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.