Wind-blown Shinnecock does a number on U.S. Open field

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Tiger Woods missed the halfway cut at the US Open, the day before the 10th anniversary of his last major title success in the latest sign his comeback from major back surgery has stalled. "And then I think of the ultimate grinder, head strong, course management, and I think of Tiger Woods". Yeah, I do. I do enjoy it, especially when you're on the right side of the fight.

"I'm not very happy the way I played and the way I putted".

Four-time major champion McIlroy, who did not speak to the media after his first round of 10-over 80 conceded he had been "thrown off" by the wind on Thursday. Baddeley started out early and quickly grabbed the lead with a couple of early birdies, and he played solidly throughout until he took a triple bogey seven at the par-four sixth hole, his 15th of the day.

Ian Poulter, joint leader after round one, is among the late starters, along with Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose. In the two major events for which he qualified last season-the British Open and the PGA Championship-he made the cut, and on the year finished with $2,098,346 in winnings, more than he'd earned since 2009. But make no mistake: This was classic US Open carnage, with Shinnecock Hills's hills laughing all the way to the clubhouse at last year's host Erin Hills's hills, which proved no match for champion Brooks Koepka or the 30 fellow golfers under par when his record-tying 16-under win was complete.

Woods is far from the only household name to miss the cut.

"I was anxious about running the (first) putt by, left it short, blocked the next one, then blocked it again", he said. "I just haven't done that".

Henley, who started his round on the back nine, took his big hit on his 12th hole of the day, the par-4 third.

Woods shot 72 and finished at 150,10 over par.

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Woods, who opened the tournament with a 78 on Thursday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, was in position to play the weekend through 9 holes of the second round before again making a mess of the par-4 first (his 10th), where he made a double-bogey 6 after making a 7 there on Thursday.

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick posted a 70 and is tied for 11th at three over, with Scotland's Russell Knox (71) and Calum Hill (69) in a group one shot back at four over.

The U.S. Open has gone to new courses two of the last three years, and Jack Nicklaus is among those who feared it had lost its identity. "The pressure is at its highest, and it's just one of those tournaments that's very hard to play well and win".

"I finally made a putt or two at the end, and I've given myself enough looks".

The pair are among the most unflappable, refusing to be sidetracked by things outside their control, like ferocious rough and bumpy greens.

But with a razor-sharp short game, the three-time US PGA Tour victor said a nasty Shinnecock set-up would play into his hands.

"I feel like I'm playing really well".

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