US Open: Merion title still up for grabs, says Colin Montgomerie
Last Updated: 15/06/13 9:25am
The race for the US Open title is wide open going into day three, says Colin Montgomerie.
Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel share the lead at Merion on one-under but and, as it stands, just six shots separate 42 players at the top of the leaderboard.
However 68 players had still to complete their second round when play was suspended on the ground of poor light, meaning the cut line had still to be drawn.
England's Luke Donald and Justin Rose are among a group of five players a shot off the pace on level par, while Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are both three further strokes in arrears.
At this stage, though, Montgomerie is ruling no-one out of contention.
"Anyone within six of the lead here has a golden opportunity of winning this - it's very, very tight," he told Sky Sports.
"This course has bunched the players altogether. I agree with Phil Mickelson - the way the pins were located today meant the good players weren't separated.
"You'll find the pins in more difficult spots on the harder holes and easier on the birdie holes to separate the groups on Saturday because they don't want 60 guys going into a scrum down on Sunday!
"No-one who we thought would do well has blown out. This is an exciting weekend ahead."
Mickelson retained a share of the lead by making birdie at 18 to card a two-over 72 in his second round. The score took him alongside World No 50 Horschel at the top of the leaderboard.
Horschel's impressive three-under 67 was the standout round of the day given the tough conditions at the weather-delayed tournament, but Butch Harmon told Sky Sports he's optimistic that the forecast is picking up.
"We're going to have good weather over the weekend - Saturday for sure," said Mickelson's coach. "There might be a little rain on Sunday but I don't think so.
"There is going to be some fantastic golf. There are still 20 groups to finish their second round but we'll get that done in the morning and come back with some great golf in the afternoon.
"The leaderboard is spectacular - look at all the great players up there. Mickelson's dinner is going to taste a lot better tonight after that birdie at the last."