Sunday Semi — U.S. Open

DJ Wins!!

Saves USGA from massive embarrassment

*****

Later Tonight: A Lanny H Golf panel will discuss “What makes D.J. cheat so much?”

Legal Experts Suggest D.J. invoke “oscillation” defense

Result Hinges on Decision of Russian Judges!

Who will the judges decide deserves the trophy?  Time will tell.  Lowry and D.J. must now try for style points as well as pars.  It is mandatory they impress the judges.

Rumors are circulating that Fox Sports is involved in this situation — with the motive of boosting ratings!  Stay tuned…

SCANDAL SHOCKER!!!

Dustin Johnson allowed to move ball out of deep rough!

Developing…

When reached for comment, Lanny H responded, “What’s next, letting D.J. tee the ball in the fairway?  Grant himself gimmes?”

*****

A Sign For Sergio?

Could this finally be Sergio’s year?

*****

Finals Thoughts Before Go Time

  1. Why does Fox show graphics in lower right corner all the time except when they show three guys sitting behind a desk?
  2. Why did Faxon gratuitously mention Woods in a story about Nicklaus having nothing whatsoever to do with Woods?  (As I type, Buck makes another gratuitous mention of Woods.  One more and I’m going to the movie theater.)
  3. This gallery is horrid.  They are doing their best to ruin Oakmont.  Remember the Irish Open when a guy yelled out, “In the hole!”  A true golf fan shouted back, “Off the course!”  We heard no more foolishness out of that American idiot.

Long Wait

I realize they do these things for financial reasons, but it sure is a long wait for the leaders to tee off.  I’ve learned to skip most of the early coverage to avoid burnout.

Nothing against Lowry — he is one of my four picks for who I’d like to see win — but an early triple bogey would sure spice things up.  If Landry can win, the Miracle on Ice will be replaced in American sports mythology.

Landry Birdies His Last to Make Final Group!

Four back, but he’s in final group.  Lowry will probably have to stumble, and he’s a solid closer, so that is not super likely, but, hey, there will be heavy pressure this afternoon.  Sergio didn’t so himself any favors this morning.

Lowry with a comfortable lead, so it will take a stumble to bring most of the chasers into the mix — barring some kind of Johnny Miller closing round by one of them.  If Lowry plays solidly, only half a dozen player have much of a chance; if Lowry stumbles, some twenty players have a reasonable chance.

Predawn:

Clarification: I’m not saying Rory playing round one in the poor weather conditions is the major reason he missed the cut; I’m saying it is the ONLY reason.

Fantastic Elling Article:1,000-to-1 Long Shot Andrew Landry Eyeing Biggest Upset in US Open History.”

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67 Responses to Sunday Semi — U.S. Open

  1. Sports-realist. says:

    Finish of 3rd round on fox sports one right now…..replacing auto racing for a while..

      • Sports-realist. says:

        A very bizarre leaderboard…You basically have alot of historical golf chokes at the top of the leaderboard….Johnson, Westwood, Garcia…….Obviously Lowry is playing well now, but with only a few wins on tour, hard to count on him…
        if they all choke, then Day could still win this thing…

      • lannyh says:

        Lowry is a closer.

        Landry struggling this morning. I need him to be in contention to keep my interest level high.

      • lannyh says:

        Bogey-bogey for both Sergio and Landry. The sun is barely up, and already this day is going wrong.

  2. Sports-realist. says:

    Sergio continues to be the biggest choke, considering his talent and Ryder cup record, that I’ve seen in PGA golf in a long time……Starts bogey, bogey….Just don’t understand how he does so well in Ryder Cup but not in closing regular events…Just shows us ‘EXPERIENCE’ means little to nothing for Sergio…

  3. Ken says:

    What a recovery for Landry!

    Great morning for Lowry.

  4. Kris says:

    The final round pin positions are comical. They’re either 2 feet from the edge of the green or in the middle of a giant slope. The US Open is about to turn into a disastrously unfair lose off like usual. Andrew Landry is Patrick Reed light. He’s got a massive ego on him, but he’s not as brash about it. I can’t decide if I want him to win or lose in a heartbreaking way. My money is on Shane Lowry. Hopefully nobody calls him McLowry if he wins.

