College fundraiser at Chambers Bay pokes fun at Johnson

Dustin Johnson is one of the best golfers in the world. He has however had some heartbreaking moments and one of those was his now infamous three-putt at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay back in June.

In case you were hiding in a cave somewhere, DJ had a chance to win the U.S. Open with 12 foot putt but missed. He had a chance to stay tied with Jordan Spieth with a four footer for par but missed that.

Jordan would go on to win his second straight major.

So University of Washington Tacoma had a golf tournament that was held at Chambers Bay and on the 18th hole, there was a “Dustin Johnson Challenge” which has participants testing their putting skills on the Robert Trent Jones Jr layout’s 18th green.

You win the challenge if you don’t three-putt.

Here’s the sign:

 

 

The event was all for a good cause for the Robert Trent Jones Jr. Scholarship Fund. And my goodness did RTJ Jr. design a beast.

I don’t think any of us will forget Chambers Bay anytime soon. Especially DJ. But he’s still dangerous nonethless.

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A wild end to a terrific U.S. Open

Well, there you have it folks! One of the most highly anticipated U.S. Opens in years has concluded and if anything, concluded in stunning fashion.

The day began with Jason Day and Dustin Johnson leading the tournament. Jason, who had suffered vertigo the day before, showed nothing butbpure toughness throughout despite falling out of the lead.

DJ was en fuego with the driver hitting all of the fairways while in famous Dustin Johnson fashion, booming it a long way. However, his putter was fresh out of the bag ice as he three putter couple of time during the round but despite that, was still in pretty good shape.

Meanwhile, Rory Mcilroy was off to a flaming hot start going -6 which included an incredible 72ft putt. Many thought perhaps Rory would make push for his 2nd U.S. Open title but ultimately finished his day at Even par thanks to a couple of bogies.

Jordan Spieth made a push and would lead the tournament by two shots. I thought it was over then because the “Texas Microwave” is hard to stop when he’s up by a couple of shots.

With a couple of holes left however, Jordan double bogeyed and ended up being tied with 2010 British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen at -4.

Louis had just finished his round when Jordan dropped. Then DJ made a push and he was -4.

It looked like it could’ve been a thre man playoff. Four man playoff if Branden Grace hung on.

But then, Jordan Spieth birdied the 18th at Chambers Bay to take the lead. DJ had other plans and had an excellent chance to win it or send it into an 18 hole playoff on Monday after two glorious shots to reach the green.

He had a chance to win it with an eagle putt but missed that. Then had a great chance to extend the tournament with a four footer but missed that leaving him with a three putt and lose in heartbreaking fashion to Jordan who would capture his second straight major title.

With Jordan’s win, it just shows just how strong the talent in golf is today. Rory Mcilroy and Jordan Spieth have now won all four majors in 2014 and 2015 combined (Rory won the Open and PGA last year while Jordan won the Masters and U.S. Open this year).

As Peter Allis’ parody Twitter account (Also known as Tweeter Allis) said, “splendid”. Splendid indeed.

Everyone wants someone to carry to torch for golf which is why so many fans are desparate about Tiger coming back and playing at his best. Well, I think Tiger can rest easy knowing the young kids like Rory and Jordan are carrying this torch.

Both players are gentleman as well which is very important. Jordan went on to say how DJ should have been hoisting the U.S. Open trophy instead of him.

PGA Tour golfers just don’t say things like that. It’s always “I played great today and was dialed in” without giving any credit to the opponent.

That’s just pure class on Jordan’s part.

The U.S. Open ratings weren’t high this year but it could have simply been the new broadcast team and fans weren’t used to it, causing them not to watch. Besides, if guys like Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcilroy, Dustin Johnson (Currently the top 3 players in the world in no particular order) continue to play at the level they’re playing, golf’s ratings will rise. Just go back to last year’s PGA Championsip.

Remarkable ratings and thia was the PGA which is usually “number 4” and sometimes number five in some fans’ mind behind the Players Championship at the iconic TPC Sawgrass.

Yet, the PGA last year had one of the best ratings in years. That’s a great sign of things to come.

I think the people who only wanna watch Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are missing out on the greatness we’re witnessing here.

