Zach Johnson Angered By 'Pure Carnage' On The US Open Course

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It's an excellent question from Poulter, who also called the head organizers "Bozo" in another tweet. "Similar to the preparation we took for round 1, green speeds will be, on average, 10-12 inches slower than rounds 2 and 3".

"It was a tale of two golf courses, and no doubt, we would admit, well-executed shots were not only not regarded, but were punished", said Mike Davis, the chief executive of the USGA and the man in charge of course setup.

With horrific pin placements and lightning-quick greens on a windy Long Island, big names who missed the 36-hole cut included top-10 players Jordan Spieth Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Australia's Jason Day, as well as three-time US Open victor Tiger Woods.

Yet, the USGA pointed to the wind being the problem. If DJ gets course conditions anywhere close to what we saw on Sunday, I think he wins by two or three.

The PGA Championship had always been the major struggling with an identity crisis, but it has built around the "season's final major" narrative.

Koepka showed resolve and composure to fend off a spectacular performance from Fleetwood.

"It hasn't sunk in yet", said Koepka, who had battled a partially torn wrist tendon that sidelined him almost four months since his major breakthrough previous year.


In 2015 the USGA went to Chambers Bay, a raw, untried course with bad conditions and poor visibility for spectators. "It was something I didn't think I could do from where I was".

Finau ended up in fifth place, but A.J. He was 7 over following 22 holes and managed to play the remaining 50 in 6 under. Fortunately, he was able to focus, and win.

Koepka, with a performance and a demeanor reminiscent of Retief Goosen winning at Shinnecock Hills in 2004, began the back nine with three pivotal putts - one for birdie, one for bogey, one for par. It was heavily criticized as too soft and wide, and yielded record low scores. Unlike recent years when the USGA president and championship committee chair were highly visible, a telling message was sent early in U.S. Open week when new president Mark Newell did not join any press activities.

A day after scores soared on the dried out greens, the US Golf Association admitted the course got out of hand, adding plenty of moisture and some slightly more forgiving pins. "Is that an apology?"

"I don't want to say I didn't think I could do it, but I knew that it was going to be that much more hard", Koepka said of winning a second major.

Which is not to say Shinnecock Hills isn't an interesting golf course. It is pretty much gone.

Couple such high-credibility shots from the partner network with the organization's debatable handling of the Phil Mickelson situation, and Davis appears very much on the hot seat. We are going to make up for it. "A pity they managed to destroy a handsome golf course".

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