June 15 2013
Edward Loar is playing in his second consecutive U.S. Open. (Redington/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Edward Loar, a full-time Web.com Tour player, is among the contenders midway through Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open.
Loar, who earned a spot through sectional qualifying, is 3 under on his round through 11 holes and 1 over for the tournament, just two shots off the lead currently shared by John Senden and Luke Donald.
On his front nine Saturday, Loar eagled the par-5 second and birdied the par-4 fifth, one of the most difficult holes on the course.
Here are three things you should know about Loar, who was born in Dallas and still resides there:
1. Unlike Phil Mickelson, a natural right-hander who plays golf left-handed, Loar is a natural lefty. He resisted efforts by his father Jay Loar, a former golf coach at SMU, to get him to play right-handed.
2. Loar's animal charity work includes the Legacy Boxer Rescue, which finds homes for disowned boxers. Loar owns a boxer named Rookie.
3. Just missed getting his PGA TOUR card for this year when he found the water on the each of the last two holes of q-school. He's bounced back on the Web.com Tour and currently ranks second on the money list.
UPDATE (6:37 p.m. ET): Loar struggled down the stretch and finished with a 3-over 73 that leaves him at 7 over for the tournament.
Loard was 3 under through 11 holes, but bogeyed the 12th, double bogeyed the 14th, and bogeyed the 15th, 16th and 18th holes. He was 6 over on his last seven holes.