Berger and Finau vault onto leaderboard in third round at US Open
17 June, 2018, 04:45 | Author: Candice Daniels
All through the practice rounds the players were honing their skills on trademark US Open glass-quick greens.
Johnson was at 4-under 136, four shots ahead of Hoffman and Scott Piercy.
"I like golf courses where par is a really good score and here, on every hole, par is a good score", said Johnson, who is aiming for back-to-back victories after winning the FedEx St Jude Classic last week. All but one - Tom McNamara in 1909 - went on to win. He was serenaded with "Happy Birthday" at almost every green, and even after four consecutive bogeys the fans were supportive.
No matter the weather, Shinnecock can punish anyone in a NY minute. Others called foul. "I would have lobbied for a disqualification", said David Fay, a former executive director of the USGA.
Ian Poulter was one shot out of the lead and in the middle of the fairway with two holes to go when one bad shot led to a few more that were even worse - a bunker shot over the green, a chunk into the hay, a chop short of the green and a triple bogey on No. 8.
"It feels like the last three years I have only had three majors to target and this one has been a write-off!"
The American golfer narrowly made the cut to the weekend's action, but on moving day he was only moving one way and that was backwards. "So I don't know that you can be too happy and too excited about 10 over par", he said.
Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, his bid to make the cut after an opening 78 also slowed by a double-bogey, reeled off four birdies in a row starting at the 13th but closed with back-to-back bogeys in a 71 for 149 - missing the cut by a stroke. "Hit a really nice putt, and it went right in there". You're not normally playing in these conditions and it's very extreme, so when you're not quite on your game, you get very very severely penalized. "Because if you don't hit the fairway, you're not getting to the green".
Tiger Woods won't be around to see how it turns out, and he had plenty of company.
Woods' next event is the Quicken Loans National in late June before the British Open at Carnoustie.
Tiger Woods is a combined 5-over on the first hole through two rounds.
Speaking of Rory, the super group of him, Phil Mickelson, and Jordan Spieth finished the first round a combined 25-over. His lead was gone with a three-putt bogey on the par-3 seventh.
Spieth missed a 4-foot par putt on No. 10 to start his round, and then tried to get that shot back by playing a bunker shot at the flag on the par-3 11th.
Justin Rose bogeyed his last two holes of the day to fall to one over par.
According to The Big Lead, scores are rising due to the rough conditions of the greens.
"This golf course", Koepka said. Perhaps more important than his ability to cadge out rare birdies is the fact that he has been able to string together so many pars. "It's meant to take advantage of the rules as best you can".
The 79-time US Tour victor says he will need to peak for the Open if he is serious about chasing down Jack Nicklaus' record 18 major titles. He entered the second round nine strokes behind the leaders and thought if he could shoot in the 60s on Friday he would have a chance to get back into it.
Rose also was under par until closing with successive bogeys.
Asked if he is fully prepared to challenge Johnson, the world's No. 1 player, at the top of the leaderboard, Fleetwood didn't seem ready to place a bet on it. "That could happen to DJ", Rose said. I'm going to try and make par the hard way.
It conjured up memories of John Daly hitting a moving ball that rolled off the green during the fourth round of the 1999 U.S. The two players shared a laugh after the freakish turn of events and Johnston later said he's never seen anything like it.
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