The 118th US Open will be remembered for a tumultuous Saturday when conditions and testing pin placements turned the historic Shinnecock Hills layout into a brutally punishing test and led to severe criticism of organizer the USGA. "He's one of the best to ever play the game". Johnson won his first major at the 2016 U.S. Open, but it is a bit different given it is at a different course each year.
"We will admit there were some aspects of the set up where we went too far, in that well-executed shots were not rewarded and in some cases penalised".
Leishman had 22 feet left for par but four-putted for a triple-bogey seven and never recovered, with a double-bogey and four bogeys on the back nine.
It was a great final round and Shinnecock Hills has proven once again to be one of the toughest tests in the list US Open venues.
Dustin Johnson staggered around Shinnecock Hills like a punch-drunk boxer, reeling from one troubled shot to the next to the next.
Why does a normal 18-hole golf course possess par 3s, par 4s and par 5s? He walked in the putt and he kept a lead he wouldn't give up.
It takes a lot to upset Tommy Fleetwood's equilibrium on or off the golf course.
But the only real Grand Slam was Bobby Jones in 1930, when two of the majors were the U.S. Amateur and the British Amateur.
Ryan Lumsden was surprised when his phone rang around 8 p.m. Friday and it was the USGA calling. "And then, you know, it definitely would be awesome to get my second major". "Seven-over usually is a bad score, but with the greens the way they got this afternoon - they were very, very hard". Or, worse, yet, run miles beyond the hole when the player in question has a putter in his hand. He wanted to make a statement, and he did that early. He was 4 over through his first two holes and spent much of the next 34 stuck in a fit of frustration.
Parziale's dad, Vic Parziale, has been with his son throughout his entire U.S. Open journey, starting Monday and ending on Father's Day. Koepka played the last seven holes at 3 over. He has not had a top 10 in the U.S. Open since he tied for fourth at Pebble Beach in 2010. Not until Brooks Koepka holed his birdie putt on the 16th green did Fleetwood venture out onto the range.
Other names in contention included Daniel Berger and Tony Finau, up-and-coming players who perpetually populate lists of potential breakout performers, and who are now both ranked in the top forty. It appeared early they wouldn't be joining Graham.
Stenson capped his four-over 74 with a bogey at 18 and was alone in sixth on 215. 2, 3 and 4. It has a lot of history with the championship, having hosted four times before including the second edition back in 1896.
Soon after, Brooks Koepka birdied the 2nd and 3rd holes to move into sole possession of the lead, but Reed didn't back down and continued to keep pace. He entered the final day in a four-way tie at 3 over and was still only one stroke behind Koepka when they made the turn.
The conditions deteriorated to such a degree in the afternoon that the U.S. Golf Association conceded in an evening news conference that the course setup was unfair. We actively engage the community and present meaningful data on the debates and conversations as they progress.
Our translation: We messed up Saturday. The place is going to play easier.
The USGA's version of punting was overwatering, taking the teeth out of the course for the morning with hopes that it would still be somewhat more receptive by the time the leaders played through.
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