Ian Poulter parred the last to come home in two under and card a 73 - he's right in the thick of things on +1 for the tournament, just four shots off the lead. A very respectable 70 for Henrik Stenson, good to see him find some form, and he's not out of it at five over. Right then, the cut at eight over, which means there will be 82 players at Pebble Beach over the weekend, so tons more golf to come - and we might have a British winner at the end of it...
Some of the names who won't be around at the weekend are: England's Simon Dyson, Ross Fisher, Oliver Wilson, Simon Khan (who finished bogey, double-bogey to miss out by two), Gary Boyd, Brian Davis and James Morrison; Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy; Miguel Angel Jimenez (runner-up at Pebble Beach 10 years ago); Adam Scott and former champions Geoff Ogilvy and Michael Campbell.
Jason Dufner, a 33-year-old from Ohio who finished tied 30th at this year's Masters, is +1 through 16 today and two over for the tournament. Ross McGowan, the plugger, is +1 through 16 for +3 overall. I'll let you know how Poults finishes up and then I think we'll wrap things up...
Poulter with a very naughty chip on at 17, he should make par from there... and does, great up and down from there...
That's a poor third shot from Harrington at 18, he would have been looking to get that close for a birdie chance. Mickelson leaves his long birdie putt five feet short at the last. YE Yang's nightmare is over - back in 49, that could be some sort of record. He can raise a smile, however, safe in the knowledge that he's not Fabio Capello. Harrington in for par and a round of 73 - he's in the mix at four over - and Mickelson knocks in for a supersonic round of 66, the lowest of the week by two shots. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa, Mickelson
Mickelson safely out of the rough and onto the middle of the fairway, just as Appleby of Australia drains a 15-footer at the last to earn himself a weekend spot. Mickelson finds the middle of the dancefloor with his third, it looks like he'll finish with par... Poulter with his second at eight and he's left himself with a tricky little chip out of some rough.
Mickelson with a three wood at 18 and that's a snap hook into some rough stuff. Verplank runs into a wall at eight, a triple-bogey sees him fall back to four over. Robert Karlsson of Sweden has birdied six to join compatriot Henrik Stenson on five over. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa, Mickelson
YE Yang makes a sad counterpoint to the smiling Mickelson - three putts on 17, he's 12 over for his round. Harrington's par putt lips out, Paddy back to +4. Ricky Barnes of the US puts himself right back in the mixer with a long-range birdie putt at 16.
Jim Furyk has holed a monster on the 18th to finish with a birdie, a round of 75 and +5 overall. Playing partner Cabrera is also in for four for +5, and Goosen also makes birdie to ensure he'll be here at the weekend, 'The Goose' +7. A tidy par for Mickelson at 17, he stays -1.
Donald drains a 10-footer for birdie at the last, he's in with a 75 for four over overall. Mickelson with five iron at 17 and his ball is right at the flag - it skips through, off the back, but he'll fancy chipping in from there. Harrington, I believe, is in the sand.
Tim Clark has to step away from his birdie putt at nine, his final hole, the wind tugging at his trousers. Nice weight and that will be a 10th straight par, a round of 72 and two over overall. Here's Poulter with his long-range eagle effort and he leaves himself with about eight feet for birdie... lovely stuff from the Englishman, back up to +1.
Mickelson and Harrington move onto the par-three 17th - an hourglass green, with the flag planted in the narrowest part. McGowan tugs his shortish par putt left at 14 to drop back to three over. Scott Verplank, the 45-year-old from Dallas and a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdies six and seven to get to +1. Lucas Glover, the defending champion, is hanging around - birdies at three, four and six, he's +2 with two to play.
Poulter nails his second onto the front of the par-five sixth, an eagle chance. Spain's Cabrera-Bello had a disastrous start today, going out in six over, but he clawed back two shots coming home to finish with a 75 and +3 overall. Villegas +5 with one to play and two under for the day.
Splendid birdie attempt from Mickelson at 16 but his ball breaks too soon. He rams in the par putt to stay one under before Padraig taps in his birdie putt to get to three over - the smiling Irishman clinging on. Bettencourt with two straight bogeys, he's now one over.
Harrington's stiffed his approach at 16 to within a couple of feet, and Mickelson's parked up behind him. It's a double for Barnes at 14, the American plummets to four over and a share of 29th.
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen is really finishing strongly - birdie on eight, he's +1 with one hole to play. Little Timmy Clark's bringing it home after those hiccups at 16 and 17, eight pars on the spin now to stay two over and well in the mix. Ricky Barnes is the latest to get a monkeying at the 14th, that hole's becoming a bit of a joke...
Par for Mickelson at 15, he stays one under with three to play. Ross McGowan still chugging away - uphill at three but he doesn't hit it, but will still tap it in for par. Havret of France is in with a level-par 71 to +2 overall. Bettencourt drops out of the tie for second with a bogey at 12. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa, Mickelson
Stenson drains another long one at four to climb to +5 and Poulter follows him in to get back to +2. Very impressive display this from Poulter - the old Ian might have imploded after some rough luck in the early stages of his round. Furyks par putt at 16 lips out and he tumbles to five over. Adam Scott is +9 but he should get one back there at the seventh after parachuting in to within a couple of inches.
