US Open -- Zach Johnson vents about Shinnecock Hills conditions

US Open -- Zach Johnson vents about Shinnecock Hills conditions

But when you're halfway home to a second U.S. Open championship in three years, as Johnson is after his 3-under-par 67 on Friday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club left him with a 4-stroke lead, you look past the physical gifts and see that he has the mental makeup to succeed in this incredibly challenging championship. He went out in 6-over 41 before steadying on the back nine.

Koepka shot 2 over in the third round.

Finau and Berger never have played in the final group at a major.

"It was a tale of two golf courses, and no doubt, we would admit, well-executed shots were not only not regarded, but were punished", said Mike Davis, the chief executive of the USGA and the man in charge of course setup.

England's Tommy Fleetwood and the United States' Brooke Koepka enjoyed impressive days, both players carding four-under-par rounds of 66.

What the USA open does better than any other championship is testing literally every facet of a golfer's game, both mental and physical. Woods can take from today how well he struck the ball and if he hadn't had the two sixes in the middle of the back nine, he would've been around the 76 mark which wouldn't have been far from par for today. His lead was gone with a three-putt bogey on the par-3 seventh. He made bogey, but he took double bogey or worse out of the equation. Birdies? Forget about it. Mickelson was penalized two strokes for hitting a moving ball and made a 10 on the hole, on his way to a third-round 81.

McIlroy was even worse on Thursday with an 80.

According to The Big Lead, scores are rising due to the rough conditions of the greens.

The one saving grace was the fairways were unusually wide for a USA open.

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From the middle of the first fairway, Woods went long over the green. Finau made his move with four birdies on the back nine, coming in at 31.

The golf course-which was the subject of non-stop conversation on the FOX telecast, with varying voices offering their opinion as to whether it had become unfair-wasn't the only controversy that marred Moving Day.

"I played well and my speed on my putts has been very good". "I just finally did". Specifically the latter part of the day for us.

This week's addition to the thickening evidentiary file is his 78-72 in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, which allowed Woods and his $20 million yacht to depart the premises early.

Woods finished the day with four birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey.

Koepka bogeyed the 12th, which left him at 1 over and tied with Henrik Stenson for the top spot.

Some more so than others.

The first hole was particularly gruesome, a relatively benign 400-yard par-4 that Woods played in 5 over par. It ran 8 feet by the cup and he missed the par putt for one last bogey and a 7-over 77. Johnson is at 1 over. They are tied along with a few other major champions including Justing Rose and Henrick Stenson, all of whom can make a push towards DJ. Dustin Johnson, who is comfortably leading this tournament and played in the exact same weather conditions as a member of Woods' threesome, hit 79 percent of fairways and 71 percent of greens.

The five-time major champion jogged after the ball to keep it from rolling away from the hole and hit it back to where he had been standing.

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