ARDMORE (Sporting Alert) — While World No. 1 Tiger Woods struggled in the first round of the US Open at Merion Golf Club, Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson were impressing others on an interrupted day one of action.
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Donald birdied three consecutive holes (11, 12 and 13) on his way to moving to four-under through 13 holes before the poor weather forced the abandonment of the day’s play due to bad light.
After day one, the 35-year-old Englishman is ahead of clubhouse leader Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, who are four-under.
“I’m excited to get off to a great start,” Donald said. “I made a great putt on one, another good birdie on three, and then just played the holes like they should be played.
“I feel like I’m in pretty good control of my game, and it’s nice to get off to such a good start.”
He also said of his successive birdies: “Those are kind of the holes you want to make an easy score if you can.
“Obviously the weather conditions are making the course a lot softer, and you can attack the pins a little bit more. So it’s playing as gentle as it might play so far, and obviously this afternoon there was not much wind.
“If you were going to make a score, today was a good day.
“I’ve obviously got five holes left and five pretty tough ones to finish, but I’m really happy with the way I started my round.”
Mickelson was also happy about his opening day performance, after attending daughter’s eight-grade graduation ceremony, which forced him to miss practice on Wednesday, making it back in time tee-off.
“I knew exactly how I wanted to play the golf course, given different wind conditions, clubs I was going to be hitting, where I was going to be and the shots that I was going to have,” he said.
“So I didn’t feel I needed more time at Merion, what I needed was to get my touch sharp.”
However, Woods, who seems to be carrying a wrist injury is down the pack at two-over through 10 holes and he will resume on Friday morning.
Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, was 7-over-par after his first eight holes.