This year's U.S. Open, though, is taking that to another level.
Fellow Australians Wade Ormsby (six-over after a second 75) and Nick Flanagan (10-over after a 79) also went home early, joining Johnson (four-over after a 73) and four-time major victor McIlroy (five-over after a 71).
"But I still think things are going to toughen up". "I missed one fairway today, which is the best driving round that I've had maybe in my life. But at the end of the day, it is competitive golf rounds and getting a card in my hand that I have been missing". "It's simple." The stats prove him right.
The 39-year-old was only able to move his fourth shot a matter of inches in heavy rough over the back of the green on the par five, before hacking out sideways and taking three putts from just off the green.
"Showed up for the last six holes, anyway", said the four-times major victor, who made four birdies on his second nine, including his finishing hole, the par-three ninth.
At least he'll have plenty of company at the airport.
"The course was as receptive as it's going to be but I never really tried to make a birdie, they just seemed to happen along the way", said Fleetwood, who finished second behind Johnson in the WGC-Mexico Championship earlier this season and lost in a play-off in the Shenzhen International in April.
England's Paul Casey featured in a four-way tie at the top of the 117th US Open leaderboard on Friday as the big guns crashed out of contention. "It's pretty simple, (we) just didn't get it in the hole fast enough".
The American defending champion followed up his three-over 75 with a 73 as he failed to reach the weekend at Erin Hills.
The Englishman won the Masters previous year for his only PGA Tour victory.
Jason Day, of Australia, hits from a bunker on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.
Sure, he birdied four of his last six holes to salvage a 71 and finish at 5-over 149.
"I played great", said the 44-year-old, who shot 80 when playing with eventual victor Johnson in the final round at Oakmont. He ended up winning by three.
McIlroy was never in the short grass from the 11th hole to the end on Thursday when he opened with a career-worst 78, and he didn't do almost enough in the second round until it was far too late.
Still to be determined is what kind of test Erin Hills can present the rest of the week, especially with more rain on the way Friday and Saturday afternoon.
Positioned 299 yards from the pin on the par-5 18th, and needing to hole out the shot to make the weekend, he lashed at a 3-wood that hit about pin high, then rolled off the back of the green. "It was a bit of a roller coaster round but if you can get through any Major with a hiccup like I had you have to be delighted, and I am". "I had to hit it all". "If he hadn't been there to tell me, I would have hit an 8-iron or maybe a hard 9 and soared it into the grandstands". Johnson said he plans to take four weeks off.
There was slightly more wind on Friday than Thursday, but on the whole, Mother Nature has given players soft, scorable conditions.