The 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club has claimed some high-profile victims after 36 holes. The top two ranked players in the world will be packing their bags and departing San Francisco earlier than anticipated. Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy now have other plans to make, as they will no longer be playing golf in the U.S. Open.
The USGA declined to use the 10-shot rule in making the cut. Players had to be within the top 60 scores, plus ties. Being within 10 strokes of the lead, outside the top 60, would not allow a player to make the cut.
Donald continued his trend of sub-par play in major tournaments. He shot scores of 79 and 72 to finish 11-over-par. This is his second missed cut in his last four major starts. During this period of time, Donald managed to win both the PGA and European Tour money titles, and be the top-ranked player in the world. However, he is not bringing that level of play to the majors.
Rory McIlroy had no answers once again this week as his struggles continued. He has now missed four cuts in his last five tournaments. He shot scores of 77 and 73 to finish at 10-over-par. McIlroy did not hit greens at anywhere near his usual rate, which is the key for him playing well.
Bubba Watson failed to follow-up his Masters victory, as he had a terrible first-round score of 78. He finished nine-over-par. The runner up to Watson, Louis Oosthuizen finished nine-over-par.
Dustin Johnson was coming off a win at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic last week. However, he ensured that the mark of no player winning the U.S. Open after winning the prior week will continue. He finished at nine-over-par.
Ryo Ishikawa fired an impressive score of 71 on Thursday, but fell apart with a 78 on Friday.
Vijay Singh—the three-time major champion and hall-of-fame member—showed his age, finishing 13-over-par.
Trevor Immelman—the 2008 Masters champion—shot an 80 in the first round. He finished at 15-over-par.
2010 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover finished nine-over-par.
Casey Martin—the former tour player who sued the tour over his right to use a golf cart—just missed the weekend. The Oregon golf coach finished nine-over-par.
Spencer Levin had chances to win at the Memorial and the Waste Management Open this year. He was not as fortunate this week, though, finishing at 11-over-par.
14-year-old Andy Zhang finished at 17-over-par.
A full list of scores can be found on the official U.S. Open website.
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