UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington, June 19 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods said it was “tough” while Jordan Spieth described it as “dumb” when asked about the 18th hole at Chambers Bay which has switched between a par-five and par-four at this week’s U.S. Open.
The par-five version, set at 617 yards for the opening round, met with general approval from the players but the par-four incarnation, a beast of 514 yards for Friday’s second round, was widely panned.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Brilliant putting and ice-cool nerves helped Jordan Spieth win his first major title at the Masters in April and he has used the same combination this week to contend at the 115th U.S. Open.
Mindful that the season’s second major is the most exacting because of its traditionally difficult course set-up, the 21-year-old American has maintained composure after every setback to reach the halfway point with a five-under total of 135.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington, June 19 (Reuters) – Masters champion Jordan Spieth sank an eight-foot birdie putt on his final hole, the par-three ninth, to seize the clubhouse lead in a dramatic U.S. Open second round at Chambers Bay on Friday.
While former world number one Tiger Woods was destined to miss only his sixth cut at a major after battling to a six-over 76, Spieth carded a 67 after watching playing partner Jason Day collapse because of dizziness off the ninth green.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Masters champion Jordan Spieth birdied four of his first eight holes to briefly surge one ahead in the U.S. Open second round on Friday before slipping back with an ugly double-bogey.
Three strokes off the pace overnight at Chambers Bay, Spieth picked up shots at the 10th, 14th, 15th — where he drained a 20-footer — and the 17th to get to six under in the season’s second major.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – The biggest unknown for the players coming into this week’s U.S. Open was how they would fare on the different course set-ups at Chambers Bay, and Thursday’s first round provided some answers.
While most of the 156-strong field felt that the links-style layout was prepared on the generous side by the United States Golf Association, the slick and heavily contoured greens with their blotchy fescue grass posed all sorts of problems.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia led a chorus of criticism of the greens during the U.S. Open first round on Thursday but former champion Geoff Ogilvy felt that good putters “would prevail”.
World number one McIlroy and eighth-ranked Garcia had both described the putting surfaces at Chambers Bay as too bumpy and below par while American left-hander Phil Mickelson bemoaned the lack of consistency in pace from hole to hole.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington, June 18 (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson set the first-round pace at the U.S. Open on Thursday on a day of remarkable highs and lows as Tiger Woods shot an 80, his fourth-worst score as a professional.
American Johnson and Swede Stenson fired matching five-under-par 65s on a firm and fast-running Chambers Bay layout while Phil Mickelson made an encouraging start with a 69.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Washington State native Michael Putnam was a bag of nerves before hitting the first shot at the U.S. Open on Thursday, but hours later he was elated after carding a level-par 70 at Chambers Bay.
Cheered on by his local supporters, Putnam rebounded from a bogey at the tricky par-four first and another at the seventh with two birdies on the back nine to add gloss to one of his most treasured days on a golf course.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington, June 18 (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson moved into a tie for the early U.S. Open lead on Thursday while Phil Mickelson made an encouraging start in his bid for a career grand slam of the four majors.
Long-hitting Johnson took advantage of calm conditions on a firm and fast-running Chambers Bay layout as he fired a five-under-par 65 in the year’s second major, which is being played for the first time in the Pacific Northwest.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson, who is yearning to complete a career grand slam of the four majors by winning his first U.S. Open, made a fast start to seize the early lead in the opening round on Thursday.
The American left-hander, a runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times, birdied the third, fifth and eighth holes in firm, fast running conditions on the links-style Chambers Bay layout to reach the turn in three-under 32.