Terrifying footage of Winged Foot’s treacherous greens went viral before the start of the US Open, and it was enough to put chills down the spines of amateur golfers everywhere.
But the tough-to-read greens were also playing mind games with the world’s biggest stars in New York, as evidenced by this all-time blooper from Rory Sabbatini.
The Slovakian was lining up for a putt on the 15th during his final round and thought he’d outsmart the course by taking an unconventional route to the hole, only for his ball to end up further away from the pin than when he started.
“What is going on here? I don’t think I’ve ever seen this, ever,” one TV commentator said as Sabbatini faced in a completely different direction to the flag, hoping his ball would take a hard left.
“That was unbelievable,” the analyst added as he burst out laughing.
It really was as bad as it gets.
WOOF what an awful putt from Sabbatini pic.twitter.com/OZK0CkN6hu
Sabbatini’s effort was a far cry from what Zach Johnson managed to pull off in the first round at the par-3 first.
The American took a similar approach in hitting the ball well away from the hole — but with much more success, sending it past the flag before it hit reverse and found the cup.
GO AHEAD AND DO THAT, @ZachJohnsonPGA! 💥💥💥 #USOpen pic.twitter.com/zCmQJjOUHf
The frightening nature of Winged Foot’s greens was too much for Danny Lee, who pulled out of the tournament after six-putting on the 18th hole.
The Kiwi suffered a meltdown at the end of his round when, after missing a putt from just four-feet, the yips completely took over.
The 30-year-old gave up after missing his second putt, not bothering to set up properly as he imploded.
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This makes my stomach hurt pic.twitter.com/SMXw0mVqV0
Leader Matthew Wolff teed off in the final round of the 120th US Open trying to become the youngest major champion since Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters.
The 21-year-old American fired a five-under par 65 in his third round to stand on five-under 205 after 54 holes with Bryson DeChambeau two strokes adrift.
Wolff, the youngest 54-hole US Open leader since 1971, was aiming to become the first golfer to win the event in his debut since 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet managed the feat exactly 107 years ago.
But DeChambeau’s final round was something special. He stormed to six-under with six holes to play to give him a three-stroke lead heading down the home straight, as Wolff slumped to second after going two-over through 11 holes.
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