U.S. Open 2016: Rory McIlroy leads six surprising stars that missed the cut
Rory McIlroy is among the big-name golfers that won't be around for the third and fourth round at the 2016 U.S. Open after missing the cut at Oakmont
The cut line ended up being 6 over at the 2016 U.S. Open as players wrapped up the second round on Saturday morning. Sixty-seven players finished the second round at 6 over or better with Dustin Johnson in the lead alone at 4 under.
There were a number of golf's star players that finished outside that cut line and headed home early from Oakmont Country Club, including one of the pre-tournament favorites in Rory McIlroy. Six players in the top 17 in the Official World Golf Rankings were sent packing early by Oakmont -- plus No. 7 Henrik Stenson withdrew on Saturday morning -- meaning the third and fourth rounds will be a bit light on star power.
Here are the six, in order of their OWGR, that missed the cut at the 2016 U.S. Open.
3. Rory McIlroy (+8, 77-71): McIlroy looked poised to make a charge on Saturday morning in his second round after going out in 31 on the back nine, his first nine of the day. He was solidly under the cut line at 3 over and had good birdie looks on Nos. 1 and 2 that went begging. After that, he unraveled and two double bogeys on Nos. 3 and 9 sealed his fate. The missed cut is McIlroy's first at a major since the 2013 British Open and had finished in the top 5 at four of his last seven PGA Tour events.
5. Rickie Fowler (+11, 76-75): Fowler's struggles at big tournaments in 2016 continue. He's now missed the cut at the Masters, Players Championship, Memorial Tournament and U.S. Open this year. Unlike McIlroy, Fowler never looked like he was going to threaten making a charge on Saturday morning. Fowler said after his round that he'll stay at Oakmont to practice and work with Butch Harmon as he tries to figure out what's going wrong for him.
10. Justin Rose (+8, 72-76): Rose posted a 40 on his back nine in the second round to work his way out of contention and a spot on the weekend. Like McIlroy, Rose hadn't missed a cut at a major since the 2013 British Open and had four top 5s in the last five majors coming in.
11. Patrick Reed (+8, 74-74): Reed was on the cut line going into his final two holes, but bogeys on Nos. 8 and 9 pushed him outside the cut line. Reed hit only 50 percent of fairways and 50 percent of greens on the week, and he left himself too many up-and-downs over two days to find his way to the third round.
15. Hideki Matsuyama (+12, 74-78): It all went wrong for Matsuyama this week. He played with Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson the first two rounds, and while they were ripping up Oakmont, Matsuyama was struggling just to make pars. While he's normally one of the best ball-strikers on tour, Matsuyama could only find 16-of-36 greens in the first two rounds, which is a recipe for disaster at Oakmont.
17. Phil Mickelson (+7, 74-73): Mickelson was pretty confident that the field would come back to him on Saturday morning, but he ended up missing the cut by one. He and Fowler are the only two players in the top 50 in the world to miss the cut in the Masters, Players and U.S. Open this season.
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