Former champion McDowell ready to put brutal Merion rounds behind him at US Open

  • Article by: DAN GELSTON , AP Sports Writer
  • Updated: June 14, 2013 - 9:35 PM

ARDMORE, Pa. — Phil Mickelson knew it was going to be close, so he made sure his group could finish the second round of the U.S. Open on Friday.

The rule when a round is halted because of darkness is that players have the option to complete a hole.

Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Keegan Bradley were on the 17th with the sun falling fast when Lefty spoke to Dustin Johnson in the group ahead of them.

"We told DJ and his caddie, Keith Sbarbaro, we may hit one shot and they looked out for it," Mickelson said.

Mickelson and Stricker were still on the 17th green when Bradley went over to the 18th green. The Johnson group, still in the fairway, moved to the side so Bradley could hit his tee shot. If the horn were to sound, Mickelson's group would be able to play the final hole because at least one player (Bradley) had teed off on the 18th.

"They moved out of the way, and Keegan hit a tee shot, and they went back and finished the hole," Mickelson said. "It was nice of them so we could finish."

It turned out they didn't need to rush. The horn didn't sound until everyone in Mickelson's group was on the 18th hole. Mickelson made a 20-foot birdie for a 72 to share the clubhouse lead. Stricker got up-and-down from 40 yards short of the green for a par. He shot 69 and was one shot behind.

Bradley had no chance of making the cut. That's why it didn't matter that he rushed over to play his tee shot on the 18th.

It was critical for the top players to finish, and that included the group behind — Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker.

Rose made par for a 69 and joined Stricker at one shot behind.

Because the second round won't finish until Saturday morning, the last few groups of the third round likely won't tee off until mid-afternoon. The last thing anyone wanted to do — particularly Mickelson, Stricker, Rose — was to return to Merion at the crack of dawn to play one hole, and then come back some eight hours later.

"We had to wait about two or three minutes on the tee," Rose said. "And I was getting nervous. Kuch ... suddenly grabbed the club and he was ready. That was definitely taking one for the team."

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Graeme McDowell has already moved on to other majors.

He may as well. McDowell's is out of the hunt for a second career U.S. Open championship.

McDowell, the 2010 champ, was 7 over after a 77 on Friday in the second round at Merion Golf Club.

"I'm temporarily dejected," he said. "This game is not about your bad weeks. Of course, it's about the major championships, and you're trying to prepare yourself as well as you can coming into weeks like this.

"I'll shake it off and I'll get ready for The Open Championship in a few weeks time. That's my next target. The Irish Open and the French Open between then. I'll be competitively sharp going into Muirfield and I'll continue to draw on this season."

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