The 2012 U.S. Open was hell on a number of golfers. The Olympic Club repeatedly tested their ability to make a variety of tough shots off unpredictable surfaces and around a bevy of obstacles.
Some men, mainly winner Webb Simpson, were able to conquer the brutal Lake Course in San Francisco and managed to get crucial birdies at key times.
Others, like Tiger Woods, weren’t able to keep their composure down the stretch and ended up blowing their chance at victory.
Let’s take a look at some golfers that need to figure out what went wrong at this event and quickly fix those issues
The 2011 U.S. Open winner did not do an admirable job defending his title. His opening-round 77 (seven-over-par) pretty much ended any chance he had of competing over the weekend. After a 73 on Friday, McIlroy was cut.
He’s got to come out of the gates better from now on or he will continue to risk missing cuts.
If the Irishman can’t make it to the final rounds of an event, he has zero chance of winning one.
Mickelson also struggled out of the gate, shooting a 76 on Thursday. He recovered with a solid one-over-par performance on Friday to make the cut and repeated on Saturday, but fell apart on Sunday.
Phil shot his worst round and finished at eight-over, putting him at plus-16 for the tourney.
Lefty has to work on making more birdies and putting himself in a position to win early. He also cannot collapse in the final round if he wants a chance at the remaining two majors this year.
Tiger opened up the tournament nicely and followed that with a solid second-round. He was in contention throughout the weekend, but unraveled during the final nine holes on Saturday and all day on Sunday.
Woods needs to keep his composure in the championship rounds if he wants to ever win another major in his career.