June 19, 2015 - 9:04pm
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Chris Kirk prepares to hit his approach shot at No. 10 during Friday's second round of the U.S. Open.

When you're battling to make the cut at the U.S. Open, every shot is important. But some seem more important than others.

Chris Kirk -- needing something good to happen in Friday's second round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay -- got exactly what he was looking for with this approach shot on the 10th hole:

 

 

That eagle moved Kirk from 4-over -- and in danger of missing the cut -- to 2-over, which if he could maintain that pace for the rest of the round, would keep him in the low 60 and ties.

Watch: Kirk's holeout for eagle
June 19, 2015 - 4:49pm
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Jason Day and Jordan Spieth walk on the third green Friday, six holes before Day collapsed.
 
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) – Jason Day was overcome by dizziness and collapsed on his final hole at the U.S. Open on Friday, raising doubt about whether he will be able to continue this weekend.
 
Day, who has dealt with vertigo in the past, was 3 under for the championship when he was approaching his ball in the greenside bunker on the ninth hole, his last of the second round.
 
Suddenly, Day fell over to his left, attempting to brace his fall with his hands. His head bounced off the hard ground and Day lay nearly motionless for several minutes.
 
"I was walking with him, the next thing I know, I turned around and I think he got dizzy and slipped and fell," said Jordan Spieth, his playing partner. "So at that point, how can we help him out and kind of clear the scene and try to keep the cameras off."
 
Day remained flat on his back while medical staff tended to him. He finally got up with their help, still a bit shaky on his feet, and chose to finish off his round. 
 
EARLIER IN THE DAY: Watch Day's holeout for birdie 
 
The popular Australian climbed gingerly into the greenside bunker, where his hands were visibly shaking. Day then splashed out of the sand as the gallery cheered, two-putting for bogey to finish at 2 under, at the time three shots off the lead.
 
"He seemed chirpy, buoyant all day," said Day's other playing partner, Justin Rose. "That was out of the blue, for sure."
Day was helped onto a cart and driven to the scorer's tent to make his round official, then helped into a waiting van. Day is staying on the property in a large motorhome.
 
"Jason was diagnosed to have suffered from Benign Positional Vertigo," his agent, Bud Martin, said in a statement. "He was treated locally by Dr. Robert Stoecker and Dr. Charles Souliere and is resting comfortably. His condition is being monitored closely and he is hopeful he will be able to compete this weekend in the final rounds of the U.S. Open."
 
Day's caddie, Colin Swatton, said that it was similar to an episode that Day had at last year's World Golf Championship event at Firestone in Ohio. Day had completed two holes on Sunday when he had to withdraw because of dizziness. 
 
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Day, who won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year, went through a procedure that was supposed to help with the vertigo, but issues with his equilibrium have continued. Day was forced to withdraw from the Byron Nelson last month after getting dizzy during the pro-am.
 
"I know he didn't play in Dallas this year because of vertigo," said Tiger Woods, who was playing in the group just behind Day on Friday. "I played with him at the Memorial and talked to him in depth, they did a blood panel and all of that stuff. I hope he's OK."
 
Day is the second player to be hospitalized during the U.S. Open.
 
Gary Woodland was taken to Tacoma General Hospital after he shot 4-over 74 in the opening round Thursday. Woodland was treated with IV fluids and diagnosed with dehydration and a virus, but returned to the course and played his second round Friday.
 
Fortunately for Day, he was on the final hole when he collapsed, allowing medical staff to reach him quickly. Chambers Bay is blanketed by massive dunes and rugged terrain, and with the huge galleries it is difficult to get around.
 
"I was glad we could get done," Rose said. "At least he has a chance to recover for tomorrow, hopefully. I don't know if this is one of those things that is 10 minutes or a day."
 
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Jason Day collapses on final hole, finishes second round at U.S.Open
June 19, 2015 - 2:39pm
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Jason Day tosses his club in the air after holing out for a birdie on the first hole Friday.

Jason Day's third shot from short range on the par-5 first hole at Chambers Bay -- his 10th hole in the second round of the U.S. Open on Friday -- sailed through the green and rolled roughly 30 yards off.

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The mics caught Day's reaction, which was, "That was a joke."

His fourth shot, however? That was no joke.

Check it out:

 

That's one way to make a birdie. Day followed that birdie with another birdie on the par-4 11th and was in a tie for eighth at the time of this post. 

Moments after 'joke' shot, Day holes out for birdie
June 19, 2015 - 12:39pm
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Solid shots -- and putts -- aren't always rewarded at Chambers Bay, as Darren Clarke is learning.

The greens at Chambers Bay this week have been a serious point of contention amongst players. Ernie Els called them, "the worst," he's played on in his career. Sergio Garcia said via his Twitter account that they're, "just as bad as the look on TV."

Not exactly ringing endorsements.

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We've seen plenty of examples already of well-struck putts that seem to have a mind of their own.

Like this one from Darren Clarke. How did that not drop in the hole?

Fast, bumpy greens just aren't a good combination.

The players who will succeed this week are the ones who will recognize they're going to have bad breaks like everyone else and just keep the tough holes at a manageable number. 

Clarke putt somehow doesn't drop
June 19, 2015 - 8:34am
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Rickie Fowler's first round, 11-over 81 at Chambers Bay wasn't pretty -- with the exception of a tee shot on the par-4 12, which nearly landed in the hole for a rare hole-in-one albatross.

There weren't a whole lot of bright spots in the first round of the U.S. Open for Rickie Fowler on Thursday.

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However, a tap-in eagle was one of them. Check out this tee shot Fowler hit on the 317-yard, par-4 12th hole:

Magnificent.

Unfortunately for Fowler, that's as good as it would get at Chambers Bay. He shot an 11-over 81 with a triple bogey, two double bogeys and six bogeys and is currently next-to-last in the 156-player field. 

Fowler's near hole-in-one albatross a lone bright spot
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A look at Tiger Woods losing his club on a shot.

When you're Tiger Woods, you take the good and you take the bad. The good was documented and celebrated for two decades, but his comeback attempt has seemingly documented plenty of the bad. Or even misfortunate. Like this.

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This shot was captured on by Fox Sports during TV coverage on the eighth hole, a hole Woods would actually par. He had four bogeys and no birdies through eight holes Thursday and will have his work cut out for him next 27 holes to try to stick around for the weekend.

With his ball at the bottom of deep fescue rough, Woods takes a full hack at it. But as the club bottoms out and hits the ground, watch what happens:

 

 

 

It appears Woods either lets go of the club at that point, or it twists out of his grip. Either way, the club flew several yards behind Tiger, landing about the same time Tiger's ball reached the fairway.

Was Woods' reaction possibly related to the pain he suffered when he struck a tree root with a shot back in the Masters in March? Certainly that would stick in your mind the next time you're faced with a similar predicament, although Woods -- through his agent -- claimed he had suffered no injury.

If anything, the unusual shot finally seemed to settle Woods down. He went on to save par, then added another at the par-3 ninth. Unfortunately, four early bogeys put Woods in a hole, and he made the turn at 4-over 39.

Tiger Woods loses club on swing at U.S. Open