U.S. Open 2014 cut line: Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson headed home early

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The cut line rose as the second round of the U.S. Open went along, but not high enough to keep a few notable players around for the weekend.

Bubba Watson called the crowned Pinehurst No. 2 greens "unfriendly" heading into the U.S. Open and it turns out the entire course wasn't too kind to the defending Masters champion. At 6-over, Watson finished on the wrong side of the 5-over cut line and is one of the notable names not sticking around for the weekend. Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan and Luke Donald also missed the cut.

Watson got off to a rough start on Thursday and was never able to recover. He carded five bogeys and a double bogey on his way to an opening round 76. He played better on Friday, shooting an even-par 70, but it wasn't good enough to make up the ground. Watson bogeyed three of four holes before making the turn, a costly stretch. He never appeared to be overly comfortable with the course setup and struggled to hit fairways.

Dufner opened the tournament with a 2-over 72. He was 1-over through 12 holes in the second round and appeared to be in decent shape to make the weekend. That was before a very rough closing stretch, however, as Dufner bogeyed three of his final six holes, dropping him to the wrong side of the cut line. Mahan played well enough to make the cut, but is headed home because of a crucial mistake on the 18th hole -- Mahan's ninth of the round. Mahan and playing partner Jamie Donaldson each incurred two-stroke penalties on the hole after they mistakenly hit each others' ball. The players realized the mistake on the putting green and were forced to go back to the fairway to replay the correct ball. With the penalty, Mahan made double bogey. Without the two strokes, he would have finished at 4-over and made the weekend.

The cut line was hovering at 4-over for much of the day, but shifted to 5-over near the end of the round. Joost Luiten was sitting at 4-over with two holes to play. At the time, 60 players were 4-over or better. The top 60 plus ties make the cut at the U.S. Open. Luiten ran into trouble coming in, finishing bogey-bogey. By doing so, The cut shifted to 5-over and Luiten himself finished on the wrong side of things at 6-over. In all, 67 players made it to the weekend including amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick, the lone amateur still playing.

Here is a full look at the leaderboard and which players are headed home early:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

