June 15 2013
Notes by Elias Sports Bureau
• Phil Mickelson is playing the back-nine holes at Merion to a cumulative score of 1 under during the first three rounds of the U.S. Open. It’s the seventh time in Mickelson’s U.S. Open career that he has played the back nine holes to a cumulative score under-par through 54 holes. In those previous six occurrences, Mickelson went on to four second-place finishes, a fourth-place tie and a tie for 16th.
• Only six players are playing Merion’s back nine holes to a cumulative score under-par after three rounds of the U.S. Open; Steve Stricker (-4), Jason Day (-2), Hunter Mahan (-1), Phil Mickelson (-1), Charl Schwartzel (-1) and Billy Horschel (-1).
• Ian Poulter has birdied the par-4, 360-yard eighth hole at Merion in each of the first three rounds of the U.S. Open. It’s the third time in Poulter’s major championship career that he has birdied a par-4 hole in each of the first three rounds. It’s the first time at the U.S. Open, though, with the other major championship occurrences happening at the 2011 Masters and the 2007 British Open.
• Tiger Woods opened his third round of the U.S. Open by recording a birdie. It looked like Woods was planning to make a move on moving day. But Woods failed to record another hole under-par, instead recording seven scores over-par. For Woods, it’s just the second such round as a professional on the PGA TOUR where he began a round with a birdie and then failed to record another score under-par. The other occurrence came during the third round of the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club.
• It was a birdie fest on Merion’s short par-3 13th hole during the third round of the U.S. Open, where the players recorded 24 birdies. Since 1991 at the U.S. Open, only Bethpage’s par-3, 161-yard 14th hole in 2002 has surrendered more birides in a weekend round, when it let 25 players card a red score during Round 3.
• During the third round of the U.S. Open at Merion, Sergio Garcia carded a 10, an “other” on the par-4, 411-yard 15th hole. Through 54 holes of play this week, the 15th has recorded 14 “other” scores. Since 1991, only one other hole at a U.S. Open has recorded as many of the dreaded “other” scores through three rounds of play. In 2007 at Oakmont, the 484-yard, par-4 18th also had 14.