June 16, 2008
Vijay Singh, T-5, 284 (-4)
What worked: He hit 58 greens (tops in the field) and was second in distance at 292.9 yards.What didn't: Now No. 2 in the world, Singh took more putts (129) than anyone who made the cut.What about the U.S. Open: Take that many putts at Pinehurst and he won't be looking at a T-5.
Tiger Woods, Won, 276 (-12)
What worked: Almost everything Saturday (12 birdies) and early Sunday (four straight birdies).What didn't: He had another bad Masters start (74), and only one player hit fewer fairways all week.What about the U.S. Open: Was T-3 at Pinehurst in '99, but the rough won't be as forgiving as Augusta's.
Ernie Els, 47, 298 (+10)
What worked: Not much, really, but he can take solace in a final-nine 33 Sunday.What didn't: Els took 124 putts, the most he has had during his 10-year Masters cut streak.What about the U.S. Open: He has won the tournament twice but he missed the cut in 1999.
Phil Mickelson, 10, 285 (-3)
What worked: Lefty was six under on the par-5 holes, better than his five-under total a year ago.What didn't: Expected to contend Sunday, he shot 74, matching his worst final round at Augusta.What about the U.S. Open: He'll contend. A run of three runner-up finishes in six years began in '99.
Retief Goosen, T-3, 283 (-5)
What worked: He barely made the cut, but rebounded with the second-best weekend total (137).What didn't: A balky putter (119 putts) and wayward drives (36 fairways hit) did him in.What about the U.S. Open: Defending champ needs to be more consistent and more accurate.
Padraig Harrington, MC, 149 (+5)
What worked: Going three under on the par 5s in a first-round 72 was the highlight of his week.What didn't: He took 35 putts during a second-round 77, the second-highest total in the field.What about the U.S. Open: The only other time he missed the Masters cut he was T-10 at the Open.
Sergio Garcia, MC, 149 (+5)
What worked: The Spaniard hit more fairways (25) than anyone who missed the cut.What didn't: Garcia needed 63 putts in 36 holes and was four over on par 3s during an opening 77.What about the U.S. Open: If he keeps the distance and the accuracy, he'll be OK at Pinehurst.
David Toms, MC, 152 (+8)
What worked: He hit 22 greens, tied for fifth-most among players who missed the cut.What didn't: Toms started with a double bogey on 10 Thursday, and things went downhill from there.What about the U.S. Open: He missed the cut in '99 but played on the weekend the last five times.
Adam Scott, T-33, 294 (+6)
What worked: His opening 71 was nine strokes better than his first-round 80 a year ago.What didn't: He was in the bottom half of the field in fairways hit, greens in regulation and putting.What about the U.S. Open: Nothing he did at Augusta makes us think he'll make his first Open cut.
Stewart Cink, T-20, 289 (+1)
What worked: A model of consistency, Cink led the field with 55 pars, including 15 in round four.What didn't: All those pars meant few birdies (8); only two players who made the cut had fewer.What about the U.S. Open: Once his best major, he has missed two of three cuts since his '01 debacle.