Tiger Woods and defending champion Gary Woodland were just two of a long list of top golfers to miss the US Open cut on Saturday (AEST).
- Only three players were under par in the second round
- Patrick Reed (4-over) leads by one stroke over Bryson DeChambeau
- Australians Jason Day, Adam Scott, Cameron Smith and Lucas Herbert made the cut
After the opening 18 holes at Winged Foot included two holes in one, the second round wreaked havoc with the field, with just three of 156 players going under par on the day.
One of those players, Bryson DeChambeau, hit a 2-under 68 to sit second behind fellow American Patrick Reed, whose even-par 70 was good enough to keep him in the lead by one stroke.
The other players who hit sub-par rounds were Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, tied for seventh, and American Bubba Watson, tied for 12th. They both recorded rounds of 1-under.
First-round leader Justin Thomas followed up his round of 65 with a 73 to sit in a three-way tie for third.
Australians Jason Day, Adam Scott, Lucas Herbert and Cameron Smith all made the cut, with Day sneaking in with the lowest possible score, tied for 49th on 6-over.
Smith is the best placed of the Aussies, with rounds of 71 and 73 leaving him in a tie for 28th on 4-over-par.
There was plenty of star power below the cut line, with Woods (10-over) and Woodland (8-over) joined by five-time major champion Phil Mickelson (13-over) and 2015 US Open winner Jordan Spieth (14-over).
“This meant a lot to me, coming back here defending,” said Woodland, who was battling a hip injury.
“I put a lot of time and effort into it, and if your body doesn’t let you do it, you just can’t do it, and that’s frustrating.”
The winner of this year’s PGA Championship, Collin Morikawa, will also miss the final two rounds of the US Open thanks to scores of 6-over and 1-over.
The breeze during the second round made the notoriously difficult Winged Foot course that much more punishing.
The last major played at the New York course was won by Australian Geoff Ogilvy with a score of 5-over-par.