
T53 Matteo Manassero 7 14
T53 Martin Laird 7 13
T53 Fredrik Jacobson 7 13
T53 John Peterson 7 13
T53 Doug LaBelle II 7 10
T66 John Hahn
8 9
T66 David Howell 8 F
T66 Peter Hedblom 8 F
T66 Martin Kaymer 8 F
T66 Michael Weaver (a) 8 F
T66 Kevin Chappell 8 F
T66 Josh Teater 8 F
T66 Steven Alker 8 F
T66 Alistair Presnell 8 F
T66 Morten Orum Madsen 8 F
T66 Jim Herman 8 F
T66 Dustin Johnson 8 F
T66 Brandt Snedeker 8 F
T66 Tim Clark 8 17
T66 John Parry 8 16
T66 Bill Haas 8 14
T66 Boo Weekley 8 14
T66 Aaron Baddeley 8 13
T66 Rory Sabbatini 8 13
T66 Hiroyuki Fujita 8 13
T66 Nicholas Thompson 8 11
T66 Mackenzie Hughes 9 9
T87 Justin Hicks 9 F
T87 Chris Williams (a) 9 F
T87 Michael Thompson 9 F
T87 Y.E. Yang 9 13
T87 Ted Potter, Jr. 9 12
T87 Brandt Jobe 9 11
T87 Chris Doak 9 11
T87 David Hearn 9 10
T96 Brian Stuard 10 F
T96 Morgan Hoffmann 10 F
T96 Casey Wittenberg 10 F
T96 Kevin Streelman 10 F
T96 Steven Fox (a) 10 F
T96 Cliff Kresge 10 16
T96 Peter Hanson 10 15
T96 Ryan Palmer 10 11
T96 Andrew Svoboda 10 10
T105 Zach Johnson 11 F
T105 D.A. Points 11 F
T105 Sang-Moon Bae 11 F
T105 Gavin Hall (a) 11 F
T105 Max Homa (a) 11 F
T105 Michael Campbell
11 12
T105 Ryan Yip 11 16
T105 Jay Don Blake 11 12
T113 Keegan Bradley 12 F
T113 Brendan Steele 12 F
T113 David Toms 12 F
T113 Marcus Fraser 12 F
T113 Francesco Molinari 12 F
T113 Luke Guthrie 12 F
T113 Brandon Brown 12 F
T113 Nick Watney 12 15
T113 Ryan Moore 12 12
T113 Wil Collins 12 9
T113 Geoffrey Sisk 12 9
T124 Marc Leishman 13 F
T124 Graeme McDowell 13 F
T124 Thongchai Jaidee 13 F
T124 Branden Grace 13 F
T124 Jordan Spieth 13 F
T124 Jung-gon Hwang 13 F
T124 Lucas Glover 13 14
T131 Estanislao Goya 14 F
T131 Scott Piercy 14 F
T131 Eddie Pepperell 14 F
T131 Jesse Smith 14 F
T131 Harold Varner, III 14 10
T136 Rikard Karlberg
15 16
T136 Darren Clarke 15 F
T136 Angel Cabrera 15 F
T139 Jose Maria Olazabal 16 F
T139 Jim Furyk 16 F
T139 Joe Ogilvie 16 F
T139 Robert Garrigus 16 12
T139 Cory McElyea (a) 16 9
T144 Russell Henley 17 F
T144 Adam Hadwin 17 F
T146 Thorbjorn Olesen 18 F
T146 Yoshinobu Tsukada 18 F
T146 Zack Fischer 18 F
T146 Roger Tambellini 18 16
T146 Yui Ueda 18 16
T151 Matt Harmon 19 F
T151 Brandon Crick 19 F
153 John Nieporte 22 F
154 Ryan Sullivan 23 F
155 Grayson Murray (a) 24 F

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