ERIN, Wis. — Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day made the wrong kind of history at the U.S. Open.
They’re all leaving early.
For the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 all missed the cut in a major. Johnson capped off this collective failure with a late collapse on the back nine at Erin Hills, making three bogeys over a five-hole stretch and closing with a 73.
He three-putted on No. 13. He hammered a chip from just short of the par-5 14th that led to another three-putt bogey. And then he came up short of the 17th green and dropped one more shot that sent him home early to spend time with his newborn son.
“I couldn’t possibly shoot any higher than I did,” Johnson said.
Day and McIlroy never had much of a chance, either, both out of the picture before Johnson even teed off.
They had even more company.
Eight of the top 12 in the world will not be around for the weekend at this most unusual U.S. Open, where the top 60 and ties advanced to the final two rounds. The cut was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah.
Joining them were British Open champion Henrik Stenson (No. 6), Alex Noren (No. 8), Jon Rahm
(No. 10), Justin Rose (No. 11) and Adam Scott (No. 12).
Johnson also missed the cut at the Memorial, so this was the first time since 2013 (Pebble Beach, Riviera) that he has missed the cut in consecutive events.
Day at least managed to find one positive spin.
“Guess what?” he said to his 4-year-old son. “We get to go home today because Daddy played poorly.”
That’s something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major.
Day shot a 75 for a two-day total of 10-over 154, ending at 17 the longest active streak of making the cut in the majors. The last time Day missed a cut in a major was the 2012 PGA Championship, just a month after his son was born.
He never would have guessed it.
“I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week,” said Day, who arrived last Friday. “And just unfortunately, this didn’t pan out.”
McIlroy, the No. 2 player in the world, also arrived last Friday having missed the last month to rest a nagging rib injury.
He was never in the short grass from the 11th hole to the end Thursday, when he opened with a career-worst 78, and he didn’t do nearly enough in the second round until it was far too late.
Sure, he birdied four of his last six holes to salvage a 71 and finish at 5-over 149. But he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie chances in that stretch.
“Show up for the last six holes, anyway,” McIlroy said.
It was the second straight year he missed the cut at the U.S. Open.