A birdie at the last hole earned Phil Mickelson a share of the lead at the US Open in Merion after Day Two.

The American sits at the top of the leader board with countryman Billy Horschel at one under par at the end of day two after shooting a two-over par 72. 

Horschel hit the round of the day, going round in 67 to leave him in an excellent position with two days remaining in Philadelphia.

The torrential weather from day one that caused many to complete their first round at the start of day two may have relented but that didn’t mean conditions were any easier to master. Play was suspended because of light at about 8:30 local time with 68 players still to complete their rounds as the US Open continued to have something of a chaotic feel to it.

Luke Donald went round in 72 to leave him level for the tournament and tied for 3rd place – a satisfactory result for the Englishman after his first round 68 had put him at the top of the pile. 

Donald, who resumed to complete his first round at 7.13am local time before remerging to do battle 90 minutes after finishing is joined by Steve Stricker (69) and Justin Rose (69), both of whom remain in contention for their first ever major win.

Rose in particular will be happy with his 69 that puts him within striking distance of both Mickelson and Horschel. 

The 32-year-old got off to a flying start with birdies at the 1st and 2nd, and kept his nerve to keep him near the top, with bogeys at 6 and 15 the only blots on his copybook.

Further back, Nicolas Colsaerts remains in contention despite his second-round 72, which contained four bogeys and two birdies. The Belgian is one-over par along with Australian John Senden.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods remain on the fringe of things after salvaging rounds of 70 apiece from day two when a much higher score for both men looked likely. The big-name pair sit at three-over for the tournament, four shots off the lead.

Elsewhere in the field Jason Duffner endured a tough day at the office. Having got off to a quick start with a birdie at the first he soon came back down to earth with a bang as he found the water on the 4th hole.

He struggled to recover from that moment and after bogeying the 5th, limited the damage with birdies at the 8th and 14th to stay even with four holes of his second round remaining.

Charl Schwartzel was another who saw his round curtailed by the bad light as he looked to make a move up the leader board.

A disastrous 6 on the par-four 1st hole looked to have derailed the South African but he fought back with three birdies in the next six holes. A birdie at the 13th will give the 28-year-old hope ahead of completing his second round on Saturday.

He’s shot 140 (Even) for the tournament so far, with plenty of time to make up ground in what will likely be a hectic remaining two days on America's east coast.

 

 

 

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