After hours of abuse, Poulter roasts US Open officials, fans

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Dustin Johnson-061418-GETTY-FTR

It's an excellent question from Poulter, who also called the head organizers "Bozo" in another tweet.

As his putt on the ninth green rolled to a stop 21 inches shy of the hole, Dustin Johnson calmly stood and surveyed the damage.

"We would admit there were some aspects of this setup that simply went too far in the sense that well-executed shots were not rewarded, but were penalized", he said.

"We simply got higher winds than we anticipated".

The wind did exactly what the USGA's own weather report had predicted. Mickelson hasn't had a lot of luck at the U.S. Open, the only major tournament he hasn't won. The other majors - the Masters, British Open and PGA Championship - do not have such problems. He didn't lose his mind in the most punishing third round of a U.S. Open in almost two decades.

"I think it's going to be extremely hard later", he said.

"It's a challenge you never see".

In 2015 the USGA went to Chambers Bay, a raw, untried course with bad conditions and poor visibility for spectators.

"On this golf course, it's patience, it's commitment, it's choosing your times to be aggressive", said Rose, who was to tee off at 2:02pm alongside Sweden's Henrik Stenson and right before Koepka and Johnson (2:13pm).

Japan punish 10-man Colombia in Saransk to make winning start
Shinji Kagawa remains a big name but he hasn't had the brightest time and Japan are lacking in attacking options up front. Japan led after only five minutes, Kagawa converting a penalty awarded for Carlos Sanchez's handball in the area.

Tied 16th at +8, Zach Johnson is not at all pleased with the Shinnecock Hills course that he believes has escaped the control of the USGA officials.

Mickelson apologised if anyone was offended by his act, even after saying he knew the rules for hitting a ball in motion and was happy to take a two-shot penalty instead of playing a crude version of tennis. But seven holes into Sunday, the chase was on. Fortunately, he was able to focus, and win. Course: Shinnecock Hills GC. Yardage: 7,445. The Saturday scoring average was 75.087, which is actually almost a shot lower than it was for Thursday's round.

Dustin Johnson had a four-stroke lead after 36 holes and was still in striking distance heading onto the back nine in the final round of the U.S. Open. The USGA's Davis had vowed there wouldn't be a repeat of the error - only to repeat the error.

It is time for Mike Davis and his cronies to listen to the players and to remember that this is meant to be a spectacle, not a debacle! "Is that an apology?"

Two major champions, Justin Rose, victor of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, and former British Open victor Henrik Stenson, are lurking just off the pace.

"He's going to win another (major), we all know that", Koepka said.

"I had a chance". "It's pretty much gone, especially the latter part of the day for us". Not sure that can last, although he's hitting it pretty well overall this week (19th in strokes gained on approach shots).

Others took to social media to air their views, Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello particularly scathing in his assessment. He assured us that there would be no repeat of the scenes we witnessed in 2004 when Retief Goosen was the last man standing as the course's notoriously hard greens become completely unplayable.

"In preparation for today's forecasted dry and windy conditions and to maintain a challenging yet fair U.S. Open test, we applied appropriate levels of water to all putting greens last night and this morning for turf health and firmness", the U.S. Golf Association said in a statement.

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