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BIG NAMES MISS THE CUT: Former Masters champion Zach Johnson was among 12 major champions who failed to make the cut, and he wasn't happy — not about his game, not about the way Merion was set up, and certainly not with the USGA.
"I would describe the whole golf course as manipulated," Johnson said after rounds of 74-77, his first weekend off at a U.S. Open since 2009 at Bethpage Black. "It just enhances my disdain for the USGA and how it manipulates golf courses."
As another example of how predicting winners is mostly guesswork in golf, three of the players who some thought would contend at Merion were Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk. All of them missed the cut by at least three shots. For McDowell, it was his second straight cut in a major — in a year when he already has won twice.
Furyk had his worst U.S. Open, and it hurt coming in his home state.
The most painful cut belonged to Stewart Cink, who played his last four holes in 4 over — including a double bogey at No. 18 — to miss by two shots.
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Guerra||2||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: B. Shaw||3|
|Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano||3||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto||6|
|Miami - LP: B. Hand||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom||9|
|Washington - WP: T. Roark||10||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick||3|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||0||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: D. Price||3|
|St. Louis - LP: C. Martinez||2||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta||11|
|Boston||8||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Detroit - LP: J. Verlander||2||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura||5|
|Atlanta||10||Top 9th Inning|
|LA Angels||7||Top 6th Inning|
|Arizona||1||Bottom 5th Inning|
|San Diego||0||Top 5th Inning|
|Minnesota||5||Top 4th Inning|
|Oakland||0||Top 5th Inning|
|NY Yankees - C. Whitley||7:05 PM|
|Baltimore - K. Gausman|
|San Antonio||5:00 PM|