"Tiger's never been to St. Louis".
Johnson, who is going by Zach J. Johnson this week to differentiate himself from Zach Johnson, the 15-year veteran on the PGA Tour, shot a 1-under-par 69 on Friday to finish at 145, but it won't be good enough to stick around for the weekend, as the cut is expected to be around even par.
But then the golfing gods gifted this marathon Saturday out of left field and left us all with a Sunday at colorless and faceless Bellerive that could be the most memorable golf event of the year, and of many years to come. But defending champion Spieth shot 5 over on the final day, and the final two pairings combined to shoot 13 over.
He did just that over the first nine holes, making five birdies on the front nine on the way to a 31 that drew him within two of the lead. We saw plenty of the Tiger/Justin Thomas/Rory McIlroy group, and plenty of Jason Day and Phil Mickelson as well, but those were online featured groups already.
If the PGA posted a marquee high above this final round to come, it might well read "Muscles and Mayhem".More news: Paul Pogba named Manchester United captain against Leicester
Brooks Koepka out in front at 12 under.
Koepka is in third place at 8-under-par for the tournament.
The ball sailed right into the trees and hit a cart path, cannoning deep into the woods. The slugger has what his father, Bob, calls "those steely eyes" when he prepares for a Sunday round in a major.
Koepka seemed an unlikely candidate to falter, but falter he did. He has complained that he felt forgotten by players, fans and media while he recovered from the springtime wrist injury that knocked him out of the Masters (Koepka has mentioned more than once that only three peers - Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson - bothered to text him), and he even used his 54-hole lead at Bellerive as an opportunity to tell the story of how he hit a local Life Time Fitness with DJ earlier Saturday. "I enjoyed every minute", he said. "I know that that's in the bag", Spieth said. "It was like, 'All right'".More news: USA stocks closed mixed amid data, earnings
Put another way, he's poised to prove that he's arguably the best major championship player at the moment.
"It's going to be a long day", Fowler said. The whole time, you're just trying to prove them wrong. He won in the penultimate group at the U.S. Open each of the last two years. Koepka didn't waste any time and energy complaining about the USGA. "If I can get off to a hot start there and playing the rest of the golf course really well, I know I have a chance to win this golf tournament". Yeah, there's a lot of star power, and it should be. It's a major championship.
Scott was one of the world's top players a couple years ago, his green jacket and No. 1 ranking still fresh in peoples' minds.
Ten years removed from his 14th and most recent major title, in many ways Woods's four-under 66 was, for nine holes at least, a rollicking trip down Memory Lane, given the third round charges that were once his calling card having largely disappeared.
As word spread that Woods was on the charge, those who weren't already following the former world number one were soon scrambling to join crowds that were 12-deep and lined almost every hole from tee to green. Hearing the crowd, and Tiger's performing great.More news: Trump Calls Omarosa 'A Lowlife' After N-Word Claim Surfaces
"You've got to decide what you want to do with it before you get out there, and it was a lot of fun".