    • Sports-realist. says:

      I played in a scramble called ‘the toughest day of golf’….They intentionally put the pins inches away from the fringe, or put them on mounds and other goofy spots on the green….Needless to say, it was hard to even 2 putt with 4 guys putting…….

      We all know the US Open wants it to be an even or over par finish, and pin placement is one way to do it……A great shot, when the pins are in ‘sucker places’, doesn’t get rewarded…..
      I predict -1 will win this, if the pin placements are as goofy as you say…Lowry now has to wait hours to play again, after playing well this morning….That can be tricky mentally for Lowry……

  5. Ken says:

    I like when tournaments have punishing rough and traps. I like fast greens, both as a player and a spectator. In this, Oakmont is great.

    But I don’t like fast greens that are also so severely sloped that a ball that just barely slips by the hole then trickles 30 feet away. I don’t like shots that appear to be tight to the pin that ever-so-slowly catch a ridge and then roll 30 yards off the green. I really don’t see how this makes golf better. It takes skill to hit the correct portion of a green to avoid these pitfalls but, IMO, there’s also too much luck involved.

    Oakmont rid itself of trees to recreate the original look of the course. That original course was noted for fast greens, but they were nothing like this. Modern agronomy has allowed courses to create greens that have these speeds. Like the ball, technology can take things to an unwise extreme.

    • lannyh says:

      “Modern agronomy has allowed courses to create greens that have these speeds. Like the ball, technology can take things to an unwise extreme.”

      Great point.

  6. Sports-realist. says:

    I haven’t watched all that much coverage, and I realize it had rain, but this course doesn’t seem like it has alot of bite to it right now….

    • Ken says:

      Not a lot of guys under par and Lowry’s score really is great. The 4″ of rain Wednesday/Thursday did make it more playable.

  7. Sports-realist. says:

    Ready for over dramatic comments all day by the commentators in 5-4-3-2-1….

    • lannyh says:

      “Everyone hits the same number of tee shots, and everyone hits the same number of approach shots, so the only way to separate yourself is via the short game.”

      Huh? I thought they had stats for driving distance and accuracy, and then proximity to hole for approach shots. Guess those are irrelevant.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        Nope, in MAJORS, all that stat stuff doesn’t matter, it’s just about sounding as dramatic as possible……What matters is EVERY comment ends with ‘IN HIS LIFE’……aka..This is going to be the toughest 1 foot putt in his life….

    • Sports-realist. says:

      MUTE already activated…Have to admit, having Norman in the booth last year added some credibility and interest, that these other guys don’t have…..

  8. Sports-realist. says:

    hmm…Lowry starting to miss fairways….

    • Sports-realist. says:

      wait a minute, Sergio MADE a bunker shot for birdie….Then picks up a couple of real birds and hands them to a lady? Boy, Sergio is trying to get all the good karma he can get for the home stretch…

  9. Jaybird77 says:

    Clarification: I’m not saying Rory playing round one in the poor weather conditions is the major reason he missed the cut; I’m saying it is the ONLY reason.

    Holy Shit. You’ve said some stupid shit in your time but that might take the cake.

  10. DanishDude says:

    I’m predicticting that a bearded guy will win…

  11. Sports-realist. says:

    That Dustin Johnson break from terrible rough and probably a bogey, to essentially the fairway, is what I’ve always hated about the PGA rules….Even in AMATEUR hick scrambles, you CANT move the ball from the rough to the fairway….Somehow the drop should have been required to return to the SAME type of rought in another location…

    • lannyh says:

      Unconscionable.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        With today’s technology, those TEMPORARY obstructions should be able to be moved around or lowered ect….Ironically Dustin went right OVER the same tower anyway after he got to move it…..I’m trying to think of another rediculous way that this rule would seem even more dumb…It would be like hitting it in shallow water(aka, Bill Haas in the Fed Ex cup thing a few years ago), but somehow have an obstruction in your way, so they tell you to move it OUT of the water, and onto the fairway…..I mean are the PGA rules are SO assinine and bizarre, that if the WIND blows the ball, it’s a penalty, but if YOU hit a horrendous shot, you get REWARDED????????

      • Speedy says:

        Not at all. Through-the-green doesn’t differentiate rough.

