“I’m thrilled,” he said, adding: "It’s hard, though."

 

Mathew Goggin a surprise in third place | 10:11 a.m.

No one should be surprised to see Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald atop the leaderboard midway through the second round at the U.S. Open.

But Mathew Goggin? That’s an unexpected name.

Goggin has played sporadically on the PGA Tour over the last 13 years. This season, he has been stuck on the smaller Web.com circuit, where he ranks 14th among the money leaders.

On Friday, the 39-year-old Australian stood tied for third place at Merion with a score of 1-under through four holes. He was facing a long day, finishing his rain-delayed first round in the early morning, then coming right back for an additional 18.

“Yeah, actually it’s a good thing though,” he said. “Because if you play well, you can get into a nice flow because you get to play, finish your round, go straight back out there and play again.”

The golf wasn’t flowing quite as smoothly for the 1-2-3 group of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott.

The three top-ranked golfers in the world could not find much of a rhythm through the early going at Merion, with Woods at four over, Scott at three over and McIlroy at two over.

Mickelson was not scheduled to tee off for his second round until almost 4 p.m. EDT.

None of the well-known players need a good Open showing as much as Goggin, who has scratched out $122,978 at Web.com tournaments this season, a relative pittance in the world of professional golf.

Asked about his good start after Thursday’s play, he said: "Yeah, I’ll take it for sure."

 

Watch Carl Pettersson's ball get hit during backswing | 9:48 a.m.

It’s not very often that golf qualifies as a contact sport, but Carl Pettersson had one of those rare moments at the U.S. Open on Friday morning.

Finishing his rain-delayed first round, playing an iron from the No. 5 fairway, Pettersson was in the midst of his backswing when an ill-struck shot from an adjacent hole bounded toward him.

The errant ball hit Pettersson’s ball, knocking it right out from under him. The golfer nimbly stepped aside and looked up with a “What the?” expression on his face.

Despite the interruption, Pettersson was able to make par on the par-four, 504-yard hole. He stood at four-over through five holes of the second round.