Dustin Johnson is dusting 'em at US Open

Dustin Johnson lone player under par at U.S. Open

Tiger Woods made his return to Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, Long Island today for the 118th U.S. Open and kicked things off with a triple bogey seven on the par 4 first hole.

At only one point Friday did Johnson much alter his expression, displaying an honest smile on the exclamation point to his round - a 45-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh. He finished the hole with a double-bogey for the day, five over for the two days, which is really the difference between him playing the weekend or not.

"You've got to play really good golf if you want to shoot a good score, and I like where par is a good score on every hole, no matter what club you've got in your hand, what hole it is", Johnson said.

Where better than NY for Johnson and Fleetwood to demonstrate that if you want to do well at the US Open it's all about having the right state of mind?

Graeme McDowell was carded a decent second round of 70 but he fell short of the projected cut of -8 by just one shot.

That's just to say that Woods, who has had four surgeries on his spine since 2014, will just have to be patient.

"I just haven't putted well. So maybe it makes a few people happy out there that, you know, we kind of mess up just as good as everyone else". "Unfortunately, I went the other way". As the day wore on the course dried out and pinpoint shots were pitching within a yard of the pin, apparently coming to a standstill, only to drift this way and that, off the green and into the dwang.

It is Johnson's unflappability - along with a game that won't quit - that would seem to separate him from such situations in the weekend to come.

Baddeley shot 72 and at 6-over he is in equal 35th place. Those missing the cut included Tiger Woods (10 over), Rory McIlroy (10 over), Jordan Spieth (9 over), Jason Day (12 over), Matt Kuchar (12 over), Bubba Watson (11 over), Sergio Garcia (14 over) and Jon Rahm (15 over). Woods battled on Friday, making the turn at even par for his round and with approximately a 50 percent chance of making the cut.

The top 60 players and ties will make the cut, and Day is 118th.

McIlroy, Mickelson and Spieth - who have a combined 12 majors between them - looked equal parts dazed and exasperated as they finished up their round.

It was plenty tough for Tiger Woods, who started with a triple bogey and added a pair of double bogeys on the back nine for a 78. "He also made birdie putts of 8'9", 7'5", and 16′ to finish with a 3-under par round of 67. In the 39 majors played since that last major win by Woods, 30 different players have walked away champions.

"The first 27 holes were what killed me", said the Northern Irishman who missed the cut at the US Open for a third successive year. Piercy's day was not without regrets, especially when he three-putted from 4 feet for bogey on the par-5 16th.

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