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US Open Notebook: Fowler bounces back in final round

US Open Notebook: Fowler bounces back in final round

Johnson was in a four-way tie for the lead at 3-over 213, the highest 54-hole score to lead the US Open since the fabled "Massacre at Winged Foot" in 1974.

Berger finished an hour before Johnson teed off, but warned of what was to face the leaders, as a freshening breeze on a warm, cloudless day baked the course dry.

Not all his fellow players were as measured in their assessment of the Shinnecock Hills layout, Zach Johnson the first to suggest the course had "gotten away from" the USGA in an interview with Sky Sports.

Johnson carded a 7-over-par 77 but still found himself sharing the lead after surviving brutal conditions as Koepka set himself up for a shot at successfully defending his title.

Dustin Johnson is still at the top of the leaderboard heading into the final round of the U.S. Open.

The mercurial 27-year-old started with three birdies in a row and five birdies in the first seven holes to get to 1-over for the tournament.

"Let's put it this way".

"If they'd have shot 4-under this afternoon, it would probably have been the best round of golf anybody's ever seen", Koepka pointed out, referring to Finau and Berger's morning rounds.

"No doubt, we would admit there were aspects of this setup that went too far", Davis said. However, many would argue that the damage had already been done, especially with so numerous world's best golfers having been jettisoned after the first two rounds. "Frankly, we missed it with the wind, " he said. "Because it could have been a big momentum shift there, and we could have been playing tennis just going back and forth".

The difficulty led six-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson to have a freakish meltdown. "It was a tale of two golf courses".

No weather-related delays are expected, but officials may be forced to water the fairways and greens more frequently to keep the course conditions in check.

"We're not on the edge". We're extremely close. I love the guy to death. "To get out there early and play a good round really was to my benefit".

The USGA might have lost the golf course, and the tournament's overwhelming leader. He assured us that there would be no repeat of the scenes we witnessed in 2004 when Retief Goosen was the last man standing as the course's notoriously hard greens become completely unplayable.

Asked if people would find his actions on No. 13 disrespectful, Mickelson said: "It's meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can". "But I knew that it was going to be that much more hard". And specifically, I think the one that was most troubling was the 15th green, that hole location.

And I feel for the USGA because I don't think this was their intent.

"There's a lot of us in the hunt tomorrow, though". Curtis Strange called it "everything that you have seen in your worst-kept lawn". "It was go out, play some solid golf, try to post a number and see if you can get the job done". "Obviously, pin placements were a lot safer". Himself and numerous other players said the green speed was too fast.

Obviously, going off the morning was a little bit easier.

Mickelson jogged after the ball after it curled around the hole, realizing it was about to head down the other side of the green. The firmness was ok but it was too much with the wind we had.


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