Golf: Early bird Phil Mickelson grabs lead at US Open

Mickelson skipped practise rounds at the course on Tuesday and Wednesday to fly back to California and attend his daughter Amanda's eighth-grade graduation ceremony, then flew back in time to start the Open on Thursday.

updated: June 14, 2013 11:39 IST
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Ardmore, Pennsylvania: Phil Mickelson shrugged off an overnight flight scramble and an early morning thunderstorm to post the clubhouse lead in the 113th US Open at Merion Golf Club on Thursday.

The American's three under 67, sandwiched around a 3 hours 32 minutes play suspension due to the bad weather, was still the target by the end of the day as half the field were unable to complete their rounds.

England's former world number one Luke Donald was best-placed among the chasers at four under through 13 holes.

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