McIlroy is left all cut up as he makes early exit from US Open
Rory McIlroy was better on day two of the US Open, but not good enough to make the cut at Shinnecock Hills as he missed the weekend for the third successive US Open.
After the horrors of Thursday's 10-over par 80, McIlroy did contend with the brutal conditions and set-up much better, shooting a level-par 70, but the damage had been done in the first round to mean he had no chance of making the weekend.
Joining the World No.6 in the group of those who will not be playing today and tomorrow is Tiger Woods, who was similar to McIlroy in that his second round of 72 was vastly improved on his first round of 78, but again not enough.
Graeme McDowell also missed out, cruelly by just the one shot as he returned scores of 79 and 70.
Instead, World No.1 Dustin Johnson more than lived up to that billing as he produced a golfing masterclass to shoot a three-under par 67 to lead at the midway point.
Johnson is the only player in the field to shoot two rounds under par for the event, with English duo Justin Rose and Ian Poulter both in contention going into the weekend.
"I like golf courses where par is a really good score and here, on every hole, par is a good score," said Johnson, who is aiming for back-to-back victories after winning the FedEx St Jude Classic last week.
"I played well and my speed on my putts has been very good," he added.