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“I was happy just to be here, just to be back playing,” he said. “And I hung in there, and I did what I had to do. It’s hard out there.”

Weibring, who qualified out of Dallas, had to return Saturday morning to complete his round and slipped over the cut line with two holes to play. But he made a birdie on the par-3 ninth hole, hung on for par and a 73 and earned two more days at Merion.

The 33-year-old Weibring said he couldn’t even practice the last two months.

“Your face gets paralyzed so you can’t close or blink your eye or anything,” he said. “It’s hard being outside because if the wind blows, you feel disoriented. I practiced a couple of weeks leading up to the qualifier. Sometimes you go out after you’ve been sick and shoot good, and I tied for medalist, and here I am. So I’m excited.”

He shot 76 on Saturday and was tied for 60th.


BIG NAMES MISS THE CUT: Former Masters champion Zach Johnson was among 12 major champions who failed to make the cut, and he wasn’t happy _ not about his game, not about the way Merion was set up, and certainly not with the USGA.

“I would describe the whole golf course as manipulated,” Johnson said after rounds of 74-77, his first weekend off at a U.S. Open since 2009 at Bethpage Black. “It just enhances my disdain for the USGA and how it manipulates golf courses.”

As another example of how predicting winners is mostly guesswork in golf, three of the players who some thought would contend at Merion were Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk. All of them missed the cut by at least three shots. For McDowell, it was his second straight cut in a major _ in a year when he already has won twice.

Furyk had his worst U.S. Open, and it hurt coming in his home state.

The most painful cut belonged to Stewart Cink, who played his last four holes in 4 over _ including a double bogey at No. 18 _ to miss by two shots.


DIVOTS: There were no birdies on the 18th hole on Saturday. The last time no one made birdie on a hole in the U.S. Open was in 2007 at Oakmont, when the first hole didn’t yield a birdie in the third round. … Kevin Sutherland, who turns 49 on July 4, was the oldest player remaining at Merion. Jay Don Blake, now on the Champions Tour, said he only recognized a dozen or so players in the locker room. “I have seen some of the kids walking in there,” the 54-year-old Blake said. “Even seeing the name, I didn’t even know some of the names, either. It’s pretty interesting. It’s kind of neat, though.” Blake missed the cut with 74-80. … For the second straight year, only two players were under par through 36 holes. The winning score at Olympic Club turned out to be 1-over 281.