"It's meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can", he said.
Couple that with Shinnecock Hills being a stern test on normal days and a beast on breezy days and it played Saturday afternoon as if it were littered with broken glass.
Koepka now joins Willie Anderson, John McDermott, Bobby Jones, Ralph Guhldal, Ben Hogan, and Curtis Strange as back-to-back winners of the U.S. Open. It blew harder than we thought it was going to blow.
Mickelson's attitude makes more sense upon learning this is the first U.S. Open since 2007 at Oakmont with zero players under par through 54 holes. It is not clear when she and Koepka began to date, but it was not long before she entered the spotlight during Koepka's U.S. Open celebration. "Whether I do or not at the end of today, I'm really happy with where I'm at, and have an opportunity to play well [Sunday] and post a good U.S. Open". He advanced it as far as he could, hacking it out 98 yards.
He ended the day at +2 and was one shot off the lead when he finished his round.
Fleetwood kept his foot on the accelerator, birdieing four holes in a row from the 12th to surge into contention. The course, the tournament - everything took a sharp turn Saturday, giving us a wide-open, surprising and unpredictable final round.More news: Majority say 'too early to tell' if North Korea summit a success
The U.S. Open at Shinnecock was in doubt until the final holes.
"I don't know", Stenson said. I got handed a card by a buddy was phenomenal all week and it had old info on it, and you know, we got it right before we got off the air. "I said I'm sorry, but I've got to laugh at this", Johnston said. I feel for the spectators because they are seeing pure carnage-unless that's what they want.
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. "It's special to shoot a 63 at the US Open".
This is the fifth consecutive U.S. Open with a controversy over course preparation or poor management under the watch of Davis.
Reed, though, couldn't keep up the momentum after bogeys at 10, 11 and 12. He has not had a top 10 in the U.S. Open since he tied for fourth at Pebble Beach in 2010. Early risers Daniel Berger and Tony Finau both shot 66s. At that time, I didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over.
Compounding the embarrassment at Shinnecock is the fact that the very same thing happened to the course in 2004: the combination of warmth and Atlantic winds made greens so unplayable on Sunday that play was halted while they were watered in mid-round.