OAKMONT, Pa.— It appears that Phil Mickelson will have to wait at least another year to finally win the one major that always has eluded him. The six-time U.S. Open runnerup, who turned 46 Thursday, lipped out from the fairway and made birdie on the second hole of the day. When darkness ended play Friday night, he was 7 over with two holes to play and in serious danger of missing the cut.
Timing has not always been Daniel Summerhays’ strong suit. The one time he put it all together and won a pro tournament, he had not yet declared himself a pro. So he could not accept the $126,000 first prize at the Web.com’s 2007 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.
He met a big moment on Friday when he shot 5-under-par 65 in the second round of the U.S. Open, his second round of the day after an opening 74. The nephew of former Champions Tour player Bruce Summerhays put himself into contention.
“I think at any level and in any profession, you always go through times where you feel like you’re inadequate,” said the golfer who served a two-year Mormon mission in Chile. “That round today is definitely going to be one that I can push the replay button on at times you don’t feel like you quite have it. That was really special, for sure.”
He did shoot 60 once for Brigham Young University. “But,” he said, “this was 65 on Friday at Oakmont in the U.S. Open.”
Rory unhappy with 77
Rory McIlroy looked and sounded unsettled by the 7-over-par 77 that began Thursday and finished yesterday morning. “I think for me the toughest thing is just trying to stay positive and not get too down on myself,” he said.
Spieth explains himself
Jordan Spieth recognized that at 2 over with three rounds to go, “I didn’t shoot myself out of it.” He also explained why he had seemed so upset on Thursday.“I was frustrated because as I was behind the ball, visualizing the shot, there was a crack of lightning and thunder that was not very far from us. And I kind of looked over and got the signal that we’re still playing on. And then I hit the shot and I got a really tough break,” he said, noting that play was stopped right after that shot.