The US Open Should Be a Spectacle Not a Debacle

SOUTHAMPTON NY- JUNE 14 Tiger Woods of the United States tips his hat after playing his shot from the first tee during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

SOUTHAMPTON NY- JUNE 14 Tiger Woods of the United States tips his hat after playing his shot from the first tee during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

While he is still in the hunt for this year's U.S. Open as he remains just five shots off the lead at the start of Sunday, he's slammed the course as all players have repeatedly struggled to make birdies and even pars. He won't get it this year, not after an 81 on Saturday that marked the highest score he has ever shot in a U.S. Open and featured a moment that will go down in golf infamy, when he chased after a badly missed putt at No. 13 and struck it back in the direction of the hole while it was still moving.

"As the day went on it continued to get more tough", said two-times PGA Tour victor Berger, who noticed the course starting to become more hard on about the 12th hole.

Rickie Fowler took advantage of benign conditions with a closing five-under-par 65, the best round of the championship as birdies were plentiful early on Sunday in the final round at the U.S. Open. But he now has company.

After starting the day in a four-way tie for the lead with Koepka, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau, 2016 champion Johnson carded a 70 to finish two shots back in third place. When he finished he was two shots back of the lead and relaxed to see how it was going to shape out.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (+6, odds: 52-1): Oh man, what a coup this would be for the Barn Rat!

Zach Johnson is known as being one of the most polite and non-controversial on the PGA Tour. except today. Tickets to the U.S. Open were a Father's Day gift for Mr. Ursprung.

It was too late for one of the wildest Saturday shake-ups at the U.S. Open. The mistakes were plentiful on Saturday. His four bogeys on the front nine included three in a row at six, seven and eight. It's their first time at the tournament.

"People here have been awesome, they made my birthday special", he said. To play alongside him, it was fun today. Why is it that the R&A is happy for The Open to be won with low scores, while the USGA seems to take it as a personal affront if somebody comes along and shoots the lights out?

This was, well, just flat out weird. He still had a chance to catch Koepka as he lined up a 62-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole, but he wound up three-putting for bogey.

Andrew Johnson, who was paired with Mickelson, was stunned by the incident, and broke into laughter, prompting Mickelson to also grin as the pair walked off the green. By rule, that's a two-stroke penalty. He finished Sunday with a two-under round to finish one over par for the entire tournament. "In the afternoon, when (the greens) get crusty and baked, it's like glass around the hole". Not bad from the Masters champ! "A pity they manage to destroy a lovely golf course". Mr. Edwards and his son are avid golfers and play primarily at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where they are members. "I can really appreciate how hard it is to win a major".

Koepka's round of 72 was the best from anyone in the last seven groups and the 28-year-old is confident he can become the first back-to-back victor of the US Open since Curtis Strange in 1989. His nephew, Mickey DeMorat, is making his professional debut at the U.S. Open, and he made the cut! Not coincidentally, they both teed off before 11 a.m.

Berger took advantage of his mid-morning tee time with a six-birdie sortie, finishing nearly an hour before halfway leader Dustin Johnson was due to tee off.

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