TOWN OF ERIN — Jason Day, the
winner of the 2015 PGA Championship at
Whistling Straits, was confident and loose
heading into this week’s 117th U.S. Open at
“Yeah, to be honest, I said
(Thursday) it’s the been the best
preparation going into a major,” Day said.
“I felt like, in my career, which is playing
in majors and knowing what I needed to do to
prep for a tournament such as this.”
When it came down to it,
though, Day admitted his lack of execution
Day shot a 3-over-par 75 on
Friday to follow up his 7-over 79 on
Thursday to finish 36 holes at 10-over-par.
He missed the cut by nine strokes.
“Yeah, I was in the hay too
much over the last couple of days,” Day
“It’s pretty frustrating when
I got here Friday, put a lot of work in, not
a lot, but I tried to pace myself,” he
added. “I did the work, looked at the golf
course, made sure that I could actually and
visualize the course. And I felt the most
calm I have in a major in a long time this
week. And just unfortunately this didn’t pan
The USGA brands the U.S. Open
as golf’s ultimate test. Several of the
world’s best golfers agree after Friday’s
Six of the top-10 golfers in
the world rankings will not compete during
the weekend’s final rounds. Among those
includes world No. 1 and defending event
champion Dustin Johnson.
“Yeah, the same thing as
yesterday,” Johnson said. “I hit the ball
better than yesterday. That’s for sure.
Drove it very well, you know, hit a lot of
good iron shots, just didn’t make any
So, for another year, Curtis
Strange will remain the last golfer to
repeat as U.S. Open champion (1988-89).
“You know, this is a golf
course, that I really like this golf
course,” Johnson said. “It sets up really
well for me, especially if I’m driving it
like I did today. I couldn’t have shot any
higher. I couldn’t possibly shoot any higher
than I did. I just struggled on the greens.
Johnson shot 1-over Friday
after shooting 3-over Thursday.
Also not in the field for the
final two rounds are Day (No. 2 in the
world), Rory McIlroy (No. 3), Henrik Stenson
(No. 6), Alex Noren (No. 8) and Jon Rahm
McIlroy shot a 1-under 71 on
Friday, but the damage was done Thursday
with his 6-over 78.
“Yeah, we were,” Day said
when asked if he and McIlroy were consoling
each other on the course.
Stenson shot 3-over for the
championship, Noren was 6-over and Rahm was
On Friday morning, Danny Willett, the 2016
Masters champion, withdrew because of a back