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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 118                                                       
Monday, June 18, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't mean disrespect to anybody. I know it's a two-shot penalty. At that time, I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over. I took the two-shot penalty and moved on. It's my understanding of the rules. I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that. I just finally did.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many bogey free rounds were recorded by the field at the 2018 U.S Open?

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: The last winner on the PGA TOUR with an over-par 72-hole score was 2013 U.S. Open winner Justin Rose (1-over). Anyone surprised?

A FEW THINGS: Hands up if you had Brooks Koepka as your next Curtis Strange? How about Tommy Fleetwood as the next Johnny Miller? Anyone else wondering if the USGA was muttering to itself after Saturday, that Phil Mickelson could have skipped the 2018 U.S Open too. The window has now closed on Lefty, who turned 48 years old, adding the national championship to his resume.

This has to go down as one of the more dysfunctional U.S Opens. And that says something. How can the 119th edition top the 118th? The USGA firmly demands that its national championship be a tough test. In fact, it’s even described it as the ULTIMATE test of golf. Given the shenanigans that went on through the first three rounds, is they’re anyone else wondering whether they let off the gas pedal on Sunday’s in terms of the degree of difficulty? Who would have predicted the low round of the tournament would come on Sunday or it would match the best round in U.S. Open history? And of places at famed Shinnecock! Blasphemy, I say! Don’t look now but two different players have shot 63 in back to back years at the U.S Open, the harshest/ultimate test of golf! Justin Thomas did it last year at Erin Hills. Will someone wake Dustin Johnson up from his nap!

It isn’t unusual for the controversy to continue in the days following the conclusion of the U.S Open. Eventually, the memories will fade. That is until next year when the USGA attempts to defend its (botched) practices in advance of teeing it up at Pebble Beach.

Perhaps the best thing that happened at Shinnecock Hills was the two-hole playoff wasn’t required!

DATA POINTS: A few nuggets from the 2018 U.S Open held at Shinnecock Hills:

Course Statistics
Toughest Hole
R1: par-4 14th (4.814)
R2: par-4 3rd (4.641)
R3: par-4 15th (4.627)
R4: par-4 18th (4.313)
Cumulative: par-4 14th (4.567)

Easiest Hole
R1: par-5 5th (4.686)
R2: par-5 5th (4.878)
R3: par-5 5th (4.716)
R4: par-5 5th (4.836)
Cumulative: par-5 5th (4.780)

Yardages
R1: 7,448 yards
R2: 7,402 yards
R3: 7,421 yards
R4: 7,431 yards

OFF AND RUNNING: Titleist reported its validation process is off to a fast start for the new Titleist TS drivers. At the U.S. Open, 40% of the Titleist drivers in the field were a TS2 or TS3 model.

WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE? How maddening is golf? It even broke Bobby Jones once. Rory McIlroy once up and quit the Honda Championship. Tiger Woods’ on-course tantrums and scatology could make longshoremen blush. Even Nicklaus, after drilling the putt that gave him the 1970 British Open, threw his putter in the air, a no-no of decorum anyway, especially since it nearly brained his opponent, Doug Sanders, on the way down.  “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Phil Mickelson’s playing partner, Brit Andrew Johnson, said, laughing. “It was a moment of madness.” READ MORE>>> 

WEB GEMS:

IT WOULDN’T BE A US OPEN WITHOUT CONTROVERSY: Fox Sports analyst Paul Azinger, though more or less initially defending Phil Mickelson’s explanation for deliberately hitting a moving ball, eventually agreed with partner Joe Buck’s conclusion, that it was spin. “He’s going to run for office one of these days,” Azinger said, “and he’ll be the spin master.”

“Mickelson’s got a little gamble in his blood,” Azinger said. “He calculates everything. He’s a math whiz, the whole nine yards. I’m going to go ahead and just halfway believe him here and give him the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t feel like going back and forth. Looked like his head exploded as much as anything.

“Maybe he just thought, ‘I was going to make that score anyway.’ That’s a pretty well thought-out answer, I think. Phil’s given it a lot of thought. He had an hour to think about it and he just decided, ‘I’m just going to take the two-shot penalty. I know the rules.’” Buck was having none of it. READ MORE>>>

A PIECE OF HISTORY: Tommy Fleetwood matched the lowest score in U.S. Open history, a seven-under-par 63 in the final round on Sunday. “I honestly never really thought I was out of it,” said world number 12 Fleetwood, who started the day six strokes off the lead. “I just needed a good start. Looking at the pins you knew they were going to be more accessible. Four-under after seven and it was game on.” READ MORE>>>

ONE WORTH REMEMBERING! Leaning on his club, Matt Parziale crossed one leg over the other and placed the free hand on his hip. His caddie mirrored his position and used Parziale’s bag as his source of support. The two looked almost identical, just one older than the other. Being related will do that. Parziale’s dad, Vic Parziale, has been with his son throughout his entire U.S. Open journey, starting Monday and ending on Father’s Day. Matt finished 5 over par Sunday to tie for low amateur at 16 over for the tournament. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I don't mean disrespect to anybody. I know it's a two-shot penalty. At that time, I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over. I took the two-shot penalty and moved on. It's my understanding of the rules. I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that. I just finally did.”--Phil Mickelson. He made a 10 on the 13th hole in the third round after being assessed a 2-shot penalty for hitting a moving ball.

The number of bogey-free rounds at the 2018 U.S Open, which began with 156 players, was zero. And remember someone shot 63 during the final round too!

Compare to 2017 at Erin Hills:
Bogey-free rounds:
Round 1 – Rickie Fowler (65), Xander Schauffele (66), Brian Harman (67), Tommy Fleetwood (67).
Round 2 – Hideki Matsuyama (65), Bill Haas (68), Kevin Chappell (70).
Round 3 – Russell Henley (67).
Round 4 - None.

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