Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

A glance at 1st round of US Open

A glance at 1st round of US Open

The former British Amateur champion became the first player in 16 years to shoot 90 or worse at the US Open during a 22-over-par 92 at Shinnecock Hills on Thursday.

At only one point Friday did Johnson much alter his expression, displaying an honest smile on the exclamation point to his round - a 45-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh.

DJ won't be trying to do anything different over the weekend to what he has done so far, which is to keep hitting fairways and getting it on the greens. Four-putt. On No. 1, I hit it right through the wind and compounding my problem, I actually hit a really good flop shot. Rory McIlroy, who shot an 80 on Thursday, played well Friday but finished at ten-over par as well.

Shinnecock can punish anyone in a NY minute. "It takes every mistake you make and makes it all worse, " said Charles Howell, who shot 71. Instead, in his frustration he bogeyed his last hole for a 73.

"I didn't putt well today", said Woods. "So, yes, I felt stupid knifing the first one". Compatriot Tim Wilkinson, at six-over after the first round, had a solid two-over 72 on Saturday (NZ time) to make the cut on the number at eight-over. There are eight golfers within five shots of first, and on this course, the leaderboard can change quickly. "I'm 10-over-par", he said after missing the cut by 10 strokes at Shinnecock Hills.

"The conditions were a lot better today and I played well, the way I have been playing in decent conditions recently".

Tiger Woods won't be around to see how it turns out, and he had plenty of company.

Not one of them is in the top 30 with only Aaron Baddeley and Marc Leishman, who both shot four-over par 74s, remotely in contention. That all but ensured he would miss the cut for the fifth time in his last seven majors and the 10th time in 78 career majors.

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It was also the first World Cup win by an Asian country in eight years - since Japan beat Denmark at the 2010 World Cup. For now, Iran remain the rank outsiders in the group but Queiroz is happy to play the role of underdogs.

His U.S. Open, after two days, was over. He recovered on the back nine, using four birdies to try to get under the cut line.

Jordan Spieth joined them in the most unlikely fashion.

As for Woods himself, he wasn't exactly faking it, but his reconstituted game after multiple back surgeries was still too inconsistent to make the cut: His rounds of 78-72 included three double-bogeys and a triple.

However, Woods was defiant when asked by reporters if he can win a 15th major title.

Johnson carded a 1-under par 69 on Thursday, and as the wind died down some Friday, DJ was almost flawless. Piercy's day was not without regrets, especially when he three-putted from 4 feet for bogey on the par-5 16th.

Tommy Fleetwood of England made six birdies and shot a 66, the low score of the tournament, and was at 1-over 141. They were at 141, along with Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, each with a 70, and Poulter.

All three Canadians in the field missed the cut.

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