It will be a long day.
McIlroy, Mickelson and Spieth try again
The "super group" of the main winners of the championship Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy did not live up to expectations on Thursday, but its members should have a Best chance to redeem them on Friday.
They benefit from an afternoon departure time; Conditions have been clarified considerably since the day before and this morning. The rain stopped and the wind died down. While it is possible that the greens have not absorbed so much moisture (it did not rain so hard), it is possible that they are still slower than yesterday.
This is good news for this trio that will fight to make the cut on the weekend. McIlroy (+10) has work to do and will have to improve his poor driving accuracy from Thursday (7 of 14 fairways hit).
Spieth (+8) and Mickelson (+7) are around the cut line, but that's not where they want to be. Tommy Fleetwood pitched 66 and Dustin Johnson recorded 67, so today there are low scores. We'll see if someone from the "super group" can snatch one.
No. 18: Consecutive birds but not enough
Who is this bird machine, and what have you done with Tiger Woods?
Yo boy, I kid. But it's a grand finale to a pretty miserable tournament for Woods, who made birdies with eight and nine with considerable putts in each to get back to 10 points. We'll have to see if it's enough for Tiger to make the cut (he's currently tied for 101). If it were not for the calamitous first hole, Woods would not be sweating. It was nice to see that his putter finally started waking up there.
All in all, it was a disappointing performance for Tiger in his first appearance at the US Open since 2015. Marking the tenth anniversary of his last major title, Woods complicated the errors on the first hole (twice), missed the fairways too often and he simply could not deliver the putts when he needed them. But he stood his ground and even showed some smiles towards the end of today's round.
No. 17: Too little, too late?
Desperate for a birdie (and a miracle) to make the cut, Woods had a small 120-yard wedge shot to get a good look for a three. And, hey, could you look at that? Finally he made a putt from 10+ feet. It seems too little, too late, but at least it is a glimpse of what we used to see regularly from Mr. Woods.