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Shinnecock Hills is handsome but unfortunately they've lost the golf course. He is T67 for putts per green.

"While it may not be the belief of everyone, yet, that sentiment is starting to spread as pros struggle mightily on these greens, and no one on the leaderboard is under par for the tournament", Michael Shamburger wrote. "Having said that, this golf course will get slowed down tonight". Berger also was in that large group, and he matched Finau's 66. Johnson faced greens that made him feel as though he were putting on glass, and it was like that to the very end.

But he would add two more birdies, including a 45-foot putt at the par-three seventh that took its time getting to the hole then teetered in to a massive roar from the crowd. I was really impressed with how he played after those opening two holes. I felt it got very distracting, the crowds were thinning out and there was a lot of movement off the ball. "You always want to use them in your favour.", said Mickelson.

It left Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy as Johnson's nearest rivals, the Americans lying on even par through the first two rounds.

What the USA open does better than any other championship is testing literally every facet of a golfer's game, both mental and physical.

If volatility is what the lords of the U.S. Open wanted, volatility is exactly what they have gotten this week at Shinnecock Hills.

"Is that an apology?" he tweeted.

Mickelson jogged after the ball after it curled around the hole, realizing it was about to head down the other side of the green. Worst yet might have been No. 15, where Piercy had a 30-foot birdie putt that finished rolling 75 feet away off the green. "He's hitting the ball so flush and so solid".

"Some guys played well, " he said.

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

"If somebody is offended by that, I apologize to them but toughen up".

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He was back the next year at Pebble Beach, where he pumped three shots into the Pacific Ocean on the famed 18th and hit another shot into someone's backyard. "You don't know what's going to turn".

Only three players broke par, all before the final groups teed off.

"That would have been the best round of golf anyone has ever seen", Koepka said.

Koepka and Stenson had leapfrogged Johnson to lead him by a solitary stroke. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are right behind him at 1 under.

Shinnecock Hills itself was changing, morphing from a tortuous test of patience into a place where birdies were not only available but plentiful. "That could happen to D.J.", Rose said. "We've all been asking for a real U.S. Open again". His pitch got onto the green, but not almost far enough to stay there, and rolled back down the hill a few steps to the left of where Woods had been.

And typical of an old-styled U.S. Open, there were plenty of complaints. "I'm not saying it's going to, but it could". You don't know what the weather is going to do and how hard it's going to get.

Not all the statements were verbal.

Phil Mickelson, seeking to complete the career Grand Slam here - he's been a U.S. Open runner-up six times - sneaked through with a late rush. He found his stride and birdied four straight holes on the back nine. With the two-shot penalty, he was given a sextuple-bogey 10 on the hole and was 10 over for his round. "But let's just say it's the USGA".

"I don't mean disrespect by anybody". In that situation, I was just going back and forth. It's my understanding of the rules. He had those four consecutive bogeys before a par at the 12th. He was back in the lead when everyone around him couldn't hang on. Next year: Pebble Beach.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat had the only other round under par. A gorgeous tee shot on 11 led to birdie and three fairways-and-greens pars followed, what constituted a charge on this day.

If McIlroy had signed off the round with a 76, he would've only been seven shots off the pace and would've still have had a chance of winning with three holes to go.

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