Toss that card
Charl Schwartzel: The former Masters champ was five shots out of the lead to begin Friday, but that quickly ballooned. Schwartzel made the turn in 6 over par, then took a double bogey on his 10th hole. He rebounded for three birdies down the stretch but the damage was done, and he’s headed home for the weekend, missing the cut by a stroke.
Keep that card
Brendon Todd: He carded a bogey-free 3-under 67 to get within six shots of the lead. The U.S. Open rookie will be in the final group Saturday with Kaymer.
On the course with ...
Hunter Mahan: He was hit with a two-stroke penalty when he and Jamie Donaldson mistakenly played each other’s ball in the 18th fairway following their tee shots. Mahan finished with a 2-over 72 to fall to 6 over for the tournament — one shot off the cut. “You can’t imagine yourself doing something colossally stupid as that, but I did,” said John Wood, Mahan’s caddie.
U.S. Open moment
When can par be thrilling? Anyone watching Ken Duke on the par-3 ninth will tell you. Duke’s iron shot off the tee landed up against a patch of wispy native-area grass alongside a bunker. Miffed at his options, Duke purposely and hastily played the next shot — with his putter — into the trap. He then holed out from the sand for his par. Just like he drew it up.
• Phil Mickelson returned to a more conventional putting grip Friday after his switch to the “claw” didn’t work out so well Thursday. But it didn’t matter. Mickelson shot a 3-over 73 in Round 2 and is 13 strokes back.
• Only Kaymer and Dustin Johnson birdied both of the par-5s at Pinehurst No. 2 in Rounds 1 and 2.
• After winning the PGA Championship last summer, Jason Dufner has now missed the cut in the first two majors of 2014.
219-yard, par-3 sixth: Only one birdie was made on the hole all day.
Quote of the day
“Don’t play like you’re leading.”
— Adam Scott, when asked what advice he’d give Kaymer.
Tweet of the day
|Chicago WSox - LP: Z. Duke||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Soria||2|
|San Diego - WP: J. Shields||5||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: B. Schlitter||4|
|Philadelphia - LP: S. O Sullivan||2||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: M. Scherzer||7|
|Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson||3||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley||6|
|Atlanta - WP: C. Martin||8||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: B. Cecil||7|
|Miami - LP: B. Hand||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: B. Colon||4|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Matusz||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: K. Uehara||3|
|NY Yankees - WP: D. Betances||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: K. Jepsen||4|
|LA Angels - WP: C. Ramos||6||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||3|
|Cleveland - LP: B. Shaw||2||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: B. Boyer||3|
|Oakland - LP: D. Otero||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: W. Davis||6|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||1||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha||6|
|Colorado - LP: K. Kendrick||3||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw||7|
|Texas - WP: Y. Gallardo||3||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: J. Happ||1|
|Arizona - WP: J. Collmenter||9||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: J. Peavy||0|
|Red Bull New York||2|