Luke Donald's ball is afraid of the dark at 16, having a look before deciding against dropping. The Englishman is five over, alongside Justin Leonard of the United States, who is four over today.
Yang for an eight and that's a ballsy putt - alas, he's now +10 and beyond the projected cut. Someone's had a twiddle with McGowan's wiring, he finally misses one at 12 and drops back to +2. Poulter's done well to reclaim the steering wheel after that awful start - birdie at 15 and three straight pars, he's +3. News of Soren Kjeldsen, who eagled the sixth to climb to +2. Tim Clark's steadied the ship, seven pars on the spin and he too is two over.
The 14th chewing up YE Yang now - he chips across, then back across again, and now he's pulled out the putter... it curls up over the prow, has a lazy sideways stroll, before curling back down the slope. His bunts seventh shot into the top of the slope and the ball grips and rolls back towards the hole. Harrington and Mickelson looked visibly embarrassed for their playing partner there. Harrington with a well-judged birdie effort and he'll tap in for five. Mickelson now, slightly uphill from right to left, and it breaks just too soon.
YE Yang goes first at 14 and his ball sails over the back and drops under the tree to the left-rear of the green. Harrington up next and he plays safe, his ball ending up safely on the back, but Mickelson is magnificent, getting his ball to grip and spin back to within 10 feet. Bettencourt into the five-way tie for second courtesy of three straight birdies between eight and 10. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa, Mickelson, Bettencourt
McGowan with another par at 11, or did I already say that? Donald's left himself with a Terry Wogan for par at 15 and it runs out of steam a few inches short - another shot gone, back to +5 he goes. Bennett Blakeman won't be around this weekend - rounds of 81 and 85, 24 over for the tournament.
Villegas of Colombia is ripping it up out there - he's three under for the day through 14 and +4 overall. Edoardo Molinari of Italy is level for the day through 15 and +4 for the tournament. Mickelson drills his second at 14 but can he keep it on the dancefloor with his third? Many others have tried and failed today.
Much discussion between Phil and his caddie 'Bones' on the 14th tee before the world number two lets rip with a fairway metal. Poulter for birdie at two... not enough weight, he stays +3. Donald is struggling to hold things together, he goes from bunker to bunker down 15 after birdie at 14. Harrington made bogey at 13 by the way, the Dubliner back to +4.
Mickelson leaves his birdie putt at 13 a couple of inches short and remains -1. David Frost of South Africa, 50 now, rolls in a 15-foot birdie at the par-three 12th and he's five over. Plenty of Saffers floating about the leaderboard, Frost's best finish in this event was tied 15th in 1986.
Where is Simon Khan of Essex I hear no-one cry - he's five over for the tournament after 14. Bogey for Donald at 13, back to +5 for him. McGowan for birdie, uphill at 11, but it stays just - an 11th straight par for the Englishman. Gregory Havret keeping the French end up - he's -1 today and one over overall. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa
Here's Henrik Stenson of Sweden getting back to +7 with a long birdie putt across the 1st green. Zach Johnson is in all sorts of bother on 14 - first he chips across and his ball disappears down the front of the green. He then flops on only for his ball to race down the bank at the back, and he follows up with another chip which dribbles off the front. He finally gets one to stick, but that's the American's challenge well and truly over - quadruple bogey nine, he's now eight over and could miss the cut.
Mickelson escapes with a par at 12 courtesy of a six-foot saver. American journeyman Matt Bettencourt birdies eight and nine and is level, KJ Choi of South Korea tapped in at four to get back to +2 and five off the lead.
Choi to within a couple of feet with his second at the fourth, he should get back to +2. Mickelson with a peachy little chip at 12, he should make par. Fujita is in full retreat - a double on one followed by bogey-bogey, the Japanese player back to +3. Weir splashes in at the fourth to get back to +5, before Harrington drains a longun at 12 to climb to three over.
Mickelson overcooks, in his own words, his tee shot at 12. Sensible shot from Harrington into the heart of the green, as Furyk escapes with a par at 12 courtesy of a big old saver from long range - he stays four over. Ross McGowan of England is putting together a corking round - nine straight pars going out, he's one over.
Big roars on the 11th as Phil Mickelson drains his putt for another birdie, his sixth in 11 holes, to get back to one under. Harrington makes par to stay two over. YE Yang makes a triple bogey seven for three over. On 13, Luke Donald lips out for par to slip to five over with his fifth bogey of the round. Needs to check the slide or he could plummet right out of the tournament. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa
Ian Poulter spins one into 18 but it checks and stops about 20 feet short. Makes par though. Still got the "easier" nine to come. On 11, YE Yang is in deep rough on the right and snaps one out almost sideways, letting go of his club completely as he follows through. Padraig Harrington and caddie Ronan Flood settle on a "high cut" from similar rough but a better lie and he finds the front edge, while Phil Mickelson flies his to about 10 feet with a good bit of action on the second bounce to stick to the green.
