USGA CEO admits US Open course was 'too tough'


Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills

Dustin Johnson surrendered a four-shot lead to fall into a four-way tie atop the US Open leaderboard as Shinnecock Hills again battered the world's best golfers on Saturday. All great players as well, in and around the lead.

Finau moved up in the rankings after finishing the opening round +3 at 75. We're likely to get a victor over par for the first time since the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, which Justin Rose won at 1 over. The players in the afternoon weren't getting that question a few hours later; not on a day when players like Zach Johnson criticized the course setup and the USGA had to begrudgingly admit the course simply played too hard. "It isn't a U.S. Open course", said analyst and former champion Johnny Miller, a view many players concurred with.

"Going into [the second round], I needed something special to happen to even have an outside chance", Finau said.

"Yeah, probably, given the situation, " Leishman said."You're fighting for the US Open and dealing with pin placements like that". "Frankly, we missed it with the wind, " he said. The last thing it needs is being turned into an unfair layout. My game's in a good spot. "So I guess we got one for sure this week". They caught Dustin Johnson, who posted a 77 after starting the day 11 strokes ahead of Finau and Berger. It blew harder than we thought it was going to blow.

Tony Finau (+3, odds: 15/2): From out of nowhere!

When he completed his round, Finau had no idea he would end up so close to the lead.

"I've never seen anything like it". Berger said a hot putter helped him go low despite having to hit away from numerous hole locations. He hasn't been in great form this year, and he got it done on Saturday with putting. Henrik Stenson (74) made the turn at 1 under and shot 40 on the back nine. "I mean, it's a hard golf course", said Stenson.

'Specifically the latter part of the day for us, it's pretty much shot, which is unfortunate because in my opinion it's some of the best land and certainly one of the best venues in all of golf. "But it is what it is, and I'm pretty happy with the way I played today". He's been just kind of lingering all week with a 73-72-71 start.

Jim Furyk (+6, odds: 139/2): How great is is that the U.S. Ryder Cup captain is within three of the lead at the U.S. Open? "There was maybe only one or two flags that I felt like were maybe got a little dicey this afternoon, but the rest of them were fine". Thomas goes at 12:34 p.m. ET, which is two hours before the leaders.

Berger and Finau started the third round 11 strokes off the lead, but both shot 66 relatively early in the day and suddenly found themselves in the final pairing for the final round. He would win his first major three weeks later in the Open Championship at Carnoustie.

But then defending champion, Brooks Koepka, who signed for 72 and including taking a bogey "5" on the 15th, slammed the USGAs set-up of the 15th where, and playing alongsdie Poulter, he sadly suffered the very same fate as Poulter after playing what appeared to be the ideal greenside bunker shot only to see his ball also roll off the green in eventually taking a bogey.

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