Dustin Johnson has built a commanding four shot lead and is beginning to cement himself as the most dominating player of today. While Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Tiger Woods all miss the cut.
Justin Rose bogeyed his last two holes of the day to fall to one over par. He said, “concentration seemed to go the last couple of holes. I felt like it got very distracting, there was a lot to deal with coming down the stretch.” Five shots behind the leader Rose remains hopeful. “I think I’m in a great spot going into the weekend,” said Rose.
Tiger Woods finished at 10 over par to miss the cut. He explained that the wind and rain made the conditions difficult to play in, early on Friday. Woods found the fairway 71 percent of the time and found the green in regulation 44 percent. “I’m not very happy with the way that I played and the way that I putted, I’m at 10 over par,” said Woods. His putting remained to be a problem. “I gave myself enough looks but I didn’t make anything,” said woods. He summarized his week very bluntly when he said, “You don’t win Major Championships by slapping it all around the place and missing putts.”
Johnson improved to four under par to take a demanding lead heading into the weekend. He said, “I think I played really well. I’m really pleased with the way that I played.” 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.
Rory McIlroy shot an even round to remain at 10 over par on Friday to miss the cut. McIlroy was T109 in driving accuracy, T31 in greens hit in regulation and T19 in putts per green. McIlroy has now missed the cut at the US Open for the third consecutive year.
Phil Mickelson shot a round of one under par to get in under the cut line at six over. He is T67 for putts per green. Mickelson said, “I have not putted well, my speed has been off.” However, he is 66th in scrambling. “I had to fight hard just get to this point,” said Mickelson. He said that he will look to be more “aggressive” around the greens.
Ian Poulter blew up on the 8th hole after blading one out of the greenside bunker and struggled out of the rough behind the green. He goes from one behind Johnson to four shots behind after a triple bogey 7 on the eighth hole. “I let it slip,” said Poulter. He said a “lack of concentration” and “commitment” caused him to hit a bad bunker shot. Poulter attributed his recent success on the course to a more “relaxed” and “happy” attitude on and off the course and trying to “simplify” everything.
Jordan Spieth started the round at 8 over par and needed to post a number to make the cut. He dropped three shots with a double bogey followed by a bogey on 10 and 11. He found his stride and birdied four straight holes on the back nine. However, with a bogey on 17 he needed par on 18 to make the cut. After miss hitting his chip he left himself a slippery downhill putt to play on the weekend. He missed it and missed his first cut in a major championship since the 2014 PGA Championship.
Rickie Fowler was also another one charging late on Friday afternoon. He shot a one under par round on Friday. Fowler said that he, “left a lot out there on the greens, had a lot of good looks but just couldn’t get them to go.” Rickie sneaks into the Top 10 heading into the weekend. Since 2011 Rickie leads the most Top 5 finishes in majors among players without a major championship victory.
Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts to his shot on the 16th green during the second round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 15, 2018 in Southampton, New York. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
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