ARDMORE, Pa. - Tiger Woods made birdie at the first hole, only to watch his day go racing downhill from there.
By the time it was over, Woods skidded to seven bogeys and a 6-over-par 76 Saturday, tumbling down the leaderboard and matching his worst round as a pro at the U.S. Open. That left him 10 strokes behind third-round leader Phil Mickelson.
Despite leading the PGA Tour in putting in recent weeks, Woods needed 36 putts on the severely undulating greens. He blamed his inability to gauge the speed of those baffling putting surfaces for his three days of uneven play.
"It's certainly frustrating because I was feeling like I was playing well this week and I just didn't make the putts I needed to make," he said afterward.
12 ex-major champs fail to make the cut
Former Masters champion Zach Johnson was among 12 major champions who failed to make the cut, and he wasn't happy - not about his game, not about the way Merion was set up, and certainly not with the USGA.
"I would describe the whole golf course as manipulated," Johnson said after rounds of 74-77, his first weekend off at a U.S. Open since 2009 at Bethpage Black. "It just enhances my disdain for the USGA and how it manipulates golf courses."
Former Arizona standout Jim Furyk had his worst U.S. Open, and it hurt coming in his home state. He shot 77-79, 17 strokes behind the leaders
Bell's palsy sufferer just happy to play
Matt Weibring made the cut in his first U.S. Open, though it becomes an even greater achievement considering that Merion was only his second form of competition in the last two months.
Weibring, a Web.com Tour player and the son of former PGA Tour player D.A. Weibring, has been coping with Bell's palsy, a form of facial paralysis.
"I was happy just to be here, just to be back playing," he said.
• Among those who had the shortest week at the U.S. Open took the longest road to even get to Merion.
For the first time since at least 1997, none of the 20 players who endured 18 holes of local qualifying and 36 holes of sectional qualify for the U.S. Open made the cut.