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Great tournament!  My only complaint is that the course is not set up to be fan friendly.  Spectator viewing is not good.  I am glad I watched from home rather than head over the 240 miles to watch in person.

 

Unfortunately, this U.S. Open will be more remembered for DJ's loss than Spieth's win; just like the 2010 PGA Championship.

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My obseravtions:

 

First, crushed that DJ missed those putts, I was pulling for Jordan, but really wanted the playoff. Another crushing miss for DJ, who seems so focused and unflapable and he sure handled it well. Wish him the best of luck.

 

Course, I loved it, loved how they had to be so dern creative in shots and club selection. Really could watch golf there every year.

 

Fox Sports is horrible with golf coverage, hated it!

 

Congrats to Jordan though, and come on brother, Grand Slam Time!!!

 

Lastly, Tiger who? Didn't miss him one bit!

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I dare you to read this and not get a little choked up!

 

http://espn.go.com/golf/usopen15/story/_/id/13127962/us-open-michael-greller-journey-comes-full-circle-father-day

 

I'm such a wuss.

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Unfortunately, this U.S. Open will be more remembered for DJ's loss than Spieth's win; just like the 2010 PGA Championship.

That's what I immediately thought.

much like winners the years Mickelson was runner up. It'll be remembered as DJ's three putt to lose the open

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That's what I immediately thought.

much like winners the years Mickelson was runner up. It'll be remembered as DJ's three putt to lose the open

 

Wellllllllllllllllllllll.... maybe? The difference is Speith is likely to be an iconic player. We'll remember the things he won more than we remember what DJ lost. DJ is no Phil. DJ may never win a big one. if he doesn't, then we won't remember much of anything he did or didn't do.

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Wellllllllllllllllllllll.... maybe? The difference is Speith is likely to be an iconic player. We'll remember the things he won more than we remember what DJ lost. DJ is no Phil. DJ may never win a big one. if he doesn't, then we won't remember much of anything he did or didn't do.

I feel it's to early to tell about spieth. Though i think he might be this generations palmer (quirky swing + cant hate the guy)- though I think arnie has way more charisma.

oh and yeah, no way is dj like Phil haha

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Now that the tourney's over, I've got 2 points of view on it.

 

First, from the players' point of view. I would be pissed. That course was incredibly tough and showed a lot of, dare I say, "holes" in the guys games. The greens looked horrible on tv and even if you hit a great shot, you were rarely rewarded. The balls at times seemed to roll for miles on the fairways and sometimes right off into a hazard or bunker. It was definitely not what these guys are used to play on.

 

From the point of view of the fan - I loved every single minute of it. It was incredible to watch. It forced guys to be creative. The course was hella long but guys were still conquering it. Let's face it, DJ had the length to overcome the long par 4's and monster par 5's and in the end, the average distance of Speith and his incredible putting (on the same greens everyone was complaining about no less) 

 

And let's not forget, guys were shooting in the 60's. Adam Scott shot 64, DJ shot 65's, there were a lot of good scores. It was awesome to see a tourney finish 5 under instead of 26 under. I like to see these guys get creative and try different shots. They say "these guys are good" well, it was definitely lots of fun to watch. 

 

I watched this tournament pretty much all 4 days, and I can agree that the TV coverage sucked.

 

As to the "unfairness" of the course and the greens..is it really a "good shot" if it ends up in a bad spot?  Are shots that end up close to the hole just bad shots that got lucky? As the tournament progressed, I think that you started to see players play the course as it was intended. Play away from some holes to hit it close. Drive the ball in certain areas of the fairway to keep it there...

 

For example. On Sunday on 16, DJ hit a bomb 1 iron that should have ended up right in front of the green, but rolled into the bunker that is down the entire length of the fairway. Some people regard this as a good shot not being rewarded. I see it as a poor choice of club, knowing that ANY shot that comes up short on that hole will end up in the bunker.. DJ may have KILLED that 1 iron, but he made a mistake by not choosing the correct club on the tee. He hit a good looking shot, in the wrong place.  This perceived unfairness plays with your mind, and will cause doubt. Doubt is a killer on the greens.

 

I think that the USGA got this one right...

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The best event of the tournament was DJ's smile when he was handed his son after coming off the 18th green. I felt profound sadness when DJ missed the come backer. I replayed it about 10 times. It looked like it hopped about 4 times, then hit some broccoli and turned left. Jason Day's putt minutes before went dead straight but appeared to be struck firmer. Did the poor greens claim their final victim? Perhaps the course did have the final say. I'll believe Gary Player and his experience.

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Wellllllllllllllllllllll.... maybe? The difference is Speith is likely to be an iconic player. We'll remember the things he won more than we remember what DJ lost. DJ is no Phil. DJ may never win a big one. if he doesn't, then we won't remember much of anything he did or didn't do.

How do we know if he will be like Phil or not? Granted Phil had more wins early then DJ but he didn't win a major until he was 34. DJ turned 31 today I believe. He could be very good. It seems like he is just now coming into his own.

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How do we know if he will be like Phil or not? Granted Phil had more wins early then DJ but he didn't win a major until he was 34. DJ turned 31 today I believe. He could be very good. It seems like he is just now coming into his own.

