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Mickelson’s U.S. Open To Lose, Stricker In The Hunt, Woods And McIlroy Fall Out Of Contention

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 14:44 Sunday, 16 June 2013 00:00

by Alfie Lau

 

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By all rational reason, Phil Mickelson should not be leading the U.S. Open heading into the final round.
 
He arrived at Merion on Monday, saw all the rain that was falling and decided to leave early for Southern California, not only to work on his short game at his private practice facility, but to attend the Grade 8 graduation ceremony for daughter Amanda.
 
He flew in from California on a red-eye early Thursday, less than four hours before his opening round, bogeyed the first hole and still shot 67.

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Behind The Scenes In The Media Centre At The U.S. Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 10:59 Saturday, 15 June 2013 22:30

By Alfie Lau

 

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Six days into U.S. Open week, the white tent of the media centre is becoming like a second home for the hundreds of us journalists.
 
There’s a great dining area that feed us from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the food this week including Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, Tex Mex and the incomparable Keurig coffee maker and always-stocked ice cream cooler.
 
The bathrooms are trailers, but they’re much more swank than the blue Port-A-Potties that are dotting the East Course at Merion in Philadelphia.  
 
We have shuttle buses that take us to the media parking lot, the driving range and the flash quotes zone.

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Kuchar And Bradley Take One For The Team, Mickelson And Horschel Lead U.S. Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 13:19 Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00

by Alfie Lau

 

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Matt Kuchar and Keegan Bradley are giving new meaning to the term “taking one for the team.”
 
Only three groups of the 26 that started their afternoon rounds after 3 p.m. on Friday completed their rounds, but amongst that group are four of the top eight contenders for the 113th US Open being contested at Merion’s East Course in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
 
And it all wouldn't have been possible if Bradley and Kuchar hadn't, in the words of Justin Rose "taken one for the team."

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Hearn And Weir Make Cut At U.S. Open; Yip, Hughes And Hadwin All Miss

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 13:42 Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00

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by Alfie Lau

 
As Mike Weir stood over his eight-foot putt on the 18th hole at Merion’s East Course in the waning moments of Round 2 of the US Open, the significance of making the putt wasn’t lost on the Bright’s Grove, Ontario native. 
 
Make the putt and Weir would join playing partner David Hearn for weekend action in suburban Philadelphia. Miss it and it’s off to the airport. 
 
“I had a pretty good idea I needed to make it,” said Weir of the putt he curled in for a second round of 76 to go with his opening round 72.

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Luke Donald Leads 2013 US Open At Weather-Delayed Merion

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 10:17 Friday, 14 June 2013 10:03

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Alfie Lau (iG)

The much-feared derecho storm that was going to bring apocalyptic rain to the Merion Golf Course and the first round of the US Open didn't come after all.

While two separate rain delays totaling four hours and 15 minutes meant that only the morning wave of 78 golfers completed their rounds, the biggest winners appear to be the golfers who will still be playing their opening rounds on Friday morning.

The overnight leader is Englishman Luke Donald, who rode a wave of three straight birdies at 11, 12 and 13 to take a one-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson, whose sterling 67 in the morning was lauded by all his fellow competitors.

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