Phil Mickelson reacts to his putt on the third hole during the third round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y.
As well as they played, they finished before the halfway leaders had even teed off, and hardly expected to be tied for the lead on three-over for the tournament with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka by the end of the day.
The last time Shinnecock Hills hosted the event in 2004 play had to be suspended during the final round - in which 28 of the 66 players amazingly failed to break 80 - to water the seventh green, with only the victor Retief Goosen and runner-up Phil Mickelson finishing under par.
Tony Finau teed off 44 minutes later, at 10:57 a.m., and also shot 66 to finish at 3 over.
Brooks Koepka (+3, odds: 11/4): He's trying to become the first golfer to go back to back since Curtis Strange did it in 1988-89 at The Country Club and Oak Hill.
"I was saying to the guys out there, from yesterday afternoon, I played late, and it was calm and obviously from the rain previous in the day, we were struggling to get putts to the hole yesterday afternoon".
In 1960, Arnold Palmer charged from seven shots back to win the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills.
"I barely made the cut".
He's there with Patrick Reed, who still keeps his hopes alive of winning the year's first two majors. I thought we could be on the edge, but we've surpassed it, " he said.
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This is the second straight year he is No. 1 at the U.S. Open, ending a streak of six straight years with a different No. 1 at this major. "It's the U.S. Open".
The one saving grace was the fairways were unusually wide for a United States open. Not a single player could break par, though there were 13 major champions in the field, and balls slid around on discolored greens like they were on glass. Graham was 14 shots better on the weekend, firing 68-73 before beating John Mahaffey in an 18-hole playoff.
Putting for a bogey, Mickelson trotted after his ball when it got past the hole, then stroked it back toward the hole in the other direction as it was rolling.
Johnson, four-under and leading by four heading into the round, was in trouble early with his first double bogey of the week at the par three second.
"I know the rules".
"It's just a moment of madness", said Andrew "Beef" Johnston, who played with Mickelson and couldn't stifle a laugh.
"I said yesterday if I was four back going into tomorrow, I'd love my position".
As we said, Berger and Finau were fortunate to get easier conditions early.
Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, labelled the incident "comical" and conceded Mickelson was "very lucky" to be handed "the softer option" of the two-shot penalty over potential disqualification.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (+6, odds: 52-1): Oh man, what a coup this would be for the Barn Rat! He goes into the final round just three shots out of the lead.