BROOKLINE, Mass. – Cameron Young was nine on 31 holes at the Country Club, and this was surprising. Year-to-date, he’s posted an impressive four top-five finishes, including a tie for third at the PGA Championship last month.
Young then birdied, hole-in-one, birdied, birdied his next four holes, and this was surprising. It’s five cents – which is also the number at the top of the leaderboard.
Young missed the cut with one shot, and this was once again surprising.
It was full of surprises. So yes, Young tops our list of 10 surprising golfers who missed the cut at the US Open. Below is the rest.
10. Fran Quinn
What he shot: 76, 77 (+13)
Surprising because: Well, maybe not completely surprising; after all, Quinn, at 57, was the oldest player on the court. But the US Open is usually rich in sentimentality, and that would have done the trick.
9. Mito Pereira
What he shot: 70, 74 (+4)
Surprising because: OK, fine, we like a good script. But after his tragic end to the PGA Championship last month, Pereira deserved a better fate.
8. Shane Lowry
What he shot: 72, 72 (+4)
Surprising because: He hadn’t missed a cut all year. A birdie in the first round cost him.
7. Tony Finau
What he shot: 73, 72 (+5)
Surprising because: This has been Finau’s run starting with the Masters – tied for 35th there; tied for second at Mexico Open; tied for 41st in the Wells Fargo Championship; tied for 30th in the PGA Championship; tied for fourth in the Charles Schwab Challenge; and second at the Canadian Open. In other words, it’s surprising that he missed the cut this week.
6. Billy Horschel
What he shot: 73, 71 (+4)
Surprising because: Still a player in form, after his victory at the Memorial two weeks ago. But Horschel couldn’t overcome eight bogeys and a double. His great battles continue.
5. Victor Hovland
What he shot: 70, 77 (+7)
Surprising because: He is eighth in the world, and you would have thought his ball-striking would have been a good choice at TCC. And things looked good on Friday – until he played his final 11 holes to a whopping nine-over.
What he shot: 72, 74 (+6)
Surprising because: He’s sixth in the world, and you’d think his short game would have sailed the greens at TCC.
3. 11 of 15 books
What they shot: Sergio Garcia (74, 70, +4); James Piot (69, 75, +4); Talor Gooch (74, 71, +5); Kevin Na (75, 70+5); Branden Grace (76, 69, +5); Sam Horsfield (73, 73, +6); Louis Oosthuizen (77, 69, +6); Shaun Norris (70, 78, +8); Phil Mickelson (78, 73, +11); Jinichiro Kozuma (76, 77, +13); Jed Morgan (82, 74, +16)
Surprising because: You would have thought more than four of the 15 players associated with LIV on the pitch would have made the cut. Here are the four who did: Richard Bland (+2); Bryson DeChambeau (+2); Dustin Johnson (+1); and Patrick Reed (+1).
2. Phil Mickelson
What he shot: 78, 73 (+11)
Surprising because: You expected more than that. Notably, everyone in Lefty’s group missed the cut – Oosthuizen and Shane Lowry too.
1. Cameron Young
What he shot: 72, 72 (+4)
Surprising because: He averaged 32 holes – and lost his mind for four.
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