 

Totally fair. I'd say that Speith is more on the path to being a great one than DJ is, and for the narrative of this US Open to be about DJ blowing it, it will require he is in Speith's stratosphere as a player. As of now, I find that outcome unlikely.

 

But, I could be wrong. I just don't suspect we'll remember Chambers Bay as the Open DJ blew. We'll remember it as Speith's next step.

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Well, i had both DJ and Jordan in my Fantasy Golf Team this week.........:)

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Totally fair. I'd say that Speith is more on the path to being a great one than DJ is, and for the narrative of this US Open to be about DJ blowing it, it will require he is in Speith's stratosphere as a player. As of now, I find that outcome unlikely.

 

But, I could be wrong. I just don't suspect we'll remember Chambers Bay as the Open DJ blew. We'll remember it as Speith's next step.

I guess time will tell. I think DJ will end up with 2-4 majors and Speith will get to double digits. Just depends where you think they end up in their careers.

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Hale Irwin missed a tap in (literally) to blow a playoff for the Open, not on the last hole but a tap in never the less.  Does anyone remember that?  How about all those missed two footers the last on 18 at Southern Hills?  We remember that Retief Goosen won that US Open not that he three putted from 4 feet and almost missed the third putt to make the play off. 

 

Three years and only the most avid golf fan remembers that Dustin "blew" this tournament.  Anyway there are countless other shots that he and several others threw away -

 

Spieth won because he finished with the best score for the week, whether that meant that he hit one less silly shot, one more good shot, made one more putt, got a nice kick, whatever he took one less stroke.  He won, he now has two majors and is one away from having the Hall of Fame in the bank and he's 21.  Pretty impressive.

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Three years and only the most avid golf fan remembers that Dustin "blew" this tournament.  Anyway there are countless other shots that he and several others threw away -

 

 

Not if FOX hosts again they'll replay that over and over and over for the next couple of US opens- like the constant Second place finishes of Mickelson they aired   :D

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Three years and only the most avid golf fan remembers that Dustin "blew" this tournament.

There is a different kind of person? ;)

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/golf/33235220

 

So somewhere in this thread we discussed how hard it might be for an amateur to play the course - here we go. One of the BBC guys played it on Monday, not quite from the tips and he only just broke 100.

 

As he admits the greens were already slower as well.

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I had an awesome time on Friday of the US Open,  I'm lucky to live an hour away from Chambers Bay so my father, son and I spent a day together watching the worlds best golfers. 

 

My perspective was a bit different from many.  First, I've played the course a few times, as has my son (17 years old - he shot 78 playing at 6800 yards, in the rain and wind)  I also recently returned from a trip to Bandon Dunes, so I've played some links golf recently.  I loved the tournament.  Fox Sports coverage and some difficult viewing aside, the tournament was fantastic.

 

The US Open is supposed to be a tough test.  Can we all agree that what we want to see in the end is a good tough test of golf,  some drama along the way, and in the end the some best golfers in the world rise to the occasion and win the championship.   In case you missed the last 5 holes of the tournament, watch the DVR and check back here after...There are an infinite number of possible course designs, therefore, there are infinite ways to achieve a tough test of golf for the players.  Chambers Bay achieved a tough test in a manner that is not what we have seen in recent years.  Instead of growing thick rough up 6 or more inches, making the fairways extremely narrow, and leaving players with a hit the fairway or chip out of the rough game, Chambers Bay simply erased the lines the players usually color within and left a blank canvas in which to work with, and what work they did.  

 

Speith worked up a masterpiece using every brush, filling the entire canvas with color, all along whole making mistakes we can all see ourselves making.  What more can we ask for in our National Championship?  I can't wait for the Open to return to Chambers, the greens will only get better...

 

 

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I had an awesome time on Friday of the US Open, I'm lucky to live an hour away from Chambers Bay so my father, son and I spent a day together watching the worlds best golfers.

 

My perspective was a bit different from many. First, I've played the course a few times, as has my son (17 years old - he shot 78 playing at 6800 yards, in the rain and wind) I also recently returned from a trip to Bandon Dunes, so I've played some links golf recently. I loved the tournament. Fox Sports coverage and some difficult viewing aside, the tournament was fantastic.

 

The US Open is supposed to be a tough test. Can we all agree that what we want to see in the end is a good tough test of golf, some drama along the way, and in the end the some best golfers in the world rise to the occasion and win the championship. In case you missed the last 5 holes of the tournament, watch the DVR and check back here after...There are an infinite number of possible course designs, therefore, there are infinite ways to achieve a tough test of golf for the players. Chambers Bay achieved a tough test in a manner that is not what we have seen in recent years. Instead of growing thick rough up 6 or more inches, making the fairways extremely narrow, and leaving players with a hit the fairway or chip out of the rough game, Chambers Bay simply erased the lines the players usually color within and left a blank canvas in which to work with, and what work they did.

 

Speith worked up a masterpiece using every brush, filling the entire canvas with color, all along whole making mistakes we can all see ourselves making. What more can we ask for in our National Championship? I can't wait for the Open to return to Chambers, the greens will only get better...

+1. I totally agree with your comment here. Chambers Bay just gave those who like to complain alternate reasons to do so. If anything you could argue, rightfully, that the course was too easy. Five under with two other fours and a three are unusually low scores for a US Open. Our Open has always been a test of patience.

 

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