1

Martin Kaymer

-10

65

65

2

Brendon Todd

-4

69

67

T3

Kevin Na

-3

68

69

T3

Brandt Snedeker

-3

69

68

T5

Brooks Koepka

-2

70

68

T5

Dustin Johnson

-2

69

69

T5

Brendon de Jonge

-2

68

70

T5

Keegan Bradley

-2

69

69

T5

Henrik Stenson

-2

69

69

T10

Matt Kuchar

-1

69

70

T10

Rory McIlroy

-1

71

68

T10

Chris Kirk

-1

71

68

T10

Jordan Spieth

-1

69

70

T14

Adam Scott

E

73

67

T14

Francesco Molinari

E

69

71

T14

Erik Compton

E

72

68

T14

Ian Poulter

E

70

70

T14

Hideki Matsuyama

E

69

71

T14

Rickie Fowler

E

70

70

T20

Steve Stricker

1

70

71

T20

J.B. Holmes

1

70

71

T20

Danny Willett

1

70

71

T20

Marcel Siem

1

70

71

T20

Jason Day

1

73

68

T20

Justin Rose

1

72

69

T20

Aaron Baddeley

1

70

71

T27

Jimmy Walker

2

70

72

T27

Victor Dubuisson

2

70

72

T27

Seung-yul Noh

2

70

72

T27

Fran Quinn

2

68

74

T27

Lucas Bjerregaard

2

70

72

T27

Graeme McDowell

2

68

74

T33

Garth Mulroy

3

71

72

T33

Jim Furyk

3

73

70

T33

Gary Woodland

3

72

71

T33

Daniel Berger

3

72

71

T33

Scott Langley

3

72

71

T33

Patrick Reed

3

71

72

T33

Webb Simpson

3

71

72

T33

Phil Mickelson

3

70

73

T33

Billy Horschel

3

75

68

T33

Kenny Perry

3

74

69

T33

Shiv Kapur

3

73

70

T44

Alex Cejka

4

73

71

T44

Bill Haas

4

72

72

T44

Stewart Cink

4

72

72

T44

Harris English

4

69

75

T44

Ernie Els

4

74

70

T44

Louis Oosthuizen

4

71

73

T44

Retief Goosen

4

73

71

T44

Bo Van Pelt

4

72

72

T44

Kevin Tway

4

72

72

T44

Cody Gribble

4

72

72

T44

Ryan Moore

4

76

68

T44

Sergio Garcia

4

73

71

T44

Boo Weekley

4

71

73

T44

Matthew Fitzpatrick

4

71

73

T44

Russell Henley

4

70

74

T44

Clayton Rask

4

73

71

T60

Kevin Stadler

5

77

68

T60

Justin Leonard

5

75

70

T60

Paul Casey

5

70

75

T60

Toru Taniguchi

5

72

73

T60

Zac Blair

5

71

74

T60

Zach Johnson

5

71

74

T60

Billy Hurley III

5

71

74

T60

Nicholas Lindheim

5

72

73

Cut line 5-over

T68

Casey Wittenberg

6

74

72

T68

Andres Echavarria

6

74

72

T68

Hudson Swafford

6

76

70

T68

Mark Wilson

6

70

76

T68

Shane Lowry

6

73

73

T68

Luke Donald

6

77

69

T68

Charl Schwartzel

6

70

76

T68

Bubba Watson

6

76

70

T68

Jason Dufner

6

72

74

T68

Hunter Mahan

6

74

72

T68

Rod Pampling

6

73

73

T68

Cory Whitsett

6

77

69

T68

Hunter Stewart

6

75

71

T68

Kyoung-Hoon Lee

6

74

72

T68

Matt Jones

6

74

72

T68

Angel Cabrera

6

74

72

T68

Thongchai Jaidee

6

73

73

T68

Miguel Jimenez

6

72

74

T68

Joost Luiten

6

70

76

T68

Matt Dobyns

6

74

72

T68

Brian Campbell

6

76

70

T89

Nicolas Colsaerts

7

72

75

T89

Ken Duke

7

75

72

T89

John Senden

7

71

76

T89

Darren Clarke

7

75

72

T89

Geoff Ogilvy

7

73

74

T89

Ryan Blaum

7

73

74

T89

Luke Guthrie

7

73

74

T89

Christopher Doak

7

74

73

T89

Jim Renner

7

74

73

T89

Andrea Pavan

7

75

72

T89

Stephen Gallacher

7

73

74

T89

David Toms

7

73

74

T101

Lucas Glover

8

79

69

T101

Ryan Palmer

8

74

74

T101

David Gossett

8

76

72

T101

Sam Love

8

76

72

T101

Cameron Wilson

8

78

70

T101

Brian Stuard

8

75

73

T101

Chad Collins

8

74

74

T101

Roberto Castro

8

74

74

T101

Matt Every

8

76

72

T101

Lee Westwood

8

75

73

T101

Nick Watney

8

76

72

T101

WC Liang

8

74

74

T101

Justin Thomas

8

75

73

T114

Oliver Fisher

9

74

75

T114

Joe Ogilvie

9

73

76

T114

Henrik Norlander

9

70

79

T114

Pablo Larrazabal

9

71

78

T114

Tom Lewis

9

79

70

T114

Craig Barlow

9

74

75

T114

Smylie Kaufman

9

73

76

T121

Niclas Fasth

10

76

74

T121

Graham Delaet

10

75

75

T121

Hyung-Sung Kim

10

73

77

T121

Bernd Wiesberger

10

72

78

T121

Kevin Sutherland

10

75

75

T121

Maximilian Kieffer

10

76

74

T121

Maverick McNealy

10

74

76

T121

Anthony Broussard

10

78

72

T129

David Oh

11

75

76

T129

Graeme Storm

11

72

79

T129

Y.E. Yang

11

75

76

T129

Jamie Donaldson

11

70

81

T129

Brett Stegmaier

11

77

74

T129

D.A. Points

11

77

74

T129

Brady Watt

11

77

74

T136

Steven Alker

12

76

76

T136

Kevin Streelman

12

75

77

T136

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

12

76

76

T136

Simon Griffiths

12

72

80

T136

Rob Oppenheim

12

75

77

T136

Kevin Kisner

12

75

77

T136

Robert Allenby

12

79

73

T136

Aron Price

12

78

74

T144

Jonas Blixt

13

77

76

T144

Jeff Maggert

13

73

80

T144

Robby Shelton

13

78

75

T144

Nick Mason

13

78

75

T148

Chris Thompson

14

80

74

T148

Oliver Goss

14

71

83

T150

Bobby Gates

15

79

76

T150

Donald Constable

15

82

73

T150

Brandon McIver

15

82

73

153

Will Grimmer

17

77

80

154

Andrew Dorn

19

79

80

155

Azuma Yano

20

77

83

156

Kiyoshi Miyazato

22

81

81

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