At 3-over par.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -No one was happy about the conditions that set up the final day of the U.S. Open.
That may have been what led to Phil Mickelson's astonishing performance at the 13th green - where after watching his bogey putt roll past the cup and head down a hill he ran over and batted the still moving ball back toward the hole.
Until the ball is regulated back to a reasonable level (does anyone think the game needs people hitting the ball 30 yards longer than Norman or Jack Nicklaus?) and the USGA continue to obsess with par we will continue to see great courses with dimensions completely distorted in an attempt to identify the best players.
"The course is gone", groused two-time major victor Zach Johnson.
Finau, who is from Salt Lake City and graduated from West High School, is in a four-way tie for first place along with Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson. Three more wonderful iron shots were delivered to set up realistic birdie chances, from 15ft at the 16th and 20ft at the 17th, before the shortest one of all at the last, but fate decreed that he had used up his quota. Not coincidentally, they both teed off before 11 a.m. The day's only other sub-par round was Kiradech Aphibarnrat's 68, which put the Thai into a tie for seventh on six-over. His tee time was 9:40. You know, I couldn't pick anything up with my left hand. "It's pretty much shot".
If this 118th Open is remembered for anything beyond the Mickelson meltdown and subsequent spin job, it might be the jarring changes in weather conditions between morning and afternoon.
That it was, starting on Thursday, and especially on Saturday.More news: Millie Bobby Brown breaks her kneecap, cancels MTV appearance
"I had seven or eight putts that easily could have gone in the hole but didn't", said Johnson, who finished with 38 putts.
"No doubt we would admit there were some aspects to the setup that went too far, in the sense that well-executed shots were not only not rewarded, but in some cases were penalized", Davis said Saturday night.
Tommy Fleetwood is now just two shots back.
Because, in truth, the U.S. Open he won at Erin Hills a year ago and the one he locked up Sunday at Shinnecock Hills could have not have been more different. Maybe, and no doubt there are more coming with unimaginable clubhead speeds, but is enormous power and its domination what we want to see? "I don't know her name, I don't know the name of the current girlfriend - the week-old girlfriend - and I probably won't know going forward, but good for him".
He's great enough to overcome the most agonizing pin placements and desert-dry greens.
Fox TV assigned unusual to be the announcer to follow Koepka on every hole - a logical choice but one that could have spooked some players. Johnson clung to a share of the lead at 3-over 213 after a 77, but he had the company of defending champion Brooks Koepka and two other players at the top.
Buck added, "The only person I feel bad for in the whole situation is his ex-girlfriend".