Just to keep you in the loop, if McDowell remains the leader the cut will fall at seven over, meaning the likes of Tom Watson and Sergio Garcia will qualify for the weekend right on the number. But Mickelson, or someone else for that matter, could change everything if they can nudge the lead to four under.
While I think about it, the discolouration on the greens - interlocking patches of brown and darker green - look like the camouflage undershirts that people like Boo Weekley wear.
Donald strokes his birdie effort down the hill on 12 but is actually about 20 feet away and dribbles it right. Harrington splashes out from the bunker short and left on 10 but makes too clean contact and the ball grips short of the pin. Mickelson misses his birdie chance but taps in for a par. US PGA champion YE Yang, the third member of the group, shaves the cup with his par putt and slips back to two over.
Luke Donald drops his shot via the bunker on 11 so is back to four over. That's three bogeys in a row for the world number six. Still, on the bright side he's about 12 feet away with a birdie chance on 12. On the 10th, Padraig Harrington goes from fairway bunker to greenside bunker, before Phil Mickelson, in vivid magenta T-shirt and dark grey pin-stripe slacks, finds the middle of the green in two.
Mickelson chips up to about four feet on nine, but, strides flapping in the breeze, he pulls it left and bends his knees in agony as it dribbles further past than he was originally. But he raps in the one coming back to slip back to level par. On 11 Luke Donald leaks his approach into the right front bunker, while on 16 Ian Poulter pars the 16th, his seventh, to stay three over after that horror story on 14. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa
Hello team. I'll take you through the action for a bit as Ben cleans his grooves. Loving the Mickelson magic once again. Looking back, anyone think his Masters win was now the most blindingly obvious result ever? But Lefty leaves his approach short on nine and it flirts with the rough/bunker to the left of the green.
This is reminiscent of day three at this year's Masters, Mickelson pulling up trees all over the course. He wants to watch himself though, take too many liberties with this course and it'll end up nudging you over a cliff. He goes with driver at nine and gets away with it, his ball ending up in the first cut off to the right. Clark could only manage par at 18 and stays two over. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa
Choi with a wild third shot at 18 and an ordinary chip means he'll drop at least one shot. Mickelson's really taken this course by the lapels today after the kicking it gave him yesterday - he's one of the few players in world golf who can single-handedly raise a tournament's pulse... AND ANOTHER! Mickelson makes birdie at eight and he's in the red for the first time this week. Well done Ian Poulter - he drains a lengthy birdie putt at 15 to claw his way back to +3.
Scott Langley of the United States carded a two-under 69 today and is two over for the tournament. A lesson in why you should never, ever bet on live sport - since sticking money on Tim Clark and publicly talking up his credentials, he's bogeyed his next two holes. Speak of the devil, here he is finding the heart of the green at 18, he can pick up a shot there. Mickelson skirted with danger off the tee at eight but he's got a shot in and what a shot it is - another putt for his sixth three in eight holes.
Donald with a smart bunker escape at nine but he leaves the saver left of the cup - out in 37, back to two over overall. Fujita pops in his birdie putt at 18, his ninth, to claw his way back to one under. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa
YE Yang up the hill from range at seven but he hasn't hit it and stays one over. Mickelson makes a solid par at seven, Poulter finishes with a triple-bogey at 14 to drop back to four over. The Englishman bang out of luck so far today, and he follows up with an errant drive at 15. Fujita's eagle putt at 18 slides a few feet by.
Accepted golfing wisdom is that Pebble Beach on US Open week is not a place for 'bombers', but Mickelson's not really an accepted wisdom kind of guy - straight at the flag at seven, another birdie chance. Harrington finds sand... American veteran David Toms kicks off with four straight pars. As it stands, with the 10-shot rule, 100 players will be here at the weekend...
Another birdie for Mickelson at six, he's tearing up the front nine and is now level. Poulter's chip up the bank has rolled back down again and he overcooks his next effort, the ball curling forlornly off the front - big test of mettle now, this is his sixth shot chipping back on. He flips it into the heart, before rapping his club on the turf in frustration - if it's any consolation, every hacker across the globe is with you...
Camilo Villegas of Colombia chips in at eight for a second straight birdie, he's now five over. I've just put my money where my mouth is and backed Clark at 28-1, watch him grind Pebble Beach into the Pacific... compatriot Retief Goosen, a two-time champion, is one over through seven today and five over overall. Poulter not having much luck today - that looked like a pretty good pitch into 14 but once again it's skipped down the bank at the back. Harrington with a peach of a third into six, he'll have a tap-in for birdie.
