US Open 2013: Donald leads from Mickelson at Merion
Luke Donald slipped ahead of Phil Mickelson with his final shot to take a one-shot lead following a rain-swept opening day of the 113th US Open at Merion.
The man from England reached an impressive four under after 13 before play was eventually called to a halt, leaving Mickelson waiting in the clubhouse after a 67.
Australian and Masters Champion Adam Scott also managed three under, while current holder Webb Simpson, along with Alistair Presnell and Matthew Goggin ended the session on two under.
There was also an injury scare for world number one Tiger Woods, who appeared to hurt his wrist. He was two over after 10 and playing with partner Rory McIlroy on level par.
Play at Merion was suspended for three-and-a-half hours on Thursday morning because the weather became so severe, with strong storms whipping about the golf course and raising concern for safety. Later in the day play was stopped once more, leaving almost half of the field to finish their rounds at 07:15)12:15 BST) on Friday.
Former world number one Luke Donald is looking to become the first US Open Champion hailing from England since Tony Jacklin in 1970, though he hasn’t enjoyed a top-10 finish in nine US Opens to date. He did, however, birdie his first and third before bogeying the fifth, and then three straight birdies from 11 took him past the leading Mickelson.
Left-handed Mickelson, who turns 43 on Sunday, carded his lowest first-round score in 23 US Opens as he chases his first national title to add to three Masters and a US PGA.
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