Would I love to see Tiger, Phil, Jordan, Rory, Rickie Fowler and DJ all tied going into the back nine of a major? ABSOLUTLEY and who wouldn’t?

But guys like Tiger and Phil aren’t the only reasons I’m watching. I’m looking for greatness and if guys like Rory and Jordan win again, that to me would be as great as Tiger getting his 15th major or Phil getting his 6th.

Because you’re witnessing the new generation of greatness. I think golf is in awesome shape with the strong roster of talent.

Sure, I think another major for Phil and Tiger would be more important in terms of legacy but seeing the young bucks win is terrific.

It’s a little unfair to guys like Jordan that we continue to talk about Tiger’s struggle or Phil’s runner-ups at the U.S. Open rather than a player who’s on his way to a potential grand slam.

As for Chambers Bay, I think it could be terrific PGA Championship host course as the PGA always has some great tournaments when played on links courses like Kiawah Island and Whistling Straits (Both are Pete Dye designs) which will host this year’s PGA.

Here’s looking forward to what could be an outstanding Open Championship. Don’t be surprised if Dustin Johnson turns St. Andrews into his power playground, especially after that tough loss in the U.S. Open.

The question that’s being asked is, “Will DJ come back with evengance or will the loss haunt him?”. It’s anybody’s guess at this point but if he could put the loss behind him, he could shred the Old Course, especially because he’s proven that he’s good at links courses.

After two great majors this year, it’s to look forward to the oldest major of them all at golf’s oldest course. Should be an exciting one!

St. Andrews is ALWAYS a treat!

Leave your thoughts below on who you think will win at the Open Championship at St. Andrews this year!

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ICYMI: Rickie nearly aces par-4 at U.S. Open

So, there was this. Rickie Fowler came close to a hole in one on a par 4 at Chambers Bay. REAL close.

Had Slick Rick made the shot, it would have been the first par 4 ace in U.S. Open. Ballin’ deadeye!

Here’s a video of the amazing shot on the Darth Vador like green!

Rickie ended up missing the cut so it just shows, that even when you’re not playing well, you can have that one great shot and on the Chambers Bay greens, that’s am achievement!

The way the balls are bouncing on the greens like a Charlie Haeger knuckleball, who knows if or when we see another shot like that this weekend!

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Gary Player on Chambers Bay: “Might be the worst golf course I’ve ever seen”

During an interview with Jason Goff and Matt Spiegal on WSCR 670 The Score in Chicago, Gary Player had some words for the Robert Trent Jones Jr links design.

The Black Knight mentioned that Chambers Bay is “the worst golf course I’ve ever seen”. He’s not the only one, as Chambers Bay has quickly become arguably the most controversial course in U.S. Open history.

Some other things that Gary mention were about Tiger Woods’ struggles and how golf needs him. Due to the great young talent in today’s game, I disagree with Mr. Player. If Tiger’s doing well, and in the hunt the that’s just a bonus although I like seeing different winners.

He also mentioned that golf courses need to be shorter and quicker to play which I agree 150,000% with. The USGA has been doing a terrific job promoting the enjoyment of playing nine holes instead of 18 which is a huge plus.

Take a listen to the interview below by clicking the link:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/06/19/gary-player-blasts-chambers-bay-might-be-the-worst-golf-course-ive-ever-seen/

Gotta love Gary Player man and yes Jason Goff, who wouldn’t want to have Gary on every week to talk about life and how to bring the extra swag out to the course?

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WATCH: Jason Day collapses, finishes 18th hole like a boss

A scary moment for Jason Day at Chambers Bay at the U.S. Open. On the 18th hole, Jason collapsed to the ground, rolling in pain.

Turns out that the 3-time PGA Tour champion Aussie suffers from vertigo. Thankfully and incredibly, Jason got up and finished the 18th hole like a true warrior.

I’m writing from my phone so I couldn’t embed the video unfortunately but here’s a link to the video courtesy of our (Yardbarker writers) mother network Fox Sports:

Jason’s hanging around towards the top of the leaderboard along with Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Brendan Grace and rookie bomber Tony Finau among others.

Here’s hoping J-Day stays healthy going into the weekend!