Diminutive South African Tim Clark could be a threat this weekend - he's a plodder not a bomber, but he's plodding his way up the leaderboard with a birdie at 14, back to level... Fujita of Japan involved in a real old dogfight with Pebble Beach - birdies at 13 and 15, a double at 16, another birdie at 17, he's level par, which means no man on the course is under par. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa
Rotten start from Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, bogey, double-bogey, but he's just stuck one in from the middle of the third fairway. Lovely stuff. Another one gone for Cabrera-Bello at seven, the Spaniard now six over for the day and five over for the tournament. Simon Khan of Essex has birdied four and six to climb to four over.
The chap on the beach was American amateur Andrew Putnam, and he finally escaped (if that's the right word) with a double-bogey at the 10th, his first. Lovely stuff from Poulter, popping on at the 13th for a makeable par putt.
Mickelson with a typically delicate recovery at five, he should make par from there. Nice, too, from Donald at seven, he's got an eight-footer to save. Bo van Pelt has strung together seven straight pars but that approach at eight will give him a chance to get back to even. Donald saves...
Well, I've never seen anything like that before, and I've got no idea who it is or what hole he's on - whoever it is, he's just played his second shot from the beach, straight into a green-side bunker. Odd. Justin Leonard, British Open champion in 1997, has kicked off with four straight pars to remain +1. Horror show from Donald off the tee at seven, he finds the green-side jungle with a wedge.
Poulter with a steadying par at the par-three 12th. Reigning US PGA champ YE Yang makes birdie at four to climb to one over. Mickelson's fixed the siren to his roof and that smile on his face - third straight birdie at four, he too is back to +1. Harrington misses with his long-range birdie attempt to stay +3.
Luke Donald has righted the ship, following up that bogey at two with bogeys at three-four and five. A double for Choi at 14, the hole where rounds go to die... Ross McGowan, of Cheam via Basildon and the University of Tennessee, pars the first to stay +1. Mickelson's tossed his sweater aside and those elbows of his look sharp - watch out those above. Fujita joins compatriot Ishikawa on -1, he's the only man out on the course who's under par. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa, Fujita
The approach into 14 is one of the toughest shots in golf - like trying to land an Adidas Jabulani onto an upturned frying pan. KJ Choi has a go, and the ball scoots through and disappears over the back. Choi's chip up the bank rolls back down towards his feet... Poulter will feel robbed after two decent shots at 10, that's another stroke gone and he's now +1.
Another shot gone for Kjeldsen at the dastardly 14th, despite a sweet little chip on. Poulter with his approach at 11 - just a lob wedge and it's ricocheted off the pin and ended up off the front of the green. Tough break. Mickelson's feathered another birdie in from all of six feet, all of a sudden he's two over.
Hiroyuki Fujita has birdied the 13th and is level - two Japanese players in the top 10. Furyk gets a snooker 'kiss' off the blade and that's a birdie chance gone at four. News of Sergio Garcia - he birdied six and eight coming home and should be here at the weekend, he's seven over, a shot inside the projected cut. Mickelson with a doozy of a recovery shot at three, he looks in ballsy mood.
Here's Luke Donald for his first birdie of the day at four, but it slides by on the high side. Mickelson picks up his first birdie of the tournament courtesy of a four-footer at two - he's +3, just six off the lead. Bogey for playing partner Harrington, though, he joins Mickelson on three over. Shot gone for Poulter at 10, only four men under par now, and they've all got their feet up. I hope Poults didn't watch that England match, he could be 15 over by the end of the day... -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa
Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark bogeys the 13th to fall back to two over. Good comeback from former champ Jim Furyk, he follows his double at two with a birdie at three and is two over. Matt Richardson of Worcester will be here at the weekend - he carded a 75 today and is six over par for the tournament. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa, Poulter
Only five players under par now out of 156, and things are likely to be tougher this afternoon as the greens become bobblier and the wind gets up. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is out and about and has birdied the first to stay two over.
Donald's off to a flat start, his third at the third comes up well short. Mickelson with a fairway metal on two and he sends a tracer down the middle. Rafael Cabrera-Bello is off to an awful start and has gone plummeting down the leaderboard - bogey at two, a double at three and another double at five, he's now four over.
KJ Choi has let a shot go at the 10th, his first, and drops back to level. Shaun Micheel's day has just got worse - the joint overnight leader has been called for a double-hit and so drops to four over for the tournament. Mickelson's chip from just off the green at the first misses just left, he stays +4, but Furyk's off to a shocking start, double-bogey at the second, he's back to +3. Double-bogey for Mike Weir of Canada at the 10th, his first, he drops to +1.-3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa, Cabrera-Bello, Poulter
Jerry Kelly of the United States is in with a one-under 70 for level par overall. Luke Donald of England is out on course and he's bogeyed two to fall back to +1. Not the best of opening tee shots for Mickelson but that's a decent second, he'll have a makeable putt for his first birdie of the week.
