Johnson in four-way tie after day of survival at US Open

Getty									Dustin Johnson is going for his second major

Getty Dustin Johnson is going for his second major

The final day of the U.S. Open grabs the headlines because a champion is crowned at the conclusion the four-day tournament, but it also happens to fall on Father's Day.

Coincidentally, Strange was covering Koepka's twosome for Fox.

Koepka won with birdies on spacious Erin Hills past year.

"The course is gone", groused two-time major victor Zach Johnson.

As Brandel notes in the video above, the USGA is the group responsible for governing the game, and it's tough to feel sympathy for them the one week each year they have to directly deal with the fallout from their hands-off approach to distance in modern golf.

Fleetwood, who finished much earlier, wound up alone in second place at 282. The course played almost a shot easier on average than it did on any other day this week. A first win came the following year and a maiden PGA Tour victory followed in 2015. But he shot 81 in the final round and Michael Campbell was the surprise victor. This is a tournament he could have won for career major No. 2 (he also won the 2016 U.S. Open). Defending champion Brooks Koepka finished 5 shots out of the lead after round 2.

Parziale's dad, Vic Parziale, has been with his son throughout his entire U.S. Open journey, starting Monday and ending on Father's Day.

Playing with world no. 1 and best friend Dustin Johnson, Koepka played a steady, often brilliant round. The Saturday scoring average was 75.087, which is actually almost a shot lower than it was for Thursday's round.

The USGA pledged to ease off the severe conditions at Shinnecock Hills and former Oklahoma State star Rickie Fowler responded.

Dustin Johnson staggered around Shinnecock Hills like a punch-drunk boxer, reeling from one troubled shot to the next to the next.

A lot of the early rounds, (Tommy) Fleetwood played an unbelievable round, goes posts 7-under. Finau made his move with four birdies on the back nine, coming in at 31. A birdie on the final hole gave him an even-par 70 to finish alone in third.

The victory - and first prize of $2.16 million - is another chapter in the remarkable tale of a young multi-sport athlete in the U.S. who moved into golf following a serious vehicle crash and then learned his trade traveling around Europe and beyond on the second-tier Challenge Tour. However, as gritty and impressive as Koepka's performance was, moments like this one stole the weekend.

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The last time Shinnecock Hills hosted the event in 2004 play had to be suspended during the final round - in which 28 of the 66 players amazingly failed to break 80 - to water the seventh green, with only the victor Retief Goosen and runner-up Phil Mickelson finishing under par.

Three-under thru five holes thanks to this hole-out from a green-side bunker. They don't take heat for things like the ball and equipment being out of control except for the annual bashing of the U.S. Open setup.

The five-time major champion jogged after the ball to keep it from rolling away from the hole and hit it back to where he had been standing. If nothing else, he wins most improved.

Fowler played with Phil Mickelson, who shot a 69 in his 27th U.S. Open without winning. In true Happy Gilmore putting back and forth at the Waterbury Open fashion, Mickelson wound up with a 10 on the par 4. This time he raised his arms in mock triumph.

The sight raised the spectre of the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock, when weekend wind dried the course and rendering some of the greens virtually unplayable by Sunday.

Davis said the grounds crew has been instructed to do what it can to slow the course for the final round, mostly by watering the surface as much as possible without negatively affecting play. "The tickets were a gift from them, that's how bad they didn't want to play golf with me". He said that he had never experienced conditions like it, and felt the course was just too hard.

As noted, you can't blame DJ for being upset with his finish, and given the horrendous playing conditions that unfairly penalized late start times Saturday, it wasn't entirely his fault.

Woods was off to a awful start as he shot a triple-bogey on the initial hole before firing back-to-back doubles on the back nine to finish 8-over-78 in the opening round. Mickelson had his best round of the week, In fact, he celebrated on 13 by making a par. Mickelson raised his arms and began a mock celebration after his par on Sunday.

The retired Brockton, Massachusetts firefighter will be spending the day at the U.S. Open, carrying the bag for his son, Matt, in the final round. Many top players were hoping to make the cut.

The Parziales say they don't usually make a big deal about Father's Day. "Some people will say I've been whingeing, but it's brutal".

Both Parziales were firefighters as their real jobs.

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