Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way
03:59, Jun 19, 2017
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What would Ben Hogan say?
"The consensus from anyone that I've talked to is they really like the golf course". One criticism Fry thought the players might have is the long, gruelling walk. It's impossible to handicap this lovely mess of a leader board.
The ongoing U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Wisconsin, has introduced two names to the golf world: Dana Fry and Shane Bacon. Then Gil Morgan did it at Pebble Beach. He finished with a 77 and muttered, "Well, that was a disaster".
"In some people's minds they just want to see just flat out carnage at a U.S. Open", Hadwin said. Wonderful, psychologically illuminating, schadenfreude-packed disaster.
His good form is the result of a turnaround in two key areas: His putting, which saw him jump from 131st in the tour's strokes gained statistic last season to 29th in 2017, and his driving, which propelled him from 97th on tour to 39th. Saturday is traditionally known as "moving day" in the PGA.
Former US Open winners Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer are having shocker Saturdays, with 2015 champion Spieth carding a 76 and 2014 victor Kaymer five-over on his round and two-over for the tournament. "It'll be a lot more like any other Sunday". It doesn't matter how long the course is. The course took an inch of rain overnight, making it about as menacing as a golden retriever puppy. Which ones? Pick one.
Spieth had a big grin on his face recounting the story. Fewest smashed clubs. Least whining (field).
Under overcast skies and destroying forgiving Erin Hills that has been softened by storms, Thomas signed for the 30th 63 in major championship history.
But Thomas is no stranger to records.
Amazingly it could have been even better if not for bogeys on the fourth and 10th, as well as a missed eagle putt from six feet on the 15th after he had driven the green on the 288-yard par four.
"There's definitely some opportunity", said Koepka, who has one PGA Tour victory.
"If somebody does it tomorrow [Sunday] to win the U.S. Open by one, that's the specialness of my round. I'm not going to focus on that because that's just going to kind of mess me up a little bit, I think".
This year, at least, there will be none.
Fowler agreed that the wide open leaderboard - none of the top 16 players have won a major - made it anyone's title to win. But he's playing in just his eighth major championship and his first since 2015.
Rickie Fowler, who led after round one, had a run of three successive birdies from the 14th as he shot a four-under 68 to get to 10 under and just two off the lead. This is an identity crisis. Most Open courses are par 70 or 71.
"Once I found out we had a putt, I said yeah let's do it, let's try to become a part of history", Thomas said. It promises a great finish to an outstanding tournament on Father's Day. The Masters demanded length, imagination and the ability to cope with incredibly swift undulating greens.
Koepka takes home $2.16 million, the largest single-day earnings in golf. He tied for 13th in last year's Open at Oakmont. They each hit their first shot into the rough.
"I think since my dad dropped me off at football practice and told me to not be disappointed if I didn't get to play at all", Harman said, drawing laughs. Where is the talk of examining "character"?
Harman, who is bidding to become the first left-hander to win the US Open, knocked in six birdies.