Johnson, Day and McIlroy miss cut at US Open

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 23, 2017

McIlroy missed the cut for a second consecutive U.S. Open.

Matsuyama will be the top-ranked player at Erin Hills over the next two days after Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day all failed to make the cut. It didn't get any better when he finally made the green.

Brian Harman, playing in the final group of the day, also birdied the 15th to tie Fleetwood at 12 under.

American favourite Johnson crashed out after he could only card a one-over-par 73, which left him four over for the tournament at the sprawling Erin Hills course in rural Wisconsin. In the end, he still has to hit his shots and make his putts.

With the picturesque par-72 course set up at a monstrous 7,845 yards, Erin Hills had been expected to live up to the US Open's billing of being the toughest test in golf. There were 18 rounds in the 60s on Saturday.

Sixty-eight players made the cut, with former champion Webb Simpson, former Masters and British Open victor Zach Johnson and former PGA champion Keegan Bradley all making it on the number.

"I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did", Johnson said.

"Out here I'm just thinking a lot about my stroke, stance, stuff you would rather not be thinking about, you'd rather think about line of pace". So it chose to trim the thickest rough on the fourth, 12th, 14th and 18th holes. The Japanese star matched Chez Reavie for the best round of the day, three shots clear of the next best performance by Bill Haas. He hammered a chip from just short of the par-5 14th that led to another three-putt bogey. He was 10 under, only two shots behind. Day, however, said he felt ready to go before flaming out early.

"I'm looking forward to it very much".

"It was a really good round of golf and you don't realise until you start talking about it that I hardly missed a shot all day".

Thomas finished in style, and it had nothing to do with his hot pink trousers. Here if you can hit it long and straight, it's a great advantage.

"Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to flawless. The last time Day missed a cut in a major was the 2012 PGA Championship, just a month after his son was born.

"The finish was awesome". "But having said that, he's got to relax and let that happen".

He might need one at this rate.

Willett, who pulled out before the start of his second round, was heading towards the Erin Hills exit anyway after an opening round 81. Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round.

"It is always cool to be part of some sort of history in golf". This is only his eighth major, and the third time he'll be playing on the weekend.

"I don't really care". Without a tour to play, he headed off to the European minor leagues, won three times to earn a promotion to the European Tour and won in Turkey.

What would winning the U.S. Open do for him?

He added: "It doesn't matter how good you hit it, if you struggle on the greens, there's nothing you can do". He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

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