Unusual empathises with Tiger's mental fight to win again

He capped off the day at his 16th hole, the par-three seventh, where he curled in a 45-foot birdie putt that trundled downhill before trickling in as fellow competitor Woods looked on with admiration and perhaps a tinge of envy. He shot a one under par round on Friday.

That process began on some holes even before Johnson bogeyed No. 18 to fall into that four-way tie at 3 over par.

"I played really nicely, especially for my last 15 holes", Finau said after his round, which finished five hours before Johnson ended his round.

At least he still has a chance, and he had plenty more company at the top than at the start of the day.

Shinnecock can punish anyone in a NY minute.

"Look, I don't mean disrespect to anybody", he said.

He is keeping things simple - hitting fairways (22 through two rounds) and greens. He made bogey on his last hole for a 72. I feel for the spectators who are seeing absolute pure carnage, unless they want to.

"Our whole careers are pretty much measured (by the majors) and one year (2000), I did it three times". "So maybe it makes a few people happy out there that, you know, we kind of mess up just as good as everyone else".

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, his bid to make the cut after an opening 78 also slowed by a double-bogey, reeled off four birdies in a row starting at the 13th but closed with back-to-back bogeys in a 71 for 149 - missing the cut by a stroke. "Today is just a good day, and I've got three tough days left".

"I feel for the membership, because a lot of them are good friends of mine". You just never know in this tournament. Dustin Johnson, who is comfortably leading this tournament and played in the exact same weather conditions as a member of Woods' threesome, hit 79 percent of fairways and 71 percent of greens.

Tiger Woods walks off the fourth green during the third round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 5, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Fleetwood was going the wrong direction Thursday afternoon, making a late birdie to salvage a 75.

The weekend will not include Tiger Woods, who shot a 72 to miss the cut for the fifth time in his last eight majors.

Unusual was referring to the eight-over-par 78 Woods shot in Thursday's first round, his worst-ever score at a U.S. Open.

Poulter made his US Open debut at Shinnecock in 2004 missing the cut, but he shed some light on what's needed to survive US Open conditions.

Jordan Spieth: The agonizing struggles continue. A pitch over the green led to a double-bogey. He had not missed the cut in a major since the 2014 PGA Championship.

Shinnecock Hills played very hard for many players Saturday, just as it did Thursday.

But if you think Koepka is going to shy away from the challenge of becoming the first back-to-back victor of the U.S. Open since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989, or whine about how hard the course is playing, think again. They were at 141, along with Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, each with a 70, and Poulter.

Mickelson's shocking display in the third round earned him a 2-stroke penalty for breaking the rule against hitting a moving ball and led to a 10 on the hole, an 81 overall. "If they'd have shot 4 under this afternoon, it would probably have been the best round of golf anybody's ever seen".

  • Steve Townsend