US Open at Shinnecock Hills; World No.1 Dustin Johnson leads by four; Jason Day, Adam Scott miss cut

MARC Leishman and Aaron Baddeley will be Australia’s only hopes to chase down runaway leader Dustin Johnson as Jason Day and Adam Scott crashed out of the US Open on day two.

AAPAPJune 16, 20189:59am

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    Golf: American Dustin Johnson is leading the way at the U.S Open sitting a -4 after thye second round.

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      Marc Leishman is seven shots off the pace.Source:AFP

      MARC Leishman and Aaron Baddeley will be Australia’s only hopes to chase down runaway leader Dustin Johnson as Jason Day and Adam Scott crashed out of the US Open on day two.

      Leishman leads an Australian contingent that has been whittled down to two by the brutal Shinnecock Hills course, but he still sits seven shots back of world No.1 Johnson.

      Former US Open winner Johnson fired a superb round of three-under-par 67 and at four under he holds a four-shot cushion over Scott Piercy (71) and Charley Hofman (69) at even par.

      Major winners Henrik Stenson (70) and Justin Rose (70), defending champion Brooks Keopka (66), Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood (66) and Ian Poulter (72) share fourth at one over.

      Marc Leishman is seven shots off the pace.

      Marc Leishman is seven shots off the pace.Source:AFP

      Leishman clawed his way back into contention with a gutsy 69 which brought his total back to three over and he shares 12th place, while countryman Baddeley shot 72 and at six over he is equal 36th place.

      Australia’s two biggest names, Scott and Day, have both missed the cut at the US Open for a second consecutive year.

      Billed as one of the pre-tournament favourites, world No.8 Day shot 73 to finish at 13 over, while Scott’s 75 is also at 13 over.

      Other Australians set to miss the weekend rounds included Jason Scrivener (71, nine over), Matt Jones (74, 10 over), Cameron Smith (72, 11 over), David Bransdon (74, 13 over) and Lucas Herbert (74, 17 over).

      Tiger Woods (72, 10 over), Jordan Spieth (71, nine over), Rory McIlroy (70, 10 over) and Sergio Garcia (79, 14 over) all missed the cut.

      Woods though refused to get too downhearted and still thinks he can win anotehr major.

      Can anyone stop Dustin Johnson?

      Can anyone stop Dustin Johnson?Source:AFP

      Tiger Woods had a much better second round but still failed to make the cut.

      Tiger Woods had a much better second round but still failed to make the cut.Source:AFP

      “Absolutely,” Woods said. “

      They’re not easy,” he said.

      I mean, I’ve won a few of them over the course of my career, and they’re the hardest fields and usually the hardest setups. So they’re meant to be testers, and you don’t win major championships by kind of slapping all around the place and missing putts.

      “You have to be on,” he said.

      “You just can’t fake it at a major championship.”

      Woods was also in awe of the implacable Johnson.

      For the second year in a row Jason Day has missed the US Open cut.

      For the second year in a row Jason Day has missed the US Open cut.Source:AFP

      “Dustin was in complete control of what he was doing,” he said.

      “He’s hitting the ball so flush and so solid

      “I know it’s windy. It’s blustery. It was raining early. But he’s hitting right through it.”

      Originally published as Leishman barely keeping misfiring Aussie hopes alive

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