A spectator needed medical attention after being struck by a rogue golf cart on Friday at the U.S. Open.
"But I'm going to need to find that gear if I'm going to hoist some silverware". Mickelson went on to birdie the hole to move back to 2 under for the championship.
After two straight birdies, he finished with 11 straight pars for a 70. The chatter among casual fans was that Woods was back to his dominating ways, and one bettor in Las Vegas even wagered $100,000 that he would win all four majors this year.
McDowell won the last U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 when it was so hard he made only one birdie in the final round and no one broke par for the week.
On a cool, dry Northern California day, with little to no wind blowing off the Pacific Ocean, numerous world's best players had their way with one of the most iconic golf courses. Koepka, seeking a third win in a row at this major, has signed for 69s two days in a row meaning he lies five from the lead.
The 15-time major championship victor was wearing kinetic tape on his neck throughout the round but played down any injury concerns.
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The three-time champion pushed his second to the tough eighth and, after chipping to 15 feet, he missed the putt for par before he also failed to get up and down from the greenside rough at the ninth after pulling his approach.
It was good enough to keep him in contention, however. That would be Michael Thorbjornsen, a 17-year-old amateur who was two shots behind Woods after two rounds. In 1992, the field basically chewed up Pebble Beach on Thursday and Friday. They expected to see at least flashes of the greatness that defines his career and was on display at the Masters.
"They've got it right where they want it, it's just a matter of how much will it dry out from morning to afternoon". Woods talked about it earlier in the week, saying he figured he's got 10 years of competitive golf left, with 40 or so chances to add to his collection of 15 major titles and perhaps surpass the record of 18 owned by Jack Nicklaus.
"I thought [the USGA] did a really good job", Oosthuizen said. And he's always talking about the aches and pains that come with age that are compounded by swinging a golf club, and his former back troubles always lurk in the background. Ryan Moore, once an amateur champion in multiple USGA events, called the 17th in 2010 "completely unreasonable, just a frightful golf hole the way they set it up".
Woodland, 34, had his best major finish previous year, tying for sixth at the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
"I flinched", Phil Mickelson said about a 22-inch putt that rimmed out on the third green Thursday. The Englishman's short game, frequently an achilles heel, has saved him time and again. Woods blamed continually leaving himself downhill putts for Friday's struggles.
Woods gave a similar answer at the Players Championship in March when he returned from the neck issue, and it's simply another example of Woods' fate, having had four back surgeries.