The crowd was roaring, the birdies were dropping and Tiger Woods looked like his vintage self for the final 12 holes of the U.S. Open. The problem was what happened on the first 60 holes.
A second day of inconsistent play in the U.S. Open made one thing clear for all except the most rabid fans: Woods isn't going to win every major.
Justin Rose had plenty of great par saves that kept him atop the leaderboard when he finished his second round at Pebble Beach.
Jordan Spieth likes to share the credit, and the blame, too, with his caddie. Halfway through the U.S. Open, there's been plenty of both to go around.
Kuchar finished his second round with an impressive eagle on the par-5 18th hole, giving him a second straight 2-under 69 and lifting him within three shots of early leader Justin Rose.
Molinari played his last two holes in 3-over par to drop from second place to completely off the leaderboard, shooting 1-over 72 and finishing at 2-under 140 heading into the weekend.
Rickie Fowler had an ideal start in the U.S. Open, and so did the USGA.
Scott Piercy raced to 5-under par in the first six holes and finished with a 4-under 67 after bogeying the 18th hole.
The story surrounding the last four U.S. Opens has been as much about the management of the tournament as it has been the shots by the players in the field.
Brooks Koepka should already have enough motivation for this U.S. Open.