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June 18, 2016 - 3:32pm
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Rory McIlroy
After an incredible start to his second round of the U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy looked to be in contention. However, a couple of big-time, back-nine blunders cost him a chance to make the cut.

Rory McIlroy needed to rally to make the cut in his second round of the U.S. Open on Saturday. After a terrific start that included a front-nine 31, it looked as if McIlroy might be positioning himself to contend -- not just to make the cut.

Alas, Oakmont bit back in a hurry.

McIlroy four-putted for a double-bogey on his 12th hole -- three of those from inside 3 feet.

When he made it to the ninth hole -- his final hole in the second round -- Mcilroy was sitting on the cutline at 6 over, needing a par to advance to the final 36 holes.

His tee shot sailed wide right into a nasty fairway bunker. From there, he proceeded to do this:


That ended any chance of making the cut. McIlroy would make a double bogey to finish at 8 over and suffer his first missed cut in a major since the 2013 Open Championship.

After the round, the four-time major champion declined an interview request before leaving Oakmont.

Tough week.  

June 18, 2016 - 2:36pm
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and many other big-time names in golf failed to make the 36-hole cut in the 116th U.S. Open.

It was a day late, but the 36-hole cut in the 116th U.S. Open finally came just after 2 p.m. on Saturday.

In all, 67 players advanced to the final two rounds of play when the cut fell at 6-over 146.

Notables to miss the cut included major champions Rory McIlroy (+8), Phil Mickelson (+7), Geoff Ogilvy (+7), Justin Rose (+8), David Toms (+9), Ernie Els (+10), Retief Goosen (+10) and Webb Simpson (+11).

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It was just the third time in his career that Mickelson missed the cut in the U.S. Open and the first since 2007 when the tournament was last played at Oakmont. It's the first time in his career that Mickelson has missed the cut in both the Masters and The U.S. Open.

Rickie Fowler (+11), Jimmy Walker (+11), Brandt Snedeker (+11), Luke Donald (+8), Tony Finau (+7), Patrick Reed (+8) and Chris Kirk (+8) also missed out on the weekend.

Dustin Johnson has a one-shot advantage at 4 under over little-known Andrew Landry heading into the third round. This will be the ninth time Johnsin has been in the top-5 through 36 holes in a major since 2010, which is the most of anyone in that span.

Johnson, of course, is still in search of his first major victory.

June 18, 2016 - 12:54pm
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John Daly
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John Daly gives the people what they want. A few days ago, it appears one man wanted Daly to hit a golf ball out of his mouth -- so he did.

We take a short break from our U.S. Open coverage to bring you this video of John Daly hitting a booming drive...

But, instead of teeing it up in the ground, Daly is hitting it off a tee that's being supported by a man's teeth (h/t @EllingYelling on Twitter):


I don't care how good a player a major champion like Daly is -- no one's using a driver (are any club for that matter) to hit a ball teed up from my mouth.

June 18, 2016 - 12:27pm
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Michael Campbell
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Former U.S. Open champ Michael Campbell tried to demonstrate how quick the fairways are at Oakmont earlier this week. He executed it to perfection, as a ball he threw from the fairway wound up in the hole.

Michael Campbell, who won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, is at Oakmont this week working as a commentator for Fox Sports Asia.

Earlier in the week, he was showing viewers just how fast the roll out is on fairways on the course. To demonstrate, he threw a golf ball from the middle of the fairway on the first hole and let it run out.

Well, quite frankly, Campbell could not have executed it any better.

Check out this Hail Mary that ends up in the bottom of the cup:


June 18, 2016 - 10:54am
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U.S. Open
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It's still early on Saturday at Oakmont in the 116th U.S. Open, but it already feels like there's been a week's worth of highlights.

If you're not tuned into the U.S. Open this morning, you're missing out -- big time.

Along with Rory McIlroy making a huge move up the leaderboard early in his second round, it seems the rest of the field is trying to squeeze in as many highlights in as short amount of time as possible.

In a span of less than 1 hour there have been three eagle hole-outs at Oakmont.

First, check out this pitch-in from an awkward lie from Romain Wattel:


Not long after that, Japan's Yusaku Miyazato did this on No. 18:


And, not to be outdone, France's Gregory Bourdy went from fairway to bottom of the cup on No. 11:


All this action and the day, really, has just begun! 

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia hit into the ditch on No. 9 and nearly lost his footing getting out.

At the U.S. Open, many fans are looking at Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, or maybe even Andrew Landry as favorites to win at Oakmont on Sunday. 

What about Sergio Garcia? 

The winner of the Byron Nelson this year is quietly hanging around the leaderboard at 2-under, two shots back. However, his round (and tournament) could have gone horribly wrong on his final hole of the day, the par-4, 9th. 

After an errant tee shot put him in the ditch, Garcia had to punch a shot back into the fairway and climb out of the thick hazard.



Then, he found himself staring at bogey after his third shot landed some 50-feet from the cup.  

And then this happend...



Yea, it was just for par, but maybe...just maybe...the golfing gods are on Sergio's side at Oakmont. The Spaniard has never won a major, despite finishing second four times in his career, most recently in 2014.

Could this finally be the tournament for the kid that famously dueled Tiger at the PGA 1999!!??