SOUTHAMPTON, New York (AP) - The beasts have been released. Phil Mickelson stormed to the lead Friday at the U.S. Open, just as Shinnecock Hills began
to show its teeth.
Mickelson began the second round two strokes off the pace, but took the lead with a birdie at the 12th hole, moving to 3-under par for the day and
5-under for the tournament.
"Lefty" is seeking his second straight major title, a remarkable feat, considering he won for the first time in 40-plus career major starts at The
Masters this spring. Mickelson had a favorable tee time Friday, getting started at 8:30 a.m. EDT. That allowed him to avoid the harshest of playing
With the temperature rising and the wind beginning to whip off the Peconic Bay, Shinnecock finally was wreaking havoc with the 156-player field. Jay
Haas and Shigeki Maruyama of Japan earned the lead Thursday with 66s, matched by Angel Cabrera of Argentina when the first round was completed Friday
With Haas and Maruyama still some 90 minutes from getting their second rounds under way, it seemed unlikely they would be able to go much lower than
4-under before the cut is made.
The field played the par-70 course at an average of 73.403 strokes. Following Thursday's rain delay of more than two hours, it was 72.253 shots and
steadily climbing in the second round.
Tiger Woods must deal with the worst of the conditions if he is to make a move. He shot a 72 on Thursday, despite an early round that gave him a
chance to post a low number.
Following Mickelson, Haas and Maruyama on the leaderboard was Cabrera at 3-under through nine holes. As Mickelson birdied to take the lead, Cabrera
double-bogeyed the 18th to drop to fourth.
Several others were at 2-under, including Corey Pavin, who won the last U.S. Open held here in 1995.