OAKMONT, PENNSYLVANIA – After weather delays pushed his debut to Friday, Austin Jordan's first crack at U.S. Open Championship lore is in the books. Although he did not record a birdie or better during his first round on his 23rd birthday, Jordan did not waste any time scratching the feat off of his to-do list in round two.
Jordan ripped a 301-yard tee shot to the left side of the fairway on the 491-yard par-4 first hole. He then tucked a 190-yard approach shot within nine feet and drained the birdie putt to move into a tie for 89th (+6). The six-over mark was the eventual cutline.
The birdie on No.1 was especially significant, as the hole played the toughest on weekend at 4.453 strokes – almost a half-stroke over par for the tournament.
Unfortunately, the good times and one putts did not continue to roll.
Jordan went bogey-double bogey-bogey-bogey over his next four holes en route to a 7-over 42 on the front nine. He bogeyed seven of his nine holes on the back nine for a second round total 14-over 84 on the par 70, 7,179-yard course.
The 2011 Glen Rose graduate failed to make the cut after completing his first of hopefully many more U.S. Open Championships at 21-over (161).
After hitting 6-of-14 fairways (43 percent) and 12-of-16 greens in regulation (67 percent) during the first round, Jordan nearly flipped his totals in round two.
The right-handed swinger sacrificed an average of 19 yards off the tee to find two more fairways (8-14, 57 percent). The distance lost off of the tee caused for longer iron shots into the greens and five fewer GIR (7-18, 39 percent).
Jordan remained consistent with the short stick, as he averaged two puts per hole for the entirety of his two-day tournament.
The Rainbow native began Rd.1 on the back nine and dropped three shots on his first two holes - bogey on No. 10 and double bogey on No. 11. He recovered to card seven straight pars before settling for bogeys on No. 1 and 2. Jordan finished the round at +7 (77).
Of the past 12 U.S. Open champions, only five made the cut for the 116th playing – Jim Furyk (T2), Graeme McDowell (T18), Jordan Spieth (T37), Martin Kaymer (T37) and Angel Cabrera (T37).
Former champions Geoff Ogilvy (+7), Rory McIlroy (+8), Justin Rose (+8), Lucas Glover (+9), Retief Goosen (+10), Ernie Els (+10) and Webb Simpson (+11) all missed this year's cut.
How the weekend shook out
Although the tournament ended unceremoniously for Austin Jordan, there were still two days of white-knuckle golf to be played.
54-hole leader Scott Piercy entered the final 18 holes on Sunday with a two-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson.
After recording the only bogey-free round of the tournament during his first 18 (3-under, 67), Johnson used rounds of 69 (1-under), 71 (1-over) and a final round 69 (1-under) to record his first PGA major championship and 10th win on TOUR overall since turning pro in 2007.
The 6-foot-4 South Carolina native joined Tiger Woods (2007-08), Jack Nicklaus (1971-72) and Bobby Jones (three times) as one of only four players to ever record a U.S. Open title one year after finishing runner-up.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith