Pretty lethal: Ian Poulter attempts to blast out of a sand trap on the 16th hole as he completed his second round

US Open 2013: Ian Poulter discovers Merion favours the lucky player

This brute of a course punishes good shots rather than testing the best as many have discovered

US Open 2013 Day Two: Phil Mickelson ties Merion lead with Billy Horschel at close of play

A birdie at the last after the horn had blown to signal the end of play for the day took Phil Mickelson back to the top of the leaderboard for a share of the US Open lead on one under par. Mickelson was two over for his round but relieved to tie Billy Horschel, who also birdied the 18 hole, as the only players in red numbers at Merion.

Phil Mickelson, five times a runner-up at this event, is one solid round from running winning the US Open

US Open 2013: Phil Mickelson leads but English duo
Luke Donald and Justin Rose remain in contention

Donald and Rose could end 43-year wait for an English winner

Tiger Woods pictured at the US Open

US Open: All eyes still on Tiger but the world No 1 dogged by hints of mortality in majors

It’s a long time since Tiger Woods began a competitive round at nearly tea-time and was still playing at 8.19pm when there was a hint of rain in the air and darkness was all around. It is a long time since Woods finished a round the better part of 17 hours after he had started it.

Luke Donald celebrates a birdie on the 13th during his second round

US Open day two: Equal terms at Merion

On equal terms with Merion. In two days’ time that might just be enough to make a major champion of Luke Donald. A birdie at the penultimate hole of his second round helped ease the pain of the five bogeys in six holes that preceded it. As he put it: “I’m in a good place, excited to be in contention.”

Tiger Woods pictured at the US Open

US Open 2013: The latest report from the third day at Merion

Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel overnight leaders as the second round comes to a conclusion

Tiger Woods pictured at the US Open

US Open 2013: The latest report from the second round at Merion

Luke Donald led overnight

Sergio Garcia on the way to a double-bogey on the 14th hole. The Spaniard needed uniformed officials to protect him from the crowd after his comments about Tiger Woods

US Open 2013: Phil Mickelson beats red-eye and bad weather to make strong start at Merion

World No 5 attended daughter's graduation hours before tee-off as deluge caused delays

The Sport Matrix: Friday 14 June 2013

Apologetic Warner banned until Ashes for striking Root

Justin Rose finished with a birdie to card a one-over-par 71 yesterday

US Open 2013: Will historic Merion Golf Club show it has stood test of time?

Ben Hogan's win in the 1950 US Open, 16 months after a car accident that had almost killed him, and Bobby Jones' triumph in the 1930 US Amateur, which gave him all four major championships of that era in one glorious summer spell, were the defining memories of some of the 19 USGA events to have been held at Merion Golf Club down the years.

Justin Rose says he is ready to finally win a major

James Lawton: One of Europe's Ryder Cup heroes must find the steel necessary to storm the US Open

Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Justin Rose must step up

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 13 June 2013

Warner expected to be sent home after Root attack

The highs and lows of Justin Rose

Justin Rose has had quite a career, he is now being tipped to challenge at any major he plays at, but that does not mean he has had it all his own way. See below for a selection of Rose's highs and lows:

The Sport Matrix: Monday 10 June 2013

Emotional Nadal makes Roland Garros history

Lee Westwood: Endured another disappointing day by posting an opening-round score of 74

Rory McIlroy's annus horribilis continues at Memorial Tournament in Ohio

Rory McIlroy is in danger of missing his second successive cut after carding a six-over-par 78 in the first round of the Memorial Tournament.

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