ARDMORE, Pa. – It took a few days, but the 113th U.S. Open is finally back on schedule.
With several players still needing to finish up their second rounds Saturday morning, the projected cut line moved from 7 over to 8-over 148, allowing a few more boldfaced names to stick around for the weekend. Chief among them were world No. 7 Brandt Snedeker (74-74) and Dustin Johnson (71-77), who have yet to solve the mysteries of the sub-7,000-yard East Course, but head into Round 3 only eight shots behind.
The 36-hole cut was supposed to be reserved for the low 60 and ties, but 73 players will play the weekend at Merion. As a result, players in the third round will be grouped in threesomes off split tees (Nos. 1 and 11) and, barring any further delays, will be back on track for the Sunday finale.
A few of the notable names who were on the first flight out of Philly: Tim Clark, Matteo Manassero, Kevin Streelman, Zach Johnson, Max Homa (amateur), Boo Weekley, Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell, Jordan Spieth, Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk and Russell Henley.