U.S. Open tracker: Day 4 at Chambers Bay

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2015, 8:00 pm

The 115th U.S. Open is this week at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. GolfChannel.com is tracking the men's second major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional U.S. Open coverage, click here for full-field scores. All-times for the U.S. Open tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). If you want to check out all the action we tracked on Day 1, you can find that here; from Day 2, click here; and click here for Day 3.

10:32PM: The conclusion of the 115th U.S. Open:

10:26PM: #Spiething

10:22PM: In case you were wondering ... Spieth confirmed he did not have a fifth outfit had he needed to play an extra 18 on Monday.

10:17PM: Dustin Johnson misses his eagle attempt from 12 feet, 4 inches. Misses his 4-footer coming back. Jordan Spieth is your U.S. Open winner.

10:09PM: DJ knocks it close for eagle. If he makes it, he wins the U.S. Open. A two-putt birdie would mean an 18-hole Monday playoff with Jordan Spieth.

10:07PM: Birdie for Spieth. Jordan is in the clubhouse with the lead, but Dustin Johnson has a chance to eagle at 18 and win the U.S. Open.

10:02PM: DJ crushes his drive on 18 ... and will also be looking to make eagle at the closing hole. Here's looking at you, Spieth.

10:00PM: DJ's back. Playing in the final group, Dustin Johnson makes birdie at 17 to get to 4 under and in a tie for the lead.

9:58PM: "Awesome shot." -Jordan Spieth, after knocking his 3-wood on the par-5 18th (yes, it's playing as a par 5 on Sunday) to about 15 feet for eagle.

9:57PM: A look at Oosty's scoredcard. Remember this is the guy who shot 77 on Thursday. SEVENTY SEVEN on Thursday, and is in the clubhouse with the lead at the 115th U.S. Open.

9:52PM: Everyone, remain calm. Jordan's got this.

9:51PM: King Louis? Louis Oosthuizen birdied 18 to get to 4 under and is your clubhouse leader. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth 3-putted the 17th for double bogey and is at 4 under.

9:44PM: Leaderboard update:

9:41PM: We can't wait!

9:38PM: #Manimal Jordan Spieth drains an unlikely birdie from up, over the ridge to get to 6 under. Meanwhile, Branden Grace makes double bogey and drops to 3 under.

9:33PM: Couldn't make it six. Louis Oosthuizen fails to birdie the 17th (would have been his sixth in a row) and remains at 3 under. #weaksauce

9:29PM: Advantage Spieth. Branden Grace knocks his tee shot at 16 out-of-bounds right and re-tees, hitting his third. Spieth with a decent lie just short of the green.

9:27PM: It makes it easier to add ...

9:25PM: Leaderboard update ... Spieth and Grace tied at 5 under with three to play. Also, that's a fifth consecutive birdie for Louis Oosthuizen to get him to 3 under.

9:22PM: Please, no. Just make it stop.

9:19PM: See? Chambers Bay isn't so hard.

9:16PM: What they said:

9:11PM: And then he birdies the 15th hole, too! Louis Oosthuizen made four birdies in a row and is now just three back.

9:08PM: ICYMI Louis Oosthuizen holed out for birdie on No. 14 to get to 1 under for the championship, four back.

9:05PM: Not their Day? Jason Day makes double bogey at 13 to fall back to even for the tournament and five back of Jordan Spieth and Branden Grace. Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson misses a 4-footer for par, drops to 3 under and trails by two.

8:57PM: And you made the right choice. (Not that you ever actually had one.)

8:52PM: Just so we're clear ... Billy Horschel's playing partner clears the air and confirms that he did not hit the ground on No. 6.

8:49PM: Good news! DJ misses a short birdie putt at 12 to remain 4 under. How is that good? Well, So did Jordan Spieth one hole in front to remain 5 under.

8:47PM: I can think of a few guys ... who hope he's not too legit.

8:37PM: Lead change: Jordan Spieth and Branden Grace both birdie 12 to get to 5 under, while Dustin Johnson makes bogey at 11 to fall back to 4 under.

8:28PM: DJ can't get up-and-down on No. 10. His lead is down to one stroke over Grace and Spieth.

8:18PM: Well, well, well ... Adam Scott birdies 18 for a bogey-free 64, and he's posted 3 under par.

8:04PM: Nine down, nine to go.

7:58PM: Grace stuffs it on No. 9 for birdie, but DJ also makes a birdie on No. 8 to move two clear of Spieth and Grace.

