Millions of golf fans witnessed just how hard golf can be sometimes in primetime on Fox as Dustin Johnson missed a 3 foot putt to tie Jordan Spieth at 5-under par after 72 holes at the U.S. Open Championship.
Spieth had just made double bogey on 17 after taking a 3 shot lead by virtue of making a 28 foot birdie putt on 16. Spieth made 3 double bogeys in 72 holes and 2 of the 3 were followed by birdies.
Dustin Johnson held the lead or a share of it throughout the front nine on Sunday. Bogeys on 10, 11 and 13 and Johnson quickly found himself as the chaser instead of the player being chased. Yet despite his trouble early on the inward nine, Johnson stood over a birdie putt on 16 that could have tied him for the lead with Spieth. Johnson would miss his short birdie putt on 16 and remain one shot back as Spieth was tapping in for double on 17.
Several high profile players provided excitement during the final round. Rory McIlroy started the day at 4 over par and would reach 2-under after 13 holes. Staring at a reachable par 4 at 16 and a reachable par 5 at 18, McIlroy admitted 4-under par appeared attainable. Instead of converting two more birdies coming in, McIlroy would make two bogeys and finish at even par for the tournament.
Louis Oosthuizen started the day 3 shots off the pace at 1-under par. An opening round 77 seemed to put the South African major champion out of the conversation but back to back 66’s had him right back in the hunt. Oosthuizen would proceed to make 5 consecutive birdies and 6 out of his last 7 holes to finish the tournament at 4 under par.
Adam Scott posted the low round of the tournament with a final round 64 to finish at 3 under par. Scott posted the 3 under total while the leaders had almost their entire back nine to play. Until Oosthuizen caught fire, it appeared Scott may have posted a score worthy of a Monday playoff opportunity.
For all of the consternation and discussion about the USGA’s selection of Chambers Bay, inconsistent putting surfaces and Fox Sports erratic broadcast production, the 115th playing of the United States Open provided as much drama as a golf fan could handle.