(ARDMORE, Pa.) — After two rain delays, Day 1 of the U.S. Open finally came to an end due to darkness at Merion Golf Club Thursday, with Englishman Luke Donald leading at 4-under through 13 holes.
Phil Mickelson is the leader in the clubhouse after shooting a 3-under 67.
The 3-under is the best first-round score Mickelson has put up at a U.S. Open since 1999 at Pinehurst. In that tournament Mickelson finished in second.
Mickelson’s score was also impressive considering he was in San Diego Wednesday night until 11 p.m Eastern, so he could attend his daughter Amanda’s eighth-grade graduation. Lefty didn’t land in Philadelphia until 3:30 a.m.. Once there he got an hour of sleep before getting to the course for his 7:11 a.m. tee time.
Tiger Woods finished the day two-over through ten holes.
Nicolas Colzarts shot a 1-under 69, and is the only golfer besides Mickelson in the clubhouse after shooting an under-par round.
The first round is scheduled to resume Friday at 7:15 a.m. Eastern.
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