That round of Westwood's might not have seemed to spectacular, but as anyone who knows anything about the US Open will tell you, this championship is always more about grinding and grafting rather than birdies and eagles. That rough graphic, that's not nothing to do with the golf, everything to do with the football...
Watson very nearly drains a monster at 18, he's got a tester for par. Ishikawa has a 15-footer to get to -2 but has to make do with par - still, the 18-year-old is in with a 71. McIlroy finishes with a birdie, the only one of his round, to get back to +10, but the Northern Irishman won't be around this weekend. And Watson buries his par putt - he stays seven over and may be here for the final two days.
Els cosies his birdie effort up towards the hole and taps in for a 68, the joint-best score of the championship with McDowell, and for -1 overall. Westwood in for a level-par 71 for +3 overall, Woods in for a 72 for +4 overall - both still right in the mix.
Els has sprayed his drive down 18 and he's got to play his second from halfway down the cliffside - but what a recovery, lobbing it up from 200 yards out and running it on for another birdie chance. Heavy-handed from Woods, his ball comes to rest at the back of the green, and Westwood is also a touch long.
Great save by Els at 17, and Westwood and Woods also make par to stay +3 and +4 respectively (the projected cut, by the way, is +8). Ishikawa is back into red figures with a birdie at 17, but playing partner McIlroy is on his way home, he's 11 over. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Ishikawa, Cabrera-Bello, Choi, Weir, Poulter
Dustin Johnson holes a rare longun at 18 - but it's for par. The American still right in it though, a round of 70 for -1 overall. Bogey for Casey at the ninth, his last, but he too is right in it at level overall after a round of 73. -3 McDowell -1 Johnson, Els, Cabrera-Bello, Choi, Weir, Poulter
I am sometimes asked why anyone would want to read my nonsense - "surely there must be more entertaining things on the other side?" - well, I'm told by some very reliable sources there isn't. Stick with me, you two, we might even have an England winner.Els comes up well short with his second at eight but Westwood and Woods give themselves another birdie chance.
Westwood for a second straight birdie at the par-three seventh but he doesn't hit it. More sad news on former champion Michael Campbell - is there any other kind these days? - he's 12 over for the day and 19 over overall. Woods has holed one at last, brave effort at the seventh, and Els follows him in, the South African barging into a share for second at one under. -3 McDowell -1 Casey, Johnson, Els, Cabrera-Bello, Choi, Weir, Poulter
McDowell has made a right hash of the last but he squeezes in his bogey putt for six feet to finish with a 68 and the clubhouse lead at -3. Casey with a snatchy putt at eight, he has to make do with par. -3 McDowell -1 Casey, Johnson, Cabrera-Bello, Choi, Weir, Poulter
De Jonge lips out from a few feet at seven, he stays level. It's tiny moments like that that can make or break you. Casey rattles the flag with his second at eight, he's recovered well from that triple on 14. Els just misses with his long-range eagle effort at six before a bamboozled Tiger pushes his birdie attempt wide. No mistake from Westwood, though, he drains his 10-footer to climb back to +3. Cejka of Germany is in with a 72 for level par overall.
Ishikawa bends in a birdie at 15, he's back to +2. De Jonge has fallen out of the lead, he just made bogey at six. Here's Our Glorious Leader McDowell down the last and he's got two putts from long range for a magnificent 67. De Jonge hits back, fine tee shot to within a couple of feet at seven.-4 McDowell -1 Casey, Johnson, Cabrera-Bello, Choi, Weir, Poulter
Shot gone for Micheel at eight, he slips back to two over with one to play. McIlroy's 18-year-old playing partner Ryo Ishikawa is still rocking, only two bogeys on his card today and he's +3. He's safely on in two at 15, but Old Tom Watson gets inside him - the 1982 champion at Pebble Beach is seven over.
Woods misses just right with his birdie attempt at five, he's really struggling to get anything going. McIlroy won't be around this weekend, he's now +9 after another bogey at 14. Unsung Worcester-man Matt Richardson, he of the Canadian Tour, has birdied 10 and 12 and is +3 overall. Dustin Johnson, who's play tee to green has been peerless so far, just cannot buy a putt - another birdie chance gone at 14, but he's still -1.
The par-three fifth is playing 172 yards today and Westwood and Els are right in the middle, Woods just curving onto the green off the bank to the left. Casey in for birdie at six, he's back to one under.
Germany's Alex Cejka is putting another solid round together, he's one under after birdies at 10, 11 and 15. Ernie Els birdies the fourth - he's two under for the day and level overall. Casey putting for eagle at six - he leaves it just right but that should be a birdie to get back in the red.
Brian Davis of England, who's been having a good season on the PGA Tour, is +14 overall, and that's only because he just drained a 40-footer for birdie at five. Westwood and Woods into the heart of the green at the par-four fourth. Joint overnight leader Paul Casey triple-bogeyed the menacing par-five 14th, but has since birdied 15 and 18 to get back to level.