  12. lannyh says:

    The story of the tournament is D.J. trying to match the great Tiger Woods. If D.J. can win, he’ll match the great Tiger Woods’s record of finishing 2nd, then winning the next year! This is a staggering accomplishment that will make the earth stop rotating. Repeat: D.J. is trying to equal the stupendous accomplishment of finishing 2nd one year, then winning the next. Tell Drudge to warm up his flashing light!

    • Sports-realist. says:

      yeah I noticed how they TOTALLY FORCED that stat….I mean cmon….That was like, ONLY FOUR GOLFERS WORE PINK PANTS AND BOXERS AND WON A MAJOR, to show someone they want to show…
      And have you noticed how Garcia and and Piercy aren’t being shown??????? Instead it’s Day who even before the eagle was shown MORE than those two in third place?????

  13. Sports-realist. says:

    Will Johnson get ANOTHER grounding penalty, like he did a few years ago? Why the heck can’t they figure that out within the next few minutes, instead of a few HOURS after the fact…..

  14. Ken says:

    Great thing about Augusta Natl. is that idiots are removed from the gallery. And perhaps disappear forever.

  15. Sports-realist. says:

    Sounds like they are favoring giving Dustin a penalty shot…Wonder how long the ball sat there before Dustin got to the ball, without it rolling…Wind didn’t seem to be a factor and he did ground it twice, but really goofy, if that happens to him again…

    • Sports-realist. says:

      this would be like playing basketball, and the refs saying that they aren’t going to confirm whether or not it’s a 3 or a 2 point shot UNTIL the end of the game…..The other players don’t know what the REAL score is either??????????? This is REALLY unprofessional…..If the COMMITTEE can’t make up it’s mind in an hour, then they shouldn’t be able to change it later…

      • Sports-realist. says:

        IF they do give him a penalty and WAIT until it’s over to do it, and it causes Dustin to lose….I’d LOVE to see Dustin go off on the PGA, but I’m sure he won’t…..The fact it’s happened to him twice, should make it easier to say how unfair the process is, and force the pga to not do this ‘lingering nonsense, with the rules….

      • lannyh says:

        If he misses a playoff by one shot for a second time due to a questionable ruling, it would be like Jean Van de Velde: More fame from disappointment than if he had won.

  16. Jaybird77 says:

    Jordan, Rory, and Rickie all agree the possible penalty on DJ is a joke. They all agree there should be no penalty.

    • Sports-realist. says:

      well I’m not sure his grounding of his putter didn’t cause it to move, but I want the rules folks to MAKE UP THEIR MIND….

  17. Sports-realist. says:

    since they never showed any of sergio’s shots, besides his putt and one drive, I have no idea what he did on 14….Did he hit a good drive? He ended up bogeying the hole? Then on 15, they show him hitting it in a terrible sand spot, but don’t mention anything about the result ect? I mean all these guys are still in it, yet they just keep going to Day??????

  18. DanishDude says:

    Whistling Straits, 3 puttS last year at Chambers Bay on 18 and now two very questionable situations at Oakmont. DJ sure knows how to attract drama…

  19. Sports-realist. says:

    So Lowry is at 3 under, you figure DJ is at 3 under, so with piercy you have some sort of a 3 way tie….maybe, could be, might be…..where’s the alcohol…..

  20. Sports-realist. says:

    this has playoff written all over it….

  21. Sports-realist. says:

    in all seriousness, I like the course with the trees better….

  22. Ken says:

    DJ’s shot to 18 was just spectacular.

  23. Jaybird77 says:

    I’m confused. I does following the rules equate to cheating???

  24. Speedy says:

    Wow, what a crew. They want to lynch him for line-of-sight relief and absolve him for moving his ball.

  25. Kris says:

    These USGA guys are so defensive it’s embarrassing. They know they screwed up.

    No matter what you think about the rules ridiculousness on 5 and 10, Dustin Johnson won this tournament. He didn’t have it handed to him or taken away from him.

  26. Ken says:

    DJ isn’t the shapest knife in the drawer. Seems like a nice guy thoigh. Has that stoner sound to him.

    That USGA woman was a horrible apeaker.

    • Speedy says:

      Re 19th hole at presser, Dusty seemed to be enjoying whatever was in the styrofoam cup. But it was getting the best of him.

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