Having birdied three of the preceding four holes to close to within one of Johnson, it was the last thing the 42-year-old expected, particularly as the wind had dipped and Shinnecock Hills at last turned from merciless into (almost) charitable.
Woods joins several big names in leaving NY early as Jordan Spieth (9-over), Rory McIlroy (10-over), Sergio Garcia (14-over) and Martin Kaymer (18-over) all missed the cut. By the start of the Valero Texas Open on April 20, he'd missed the cut three times already in the 2017 season, and that weekend, he shot two over par on Thursday and Friday. Scott Piercy (71) and Charley Hoffman (69) were at even par.
Graeme McDowell was best of the Irish but his nine over par score after a second round of 70 was not enough.
On Thursday he hit the fairway on his first shot, went down a hill after flying the green on his second and watched his third shot hit the top of the hill before rolling back to him.
He played the next 11 holes in level par before making his move with three birdies in four holes.
"My only bogey I made today, I still had a decent look at par". So I knew I was in for a tough day when I saw that, and then I heard it was going to pick up even more around 11. This golf course is kind of setting up for that right now. With no green to work with, he thinned the ball into the thick rough and now he was in a world of trouble.
No surprise here. The 14th is the longest par 4, and just 70 yards shorter than one of the two par 5s on the course.
Johnson capped off another solid round in testing conditions at Shinnecock Hills with a 45-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh that dropped on its final turn.
His only bogey of the round, and fourth of the week, came at the first after finding a greenside bunker and failing to get up and down. He wasn't ideal, but he was under par - barely - and shared the lead at 1-under 69 in an opening round of strong wind, high anxiety and scores that made this feel like a U.S. Open again.
"Have you seen the way I've been swinging?", said Woods, who hit 79 percent of his fairways in the second round. I'm going to try and make par the hard way.
"I'm not very happy the way I played and the way I putted", Woods said after his round.
He was now 11 over and needing to make up ground on a hard course coming in to have a chance at the weekend.
He battled back over the next several holes to go out in 3-over 38, but back-to-back sloppy double bogeys on the back nine relegated him to an 8-over 78. Not a year and a half ago, Poulter was engaged in a months-long fight for his PGA Tour card-one he ultimately won on what can only be called a technicality.
Rose also was under par until closing with successive bogeys.
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But to have had the victories that I have had, to have the results that I have, obviously moving a step in the right direction. Muguruza had lost all three previous times she faced Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include two at Roland Garros .