The record-setting U.S. Open winner. The Masters champion. The top-ranked player in the world.
Gone. Gone. Gone.
The Olympic Club clobbered Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Luke Donald in two rounds at the U.S. Open, sending some of the most prominent players on the planet home before the weekend. All three missed the cut, looking more like amateurs at a local course than professionals in a major championship.
''Disappointed,'' said McIlroy, the second-ranked player who finished at 268 last year at Congressional to break the 72-hole record by four shots. ''It wasn't the way I wanted to play.''
Not even close.
World No. 1 Luke Donald finished at 11-over par, McIlroy 10 over and Watson 9 over. While 65 players were good enough to hang around at 8 over or better, the three stars were among 91 others not quite ready for ''golf's toughest test.''
So long, San Francisco.
''I felt a little uncomfortable,'' Donald said. ''I felt I wasn't compressing the ball like I should have been. I ...