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ICYMI: Ewart-Shadoff, Watson sink incredible sideways putts

OK there some things in professional golf that just show how incredible some of these players are. Jodi Ewart-Shadoff nails an unbelievable sideways putt and gets nothing but cup at the Women’s PGA Championship.

She wasn’t going to win the tournament but with a putt like that, she needs the “Deadeye” award!

Here’s the video of her amazing putt:

You thought I was done there huh? Ha! Well, you were wrong as Bubba Watson also hit an incredible sideways putt during a practice round at Chambers Bay. This just really shows you what the players will face out there!

It’s just crazy how these could read these greens like that! I can’t even read the slope of my bedroom floor like that (OK, that would be a problem)!

It’s just simply amazing what these players can do with the flatstick and it just shows how important putting is!

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Sources: Golf News Net, Skratch TV


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Fan creates Facebook page to help Fred Couples’ U.S. Open bid

As we know, the U.S. Open is a few days away and it will be at the unknown, yet beautiful Chambers Bay in Washington. The Robert Trent Jones Jr. track is not too far from Seattle and who’s the most famous and popular golfers, maybe athletes period to come out of Seattle? Fred Couples!

Freddy has a low chance of getting into the U.S. Open this year but a fan named Craig Strand says “Not so fast my friend!” as he created a fan page to help Freddy get an exemption into Chambers Bay. Problem is, according to Golf Digest, there hasn’t been a special exemption for a U.S. Open in five years.

The U.S. Open trophy will be displayed at Freddy’s home course, Jefferson Park Golf Course, a municipal track right outside of Seattle. Like any smart young kid, Freddy and his boyhood friend would hop the fence of the course to avoid greens fees. I actually laugh because I used to make my way into my local par-3 course without getting caught.

The Facebook page has 500 likes at the moment but don’t be surprised if it gets another 500 soon because everyone loves Freddy Couples. It’s fair to say that Fred Couples is one of the most recognizable players in golf history. There are quite a few casual fans who know who he is.

If you want to check out Craig’s Facebook page, then here it is: https://www.facebook.com/boomboom2015?fref=ts

I’d be thrilled to see Freddy get in, a lot of us would but it’s a heck of a mountain to climb. I give Craig a lot of credit for his effort though!


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Video: Tiger Woods teed it up on Chambers Bay’s 9th hole

Tiger Woods hasn’t been in action since The Players Championship and now he looks like he’s getting ready for the U.S. Open which will be at the beautiful and somewhat unknown Chambers Bay in Washington. During a practice round, a video was recorded of Tiger teeing it up on Chambers Bay’s picturesque, high elevated 9th hole.

This was after his plane was spotted (Similarly to the way it was spotted before The Masters except this was more expected than than The Masters appearance). Although it’s been a few weeks, many people still believed that he would be in the U.S. Open.

Here’s his tee shot on no.9:

So how will the 14-time major champ fair at a brand new location such as Chambers Bay? Tiger’s last major win was at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Chambers Bay is a rare spot for a U.S. Open. No trees (Besides one. Look at my Twitter’s cover photo for more information), fescue grass, sand dunes, etc. it has more of the feel of a British Open course which is what designer, the great Robert Trent Jones Jr wanted it to play like.

So the combination of sand dunes and elevated tee shots will make for quite a challenge at this year’s U.S. Open. Pebble Beach had sand dunes but long before it was a U.S. Open course.

Should be tough for Tiger, Rickie, Rory, Jordan, etc and should make a great course if the conditions are right. Plus, the players are mostly complaining about it so I’d say RTJ did a heck of a job with this gem.

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With Masters Win, Is Jordan Spieth the Best U.S. Golfer?

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One of the more interesting and newer debates in golf just to add to the long list of arguments has been “Who is the best American golfer right now?”. Now, we clearly already know who the best European player is and that would obviously be Rory Mcilroy.

 

But for at least the past year or two, the big question was always “Who’s the best American golfer?”. After winning two Masters tournaments in three years, there was talks of Bubba Watson being that guy to rep the “Red, White and Blue” but inconsistency hasn’t been too kind to the long hitter.

