While Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau sit atop the leaderboard at the U.S. Open, Winged Foot will bid farewell to many of golf’s biggest names including Tiger Woods, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and defending champion Gary Woodland.
“It’s frustrating that I’m not going to be here for the weekend and be able to compete for this great championship,” Woods said. “It feels like the way the golf course is changing, is turning, that anybody who makes the cut has the opportunity to win this championship. I didn’t get myself that opportunity.”
When his final putt dropped, Woods carded a 7-over 77 on Friday morning. His two-day total of 10-over had him four shots off the 6-over cut line.
“There’s still one more major to go, and my title defense at Sherwood,” Woods said. “We have a couple big, big things ahead of us.”
Woods is scheduled to play a charity match on Tuesday with Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose to commemorate the grand opening of Payne’s Valley Golf Course at Big Cedar Lodge. Woods designed the golf course that is located in Ridgedale, Mo.
Woods’ title defense at the ZOZO Championship begins Oct. 22 at Sherwood Country Club.
Mickelson followed up his opening round 79 with a 74 on Friday to finish at 13-over.
“I enjoyed the week and I enjoyed the challenge that this golf course provides,” Mickelson said “I think it’s always one of the hardest tests that we play but one of the most fun challenges because of the… gosh, the character of the course all throughout, from shot-making to putting and short game. I think it’s a terrific place to play golf and I’m appreciative of the opportunity to have been able compete here and I’m disappointed I didn’t play better.”
Mickelson did not say when he would be teeing it up again.