More Rain Possible at Bethpage

By TIM REYNOLDS
|  Saturday, Jun 20, 2009  |  Updated 10:00 AM EDT
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Open Champ: Lucas Glover Outlast 'Em All

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Mike Weir of Canada is the first round leader.

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – With more storms bearing down on Bethpage Black, Lucas Glover returned looking quite comfortable leading the U.S. Open.

Not bad, considering he's never before made the cut in the season's second major championship.

Glover finished a six-birdie, no-bogey second round of 6-under 64 Saturday morning, putting him in a tie for the lead at that point with Mike Weir and former U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes. Weir, the first-round leader, and Barnes both had four holes left to play.

Glover came to the ninth hole, his final one of the round, needing a birdie to become the fifth person to shoot 63 in U.S. Open history. He settled for par and likely did so happily, since he had played in the U.S. Open three times before and never stuck around for the weekend.

"The key to making birdies at the U.S. Open is hitting it in the fairway," Glover said Friday night. "I've been doing that, for the most part."

Just like Weir did on Friday during his opening round on his way to shooting 64, Glover found a way to go low on Bethpage's soft fairways and super-receptive greens.

Phil Mickelson rode waves of emotional support throughout his 9 1/2-hour, 29-hole marathon Friday from fans who adored him seven years ago at Bethpage and seem even more attracted to him now. It's been less than a month since Amy Mickelson revealed that she has breast cancer, and she sent her husband to New York with one request: Bring home a trophy.

"I just love playing golf here," Mickelson said. "I love coming up to this area. I think all sports teams love playing in front of these people here. They are some of the best sports fans in the country."

Few of them had arrived when play restarted Saturday. Perhaps he needed more out there.

Mickelson took a drop on the way to making bogey at the par-5 13th hole for the second straight day, falling seven shots off the lead.

"It's not going to get any easier," Mickelson surmised Friday night, "than it is right now."

He's likely right.

A course that only Tiger Woods could tame when the U.S. Open first visited in 2002 was giving up birdies with alarming regularity once the weather improved Friday, barely even resembling the nearly flooded track that hardly anyone found any success on the day before.

Woods was one of them.

The defending champion was 11 shots behind while he worked on the driving range Saturday morning. He gave four shots back in his final four holes Friday morning on the way to his worst start at a major in three years.

Woods was to start his second round at 10:06 a.m., and if the forecasts are correct, he might be on the wrong side of bad weather once again.

More rain was predicted to start falling sometime around midday Saturday, with up to 1 inch possible according to the National Weather Service. Much work has been done at Bethpage to get rid of the water that turned the park into a pool on Thursday, but any significant new rainfall would likely make the Black unplayable once again.

"Our side definitely had a big advantage," Weir said Friday, after spending much of his day basking in sunshine.
 

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