Bennett Blakeman of the United States is currently propping up the field - he carded an 81 on day one and is currently +10 through eight for today, making him +20 overall. Uglier than one of Ronnie Corbett's sweaters. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is not having a great day and looks set to miss the cut - he's +5 today after 13 holes and +9 overall.
Westwood for birdie at three, putting from just off the green, but he slides that a few feet by. Par for Woods at the same hole and Els and Westwood follow him in. McDowell pulls out a rescue and rattles his tee shot down the left side of the fairway at eight - he made par at the par-three seventh.
Woods shaves the hole at three and he should stay +4, 10 off the lead. Steve Stricker, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, needs to get something going and he does, draining a monster at five to get back to six over.
I may be somewhat distracted for the next 90 minutes or so, there is a rather important game of football going on... Micheel, joint overnight leader, with a lengthy putt for birdie at seven... it curls right and he'll stay +1. Brendon de Jonge, fully jumpered up on a dank day in northern California, lips out with a birdie putt at four. McDowell with a 15-footer for birdie at seven, and it follows the same route as playing partner Micheel.
Many thanks Scriv, this is now Dirs (who prefers the European flag for Northern Irish golfers). Speaking of which, Portrush's Graeme McDowell has just opened up a three-shot lead atop the leaderboard - birdie at the par-five sixth, he's now four under.
Right, I've not made the cut for the weekend so that's me done. But Ben and Rob will take you through to the close of the second round and beyond.
McDowell drains another on six and he's at -4 - cracking stuff from the Northern Irishman and he's got another chance at the short seventh - he's inside 12 feet again.
Casey and Westwood agonisingly miss birdie putts on four and three. Woods misses his, De Jonge misses one, Els misses one. Is anybody out there making birdies? Yes - Germany's Alex Cekja taps in for this third on the back nine to go to one under for the Championship.
Woods tossing clubs around on the second after only advancing his ball a few dozen yards down the fairway after finding the fairway bunker with his tee shot. Els, from the short stuff finds the heart of the green. Westwood takes advantage of a huge drive of 350 yards to also find the middle of the green. Woods is saved from spinning off the green when his ball nudges Westwood's.
There's no wind to speak of, but the course is still playing tough. Only seven players under par and four of them are in the clubhouse waiting to tee off this afternoon. McDowell bucking the trend is -3 for the day and the Championship.
McDowell in for a safe par at five after his birdie attempt rolled to a few inches to keep his two-shot lead from Johnson who pars the 12th with a decent putt after a scruffy chip from the greenside rough.
Great escape by Westwood who gets up and out and stops the ball four feet short, but he pushes his putt to the right and another shot goes begging. Woods slides another birdie putt by, Els leaves his woefully short.
Woods and Els find the heart of the first green from the fairway. Westwood is slightly more ambitious and pays dearly when he misses on the right and is short-sided in the bunker.
McDowell hits another dreamy shot into the short par-five fifth to set up another birdie opportunity from no more than 15 feet. Casey scrambling well and pars the second from five feet after escaping from the sand.
Tremendous from McDowell. He judges the pace from a dozen feet to perfection as he curls in a birdie putt on the fourth to lead by two shots.
Casey in more trouble on the second, dragging his second into the greenside sand. De Jonge misses a testing 20-foot putt for par on the first and Dustin Johnson three putts from 10 feet on 11 to slip back, so McDowell, without doing anything is leader on his own again.
First sight of McIlroy, playing with Watson - he's struggling though - four shots dropped in his opening 10 holes and he needs to pick up at least a couple if he wants to play at the weekend as he's currently +8.
Westwood's 25-yard par putt is pin high and three feet to the left - great effort - he taps the bogey putt in and is now +3. Tom Watson rolls back the years on 10 with a lovely iron shot that runs up the green and stops no more than four feet away - he pops that in to go to +5. Els drains his eight-foot birdie putt to go to +1. Woods from a similar distance and angle...and he misses on the left edge to stay at +3.
Casey rolls in a par on the first from five feet. Westwood gets too much action on his wedge on 18 and it spins back some 40 feet off the front of the green. Woods and Els meanwhile chip out of their respective trouble to give themselves birdie opportunities.
Dustin Johnson joins McDowell and De Jonge at the top of the pops on -2. He picks up a shot at 10 and is putting together a very tidy round with eight pars and two birdies.
Tiger in the middle of the fairway, waits for De Jonge to putt out for par - he's going for it in two. But he leaks it out to the right and he's in the thick stuff. Kelly knocks in his birdie on 17 to go to +1. Back on 18, Els from closer in uses the five wood from 220 yards and finds the greenside bunker.
Westwood in an awful spot. Right under the lip and among the long grass. Decision time for England's number one. Take a drop or a swipe? He's picked up, shuffled back a few yards and dropped. Nice easy third to leave himself 100 yards or so into the green - still a chance for par.
