Woods, Mickelson Miss Cut at U.S. Open, Reed Holds Lead Heading Into Weekend
For the first time in history, both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have missed the cut at the U.S. Open – and it was not really close.
After shooting an opening round 73 (3-over), Woods shot a 77 on Friday to miss the cut by four shots.
“The whole goal of entering an event is to win. When I don’t give myself an opportunity to do that, it doesn’t feel good,” said Woods after the round.
Meanwhile, Mickelson never really gave himself a chance this week.
In what was thought to be a redemption round after the 2006 U.S. Open, Mickelson posted a 79 on Thursday and a 74 on Thursday to miss the cut by seven shots.
“It’s fun for me to return; it’s fun for me to come back here. I love the people here and I’m sorry they weren’t able to come out to the tournament. But I think it’s one of the best golf courses that we play, and play majors on. And it was fun for me to have to play and compete here one more time,” said Mickelson after the round.
There is some thought that it could be Mickelson’s last U.S. Open.
However, heading into next season he is currently inside the top 60 in the world and would likely be offered an exemption into next year’s tournament at Torrey Pines if necessary.
Also, a U.S. Senior Open win would get him into the U.S. Open. Mickelson played a Champions Tour event just a few weeks ago and dominated.
Defending champion Gary Woodland also missed the cut.
Reed Holds Lead
The ever controversial Patrick Reed holds a one shot lead heading into the weekend.
At 4-under, he will tee off tomorrow at 2:25 p.m. with Bryson DeChambeau, who sits one shot back.
Meanwhile, Justin Thomas will be in the second to last group after dropping three shots on Friday.
He held the solo lead after round one.