Mamaroneck (US), September 19
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are heading residence, hot-footing it out of Winged Foot after lacking the lower on the US Open.
Defending champion Gary Woodland additionally might be watching this weekend when his substitute is topped within the pandemic-delayed event exterior of New York City.
“It’s never easy to not be playing for the championship on a weekend,” mentioned Woods, who with the pandemic-shuffled schedule can have an opportunity so as to add to his complete of 15 main victories on the Masters in November and once more in April.
“The whole goal of entering an event is to win,” he mentioned after following an opening-round 73 with a 77 on Friday to overlook the lower 4 strokes.
“When I don’t give myself an opportunity to do that, it doesn’t feel good.”
A complete of 62 participant reached the weekend after ending the primary 36 holes at 6 over or higher. John Pak (+5) wrapped up low newbie honors as the one one to make the lower.
Shane Lowry adopted a 76 within the first spherical with a 70 on Friday, ending up within the morning after which heading residence to hope his rating would maintain up.
“Look, I’ll have a long afternoon sitting back, watching TV, praying for guys to make bogeys,” he mentioned with half the sphere but to play.
“That’s where I’m at now.”
He acquired his want and can keep round for the weekend.
Not so fortunate was Woods. He missed the lower for the eighth time in his final 15 majors after lacking the lower at one simply 3 times in a span from 1996-2014.
“It’s frustrating that I’m not going to be here for the weekend and be able to compete for this great championship,” he mentioned.
“It feels like the way the golf course is changing, is turning, that anybody who makes the cut has the opportunity to win this championship. I didn’t get myself that opportunity.”
Mickelson is a six-time US Open runner-up hoping to finish the profession Grand Slam on the course the place he had his largest disappointment. In 2006, he took a one-shot lead into the 18th gap earlier than an errant drive led to a double bogey that gave Geoff Ogilvy the trophy.
The five-time main champion shot 79 on Thursday—only one stroke out of final place. A 74 within the second spherical wasn’t a lot to construct on.
“It’s fun for me to return; it’s fun for me to come back here,” he mentioned, including that he missed interacting with the New York galleries on the empty course.
“I love the people here and I’m sorry they weren’t able to come out to the tournament. But I think it’s one of the best golf courses that we play, and play majors on. And it was fun for me to have to play and compete here one more time.”
Woodland was 13 beneath final yr to spoil Brooks Koepka’s bid to match a 114-year-record along with his third straight nationwide championship. It was the bottom 72-hole complete in six US Opens at Pebble Beach.
“This meant a lot to me, coming back here defending,” he mentioned.
“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.”
But his title protection by no means acquired going due to a torn labrum in his left hip. He shot 74 on each days, beginning off Friday’s spherical with a double bogey on No. 10 after which making bogey on three straight holes — Nos. 15-17.
“I’ve got a lot of pain in there, and I’ve been fighting through it,” he mentioned.
“But it gets to a point where you’re playing against the best players in the world, you just can’t play with pain. I’ve played with pain my whole life, but it’s getting a little tough.”
Defending PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa left a birdie putt 1½ inches brief on the ultimate gap to complete at plus-7 and miss the lower by one stroke. — AP