Cabrera only player not over par at halfway point of U.S. Open

OAKMONT, Pa. -- It was a simple shot on a difficult golf course, a 135-yard sand wedge from Angel Cabrera that skidded to a stop a foot from the hole, a rare birdie at Oakmont that changed so many things.

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It put Cabrera atop the leaderboard as the sole survivor to par Friday at the U.S. Open.

And it sent Phil Mickelson home early from a major for the first time in eight years.

"I did not knock out Mickelson," Cabrera said. "Mickelson knocked himself out. He shot 11 over par."

But whether it was the 37-year-old Argentine holding a one-shot lead, Paul Casey with a score 11 shots better than the field or Tiger Woods salvaging his hopes out of Church Pew bunkers and devilish rough, there was one consensus.

Oakmont figures to pack the biggest knockout punch of all.

Cabrera's birdie on his final hole gave him a 1-over 71 and a one-shot lead over Bubba Watson. It also ended this U.S. Open for Mickelson and 18 other players who no longer were within 10 shots of the lead.

Considering what the weekend holds, maybe Cabrera did them all a favor.

"If you're a 10-handicapper, there is no way you're breaking 100 out there," Woods said, presumably speaking more to fans watching this horror show than the 35 players who couldn't break 80 on Friday.

Angel Cabrera hit 72 percent of his greens on Friday. (Getty Images)
Cabrera was at even-par 140, the first time since the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot that no one was under par after 36 holes.

"It's a real test of golf, all the way through," Watson said after a 71. "Just walking through the parking lot is tough."

Mickelson found it tougher than ever. The guy with a broken heart from his collapse last year at Winged Foot was no match with a gimp wrist at Oakmont. He slashed out of the rough and chased putts around the hole, leading to a 77 that caused him to miss the cut for the first time in 31 majors, since the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie.

He headed back to his room to "watch the carnage on TV."

