The trio of Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen was supposed to be one of the marquee groupings during the first two rounds of this year’s U.S. Open.
Instead, both Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler played the worst golf either has all season. Fowler finished +14, while Tiger was even two strokes worse, finishing at 16-over par. Oosthuizen was the only bright spot of the grouping, rebounding after an opening round +7 (77) to almost win the whole thing.
Round 1: (+10) 80
Tiger shot an opening round 80 – not the kind of showing he wanted after the 85 he shot two Saturday’s ago at the Memorial Tournament.
“The bright side is at least I kicked Rickie’s butt today.” – Tiger after Round 1
Time to check in on how Tiger Woods's round is going: pic.twitter.com/VjVW4F0mZW
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) June 19, 2015
Round 2: (+6) 76
Round 2 on Friday was a lot better for Tiger – but that’s really not saying much. As has become the norm for the 14-time major winner, Tiger bogeyed the first hole. He finished +6 on the day, carding a round of 76, and finishing the championship he’s won three times at +16.
Only Darren Clarke, Alex Kim and 15-year-old amateur Cole Hammer finished below Tiger Woods on the leaderboard.
It is the second time Woods will miss the cut in the U.S. Open, the other time coming in 2006 when his mind and heart were elsewhere after his father passed away the previous month.
Round 1: (+11) 81
Tiger’s struggles have been well documented this season, which is why Fowler’s performance at Chambers Bay might be the more puzzling. After winning the PLAYERS Championship in emphatic style last month, many believed the U.S. Open might be Fowler’s moment to capture his first major.
Fowler carded a (+11) 81 on Thursday, which left him in second to last place. Shockingly, that +11 included an eagle on the par-4 12th hole.
Round 2: (+3) 73
Rickie ‘rebounded’ Friday with a (+3) 73, which is at least respectable. And it was good enough to at least finish ahead of Tiger.
Rickie will head to St. Andrews, still searching for that elusive first major championship.
Which performance from two of golf’s biggest stars was more surprising – Woods or Fowler? Let us know in the comments below, and throw in a prediction for the weekend while you’re at it.