Brandon Crick had back-to-back birdies early in his second round Friday, but there were more double bogeys than birdies over his 36-hole stay at the U.S. Open.
Crick finished his first round at Merion on Friday morning with an 11-over-par 81, then came back to shoot 78 in the second round to miss the cut in his Open debut.
The 25-year-old pro from McCook, Neb., who went through local and sectional qualifying to make the field, was 8 over par in a six-hole stretch late in the first round. He started the second round with another double, but offset it with birdies on the second and third holes.
But Crick had six more bogeys and a fourth double of the tourney the rest of the way. He was the first Nebraskan to play in the U.S. Open since Scott Gutschewski in 2009.