Woods' putting let him down and over the two rounds made three double bogeys, one triple bogey and six bogeys over the two days.
Shinnecock Hills was so treacherous on Thursday that players averaged 76.4 on the par-70 layout, and it wasn't until late Friday that the wind finally calmed and players began making birdies in bunches.
He could not convert the downhill putt, missing his first cut at a major since the 2014 PGA Championship. He has not had a top 10 in the U.S. Open since he tied for fourth at Pebble Beach in 2010.
This course was a fickle beast all day with many golfers criticizing the way it is playing even compared to a hard first two rounds.
Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, his bid to make the cut after an opening 78 also slowed by a double-bogey, reeled off four birdies in a row starting at the 13th but closed with back-to-back bogeys in a 71 for 149 - missing the cut by a stroke.
Berger came out hot with three birdies on the front nine and set the tone by sticking his approach to three feet on the nasty, 239-yard par-3 second hole.
"You were seeing shots that were well played and not rewarded", said Mike Davis, the chief executive of the USGA.
There were 200 double bogeys or worse on day one - compared to 212 for the entire tournament in 2017 - as players faced a combination of wind, punishing rough and testing pin positions. "Unfortunately, I just haven't done that". And I think, especially at a U.S. Open, you have to keep your head down.
"Well, I was consistent", Woods said when asked what hallmark he needs to channel from his golden era.
And that was when you could get the ball to stay on the surface.
He still led the tournament by two strokes over Justin Rose, who was 1 under for the day and the tournament through three holes on Saturday.
Australia's two biggest names, Scott and Day, both missed the cut at the US Open for a second consecutive year. Woods rallied with two closing birdies to salvage a 72, and then had to wait to see if that would be enough to avoid missing the cut for the fifth time in his last eight majors. "He felt as bad for me that I didn't make the cut".
Johnson is seeking his second victory in three years, following his 2016 victory at Oakmont in 2016, his only major title to date. But, obviously, you need a good round [Saturday] just to give yourself a chance. Stenson played with him in the final round at Shanghai previous year when Johnson lost a six-shot lead in the final round.
Phil Mickelson says he didn't mean any disrespect when he hit a moving ball on the 13th green at the U.S. Open.
"I'm not very happy the way I played and the way I putted".
"I peaked and I really played well at the right time".
"I'm expecting it to be very tough; the greens will speed up because I don't think they would have liked the scores they saw this afternoon", Leishman said. "I feel like if I can get a look at par and not make any doubles, I'm going to make a couple birdies".
Unusual never had to deal with a potentially career-ending injury in the way Woods has, but nonetheless battled for consistent excellence after falling short in his quest in 1990 to become the first player to win three straight U.S. Opens.