Tiger Woods living in denial following brutal U.S. Open

Tiger Woods living in denial following brutal U.S. Open

Despite the hard, windy conditions, Woods said it was his own game that let him down - particularly his putting.

Rory McIlroy says he feels like he "has had only three majors to target" in recent years after missing the US Open cut for the third time in succession. "Today is just a good day, and I've got three tough days left". "I really felt like I was playing well enough to be in with a chance over the weekend, but I didn't do well yesterday under very tough conditions".

After finding the fairway with a nice drive at the par-four first, Woods hit a knock-down shot into the wind but misjudged it slightly, his ball bounding over the crowned green and down the slope beyond.

One of his playing partners, Tiger Woods, opened his second round with a birdie at the par-four 10th but added two bogeys and a birdie at the par-five 16th on the back nine.

"Absolutely", he said. "Have you seen the way I've been swinging?"

"Our rules committee unanimously decided that this situation is specifically and explicitly covered under Rule 14-5", explained John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of championships & governance for the USGA.

Hoffman shot 69, giving a shot back with a bogey on the final hole. "I didn't putt well, didn't chip well", Mickelson said.

That was a 2-stroke penalty and Mickelson ended up with a 9 on the hole.

The second-round leader made double bogey on the second hole on Saturday, dropping him to 2 under for the tournament. "Because if you don't hit the fairway, you're not getting to the green".

Scott Piercy, a runner-up to Johnson at Oakmont two years ago, had a 71 and will play in the final group with him Saturday.

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"I felt stupid knifing the first one", he said.

Stenson shot 70 to remain in contention. He finished with bogeys on two of his last three holes as he was among the earlier finishers in the round.

"I want to make things as easy as possible, even though they don't get any easier".

From under his umbrella, Dustin Johnson lines up his putt on 15.

Johnson is coming off a six-shot victory at the St. Jude Classic, and no US Open champion has ever won the week before on the PGA Tour.

Whether it was the pressure of trying to complete the career grand slam or the pressure of Shinnecock's fast and undulating greens, Phil Mickelson went and lost his mind.

After that, he settled into the same struggles that every other golfer in the field - bar the utterly exceptional Dustin Johnson - had.

Placed in two of the last three US Opens and hotly tipped pre-tournament, Grace will be disappointed with his halfway position but is expected to register another decent finish by the end.

Hideki Matsuyama hits his approach on the first hole.

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