Play resumes after 2nd storm delay at US Open

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ARDMORE, PA. (AP) - First-round play has resumed after a second delay for severe weather at the U.S. Open.

Tiger Woods was among the players whose rounds were halted. They returned to the course after a 44-minute delay Thursday caused by another round of thunderstorms at the Merion Golf Club.

There was an earlier delay of 3 1/2 hours.

Phil Mickelson was the clubhouse leader, completing a round of 3-under 67.

Woods was 1 over when play was stopped the second time. He winced and shook his left arm after playing a shot out of the rough on the fifth hole, then bogeyed the hole to go to 2 over after play resumed.

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So much for getting a good night’s sleep.

Phil Mickelson arrived at Merion Golf Club about four hours before his 7:11 a.m. tee time and still managed to shoot a 3-under 67 for the clubhouse lead at Thursday’s opening round of the U.S. Open.

“I might have used just a little caffeine booster at the turn just to keep me sharp,” Mickelson said. “But that was our ninth hole or so, and I just wanted to make sure I had enough energy.”

Mickelson flew overnight from San Diego after watching his oldest daughter’s eighth-grade graduation, where she was one of the featured speakers. At first, he was a little shaky. But after rolling a birdie putt 8 feet past his first hole and putting his tee shot in the rough at his second, he settled himself _helped by a little more sleep during a rain delay.

It was his lowest opening round since 1999 in a championship he’s never won, even though he keeps coming close. He’s been runner-up a record five times.

“If I’m able _ and I believe I will _ if I’m able to ultimately win a U.S. Open, I would say that it’s great. … But if I never get that win, then it would be a bit heart-breaking,” Mickelson said.

By the time Mickelson tapped in a par to complete his round, the sun had replaced clouds, and putters had long replaced squeegees. Drenching storms caused a 3 1/2-hour delay, halting play less than two hours after it began.

The rains returned while the marquee group of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy were on the front nine, and play was stopped again at 6:11 p.m.

Woods was 1 over at the time, and he winced and shook his left arm, staring at his wrist, after playing a shot out of the rough at No. 5. The horn sounded before the three-time Open champion could finish the hole.

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