OAKMONT, Pa. – It just got a little tougher for Fox to fill its 12-plus hours of U.S. Open coverage.
A bevy of big names are among those who will miss the cut as the second round grinds to a conclusion Saturday at Oakmont Country Club.
Phil Mickelson – who earlier in the day was optimistic about making it – headlines a list that also includes Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed and Ernie Els.
Mickelson and Fowler are the only two players this season in the top 50 of the world rankings to miss the cut in the Masters, U.S. Open and Players Championship.
For Fowler, it's the continuation of a big-time slump. He's now missed his last three cuts, which is just the second time in his career he's done that. Back in 2014, he finished in the top five in all four majors. Since then, he tied for 12th in the 2015 Masters, but then has gone cut, T30, T30, cut, cut.
Mickelson, meanwhile, has missed the cut in two majors in a season for the first time since 2007.
McIlroy came to the ninth tee – his final hole of the second round – needing a par to make the cut on the 6-over number, but drove it into a fairway bunker on the right and needed two shots to get out. He ended up with a double bogey and declined comment after his round.