That number was confirmed when Nick O'Hern, who had been forced from the course when play was suspended at 8.10pm last evening, returned at 8.15 this morning to face a six foot putt that would determine whether or not he would make his fourth consecutive US Open cut.
It was not to be and so it will be Marc Leishman and John Senden at even par and Jason Day at 1 over who will look to advance their cause over the closing 36 holes.
Leishman missed the cut last year at Pebble Beach so he will get to experience a US Open weekend for the first occasion. He has begun to play well again after a recent run or outs but his form earlier in the season was good including when 3rd at the Bay Hill Championship.
Senden is playing his third US Open and, while he has missed the cut in his previous two, his recent US PGA Tour form has been encouraging. He has the game for US Open golf given his great ball striking and greens in regulation stats and he might continue to do well. He has a 4th place finish at the 2007 PGA to his credit.
Day has now made the cut in all four of the majors he has competed. This was his first US Open and he has again displayed just why he is so highly regarded. His runner-up finish at the Masters two months ago and that he contended at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straights provides plenty of proof regarding his capacity to handle the big stage. He may be 12 shots from the lead but he is not all that far from second position.
Those who missed
Nick O'Hern (as above)
Adam Scott had fought his way back after an early triple bogey to be on the cut number with one hole to play. A missed 6 footer at the 16th hole which circled the cup before coming back towards him proved costly but so too did finding the water at the last.
Scott Hend was the story of the opening day but he got on the back foot early in round two and was never able to turn that momentum around. He three putted the 16th which he said after he thought might be the difference. It was.
Aaron Baddeley capitulated after his solid start yesterday, his demise, especially given his recent good form, a little hard to explain. He made a solid start to the second round and was actually on the leaderboard at 1 under early before things fell apart over the closing nine holes. He missed by two.
Greg Chalmers improved on his opening round of 76 but not enough to get close to the mark he needed and missed by three.
Scott Barr was to some extent a surprise qualifier for the event but he did not disgrace himself with consecutive rounds of 75 to be four shots from making the weekend. A double bogey then bogey start to round two had him on the back foot immediately but he fought back well enough.
Robert Allenby appeared to not have his mind focused where it needed to be Robert Allenby appeared to not have his mind focused where it needed to be for a major. He has several off course issues he is dealing with at present and although disappointed after his round yesterday seemed keen on getting that area of his life back in shape in order to play well again.
Geoff Ogilvy came into this event a little underdone following recent shoulder issues. He was never in the hunt and eventually tied with Allenby, five shots behind the required score to make the weekend.
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