No one could catch Phil Mickelson or Billy Horschel as the second round wrapped up early Saturday at the US Open, where sunny skies helped dry muddy Merion Golf Club.
Ian Poulter tried to join them but had a bad lie in a bunker at No 16 and his approach rolled off the back edge of the green at the 18th. The two bogeys sank him from even par to two-over after his round of 71.
Once everyone finished, Lefty and Horschel remained the only players under par, at one-under 139 at the halfway point of the championship."I’m three off the lead in the US Open," Poulter said. "And that’s the difference of one hole. You can make birdie and someone can make double. I’m right in position and right there where I want to be. It's going to be a fun weekend."
The cut line was 8 over, saving both defending champion Webb Simpson (+5) and Maste-rs champion Adam Scott (+7).
Winner of the Zurich Classic this year and a cut-making machine, the 26-year-old from Florida missed the cut in his only other USOpen, in 2006.
Can Tiger still win?
He can, but it’s tough. After all, Woods has never won a tournament, let alone a Major, after having an over-par score through 36 holes. After cards of 73 and 70, he is at three-over for tied 13th.