US Open: Zach Johnson rips third round setup at Shinnecock Hills
Jun 17, 2018, 04:59
"I did play some good golf after (1990) but it was sporadic", said odd, a fiery competitor whose intensity was not unlike that of Woods. "I'm 10 over par". "I feel like if I can get a look at par and not make any doubles, I'm going to make a couple birdies".
Tiger Woods hits on the sixth hole during the first round of the 118th US Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills. At the time, he was tied for 101st, with only the top 60 and ties in the 156-player field making the 36-hole cut.
Well, to answer that Tiger (+10) is somewhere on his yacht heading home along with some other notable superstars such as Jordan Spieth (+9), Rory McIlroy (+10), Jason Day (+12) and Bubba Watson (+11) as they all failed to make the cut.
Baddeley shot 72 and at 6-over he is in equal 35th place. 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.
McIlroy was unable to recover from his disastrous opening day, with an even second round keeping him at 10-over-par.
Johnson improved upon his first round and stretched his lead by shooting 3-under-par 67 on Friday at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y. He's up four shots on Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy. A birdie at his first hole, the 10th, suggested he was in the mood to claw his way back up the leaderboard on the 10th anniversary of his 14th and last major title. Finau made his move with four birdies on the back nine, coming in at 31. McIlroy has now missed the cut at the US Open for the third consecutive year.
Woods has not made the cut at the US Open since 2013.
The return to Shinnecock Hills was supposed to make the U.S. Open feel like a traditional test that felt more like survival.
Mickelson suggested he would not have finished the round if he had to play from where the putt on the 13th green was headed before he hit it while moving. "The leader at the start of the round, Dustin Johnson, has made four bogies and a double on the front nine, dropping to one-over and relinquishing his lead to defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who was even par but has since dropped to one-over".
"It's just what I have done the last few events, I have not putted well", Woods said when explaining why he played so poorly on Thursday and Friday. And I think, especially at a U.S. Open, you have to keep your head down. If I would have putted like I did at the beginning of the year with this ball striking, that would be ideal. "Unfortunately, I just haven't done that". "But I kind of rolled the ship in nicely". Fine. At least I know I am still hitting it good. "Around here, it seems like when I do get out of position, I'm just trying to do everything I can to get it back into position, not try to push it, and just give myself a decent look. something on the green where I can have a look at par".
"If somebody is offended by that, I apologize to them but toughen up".
Woods, who is now 42 years old, has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open. He has had nine top-10s and now seven missed cuts.
A gutsy birdie-birdie finish wasn't enough to put Woods into the weekend, but the U.S. superstar "absolutely" believes he will win another major title.
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