Els hits a glorious three wood at 18, right up the middle and a good 30 yards past Woods. Westwood in the fairway sand. Jerry Kelly knocks his tee shot to three feet on 17 - judging by his reaction, letting the club fall dramatically to the ground after he hit the ball, you'd have thought it was well off target.
Graeme McDowell watches a 12-foot birdie putt lip out, while Casey gets another shot back on the 18th - he finishes the back nine two-over par and level for the Championship.
1825: Woods gets on the green but misses a 20-foot par putt and is back to where he started at +3. Westwood slides his lightning quick six-foot birdie putt past the hole but confidently rolls in the return three-footer for par to stay at +2.
Germany's Alex Cejka having a decent knock today. He has birdied 10 and 11 to get back to level for the tournament after dropping three shots on the front nine. Welshman Rhys Davies having a nice day too - he's three under for the round and up to +4.
De Jonge leaks another shot on 17 and is back with McDowell on -2. Micheel misses a par putt on the first to drop back to -1 alongside Dustin Johnson who has parred the last seven after a birdie at his opening hole.
Garcia down among the rocks on 18 and chips out of the kelp and back on to the fairway, but then finds the rough. Westwood finds the green with his tee shot on the par-three 17th - the hardest hole on the course - but Woods tugs his left and has a nasty-looking chip over the bunker, Els goes right and has a similar problem.
Jason Allred making his move with successive birdies on three and four to go to -1. A quick update on England's Boyd - first out this morning and doing well with two birdies in first six holes, but four shots dropped around the turn and he's now +9 with six to play.
Our leader De Jonge gives up another shot on the 16th - his lead over McDowell is down to one. Casey drops another at the par three 17th and is back to +1. Micheel plays the back nine in level par 36 - he is -2 with nine to go.
McDowell's compatriot, Rory McIlroy drops one at the fifth to go to +5, while Garcia has doubled the 13th and bogeyed 17 to join him. Just seen Tiger's birdie back on 11 - nice little chip in from off the front of the green.
1755:>McDowell finishes the back nine with his fourth birdie to move to a share of second on -2. Excellent opening 34 for the Northern Irishman. Fingers crossed he can keep it together on the supposedly easier front nine. Westwood also moving in the right direction. A birdie on 15 cancels out bogey on 14 and he's back at +2.
Lot of people having trouble at the par-five 14th. Els has just dropped a shot there to go to +1, Westwood follows suit and is back at +3, but Woods bucks the trend with a four and he climbs to +2. De Jonge meanwhile birdies 15 to restore his two-shot lead.
Casey does what all good pro golfers do. He puts 14 behind him and birdies the next. That's one of the three shots back for the Englishman.
Bruce via text:
"This maybe Zimbabwe's moment of glory. Can we have the up flag please. Just a mish mash of green gold red and white."
De Jonge drops a shot at the 14th, but still leads on his own at -3. Micheel also bogeyed 14, but he has parred the following three holes to stay second on -2. Japan's 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa has a solid-looking scorecard so far with five pars to stay -1 alongside Dustin Johnson.
Graeme McDowell on the other hand, is on the charge. A third birdie of the day, at the 16th, puts him in the red for the round and the tournament at -1.
Triple trouble for Casey on 14 - no idea how it has happened yet, but he's had an eight at the par five. That plummets him down the leaderboard and from a handy -2, he's back to +1 in an instant.
Double disaster for Boyd on eight and the Englishman undoes all the good work of his opening seven holes to move back to +7. Elsewhere, Germany's Martin Kaymer is up to +1 after birdies on two of his opening three holes.
Korea's Seung Yul Noh has had a great start to his second round - three birdies in his first six holes has moved him up to level par. Ernie Els is also enjoying the morning, a second birdie of the round on 13 and he too is level.
Westwood also picks up a shot at the par-four 13th and suddenly he's right back in a tournament that he looked to be out of at +5 after 12 yesterday evening.
Zimbabwe's De Jonge threatening to run away with it here. He's followed birdie at 12 with another at 13 to go to -4. Kwiniaskagolfer on
pointed out that the back nine played more than 1.5 shots harder than the front nine yesterday. Prepare for him to rip up the course in a couple of hours then.
Will, St. Albans via text:
"I really fancy Woods to mount a genuine charge this week. He played so well yesterday - all he needs is those putts to drop."
Early contender for round of the day. Richard Barcelo is yet to par a hole in his opening seven. The American opened with two birdies to get to +4, but ruined that with three bogeys. A third birdie was followed by a fourth bogey to leave him +7.
What the Lord giveth, the Lord can taketh away (or something similar I'm sure?!)...Woods back to +3 with a bogey on 12. Westwood continuing on his merry way with a third par.
Bit more movement atop the leaderboard. Micheel drops one at 14 to leave De Jonge out on his own. Casey is par perfect through three, while McDowell is back to level after a birdie on 14 and Ernie has birdied his second hole to go to +1.
James in St Ives, Cambs, (see 1535) - time to get a little excited. Brendon De Jonge has only gone and birdied the 12th, his third, to move into a tie for the lead with Micheel on -3 (sorry, no Zimbabwe up flag!).
