The 2010 US Open leaderboard now heads into moving day. But, the 2010 US Open leaderboard already moved around yesterday, as the US Open now has at least a few big names in contention. After Thursday, lesser known players and a few unknowns were leading the way, while Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were far behind. After Friday, there are still a few non-superstars in the lead, but now the bigger names are moving up. Of course, that doesn’t apply to every major star, but the 2010 US Open leaderboard is getting by without Woods anyway.
Heading into today’s third round, Graeme McDowell is in sole possession of the lead at -3. McDowell has never won a PGA event, but is on top halfway through with a 71 and a 68. But, all the attention on the 2010 US Open leaderboard is on who is tied for second.
While Woods failed to get out of his early hole, Phil Mickelson charged up with a slew of early birdies. His 66 was the low score of the day by two shots, putting Mickelson at -1 for the tournament. He is in a four-way tie for second, despite his 75 on Thursday.
Such a sudden turnaround has made him the one to watch out for in the 2010 US Open leaderboard. Since this is the official moving day, the expectation is that Mickelson will close the gap today, and move ahead heading into Sunday. Of course, given his five second-place Open finishes, he still has a very long way to go.
Given that Woods is still in a big hole, at seven shots back, Mickelson has all the drawing power now. Yet, the 2010 US Open leaderboard has another notable star tied with him. Ernie Els rebounded from a 71 to shoot a 68 on Friday, and is also at -1. Els is a two-time Open champion, although he hasn’t won one in 13 years.
Despite the lower scores on Friday, the 2010 US Open leaderboard isn’t too low overall. Mickelson, Els and McDowell are three of only five players under par, with four more at even par. Even those slightly over par still have a chance, especially if they get a run like Mickelson had yesterday. But, for Woods, who is at +4, he may need to outdo Mickelson’s 66 to have a real chance on Sunday.
Woods will tee off early at 4:40 p.m. est, just before NBC starts its coverage at 5. Mickelson and Els start just after 6:30, as the third round will go on well into the night. By then, the 2010 US Open leaderboard will either show Mickelson on the brink of a long awaited title, or show that he’ll have to do it from behind on Fathers Day.
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