Five former Open winners miss cut
It took three days, but the cut at the 113th US Open was finally set on Saturday morning at 8-over 148, leaving 74 players to play the final 36 holes at Merion Golf Club.
Due to weather conditions that postponed the first round twice on Thursday, the first round was not completed until Friday and the second round was suspended on Friday due to darkness with 68 players on the course.
With the cut set at top 60 and ties, the cut line on Friday night was at 147 (7 over), but the struggle to stay above the cut line would prove overwhelming and brought the eventual cut one shot deeper.
The notables that missed the cut included former US Open champions Angel Cabrera, Michael Campbell, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover and Graeme McDowell.
“I had four events in the Philly area and I never really played well in any of those,” Furyk said after a second-round 79. “And then to come back here is a bummer. I played well across the state at Oakmont for a couple of championships, but yeah, I wanted to, obviously, later in my career at 43, there's not going to be another tournament here at Merion through my career.”
Former major winners Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson also missed the cut with a list of other notables including Tim Clark, Bill Haas, Matteo Manassero, Francisco Molinari, Kevin Streelman, Nick Watney and Boo Weekley.
Cink stepped to the 18th tee on the cut at 8 over. He made double-bogey to miss the cut for a third consecutive US Open.
“I actually played better today, then made a triple and another bogey right after that. Just bad stretches,” Bradley said of his second round that lead to his first missed cut in seven majors. “It's super disappointing. I'm really bummed out. It's not a good feeling.”
Manassero was comfortably above the cut line by a shot when he returned to Merion on Saturday, but bogeys on the par-4 16th and par-4 18th sent the young Italian packing.
Clark opened with an even-par 70 in Thursday’s first round, but a second-round 79 that included 10 bogeys (4 over the last five holes), sent Clark home missing only his fourth cut in his 10 US Open appearances.
“Everybody said the golf course suited me really well,” Manassero said. “I don't personally think it suited me really well for the condition that it's in or for the conditions it's playing in. Some holes are really, really long and some guys can still have like 7-irons out of the rough and put it beside the green. I've got to hit a rescue so I've got to wedge it out and then wedge it onto the green."
Not everyone struggled down the stretch, as Simon Kahn birdied his 33rd and 34th holes, Nos. 7 and 8, to make the cut on the number; Nicholas Thompson birdied his final hole, the par-4 10th to finish at 8 over; and Matt Weibring birdied his 35th hole, the par-3 ninth, to make the cut on the number.
"This is my first golf tournament in two-and-a-half months. I've been sick with Bell's palsy the last two-and-a-half months, so I was happy just to be here, just to be back playing," said Weibring. "And I hung in there, and I did what I had to do. It's hard out there."
Two surprises that will be playing on the weekend are Canadian Mike Weir and Englishman Paul Casey.
Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, had not made a cut in a major since the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach when he finished 80th.
Casey has struggled with injuries and had not made the cut in a major since finishing 72nd at the PGA Championship in 2011.
The third round will start at 12:28 p.m. EDT with threesomes off both the 1st and 11th tee.