Mickelson leads at U.S. Open


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ARDMORE, Pa. -- Phil Mickelson, who shot 3-under 67 on Thursday, is officially the first-round leader of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.

Because of two weather delays, the first round could not be completed until this morning, and none of the 78 players who did not finish Thursday could catch Mickelson.

That includes England's Luke Donald, who was at 4-under after 13 holes when play was finally suspended because of darkness. But Donald bogeyed two of the five difficult finishing holes at Merion (Nos. 16 and 18) to finish at 68. He was tied with Matthew Goggin.

Tiger Woods, the world's No. 1 player, had to complete seven holes this morning and offset a birdie at the par-3 13th with bogeys at Nos. 12 and 17 to finish with 73.

Rory McIlroy, the world's No. 2 player who was in the same group with Woods, bogeyed three of the final five holes to also shoot 73.

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Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com and on Twitter: @gerrydulac.


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