Golf: Nick Flanagan finds going rough at US Open and misses cut

NICK Flanagan’s fairytale return to the US Open has ended in the unrelenting rough at at Erin Hills on Saturday morning (AEST).

Teeing up in his first major championship since the 2005 British Open, the Newcastle golfer added a seven-over 79 to his opening 75 to be at 10 over and miss the cut.

The unforgiving nature of the thick fescue rough at Erin Hills also swallowed up world No.3 Jason Day (79 75), who finished alongside Flanagan on 154.

Flanagan, from Eleebana, started the second round at three-over par.

The 31-year-old birdied the par-three second and picked up another shot at the par-five seventh to be on track to progress to the weekend – one over was the cut line.

Then things went horribly wrong. He bogeyed eight and nine to turn even be for a disastrous back nine.

His final 11 hole included five bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey. 

Flanagan, the 2003 US Amateur champion, made it through sectional qualifying last week to play in his first major since 2005 and his first US Open since 2004.

Marc Leishman (68, 72) was the only Australian to make the cut. He is in a tie for 13th at four under, three shots behind leader Paul Casey.