A glance at the 2nd round of US Open | AP sports

Phil Mickelson hits out of a bunker during a practice round for the U.S. Open Golf Championship Wednesday

This week's addition to the thickening evidentiary file is his 78-72 in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, which allowed Woods and his $20 million yacht to depart the premises early. "I'm just going to keep playing my game".

"I never want to make doubles", Johnson said. "I like being in the lead for sure".

Fleetwood knows he has made a mark and can be a factor.

Woods, of all people, knew what he was looking at. Woods and Mickelson are among 19 players who played in the last U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

It was reminiscent of John Daly hitting a moving ball at Pinehurst No. 2 in the 1999 U.S. Open. "Every day out here is going to be hard". The Northern Ireland star, 10-over after the first round, was 14-over after a double-bogey at the ninth and a run of four birdies in six holes starting at the 11th was too little, too late as he finished on 10-over 150.

"All I had to do after that start was shoot even par over the next 16 holes and I'd be just fine", he said. It did what it was told and dropped in.

T1. Daniel Berger (+3): With a couple birdies early in the round, Berger made himself one of the early known names on Saturday. Before the ball could come to a standstill - it was still gathering pace on a slope - Mickelson chased after it and struck it back towards the cup. And it's doing so to a degree that everyone else here is noticing and envying. "You have to be on. You can't fake it at a major championship".

He had a three-shot lead at Pebble Beach in the 2010 U.S. Open and lost it all on the second hole with a triple bogey, and then compounded mistakes by trying to drive the green on the next two holes.

"I didn't putt well", said Tiger.

There's an old story about how now-deceased Korean leader Kim Jong-Il played a round of golf in 38 under par, firing five aces en route to carding a 34.

Woods joins several big names in leaving NY early as Jordan Spieth (9-over), Rory McIlroy (10-over), Sergio Garcia (14-over) and Martin Kaymer (18-over) all missed the cut.

No surprise here. The 14th is the longest par 4, and just 70 yards shorter than one of the two par 5s on the course. Johnson is four under on the tournament and is the only player in the field to be in red figures.

Maybe it was for the best, because there wasn't much to say about a disastrous ending for Spieth, just as it seemed he was playing his way back into contention. He tried to hit a "perfect" shot and instead he bladed it.

Johnson was at 4-under 136, four shots ahead of Hoffman and Scott Piercy. Up to that point I felt very in control. It was a completely different golf course.

First-round co-leader Russell Henley shot 73 to slip down the leaderboard. "I didn't mean it to be disrespectful". Koepka made only two birdies in a hard-earned round of 72, leaving him in position to become the first back-to-back victor of the U.S. Open since Curtis Strange in 1989. So I'm in the hunt. Defending champion: Brooks Koepka. His answer: "This golf course". One example was Thursday, when his ball was hitting up in thick grass, and he put back a club that might have reached the green and used wedge to get it back in play.

That means that Johnson's pursuers will need help from him.

"I showed glimpses of it on the back nine today, but I just wish I had handled the conditions a bit better yesterday". "All it takes is one shot in the fescue and you could be in there for a while", Koepka said.

Zach Johnson, who posted 72 in the group immediately behind Mickelson, delivered his volley long before the principal protagonists were reduced to quivering wrecks. "There's not many birdies".

That's a critical asset on a course such as Shinnecock, with its myriad challenges even before the elements are added in. With the two-shot penalty, he was given a sextuple-bogey 10 on the hole and was 10 over for his round. He needs every positive thought he can generate for a tournament that has caused him so much pain over the years.

When he has contended this year on Tour at places like Innisbrook and Bay Hill, Woods has been able to compensate for inconsistent aspects in his game.



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