U.S. Open Highlight your playersFavorite Preferred Despised
Pos Ctry Player Name
First / Last today thru To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
Score
1 Angel Cabrera +1 F* E 69 71 140
2 Bubba Watson +1 F +1 70 71 141
T3 Stephen Ames -1 F +2 73 69 142
T3 Aaron Baddeley E F* +2 72 70 142
T3 Niclas Fasth +1 F +2 71 71 142
T3 Justin Rose +1 F +2 71 71 142
7 Paul Casey -4 F* +3 77 66 143
T8 Tom Pernice Jr. +2 F +4 72 72 144
T8 Carl Pettersson +2 F* +4 72 72 144
T8 Brandt Snedeker +3 F +4 71 73 144
T8 David Toms +2 F +4 72 72 144
T8 Scott Verplank +1 F +4 73 71 144
T13 Chad Campbell +2 F* +5 73 72 145
T13 Nick Dougherty +7 F* +5 68 77 145
T13 Peter Hanson +4 F +5 71 74 145
T13 Jerry Kelly +1 F* +5 74 71 145
T13 Graeme McDowell +2 F +5 73 72 145
T13 Tiger Woods +4 F* +5 71 74 145
T19 Stuart Appleby +2 F +6 74 72 146
T19 Olin Browne +5 F* +6 71 75 146
T19 Jason Dufner +5 F +6 71 75 146
T19 Jim Furyk +5 F +6 71 75 146
T19 Lee Janzen +3 F +6 73 73 146
T19 Shingo Katayama +4 F +6 72 74 146
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T19 Geoff Ogilvy +5 F* +6 71 75 146
T19 Mike Weir +2 F +6 74 72 146
T27 Anthony Kim +3 F +7 74 73 147
T27 Hunter Mahan +4 F* +7 73 74 147
T27 Pablo Martin +6 F* +7 71 76 147
T27 Michael Putnam +4 F +7 73 74 147
T27 Boo Weekley +5 F +7 72 75 147
T27 Lee Westwood +5 F* +7 72 75 147
T33 Jeff Brehaut +4 F* +8 74 74 148
T33 DJ Brigman +4 F +8 74 74 148
T33 Tim Clark +6 F +8 72 76 148
T33 Ben Curtis +7 F +8 71 77 148
T33 Harrison Frazar +4 F +8 74 74 148
T33 George McNeill +6 F +8 72 76 148
T33 Jose Maria Olazabal +8 F* +8 70 78 148
T33 Charl Schwartzel +3 F +8 75 73 148
T33 Vijay Singh +7 F* +8 71 77 148
T33 Steve Stricker +3 F* +8 75 73 148
T43 Chris DiMarco +3 F +9 76 73 149
T43 Ken Duke +5 F* +9 74 75 149
T43 Ernie Els +6 F +9 73 76 149
T43 Fred Funk +8 F* +9 71 78 149
T43 JJ Henry +8 F* +9 71 78 149
T43 Charles Howell III +3 F +9 76 73 149
T43 Ian Poulter +7 F +9 72 77 149
T43 John Rollins +4 F +9 75 74 149
T51 Michael Campbell +7 F* +10 73 77 150
T51 Bob Estes +5 F* +10 75 75 150
T51 Kenneth Ferrie +6 F +10 74 76 150
T51 Marcus Fraser +8 F +10 72 78 150
T51 Mathew Goggin +3 F* +10 77 73 150
T51 Anders Hansen +9 F +10 71 79 150
T51 Zach Johnson +4 F +10 76 74 150
T51 Nick O'Hern +4 F +10 76 74 150
T51 Rory Sabbatini +7 F* +10 73 77 150
T51 Jeev Milkha Singh +5 F +10 75 75 150
T51 Kevin Sutherland +6 F* +10 74 76 150
T51 Camilo Villegas +7 F* +10 73 77 150
T51 Dean Wilson +4 F +10 76 74 150
CUT Woody Austin +7 F* +11 151
CUT Nick Watney +2 F +11 151
CUT Pat Perez +8 F* +14 154
CUT Warren Pineo +2 F +14 154
CUT Kyle Dobbs +8 F* +15 155
CUT Michael Berg +5 F* +16 156
CUT Michael Block +7 F +16 156
CUT Jason Kokrak +10 F* +16 156
CUT Geoffrey Sisk +9 F* +16 156
CUT John Koskinen +10 F +18 158
CUT Jeff Golden +8 F +20 160
CUT Andy Matthews +11 F +20 160
CUT Jason Allen +11 F* +21 161
CUT Philip Pettitt Jr +12 F +23 163
CUT Mike Small +7 F* +23 163
CUT Robert Allenby +9 F +14 154
CUT Eric Axley +2 F* +11 151
CUT Ricky Barnes +9 F* +15 155
CUT Rich Beem +15 F +18 158
CUT Frank Bensel +9 F +18 158
CUT Thomas Bjorn +6 F +11 151
CUT Andrew Buckle +11 F* +14 154
CUT Tom Byrum +9 F* +12 152
CUT Christian Cevaer +15 F +23 163
CUT KJ Choi +5 F +12 152
CUT Stewart Cink +10 F* +12 152
CUT Chris Condello +13 F* +22 162
CUT Joe Daley +6 F* +13 153
CUT Rhys Davies +13 F +17 157
CUT Luke Donald +7 F* +11 151
CUT Allen Doyle +16 F* +27 167
CUT Joe Durant +6 F* +11 151
CUT Johan Edfors +6 F* +11 151
CUT Steve Elkington +9 F +23 163
CUT Darren Fichardt +11 F +16 156
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CUT Sergio Garcia +5 F* +14 154
CUT Tom Gillis +8 F* +15 155
CUT Lucas Glover +10 F* +11 151
CUT Retief Goosen +7 F* +13 153
CUT Paul Goydos +3 F +11 151
CUT Nathan Green +12 F +16 156
CUT Todd Hamilton +7 F +18 158
CUT Mark Harrell +6 F +11 151
CUT Padraig Harrington +10 F +13 153
CUT Ryuji Imada +8 F* +12 152
CUT Trevor Immelman +9 F* +12 152
CUT Tripp Isenhour +7 F +11 151
CUT Craig Kanada +15 F* +17 157
CUT Robert Karlsson +11 F +18 158
CUT John Kelly +14 F +18 158
CUT Soren Kjeldsen +5 F* +11 151
CUT Trip Kuehne +10 F* +19 159
CUT Martin Laird +9 F* +15 155
CUT Justin Leonard +6 F* +11 151
CUT Luke List +9 F* +16 156
CUT Davis Love III +10 F* +15 155
CUT Stephen Marino +8 F +17 157
CUT Nobuhiro Masuda +7 F +13 153
CUT Shaun Micheel +3 F +11 151
CUT Phil Mickelson +7 F +11 151
CUT Jonathan Mills +8 F* +11 151
CUT Colin Montgomerie +12 F +18 158
CUT Ryan Moore +3 F +11 151
CUT Arron Oberholser +11 F +14 154
CUT Sean O'Hair +10 F +13 153
CUT Ryan Palmer +14 F* +28 168
CUT Rod Pampling +5 F* +16 156
CUT Tim Petrovic +9 F +17 157
CUT Alexander Prugh +11 F* +23 163
CUT Brett Quigley +16 F* +24 164
CUT Richie Ramsay +4 F* +12 152
CUT Miguel Rodriguez +6 F* +20 160
CUT Jacob Rogers +13 F* +28 168
CUT Todd Rossetti +17 F +25 165
CUT Adam Scott +12 F +18 158
CUT Joey Sindelar +8 F* +11 151
CUT Jeff Sluman +8 F* +12 152
CUT Adam Speirs +8 F* +16 156
CUT Henrik Stenson +6 F* +15 155
CUT Darron Stiles +10 F* +14 154
CUT Chris Stroud +5 F +15 155
CUT Toru Taniguchi +5 F* +13 153
CUT Vaughn Taylor +8 F* +12 152
CUT Kirk Triplett +8 F +11 151
CUT Martin Ureta +13 F* +23 163
CUT Johnson Wagner +13 F* +20 160
CUT Samuel Walker +19 F* +27 167
CUT Anthony Wall +11 F* +14 154
CUT Brett Wetterich +5 F +12 152
CUT Lee Williams +8 F +18 158
CUT Kaname Yokoo +5 F +13 153
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