Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are among a host of leading players heading home – hot-footing it out of Winged Foot after missing the cut at the US Open.
It marks just the second time they've both missed the cut in 85 majors played together.
Defending champion Gary Woodland also will be watching this weekend when his replacement is crowned in the pandemic-delayed tournament outside of New York City.
"It's never easy to not be playing for the championship on a weekend," Woods, who with the pandemic-shuffled schedule will have a chance to add to his total of 15 major victories at the Masters in November and again in April, said.
RIGHT: A frustrated Tiger Woods contemplates a few weeks off after missing the US Open cut. PHOTO: Getty Images.
"The whole goal of entering an event is to win," he said after following an opening-round 73 with a 77 to miss the cut by four strokes.
"When I don't give myself an opportunity to do that, it doesn't feel good."
Woods, who plans to take a break now for a few weeks, said he was frustrated about his driving.
“Physically it was frustrating that I didn't drive the ball as well as I needed to,” Woods said. “Iron play was pretty much the way it has been. It's been good, and I finally putted well. But on this golf course it's imperative that you hit fairways, and I did not do that.”
A total of 62 players reached the weekend after finishing the first 36 holes at six over or better with American John Pak (five over) the only amateur to make the weekend.
Woods missed the cut for the eighth time in his past 15 majors after missing the cut at one just three times in a span from 1996-2014.
Mickelson is a six-time U.S. Open runner-up and was hoping to complete the career grand slam at the course where he had his biggest disappointment – in 2006.
But the five-time major champion shot 79 on Thursday and his second round 74 was nowhere near enough to prevent the inevitable.
“I enjoyed the week and I enjoyed the challenge that this golf course provides,” Mickelson replied when asked if the course had beaten him or was his game off.
“I think it’s always one of the hardest tests that we play but one of the most fun challenges because of the, gosh, the character of the course all throughout, from shot-making to putting and short game.
“I think it’s a terrific place to play golf and I’m appreciative of the opportunity to have been able compete here and I’m disappointed I didn’t play better.”
Woodland won last year's title at 13 under, the lowest 72-hole total in six US Opens played at Pebble Beach.
At Winged Foot he finished eight over after successive rounds of 74 as he battled a torn labrum in his left hip.
"This meant a lot to me, coming back here defending," he said.
"I put a lot of time and effort into it, and if your body doesn't let you do it, you just can't do it, and that's frustrating."
PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa left a birdie putt an inch short on his final hole to miss the cut by one stroke.
Among the others to miss the cut were highly-ranked English trio Tyrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick as well as major winners Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker and Keegan Bradley.
– Associated Press, additional reporting by Brendan James