Woods did play the next 10 holes in even par - with one birdie and one bogey.
Woods is staring down the barrel of a missed cut at Shinnecock Hills having signed for a two-over-par 72 during the second round to fall to 10 over. That's a sharp contrast from past year at Erin Hills, where 44 players broke par in the opening round to set a U.S. Open record. He was serenaded with "Happy Birthday" at almost every green, and even after four consecutive bogeys the fans were supportive.
Shinnecock can punish anyone in a NY minute.
"Every putt looked like it was going to go in", Woods said. "I just haven't made those key putts in the last few events".
"It was three or four years after that that I realised this is the way it is".
Woods had a goal of shooting 67 or 68 in the second round and working gradually back into the tournament, and that did not look particularly unrealistic after he birdied his first hole, the par-four 10th. That's tied for the low round of the tournament thus far and vaulted Berger to within seven shots of the lead at 3 over for the week. However, with a bogey on 17 he needed par on 18 to make the cut.
"I haven't played in wind like that for quite a long time". If I can shoot that or anybody who just made the cut, I think there's potential.
"When it comes to things that happen in the past, you got to err on the side of a conservative approach. Because if you don't hit the fairway, you're not getting to the green".
Tiger Woods waves on the 18th green.
Then, of course, there's Tiger Woods.
The prospects of Tiger Woods winning another major after rounds of 78 and 72 proved the former world number one remains far from his prime following spinal fusion surgery past year. Rory McIlroy, who shot an 80 on Thursday, played well Friday but finished at ten-over par as well.
But Phil Mickelson, seeking a first US Open title that would give him the career Grand Slam, is set to play the third round on his 48th birthday after firing a one-under par 69 for a six-over total of 146. After racing his bogey putt past the hole, he bizarrely and inexplicably jogged down after his ball before putting it back up the hill while it was still rolling.
"You don't win major championships slapping it around. I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display". He carded just one bogey and four birdies, including a monster 45-foot effort across the green of the short seventh.
It put the thought of Koepka's opening round 75 in the past, and the six birdies he made were a show of just how hot he can get.
According to The Big Lead, scores are rising due to the rough conditions of the greens. They will win more majors, more FedEx Cup points, more Ryder Cups. "There's not many birdies". "There's a disaster on every single hole", Poulter added. Absolutely. The fact that one of Dustin Johnson's shots Friday left the fairway by about 5 feet, and it took 25 people to search for it is a bit excessive. "Just need to continue what we're doing". It trickled over the green and down the slope, and Spieth didn't get back on the green until he played three more shots. But It has also doled out 126 bogeys or worse.
Stenson was asked if Johnson could be caught and said that the world's No 1 player was "always catchable". It's going to take me probably 2½ to 3 rounds to do it.