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17 June, 2018, 06:19 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Tiger Woods walks with Dustin Johnson during a practice round for the U.S. Open Golf Championship Tuesday

Indeed, after last year's U.S. Open, when Erin Hills was rendered defenseless by rain-softened greens and the wind never blew, there was widespread clamoring for a return to a more penal setup that would separate the men from the boys.

"Unfortunately, it's just what I've done the last few events, " Woods said. After miss hitting his chip he left himself a slippery downhill putt to play on the weekend.

Johnson, who led by four entering Saturday and was the only player under par, shot 41 for the first nine holes.

He had a three-shot lead at Pebble Beach in the 2010 U.S. Open and lost it all on the second hole with a triple bogey, and then compounded mistakes by trying to drive the green on the next two holes.

Finau finished his round more than four hours before the final twosome got done.

This Long Island layout can punish anyone in a NY minute. "So you're not going to get a whole lot better at 38 or 39".

Daniel Berger (66) and Tony Finau (66) led Englishman Justin Rose (73) by one stroke, and Swede Henrik Stenson (74) by two. I feel really good.

The two-time major champion, who ended the day with a 72, was asked where the course was for play and his assessment was stark, indeed. Johnson will take a four-shot lead into the third round in Southampton, N.Y.

As Stenson racked up three straight bogeys from the 13th, Koepka drained a 60-footer to save par at the 14th but bogeyed the next to give Johnson the outright advantage. I feel for the USGA because I don't think that was their overall intent from the very beginning. Johnson hit 8-iron that went a little deep to the back of the green with a front pin, and all he cared about was the right speed. "You don't get mulligan's in business at this level. how can this team keep doing this without consequences".

It didn't take long to figure out what kind of test this was going to be, with the 15 flags atop the grandstand next to the 18th green already flapping as the first group teed off, and they were crackling by the afternoon. Tiger Woods was on his yacht heading home, his place in golf no longer so secure. Friday, he shot 79 and missed the weekend after seven bogeys and a double.

Athens, Tennessee, native Eric Axley (76) missed the cut by a stroke.

Unusual never won again on the PGA Tour after clinching his second successive U.S. Open title in 1989, at the age of 34.

Jordan Spieth joined them in the most unlikely fashion.

Gretzky was at Oakmont two years ago but had to leave before the final round when Johnson won the U.S. Open.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka made six birdies over his last 11 holes for a 66, matching Tommy Fleetwood for the low round of the tournament. Johnson knows that as well as anyone.

"This golf course", Koepka said. However, from there he made birdie and added three more on his way to a superb 71 in the circumstances. He was serenaded with "Happy Birthday" at almost every green, and even after four consecutive bogeys the fans were supportive. I mean, the stats don't lie. "There's no other tournament where you see the guys putt off the greens". But he three-putted the 18th to slip into a logjam as his four-stroke lead after two rounds disappeared.

With the cut projected to fall at eight-over par, it meant early exits too for Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry.

"Be care what you wish for", Rose said.

"Every putt looked like it was going to go in", Woods said. "So hang around is often the best form of attack".


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