 

So how about the dude who just won the Masters? Is Jordan Spieth the best American golfer on Tour right now?

 

Now, some of you might say “DUH! Of course he is! He’s the number two ranked player in the world!” and that he is. However, it’s still fun to debate and I think consistency plays a big role in this argument.

 

Jordan has been very consistent the last couple of years and it’s great to see a young player like that grab his first major. That said, there have still been some others who have also been quite consistent as well, the only difference is that Jordan has a major now.

 

Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker and Dustin Johnson have played very well. Specifically Walker and Johnson who seem like they’re towards the top of the leaderboard each week.

 

J.B. Holmes has even come out and looked like his old self on the course which is always nice to see. He’s put together a nice season so far and is now in the top 12 in the World Golf Rankings.

 

With all this said, I still think Jordan is the best American golfer. He’s a unique one as well, using recovery and streaky putting skills to win tournaments.

 

He’s also an excellent closer. Like, he’s a guy I would have out there on the 18th hole to close things out if the Ryder Cup or President’s Cup allowed last-minute substitutions.

 

These are things that make great golfers what they are. If you can sink putts even under the heat of battle, close things out in the final few holes, and get yourself out of trouble in key moments, then you’re a truly great player.

 

It’s not always about bombing it off the tee and Jordan showed us this time and time again. He’s currently the best American golfer on Tour.

 

HOWEVER, this could change quickly if guys like Jimmy Walker or Dustin Johnson win a major this year. The Players Championship, as amazing as a tournament it is and as terrific a course TPC Sawgrass is, doesn’t really count.

 

If guys like Jimmy or DJ win at Sawgrass, then I still think Jordan would be the best American. But those two guys specifically are the closest ones right now to being as good or topping Jordan.

 

And I’m someone who really thinks The Players Championship should be a major.

 

Bubba, as nice of a Masters run he’s had, still just isn’t up to par with the likes of Jordan, Jimmy or DJ, at least THIS year. As good as Patrick Reed has been playing, I’d still take Jimmy and DJ over him any day of the week and that’s not a knock on Patrick, it’s just that Jimmy and DJ are just that good.

 

Sure, Jimmy was quiet in the Masters but you’d be surprised how things can change once the next majors come around. You’ll look at the leaderboard for the U.S. Open and be like “Huh? I don’t remember seeing him at the Masters!”.

 

Plus, Jimmy seems like he enjoys playing on links courses and the U.S. Open as you know will be at the beautiful Chambers Bay (Yes, there is a tree on it called “Lone Fir”, yes, so much “FIR”!). DJ also plays well on these types of courses it seems, like he did at Whistling Straits in the 2010 PGA Championship.

 

He ultimately got disqualified however after the infamous “lies rule” controversy where he hit a shot that he wasn’t supposed to hit. With the PGA Championship back at Whistling Straits yet again, he will definitely look to get revenge on the Pete Dye designed layout.

 

So the best American conversation can really change in a hurry if guys like a Dustin Johnson, or a Jimmy Walker, or a Patrick Reed, or a Bubba Watson win either one of the next three majors this year. The chances of that? Extremely high, especially how well these guys have played.

 

Bubba just needs to be more consistent and put emotions aside. If he does that, he’s one of the most dangerous players in the world, and one of the most exciting.

 

Now, if Jordan wins another major this year, then the title of “Best American Golfer” will remain his for at least a couple more years. Not only that, he’ll be a threat to Rory’s top spot if he does so which can lead to some unbelievable golf down the road.

 

So, at the moment, Jordan Spieth is the “Golf King of America” but it will be so exciting to see how he and the others do at tournaments like The Players, U.S. Open, etc.

 

Here are the current top five American golfers according to the Official World Golf Rankings:

1. Jordan Spieth

2. Bubba Watson

3. Dustin Johnson

4. Jim Furyk

5. Jimmy Walker

Oh, and just for good measure, there are 12 Americans in the top 20. That’s over 50% of the top 20.

 

Sorry Tiger, Phil and Ernie fans but if you don’t love seeing what’s going on in golf right now, then I’ll give you the phone number to the nearest doctor’s office. The golf doctor would like to have a talk with you!

 

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