"Unfortunately, it's just what I've done the last few events, " Woods said. Finau will tee off in the final group at 12:24 p.m. MT with Berger, who also shot a 66 as he looks to win his first major championship. He has not had a top 10 in the U.S. Open since he tied for fourth at Pebble Beach in 2010. However, with a bogey on 17 he needed par on 18 to make the cut.
He showed why he is ranked the best in the world as Dustin Johnson surged into a four-shot lead heading into the weekend of the 118th US Open at Shinnecock Hills. "I'm not very happy with the way that I played and the way that I putted, I'm at 10 over par", said Woods.
"I played well and my speed on my putts has been very good".
At the 7th, Johnson drained a miraculous 45-footer for birdie to drop to 4-under for the tournament. Maybe more important, he didn't try anything insane by forcing the issue after a bad shot. This place left the most accomplished players as exposed and overdrawn at the Bank of Par as when Foulis won his U.S. Open here 122 years ago using the relative equivalent of some crooked sticks and a rock. I mean, all it takes is one shot in the fescue, and you could be in there for a while.
There were 200 double bogeys or worse on day one - compared to 212 for the entire tournament in 2017 - as players faced a combination of wind, punishing rough and testing pin positions. "I just finally did".
"I think if the lead is 4 under by the end of the day I still have a shot", Berger said.
"You had to focus on every single shot you hit - putts, everything".
"As the day went on it continued to get more tough", said two-times PGA Tour victor Berger, who noticed the course starting to become more hard on about the 12th hole.
For Woods, the slaps began on the opening hole.
Steve Stricker, a part-timer on the PGA Tour these days at age 51, has made the cut at 11 straight U.S. Opens. This is final year of Woods being exempt to the U.S. Open as a past champion.
"I just hit a lot of good shots", Hill said. But then again, I think they're going to let these greens firm out a little bit.
Meanwhile, Johnson took a massive step towards a second US Open victory in three years as Ian Poulter's challenge imploded on an eventful second day. It is his third at the U.S. Open, after missed cuts in 2006 and 2015.
Stenson reached the turn bogey-free and with a one-shot advantage, only for Koepka to birdie the 11th and Johnson to roll in from eight feet on the same hole to make it a three-way tie at the top.
"I played well", Lumsden said afterward.
"I was just having a good time", he said. So does Rose, who overcame an eight-shot deficit against Johnson in the final round in Shanghai last fall at the HSBC Champions. "Hit a really nice putt, and it went right in there". There was a couple of holes yesterday and a couple today that I wish I could get back but that's the way it is. He tied for 27th at Chambers Bay in 2015, then wound up fourth in 2017 at Erin Hills, shooting 11 under to victor Brooks Koepka's 16 under.
"I feel like my game is built for championship golf", Finau, who finished 10th at the Masters after famously twisting his ankle during the par-3 contest, said.