Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Schauffele finally makes a bogey at US Open


"Guess what?" he said to his 4-year-old son.

That's something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major.

For the second consecutive day, the massive layout was at the mercy of the best golfers in the world, who took turns battering par and the course in the second round of the U.S. Open. And I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week.

But the world's top three missed the cut - the first time that has happened at a major since the rankings began in 1986.

It might sting a little more for McIlroy (+5) and Day (+10), who played in the same group and said after their round that they were consoling each other along the way. "And just unfortunately, this didn't pan out".

South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, roared into contention going six-under through 16 holes to sit one shot back alongside American Patrick Reed who was also putting together an impressive scorecard going five-under with four to play.

At Erin Hills, all Johnson could do was go down swinging on a Friday.

In the first round, McIlroy only hit five fairways en route to a 78. And even that was frustrating. With birdies on the four of the last six holes, he shot 71.

In the final round at Oakmont past year, his golf ball moved slightly as he positioned himself for a short putt on the fifth hole.

Other notable players failing to make the cut included British Open champion Henrik Stenson (147), former Masters winners Charl Schwartzel (147) of South Africa and Australian Adam Scott (147) and double Masters victor Bubba Watson (148). That still didn't appear to be almost enough. He missed almost two months at the start of the year when he was diagnosed with a slight rib fracture, and then the latest break after The Players Championship.

What would winning the U.S. Open do for him? "I think at this point in time I just need to play. And I'm kind of going out there and just doing it, and letting it go".

His schedule will pick up immediately.

Rory Mcilroy, of Ireland, and Jason Day, of Australia, walk on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Fowler's streak ended at 28 holes, however, when he went just long on the 11th hole and had to chip sideways to have any chance of a reasonable par putt.

They weren't alone in an early exit.

Earlier, Thomas mixed nine birdies and two bogeys during Saturday's third round before hitting his second shot to six feet on the par-5 18th and tapped in for eagle to record the lowest round (nine under) in relation to par in US Open history. He missed almost two months at the start of the year when he was diagnosed with a slight rib fracture, and then the latest break after The Players Championship.

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