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It was that kind of a day when, with the fog lifting and the course play harder, even the fans were tough on the players.

Asked if this was the toughest U.S. Open course, Mickelson hedged.

“If you have great control of your ball flight, of your game, you can shoot a number around par and under par,” Mickelson said. “But if you play like I did and you start missing it off the tee and three-putting, you’re going to shoot a high number like I did.”

At least he was in good company with Watson, who acknowledged his game plan of bombing it with his driver _ he averaged a whopping 337.5 yards off the tee Thursday _ didn’t pan out.

Now both find themselves scrambling in a different way Friday.

“I can’t really think about the lead or anything,” Mickelson said. “I’ve just got to make the cut right now, and to do that, I got to shoot something under par.”