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June 14, 2013

Mickelson's 67 holding up into 2nd rd at US Open

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Phil Mickelson's round held up, and so did Tiger Woods' left wrist.

Now Woods needs to find a way to stay out of Merion's wicked rough.

Mickelson's 3-under 67 was the top score in a delayed first round that was completed Friday morning at the U.S. Open. He was one shot of ahead of Luke Donald and Mathew Goggin, who played in a cool drizzle that was far gentler than the storms that interrupted play twice on Thursday.

"I think everyone thought that as soon as the course got wet it was going to play easy," said Donald, who missed a 4-foot par putt at No. 18. "The scores certainly aren't showing that. The tough holes are extremely tough."

Donald all but made a U-turn on the course because officials tried to make up for lost time due to Thursday's foul weather and started the second round almost immediately. The results were mixed. The former world No. 1 quickly moved into the lead with back-to-back birdies, including a chip-in at the par-3 13th, but he canceled that out with bogeys at Nos. 15 and 2 before a birdie at the 3rd left him tied again with Mickelson.

The quick turnarounds were a logistical challenge on a course that required long shuttle rides to move golfers to and fro, leaving them little time to refuel.

"I got no choice," Donald said. "Just get out there, grab something quick to eat, hit a few balls and get out there."

Woods completed a round of 73, but not before pulling out his driver and putting his first tee shot of the day well right of the fairway into the high grass. On Thursday, he would wince and shake his left arm, particularly his wrist, when playing out of the rough, but there was no obvious sign of discomfort Friday when he played his second shot at the long par-4 No. 12.

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