McDowell leads at US Open, with Mickelson lurking

16:53, June 19, 2010      

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Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland led the U.S. Open Friday, two strokes ahead of U.S. golfer Phil Mickelson entering the weekend.

McDowell has the lead at 3-under par, following up his opening-round 71 with a 68 Friday.

McDowell, who won the Wales Open two weeks ago for his fifth European Tour title, has improved in each of his four U.S. Open appearances and tied for 18th in 2009 at 4-over par.

After failing to make a birdie during his first-round 75, Mickelson made a charge Friday afternoon with five over the first eight holes. He took 25 putts over 18 holes - tied for the fewest in the second round - and is 1-under par overall at the season's second major championship.

Mickelson, who is No. 2 in the Official World Rankings behind Tiger Woods, has been runner-up at the U.S. Open five times, including a tie for second last year at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in New York.

Tiger Woods, who won the 2000 U.S. Open here by a record 15 shots, sits seven strokes behind after a second-round 72.

Source: Xinhua


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