Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Woods on expectations for another major win: 'Absolutely'

Woods on expectations for another major win: 'Absolutely'

Australia's contingent at Shinnecock Hills was whittled down to just Leishman and Aaron Baddeley, with seven Australians missing the cut at the year's second major. Even Tiger Woods was impressed with Johnson's play at Shinnecock given the hard conditions.

"I felt like I hit a lot of great shots out there today". Rickie Fowler (T-9), Justin Thomas (T-14), and Justin Rose (T-4) are all technically in contention as well.

"You still got to play well, but all those go together in a good round if everything still applies".

"The ball was running out so far on these greens, and, you know, some of these putts, there's just no grass around the hole, so it's hard to stop it", he said. Midday, it looked like ten-over would have a shot at making the cut. Johnson three-putted for par to finish one shot behind Jordan Spieth. So is Sergio Garcia, still ranked No. 15 in the world despite months of poor play.

The 14-time major victor has played far better this year than just about anybody could have predicted, which led many to believe that he could legitimately chase his No. 15 this week at the U.S. Open.

Those aren't major-winning accuracy stats.

The return to Shinnecock Hills was supposed to make the U.S. Open feel like a traditional test that felt more like survival.

"It was nice to see some (putts) go in, and I think I've got these greens a little more figured out", Koepka said.

Following an interview with Phil Mickelson regarding his controversial swipe, FOX Sports' Curtis Strange said that players coming off the course appeared to have issue with the USGA's Saturday configuration. So they're meant to be testers. Finau will tee off in the final group at 12:24 p.m. MT with Berger, who also shot a 66 as he looks to win his first major championship. "You have to be on".

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Hill showed his stuff the first two days of the U.S. Open, shooting a 5-over 75 and then a 1-under 69 to make the cut tied for 14th at 4 over.

Johnson, who started the third round with a four-shot lead, barely nudged his 17-foot birdie attempt on the 18th hole and watched it roll - and roll - 8 feet by the hole. That's the nature of the U.S. Open. Not by any reasonable standard.

"I feel my game is made for championship golf", said the extremely long-hitting Finau, who believes he is developing a complete, all-round game.

Now, is the course punitive? He made only one bogey, was rarely out of position in the stiff breeze and light rain, and posted a 3-under 67 to take a four-shot lead into the weekend. McIlroy has now missed the cut at the US Open for the third consecutive year. It all comes down to execution.

"Every time you come in to a U.S. Open you know it's going to be tough".

Piercy, the last man in the 156-man field as an alternate from qualifying, was so disgusted with his game in his final practice round that he walked off the course.

The second hole is a rude awakening for most golfers. And there's nothing at all wrong with that. Several have been No. 1 in the world, and will be again.

Woods expressed no doubt when asked whether he still had another major victory in him, but it was a fair question for a 42-year-old who for all his greatness has lost his putting touch and has no guarantee of ever finding it.

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