The 2012 U.S. Open has been about Tiger Woods since before it started, but that sort of thing is inevitable in American golf circa 2012, in- or outside the Olympic Club. But now that he's one of the only golfers left under par (-1) following a Round 2 69) on a course that's been absolutely brutal to these pros—leaving fellow stars Phil Mickelson (+7) and Bubba Watson (who missed the cut Friday) in his wake—it's unavoidable: This is Tiger Woods's tournament to lose, and really his tournament in general; whatever happens will be filtered through golf's lone superstar's experience. Jim Furyk and David Toms are tied for the lead, but they'll be hard-pressed to make casual golf fans notice it.
Rory McIlroy and top-ranked Luke Donald, who shot a 79, also missed the cut. Meanwhile, St. Louis golfer Scott Langley came back from a rough first round to sneak in under the cut, finishing ahead of Mickelson and earning his second full tournament in as many U.S. Open appearances.
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