USGA apologizes for unfairness of Shinnecock Hills

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In 2016 the USGA returned to a traditional course and set up at Oakmont Country Club, but disgraced itself by mismanaging a ruling during Johnson's final round.

"Is that an apology?" he tweeted. He got to one-under for the day - even for the tournament - after birdies at two and 11 but gave a stroke back at the 12th. Despite being one of the best to play the game, Mickelson, a five-time major champion, has been a runner-up six times (!) at the event.

"I barely made the cut".

The sight raised the specter of the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock, when weekend wind dried the course and rendering some of the greens virtually unplayable by Sunday.

Few could have predicted at the start of the day that Berger and Finau would find themselves in the final pairing on Sunday.

Nine holes to go at the U.S. Open and defending champion Brooks Koepka has a one-stroke lead.

He did well to salvage bogey, sinking a 12-foot putt to stay ahead.

Mickelson jogged after the ball after it curled around the hole, realizing it was about to head down the other side of the green. Remember Chambers Bay, when it was impossible to tell where the fairways ended and the greens began, when golf balls bobbled about all over the place and Dustin Johnson three-putted from nowhere on the final green to miss out on the chance of a playoff with Jordan Spieth?

It's Dustin Johnson's tournament, and we're all just along for the ride.

"But I didn't talk to him today", Koepka said. Tommy Fleetwood is in the clubhouse with a 7-under 63, tying the record for the lowest round at a U.S. Open.

England's Justin Rose was alone in fifth, one shot off the lead. I'm sure it would have been nice to go out and - let's put it this way.

"I've never seen anything like it". Finau led the field in strokes gained on approach shots, strokes gained around the greens and strokes gained overall on Saturday. From there he splashed it to 18 feet and made the putt to move to two over.

"It's just a moment of madness", said Andrew "Beef" Johnston, who played with Mickelson and couldn't stifle a laugh.

He was assessed a two-stroke penalty by the USGA and given a 10 for the hole before going on to sign for an 81 and a 17-over total. "Going into today, I needed something special to happen to even have an outside chance". "But I knew that it was going to be that much more hard". Rather than waiting for it to stop, he broke into a trot and when the ball was about 15 feet below the cup, and still in motion, he hit it back up the slope and it came to rest above the hole. Fair enough. But how much pleasure is there in watching the world's best golfers hit what they believe to be flawless shots, only to look on in horror as balls roll off the front of putting surfaces or fall off the back of greens?

Russell Colin of Montclair, New Jersey, ventured to the East End to capture the U.S. Open with his sons Garth, 9, and Gavin, 5.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (+6, odds: 52-1): Oh man, what a coup this would be for the Barn Rat!

"I don't mean any disrespect and if that's the way people took it I apologize to them".

They were to tee off at 2:24pm (1824 GMT) with just four shots separating 15 players. It went left into that ridge and it just kind of hits it and comes down back away from the flag versus towards it. ...

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