USGA apologizes for unfairness of Shinnecock Hills

17 Juin, 2018, 12:58 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion

Putts bounced and skidded on the glassy, bumpy greens. Mickelson apologized to anyone he may have offended even as he seemed smugly satisfied by what he called "my understanding of the rules". "Frankly, we missed it with the wind, " he said.

Get ready for a Sunday at the U.S. Open that no one saw coming.

Dustin Johnson (+3, odds: 5/2): This might be surprising, but Johnson's approach shots actually improved on Saturday, even as his putting regressed. But after a three-putt on the 18th, Johnson had dropped back to three-over and tied with Berger, Finau and Koepka.

"There's no-one more confident than me", Koepka said. I had seven or eight putts that easily could have gone in the hole that didn't.

At least he still has a chance, and he had plenty more company at the top than at the start of the day. With wind that was stronger than expected, and a few pin positions that turned the U.S. Open into carnival golf, it was easy to see why. Both players shot 4-under 66s, tying the low round of the tournament to get to 3 over.

"Is that an apology?" he tweeted.

"You were seeing shots that were well played and not rewarded", Davis said.

"I barely made the cut".

But then defending champion, Brooks Koepka, who signed for 72 and including taking a bogey "5" on the 15th, slammed the USGAs set-up of the 15th where, and playing alongsdie Poulter, he sadly suffered the very same fate as Poulter after playing what appeared to be the ideal greenside bunker shot only to see his ball also roll off the green in eventually taking a bogey.

Here's how tough: Among those in the final six groups to tee off, the average score was 76.6.

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Mickelson shot 11-over 81 on Saturday, including a controversial 10 on the par-4 13th hole. Both had three straight bogeys.

Rose was one shot behind, with Stenson another shot behind. Stenson had a 74 and was another shot back.

At the last US Open here, Shinnecock Hills gained notoriety for slick greens that had to be watered between groups. "Be careful what you wish for", Rose said.

The last group on the tee Sunday for the 118th U.S. Open will be. "I got off to a rough start. a couple over early".

As Stenson noted, it's not unusual for players and fans to end up in conversations about whether or not a U.S. Open setup crossed the line. This is final year of Woods being exempt to the U.S. Open as a past champion. It's not about hard. It's something you might see on your home course with your mates.

Not all the statements were verbal.

But a wild tee shot on the 15th hole with an iron in his hand cost Johnson a bogey and on 18 he squandered two ideal shots with a three-putt from a scary spot above the hole, a dispiriting end to his 77. Watching the ball trickle past the hole and headed off the green, the veteran literally trotted up to his ball and hit it back toward the cup while it was still in motion. That's a two-shot penalty, giving him a 10.

Playing partner Andrew Johnston laughed off the incident as "a moment of madness".

"I don't mean disrespect by anybody. There was maybe only one or two flags that I felt like were maybe got a little dicey this afternoon, but the rest of them were fine". It won't be the end of it though because of the face he was happy to take the two-shot penalty. It's my understanding of the rules. "But I think, just all around, I've become more of a complete player, and you have to be this week to post anything good". PGA champion Justin Thomas, Players champion Webb Simpson and Memorial victor Bryson DeChambeau stand only five out of the lead. He was back in the lead when everyone around him couldn't hang on. Phil Mickelson tied for fourth and tied for second in his two previous U.S. Opens at Shinnecock Hills. He teed off at 9:40 a.m. and had a 2-under 68 and was three shots behind.


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