Irish can't cut it as Johnson shakes up Shinnecock
Jun 17 2018 by Dustin Murphy
He had three double-bogeys and one triple for an 84 on Saturday.
But the 42-year-old dismissed the idea the US Open is the toughest of golf's four majors. If you're going to win a U.S. Open, which is one of the biggest events in the world, it should be that kind of test. Those who would not make the cut now include Tiger Woods (+10), Jordan Spieth (+10), Bubba Watson (+13), Rory McIlroy (+13) and Sergio Garcia (+14).
Perhaps the most appropriate reaction to the day belonged to 2010 U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell (79), who upon watching his shot from the bunker on the par 3 second splash onto the slick green and then tumble back to his feet, could think of only one thing to do.
Woods managed to go even par through the next 10 holes but undid that good work by four-putting from 40 feet at the 13th. However, with a bogey on 17 he needed par on 18 to make the cut.
Former US Open champion Johnson fired a brilliant 67 to climb to 4-under and he will take a four-shot cushion over Scott Piercy (71) and Charley Hoffman (69) into day three in NY.
"The conditions were a lot better today and I played well, the way I have been playing in decent conditions recently". "I don't know that you can be too happy and too excited about 10-over par".
Dustin Johnson isn't pretending he'll ever challenge Woods's major mark, but as he aims for a second US Open title (which also would be his second major overall), he represents so much of what Woods used to be, and reminds us so much of what Woods will have to overcome to contend once again.
"I know Dustin's going well, so I might be a few shots out of full contention", Fleetwood said. He had three double bogeys and one triple for an 83. "It's my understanding of the rules, I've had multiple times where I wanted to do that, I just finally did". "The course played really long", said Johnson, a prodigiously-long hitter whose definition of "nowhere" is different to most.
"I didn't putt well", said Tiger. "When you get a bit cut up and bruised, it can change pretty quick". Woods had made the turn at even for the round and 8 over for the tournament when that two-hole stretch effectively made his fight to make the weekend a long shot.
A win at the 2018 U.S. Open would be Johnson's third victory of the year, and seventh top 10 finish of 2018. Woods rallied with two closing birdies to salvage a 72, and then had to wait to see if that would be enough to avoid missing the cut for the fifth time in his last eight majors.
"I felt like my game was good coming in here". Rose said. "I enjoy the battle".
"I don't mean disrespect by anybody", Mickelson said at the clubhouse, "I know it's a two-shot penalty and at that time I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over". McIlroy made four birdies on the back nine Friday just to get to +10, after making two bogeys and a double on his first nine holes. Stenson played with him in the final round at Shanghai past year when Johnson lost a six-shot lead in the final round. Johnson cited that his experience from winning the 2016 US Open will help him during the weekend and said that he will look to continue to follow his game plan for the championship.
As the cliche saying goes, it's not over till its over, is 100 percent true when talking about the U.S. Open. "I showed glimpses of the good form today, but I just wish I had handled the conditions better yesterday".
"I was anxious about running the (first) putt by, left it short, blocked the next one, then blocked it again", he said.