Only three golfers shot under par during the second round of the U.S. Open Friday as Jordan Spieth and Cole Hammer (+11) missed the cut.
With conditions and course set-up much tougher today, Hammer managed to shoot four-over par (74) and missed the cut by four strokes.
How about Cole Hammer’s 66-foot putt to save par (graphic was wrong)!— Cameron Parker (@camerondparker) September 18, 2020
Hammer currently +3 on his round thru 14 holes. Cut line is projected at +7 with course conditions just a tad bit tougher than yesterday.#USOpen #TakeDeadAim #HookEm @TexasMGolf pic.twitter.com/AJgyLq5exh
The Texas amateur will head back to Austin and prepare for the 2020-21 season where the Longhorns will be one of the top-ranked teams in the nation.
Spieth’s struggles worsened on Friday, shooting an 81 to finish 14-over par and causing him to miss only his second cut in a major. His previous missed cut came at the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
Playing in U.S. Open conditions at Winged Foot is not an ideal place to try and fix your game off the tee, where Spieth only hit eight fairways through two rounds.
“So I’m kind of working through it and looking forward to having a little more time off to figure it out,” Spieth said after his round Thursday. “I mean, yeah, I’m late behind it. The second I try to get back out in front of, it’s hooking.”
Under normal circumstances, Spieth might be enjoying his off-season right now or taking time to work on his swing but due to scheduling changes caused by COVID-19, the Texas Ex has no choice but to gut it out through the U.S. Open and the Masters.
With just around two months until the Masters, hopefully Jordan can will be able to regroup and find some confidence in his swing.