BROOKLINE, Massachusetts. – Some of the game’s biggest studs are scattered on top of the US Open leaderboard after two rounds. Colin Morikawa, a two-time major champion, has his share of the lead. John Ram and Rory McIlroy, with five major teams between them, are just two in the back. World number one Scottie Scheffler’s record in his ninth defense on Friday put him in third, two blocks away. Will Zalatores, Xander Shaveli, and Brooks Kupka are all lurking, they say. There’s plenty of star power, which should make for a rather hot 36 final hole.
However, a handful of other famous contenders won’t be around all weekend at The Country Club. Here are some of the most shocking misses who came home early in this year’s third major.
Due to its recent development and strong history in the majors, the Irishman was among the most popular picks in the gambling and everyday fantasy community in the lead up to Brooklyn. In eight rounds starting with the PGA in 2022, Lowry has made every cut, earning three top three spots and four top 25 teams along the way. Winning the 2019 Open, as well as a pair of top-10 teams at the previous US Open, should have made him fancy his chances, but he was defeated by Brooklyn. It also didn’t help that he was paired up with the circus that was Phil Mickelson this week, though we highly doubt Laurie would use that as an excuse.
A PGA Championship winner, like Lowry, missed the number. The Chilean showed some impressive signs of golfing amnesia with a 7th (Colonial) and 13th (Monument) finish in his first two starts after the PGA crash. But his usually elite game was nowhere to be found in Boston. The good news is that this was only his third appearance in a major. There will be plenty of opportunities in big companies in the not too distant future for Mito.
Young’s ninth-minute run was fast paced to become a legend at the US Open. After the fatal disaster of the eight-ranked Ghost Quad Championship in third place, Young (after another ghost) set out to go A bird, a hole in one (!), A bird, a bird To climb all the way back to four with one hole to go. But his latest effort, at 33 feet to make the weekend, won’t drop in the ninth, giving him four missed cuts in five prime starts. However, his only cut, a T-3 in Southern Hills last month, is a much better measure of what is to come for the 25-year-old poet.
After a slow start to the season, Finau started doing Finau things starting in May at the Mexican Open, where he finished second. Entering the US Open, he finished fourth at the Colonial Championships and second at the RBC Canadian Open, making him stand on everyone’s radar. But there are too many ghosts to have his momentum stalled this week, and it will be the first time in his career that he’s knocked out three majors in a row without finishing in the top 20.
Fairway spotters, approach Gawds and short game scientists were expected to do well at The Country Club this week. Berger is all three of those things, and after a tough MC hammer at Southern Hills, he bounced back with a top 25 in the Colonial and a promising finish of fifth at Muirfield Village. In 2021, he had his best year in his major to date, earning a T-7 at the US Open at Torrey Pines and a T-8 at the Open at Royal St. 2022 wasn’t like this, as Berger’s flagship now reads: T-50-MC-MC.
Smith’s missed cut, while somewhat shocking, was a bit predictable, at least before The so-called experts of this small site. The Australian was coming off one of his very few poor performances all season in Canada, and the unofficial numbers were particularly worrying. Turns out there was a lot of cause for concern on such a difficult track as the TCC, as Smith lost a few OTT and MC two-strokes as a result.
Hovland’s missing cut was a slow, painful burn. He took off on the morning wave and looked like one of the big movers on his front nine, cutting from distance (yes, Hovland slide) for a birdie in 12th (third) and then making another birdie in 13th to get two under the championship. But on the 17th he started watching an incredibly straight six bogey stretch, then made three more holes in the last five holes for an ugly 42 back. Big things are expected from the former U.S. Amateur winner, but the early part of his career didn’t It was fruitful, as the Norwegian failed to make the top 10 in any of his first 11 appearances. However, this is his first miss in 12 majors, so it’s not all bleak and bleak.