I hate to say it, but Phil flat-out choked the Open away....
2 hideous, un-forced double bogeys on the front nine, a stupidly airmailed wedge on the easiest par-3, and countless yakked putts and misplaced approaches that could have easily salted away the title....
This was NOT an instance where the winner took charge and dominated the field-- all Rose did was f@#k up just a bit less than everyone else. Congrats to him- that is often how U.S. Opens are won.
No doubt this was an extremely tough course, but honesty compels me to say that Phil gave it away-- once again!
There's two different ways to look at it...
The first is a resounding 'duh.' He was 4 over on the day, his worst round of the tournament. Of course he gave it away.
The other, though, is that he simply lost control of his driver and still couldn't make a putt - a continuation of the week. TBH, I was surprised he was only 4 over at the end of the day. How many bad shots did he hit when he didn't have a putter or driver in his hand? Only a couple. He hadn't been putting well all week and was still -1 going into the final round due to how well he was hitting the ball. So, it's really not a surprise that without the putter working and struggling to hit the fairway, he didn't post a great score. Is that giving the tournament away or is it just golf?
Also, Rose didn't look phenomenal. But he just kept hitting fairways and greens. Fairways and greens. And making his putts. That's a lot easier said than done on the back 9 of a US Open when you're at the top of the leader board (and on a course that had befuddled everyone all week), I'd imagine. So while it may not have looked phenomenal, it was extremely solid. Good for him.
Yeah, cuz you and Jenny just didn't have it. Me and Jenny. We got it. I can unlock her defense with a well-timed through ball and a towering header.