Regardless of Tiger's complaints last night, he's off to a great start today. A par at the 10th is followed by a birdie at 11 to take him to +2. Westwood opens more solidly than yesterday with two pars to stay +3. And Boyd has picked up another shot at the par-five sixth to go to +5.
Following on from EmmDee's comment, word from US Open set-up man Mike Davis has just reached me following Tiger's little outburst yesterday. The world number one criticised the Pebble Beach greens as "bouncy" and "awful" after he took 34 putts in his opening +3 round of 74. Davis has somewhat predictably played down the comments. "The way I see it is that he just finished a competitive round, the last part of his round didn't go as well as he wanted it to go, and we all know that," he said.
"Anyone know if the greens got watered at the close of play yesterday? Surely they would have otherwise they'll be baked come Sunday!"
Dustin Johnson, starting on the first, birdies his opening hole of round two to move to one under par. There are now four players in the red on the course. Brendon De Jonge has parred the 10th to stay -2 alongside Casey who is in in regulation on 11.
Joint overnight leader Shaun Micheel is also on the course. The American started at the 10th and after an opening par, he birdies the par-four 11th to move into the lead on his own.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell had a yo-yo first round with eight pars, five birdies and five bogeys for an even par start. He's underway on day two in similar fashion with two bogeys and a birdie in his first three holes, starting from the 10th.
Garcia pars the first as well - remember where you heard it first.
As Woods, Westwood and Els tee it up, Casey holes out for a par on the first. Meanwhile, Boyd has birdied three to move to +6
Ezio on 606:
"McIlroy will disappoint again in a major. He won not so long ago anyway so he'll go quiet for a year or so."
I've got a wee hunch that young Sergio Garcia may do well this weekend. I reckon if the Spaniard can get into the final two rounds without attracting too much attention then he may just flourish. He had a healthy +2 start and has just gone out with leader Casey on the 10th.
Australia's Aaron Baddeley has just teed off at +9. He hit arguably the shot of the day on Thursday. His tee shot in to the narrowest of greens on the 222-yard par three 17th was tremendous. Just a shame that he took four putts from inside 10 feet to finish it off. He's playing alongside Welshman Rhys Davies, who starts on +7.
Another Englishman out early is Simon Dyson and he opens with a bogey at the first to drop back to +6. A lot of early talk suggesting the cut may come around the +5/6 mark.
dougalthegolfer on 606:
"You've got to watch out for Rory (McIlroy) today, he's hitting enough fairways (around 70%) so with some sharper iron play and early morning greens we could see a nice bounce back from his sloppy opening 75...I hope."
A dozen players through the opening hole or two of their second rounds. England's Boyd steady away on two pars to stay +7. May need a couple of birdies to stay for the weekend though. The top 60 plus ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead gets to play on Saturday and Sunday. At the end of round one, 141 players were in that category.
James in St Ives, Cambs via text:
"I put a pound each way on Brendon De Jonge on Wednesday night, 500-1. Let me know how he is doing Pete." He'll be putting the finishing touches to his range work at the moment James - heads out to the 10th for a 1555 BST start. I'll keep you posted.
While we're waiting for a few more players to get out on the course, can I point you in the direction of
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Iain Carter and Andrew Cotter on day one on the Californian coast.
Boyd starts with a par on the first to remain +7. Not long to wait for leader Casey who starts on the 10th at 1544 BST. Woods, Westwood and Ernie Els follow at 1606 BST, also going out on the back nine. The order has been reversed with Thursday's late starters going out this morning.
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So, what of the battle for the world number one spot? Phil Mickelson appeared to struggle with the added pressure of trying to dislodge Tiger Woods. He started on the 10th and three successive bogeys on 16, 17 and 18, threatened to derail his tournament. He then missed a couple of tiddlers on the back nine as his putter deserted him. Woods, was also finding it difficult with the flat stick and missed several birdie putts of his own. He was made to pay with a couple of bogeys late on in his round. Neither are out of the reckoning, but I bet they both spend a little longer than usual on the practice greens today.
super_realist on 606:
"Anyone within 7 or so shots is still well in with a chance. Of all the majors the US Open is perhaps the most difficult to predict from one round to another, especially when it's somewhere coastal"
Another Englishman, Gary Boyd, is in the first group out and he will be teeing off on hole one anytime now. He had a +7 first round, so it's all about making the cut for him.
Hello all and welcome to live coverage of round two from Pebble Beach. Hats off to Paul Casey, who is in a three-way tie for the lead at -2, while Ian Poulter at -1 and Luke Donald at level par also had excellent opening rounds. World number three Lee Westwood is the worst placed of the quartet but two birdies late on in his round lifted him to +3 and right back in contention.
Four Englishmen are ranked among the top 10 in the world, so is it any real surprise to see three of them in the top 10 after round one of the US Open?