The greens were compared to ‘putting on broccoli’ by Henrik Stenson, and he was leading after day one. For the fans who made it to this unique test in the Pacific Northwest the viewing was dreadful.
For those of us watching on TV it was mesmerizing. Jason Day collapsed from vertigo on the Friday yet still challenged all week. Tiger Woods missed the cut with his worst 36-hole score in a Major. And Phil Mickelson’s wait for a US Open continues after never threatening.
Rory McIlroy finally found his form on the Sunday but, in the end, it all boiled down to Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace and a ridiculously fast-finishing Louis Oosthuizen.
The greens might have been a mess but it didn’t stop the best in the world dominating matters. Spieth, whose caddy Michael Greller got married and worked on the property, was heard on the Friday describing the par-4 18th as the ‘dumbest hole I’ve ever played’.
As a par 5 it did him a few favours on the Sunday, throwing up a winning birdie and a three-putt from Dustin Johnson when things finally looked to have turned for his big-hitting countryman.
Spieth erased McIlroy from the record books in becoming the youngest US Open champion of the modern era, Johnson added yet another nearly but not quite Major week.