Johnson still confident of lifting title

Dustin Johnson-061418-GETTY-FTR

Dustin Johnson-061418-GETTY-FTR

Suddenly, he had forced himself into a tie atop the U.S. Open leaderboard with Brooks Koepka.

Coincidentally, Strange was covering Koepka's twosome for Fox. It was nine shots higher than previous year at Erin Hills. A birdie on the final hole gave him an even-par 70 to finish alone in third. He dropped his first drive of the day within 13 feet of the pin and watched his birdie putt skid right by the hole. It rolled seven feet beyond the hole and he missed the return, finishing with a miserable 77.

"Unfortunately, they've lost the golf course".

Retief Goosen was the most recent player with a good chance of repeating since unusual did it. In that case, he birdied No. 18 to seal a three-stroke win. But he shot 81 in the final round and Michael Campbell was the surprise victor. Only the U.S. Open has struggled to present a fair championship and decently regulated course.

Reed began the day three shots back at six over after he shot a 71 on Saturday.

"Of course it's disappointing, but at the same time - you know, I mean, finish second, tied for second at (the PGA Championship) previous year, won Augusta, then I think I'll finish in the top five here", Reed said.

"Frankly, we missed it with the wind", admitted US Golf Association chief executive Mike Davis.

Those four are trailed by a handful of other major winners as 15 players are at or within four strokes of the lead.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka and Masters champion Patrick Reed are tied for the top at 1 over.

It happened again Saturday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

But that momentum collapsed as quickly as it had been built, with four bogeys - on Nos.

In the second round, he shot a 66 to move into contention, but then had a 78 on Saturday. It was heavily criticized as too soft and wide, and yielded record low scores.

Friday started very well for Woods as he immediately scored a birdie on his first hole. The most recent person to win both of the first two majors of the year was Jordan Spieth in 2015, but he couldn't get it done at the British Open.

With the two-stroke penalty Mickelson took a sextuple bogey 10. This time he raised his arms in mock triumph. He then said: "This is my last U.S. Open - ever".

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While some of this is theatre, there's no doubt that choosing to make a stand against the USGA will haunt him nearly as much as did his earlier penchant for blowing sure things in big tournaments.

The USGA said overnight watering would reduce green speeds, and hole locations would be set up to be more accessible to players.

Despite his 7-over scoreline, he said he felt he played well in the conditions and liked his position ahead of the final round.

Needing only a bogey at the last to win, Koepka hooked his approach so far left it bounced off the base of a grandstand, but he pitched onto the green and lagged his first putt close before tapping in to earn victory. Mickelson had his best round of the week, In fact, he celebrated on 13 by making a par. I'm not really quite sure.

So it made sense when Austin shrugged and said, "What good is yelling and getting mad at the USGA gonna do?"

The Parziales say they don't usually make a big deal about Father's Day.

"We do stand alike out there", Vic said.

Golfers may want to play aggressively this weekend to make up for the high scoring on Thursday.

Both Parziales were firefighters as their real jobs. No other player was within three strokes. He would answer many questions after the round about it.

"I don't mean any disrespect and if that's the way people took it I apologize to them". "Can't find anybody cheaper".

In 2017 the Open went to Erin Hills, another untried new course that was only a dozen years old. And for most of the week, dry and sunny has been accompanied by considerable wind.

Leishman started out 11 and also copped the brunt of the course.

That lead had evaporated by the end of a chaotic third round, but as part of a four-way tie for the lead going into Sunday, Johnson still looked like the man to beat.

Koepka has a chance to become the first back-to-back victor of the U.S. Open since Curtis Strange in 1989.

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