I want to start this article off by thanking Brooks Koepka. I’m not sure I could have dealt with Patrick Reed winning back-to-back Majors.
The US Open was set up for failure, and it was awesome. What took place at Shinnecock, New York was a monstrosity of missed putts, eight inch rough shots, tornado like winds, and complaining. LOTS of complaining. I love watching professional athletes complain about fast greens, ridiculous pin locations, and 15 MPH wind gusts. This course was ridiculous, and some of this grumbling was reasonable. So what else happened at a crazy 2018 US Open?
First off, to all the golf purists out there complaining about Phil Mickelson putting a moving ball, just stop it. Plays like this are the reason people like me watch golf. Golf can be stale at points, and when an all time great like Phil does something that’s so unpredictable, it’s pure entertainment.
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This was not your average US Open. At the first cut, Dustin Johnson was in first, so that was normal; however, action below the cutline was something else. Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer, and many other big name golfers all didn’t even make the cut. It hurts the sport when all these big name players are sitting at home on Saturday and Sunday, especially when the weekend was so exciting.
While DJ held a three stroke lead going into Saturday, a +7 day, and terrible afternoon conditions delivered an epic collapse, but Dustin wasn’t the only player to struggle in the afternoon. The breeze really picked up for the post noon groupings, and the greens were insanely fast, and the scores were atrocious. Not ONE player in the afternoon managed to come anywhere near par, but Tony Finau and Daniel Berger were able shoot 66’s (-4) in the morning. Ian Poulter described his opinion on how impossible these greens were: “I’m not sure i could possibly comment without using words which shouldn’t be seen… just like some of those pins” (Twitter: @IanJamesPoulter). Rough playing conditions made an exciting Sunday though.
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There wasn’t a lot of action in the morning, but the final groups made it crazy. Tommy Fleetwood came out and tied the US Open low with a 63 and had to wait and watch Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson battle it out for first place. Koepka was even par going into 18 with a two stroke lead on Fleetwood. He might’ve boggied on 18, but it he’d already done enough to secure back-to-back US Open wins.
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