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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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.