Glover Leads Suspended U.S. Open

By Dean Pantazi

June 21, 2010 Updated Jun 19, 2009 at 9:10 PM EST

FARMINGDALE, N.Y (AP) -- Tiger Woods couldn't get off the course fast enough.

Mike Weir, Lucas Glover, Ricky Barnes and Phil Mickelson were among those on the right side of the rain at the U.S. Open and thrilled they didn't have to leave until it was too dark to continue.

Sunshine made a cameo Friday at Bethpage Black, enough to dry the fairways and keep the greens soft. It was a perfect combination for scoring at the U.S. Open, and Weir seized on the rare opportunity.

Despite a double bogey on his back nine, the former Masters champion closed with back-to-back birdies for a 6-under 64, giving him a two-shot lead over Peter Hanson of Sweden and the lowest score in the U.S. Open in six years.

Not long after he finished, Weir and the late starters headed back out for the second round.

When a day that lasted just over 13 hours finally ended, Bethpage Black turned red on the leaderboard with 16 players under par. All but two of those players -- Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and amateur Drew Weaver -- were on the course.

Glover was atop the leaderboard at 6-under par through 13 holes, one shot ahead of Barnes, and 10 shots clear of Woods, who completed a 74 in the sloppy morning for his worst start in a major in three years.

Glover shot 69 earlier in the day, then played bogey-free until it was too dark to continue. Barnes, who opened with a 67, decided to finish in twilight and nearly three-putted the 18th green.

Weir played the front nine in 2 over to fall two shots behind.

Mickelson, whose popularity in New York shot up even more after disclosing his wife has breast cancer, challenged for the lead until he missed some short putts coming in and settled for a 69.

Woods could be in jeopardy at Bethpage Black, where seven years ago he was the only player to finish under par.

The U.S. Open cut is top 60 and ties, plus anyone within 10 shots of the lead. Woods could only hope the leaders didn't get too far away from before he tees off in the second round Saturday, when more rain is expected.

The second round was to resume at 7:30 a.m.




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