An injured left wrist might have hindered Tiger Woods as first round play resumed Friday Merion GC in the U.S Open.
The 14-time major champion finished up his first round 3-over par, and six back from the lead, as weather conditions pushed the first round into Friday.
Severe rain made for slippery greens and difficult tee shots at Merion, and Woods fired off six bogeys for a 73. According to reports, the No. 1 ranked player in the world and his wrist seemed fine overall, but he has a lot of ground to make up.
Thus far Phil Mickelson has saved his best play of the year for this tournament, shooting a 3-under 67 for the lead. Mickelson knocked in four birdies to one bogey, and limited his mistakes unlike the rest of the field.
England’s Luke Donald is just behind with a two-under 68, followed by Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts at one-under. Donald held the lead overnight, but lost it after bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes.
Rory McIlroy had just as difficult a first round as Woods, totaling five bogeys, with four coming on the back-nine. The 24-year-old started off strong with a one-under after the first nine holes, but ended his first round with bogeys on the 17th and 18th.
Reigning Masters champion Adam Scott is tied for 37th, at 2-over 72. Scott bogeyed four of his last seven holes, including a nasty double bogey on the 15th.
The weather should hold up until about 4 p.m. Eastern, when isolated thunder storms are expected in the Ardmore, Pa. area.
ESPN’s coverage of the event began at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, and a live online stream can be viewed at Watch ESPN here.
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern The Golf Channel will have live coverage, which can be watched at NBC Live Extra here.
ESPN’s coverage will then pick up again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern.