The sun finally made an appearance at Bethpage Black on Friday, long enough to dry up the fairways and leave the greens soft and sweet. Many of the players took advantage of the prime scoring conditions–unfortunately Tiger Woods wasn’t one of them. The world’s top golfer was even par heading into the final four holes of his opening round when disaster struck. Tiger gave back four strokes over the last four holes to finish at 4-over 74 for the round, his worst start at a major since the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
While Tiger tanked, a surprising name found himself atop the leaderboard when play ended due to darkness. After an opening round 69, Lucas Glover dropped five birdies to finish at 6-under through thirteen holes. Glover sits one stroke ahead of Ricky Barnes, and two strokes in front of a group of three players, including former Masters winner Mike Weir, who shot an impressive 6-under 64 in his opening round before a pair of bogeys in the nine holes he squeezed out in his second round left him at 4-under.
Sentimental favorite Phil Mickelson opened with a 69, shot even par through eleven holes, and sits at 1-under going into play Saturday. Reigning major champs Angel Cabrera and Padraig Harrington fared no better than Woods, finishing at 4-over and 6-over respectively.
Play continues Saturday, with more rain in the forecast. Officials are already speculating a possible Monday, or even Tuesday, final round.