Rain delays third round
Heavy rain returned to Bethpage Black on Saturday evening with the US Open leaders still to get their third rounds under way.
Heavy rain returned to Bethpage Black on Saturday evening with the leaders in the US Open still to get their third rounds under way.
The halfway cut came at four over par with just 60 players left in the championship but the third round did not get started until 5.30pm local time (10.30 BST) and just 90 minutes later play was suspended with several greens submerged.
It allowed just five of the 40 players who teed off to improve their scores, Britain’s Oliver Wilson making three birdies in four holes to set against the double-bogey five he made at the third.
It took him to one under for the tournament alongside Hunter Mahan, while Phil Mickelson holed a downhiller from around 20 feet for par at the first after his drive had found a horrible lie.
Tiger Woods, starting from the 10th, found sand off the tee and then pulled his second into the rough, but a deft chip left him with little more than a tap-in and he will resume on three over.
Graeme McDowell picked up two birdies to get to one under before carding a disappointing double bogey at the 15th just before the klaxon sounded.
Among those to harm their chances of lifting the title were former champion Geoff Ogilvy, who dropped to +2 with two bogeys in four holes, while Adam Scott – who finished his second round with three successive bogeys – started double bogey, bogey before getting one back at the third and also slipped to two over.
With a dodgy weather forecast for Sunday it seems certain that the players will be back at the start of next week in a bid to find a new champion.
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