7:50PM: Spieth birdies the par-5 8th to move one stroke behind DJ.

7:44PM: Great final round by Rory, but it doesn't look like it will be enough.

7:30PM: Snedeker knows how to rally.

7:25PM: Sneeeeeeedeeeker closes out his front nine with four straight birdies, and he's only three back.

7:15PM: DJ just misses another chance for birdie on No. 5, and Day birdies to cut Johnson's lead to one stroke.

6:58PM: McIlroy now four back after a three-putt bogey on No. 15. Momentum has come to a screeching halt.

6:55PM: Day with one of the worst putts you'll see on a major championship Sunday. Hits his 58-foot putt on No. 4 just 16 feet and doesn't get it over the ridge. Ends up saving bogey, but DJ makes a birdie to take the solo lead.

6:41PM: Rory misses golden opportunity by burning edge with short birdie putt on 14. He'll remember that if he ends up losing by one.

6:36PM: Complain about Chambers Bay all you want, but this is the Sunday leaderboard it's given us. Could be worse.

6:26PM: And suddenly, McIlroy can't miss. Just two off the lead now after a dropping a 70-footer for birdie at No. 13. DJ and Day hear the roar and glance over at the leaderboard.

6:15PM: Rory, meanwhile, doing his best Johnny Miller impression. Things could get interesting if he posts a low number.

6:06PM: Spieth starts with bogey. Johnson and Day both with birdie putts inside 15 feet on No. 1. Advantage final pairing.

6:00PM: Buckle up. The final pairing of Dustin Johnson and fan-favorite Jason Day both rip it down the middle of the first fairway.

5:55PM: Just before the final group tees off, the president of the USGA tells Jason Day to come to him if he needs anything during his round. #Class

5:49PM: After nearly four hours of Sunday coverage, a couple of U.S. Open co-leaders have teed off. Jordan Spieth and Branden Grace playing the first hole.

5:42PM: In a shocking development, Caroline Wozniacki isn't rooting for Rory McIlroy today, despite the world No. 1's front-nine 32.

5:37PM: And ... just in case you thought Billy Ho had any positive thoughts on his week at Chambers Bay, spoiler alert, he doesn't.

5:34PM: Holmes hits a chip that lands about a foot short of perfect on the first hole, then stands with his hand on his hip as the ball rolls right back to him.

5:30PM: The first under-par group is on the course, with J.B. Holmes (-1) and Shane Lowry (-1) having teed off.

5:24PM: Rory McIlroy is quietly sneaking up the leaderboard. He's 3 under for the day, through eight holes, and 1 over for the tournament.

5:20PM: In case you're wondering, what time a Monday playoff would take place. Here's your answer:

5:17PM: After shooting 67, Billy Horschel talked to the TV folks and said, "I've lost a little respect for the USGA this week."

5:15PM: How will this U.S. Open be remembered? More so for the champion or the conditions?

5:08PM: Does Billy Horschel like the greens at Chambers Bay?

5PM: Keegan Bradley nearly aced the par-4 12th hole. Check it out:

4:55PM: Illinois' Brian Campbell is in the house at 5 over par, thanks to a final-round 68. He's currently the low amateur in the field.

4:48PM: Morgan Hoffmann tied the second lowest score of the week with a 4-under 66 on Sunday. He finished at 5 over.

4:42PM: We return to Chris Kirk, who had these parting shots:

4:30PM: Ben Martin was a cumulative 3 under for three rounds of the U.S. Open. Unfortunately, he shot 86 in Round 3 and finished at 13 over.

4:25PM: Speaking of Oakmont, Ernie Els won the U.S. Open there in 1994. He did this at Chambers Bay on Sunday:

4:18PM: After opening with a 69, Phil Mickelson shot 74-77-73 and finished at 13 over. Next year's U.S. Open, by the way, is at Oakmont. Mickelson missed the cut there when it last hosted an Open in 2007.

4:10PM: And now onto the action, where tempers are flaring early. Billy Horschel nearly tomahawked a green with his putter - and he's 5 under on the day. Chris Kirk made a 10 on the first hole en route to a 78, then had this to say:

4:07PM: And from 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, whose father passed away in 2002:

4:05PM: It's also Father's Day. And many in the field are paying tribute to their dads:

4:00PM: It's Sunday at the U.S. Open and we're still two hours away from the final group teeing off at Chambers Bay. Here is a look at pin positions:

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Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''

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First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.