Links golf is already an unforgiving game, and this weekend was an especially wild one for those taking the course.
With that mindset, it's disappointing that Tiger couldn't capitalize, but making the cut line (which was projected around 2-over when he finished) definitely leads to an interesting weekend.
The light rain from overnight never let up. The grass was deep enough that it was certain to twist the club on impact.
Tiger Woods is a 14-time major victor, however, he has angered golf fans this afternoon after pushing away children eagerly waiting for his autograph at The Open.
As for that other Johnson?
Lyle, who made his Open debut as an amateur in 1974, the year of Gary Player's third and final victory, was 60 in February and his exemption as a past victor has expired but he has not given up hope of appearing at Royal Portrush next year as there is a place available for the victor of next week's Seniors Open at St Andrews and he is in the field.
Two more birdies followed on the back nine, along with just one bogey. He was that close to notching just the second bogey-free round of the week (Tommy Fleetwood, who shot 65 in Round 2, now holds that distinction).
Dustin Johnson, the current number one, finished on six over par.
Woods said he felt good on the practice range prior to his round in the afternoon and remarked that he couldn't really blame the neck problem for his play, except with his swing from time to time.
"Everyone acts like this is the first time I've been bandaged up. I doubt he's been called Zach that many times".
Woods' mood could perhaps be explained by his failure to recapture the form many associate with the successful golfer, who became the first athlete to earn over a billion dollars in his career in 2009.
Fleetwood and McIlroy were playing a few groups ahead of Johnson, and it was a race to see who would wind up on top for much of the late morning until Johnson made his birdie putt on the final hole.
Fleetwood's last victory was at the Abu Dhabu HSBC Championship earlier this year. In more hard conditions, his 65 felt just as good, especially the birdie on the 18th that put him atop the leaderboard until Johnson finished. The British pro finished just one stroke behind victor Brooks Koepka (+2200) after he shot a brilliant 63 on Sunday, becoming just the sixth player to ever shoot that low at the U.S. Open. "Hopefully, I can go out and play well again [Saturday], and then that will be a big chance going into Sunday".
"I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. So a lot more irons off tees and a lot more conservative, but ended up being the same score".