2004 U.S. Open Film: “A Repeat For Retief”

Beauty is unparalleled. Its mystique unequal its difficulty undeniable and its legend unsurpassed It is the diamond of American golf courses a crown jewel setting for the coronation of the sports reigning king Golf’s most demanding test and our national championship at one of the world’s most revered courses Simply put nothing could be better than the 140 US Open from Shinnecock Hills For more than a century the majestic glowing Lynx force at Shinnecock Hills May have been with the bullion sports writer Jim Murray had in mind when he said Golf is not a game It was obviously devised by a man torn with guilt eager to atone for his sins To tame Shinnecock one must be a master of discipline and creativity Shinnecock that just under 7,000 yards is short for a major but the yardage belies the challenge and demands of the classic course Blending in to its natural surroundings. It is a behemoth tested skill and determination And over the course of four days, the game’s very best tried to slay this relentless monster in the end only two men would finish under par Underscoring the difficulty of the course and the determination it takes to be crowned champion Shinnecock kills itself as a paradox. It is exclusive with fewer than 300 members yet. It is not ostentatious Its clubhouse the first ever built in this country Still stands blending into nature’s brilliant surroundings of sand and sea Situated on Long Island near its easternmost tip in the village of Southampton the first English settlement in the state of New York settled in 1640 Shinnecock Hills as a mere 9-iron from some of the most remarkable real estate of the world While the rich and famous make their annual pilgrimage to the Hamptons for one magical weekend the cavalcade of stars Included the biggest names in golf from all over the world and the must attend party in the summer was indeed taking place at Shinnecock Thursday the championship got underway and just as everyone Expected the weather was a focal point and severely affected the scoring of the remarkably difficult par 70 But the effect was in stark contrast to expectations as Shinnecock devoid of its nasty bite from howling winds and bitter cold turned from wicked to friendly Sticky calm conditions at the outset provided scoring opportunities for many of the early starters Winning a US Open is the dream of every golfer but seldom to obscure players from satellite tours make those dreams a reality Buoyed by benign conditions an unknown 30 year old set of blistering early face David Roche had all but given up the game of golf and was on the verge of taking a job with an equipment Company when he decided to give the open one last chance Four times earlier he failed to qualify and had only won $4,000 in ten Hooters Tour events for the year, but Roche not only qualified for Shinnecock He tamed her on a course where accuracy is critical Roche at 10 of 14 fairways He held the lead for two holes at 4-under par after birdie in three of the first four holes His round was also highlighted by a marvelous sand save for par on the menacing Seven-pole in route to a brilliant 2-under 68 as that’s a nice save Tiger Woods the world’s number one ranked player and owner of 40 PGA Tour titles including eight majors struggled in the opening round The 2000 and 2002 Open champion who has been tinkering with his swing all season Continued to have difficulty off the tee and hit only five of 14 fairways His frustrations were obvious Tiger failed to capitalize on the tan conditions and carted only one birdie Which was more than negated with three bogeys He finished the day at 72 two shots over par in the hunt, but not among the leaders Tyger and everyone else. However, we’re chasing a somewhat unlikely early round leader Jay Haas was clearly not happy to senior moment during Thursday’s opening round, especially on the par-3 11 Which he birdied to put him three strokes under par? Haas at fifty years young came to Shinnecock playing some of the best golf of his career But still in search of his first major title his best ever finish in a major Coincidentally took place at the 95 open played on the same course when he tied for 4th after missing a golden opportunity to pick up another stroke on 16 paws at a terrific tee shot on the 179 yard par-3 17th That set him up to make his fifth birdie on the round and put him to 4-under Paws made his easy par putt at 18 and finished his remarkable opening day round of 66 for under par and he went into the clubhouse with the early lead, but Haas would have to share that lead with two other men Including quite possibly the greatest golfer ever to emerge from the Land of the Rising Sun Shigeki Maruyama was seeking to become the first Japanese golfer to win a major and he kept in virtual lock step with Haws When he followed Hoss’s birdie at 11 with one of his own he was tied for the lead at 311 Maruyama who nearly missed his tee time due to a stomachache showed No ill effects at the treacherous 16 where he came up with this beautiful chip shot leaving himself in perfect position for a birdie What she indeed made? That dropped him to 4-under par with just a hole to play Should get me who missed the cut of two of his three previous open starts sake his par putt at 18 to remain in a tie atop the leaderboard with a surprising round of 66 for One of the pre Open favorites was the three-time major champion from South Africa the Big Easy Earnie else however, got off to a disastrous start three over par after three holes before he flashed the genius that made him the 1997 US Open champion Here at the par-3 17th with an 8-iron else hits a beautiful tee shot he would convert the birdie to get back to plus one Minute 18 the world’s second ranked players showed he can scramble as well after a long bunker shot to the green Ellis buries the par saver for for Playing the frontside as his second nine of the day else birdied the fifth hole and wound up at even par He was an imposing figure lurking near the top of the leaderboard Just two strokes off. The pace is one of the models of consistency on the PGA Tour Jeff Maggert Maggert one of the most accurate golfers on tour hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation and Carded a solid opening round of 68 to under par Another short game specialist looking for his first career. Major victory is journeyman Fred 5 The 48 year old is one of the more well-liked characters on to work Here at the 9th his body language helps him birdie the hole and levels his score at even par But funk spotter was just warming up here at the 10th. He needed a little bit of luck His putt would have gone way past the hole if it hadn’t dropped for yet another birdie that dropped him to 1-under Then at 11 after back-to-back birdie putts he scores his third consecutive birdie in a more unconventional Way by holing out from the bunker that dropped him to 2-under and prompted him to toss the ball as a souvenir To a lucky fan then after par is at 12 and 13 funk came up with his tremendous approach shot at 14 Leaving him with an easy opportunity for another birdie Funk sank the birdie putt and would finish his up-and-down round at even par 70 the former number one player in the world is David Duval who chose the open for his comeback event after walking away from competition nearly nine months before and for a moment it looked as if nothing to change as he birdied the first But then things began to unravel He was forced to take penalty strokes on both the fourth and fifth holes He card at nine bogeys and three doubles and route to a 13 over par 83 Yet the 2001 British Open champion was thrilled to be back in competition and seemingly undeterred by his high school Also making a comeback was the reigning US Open champion Jim Furyk Thursday’s round was his first since he was sidelined by a January wrist surgery. Just like Duvall. He birdied the par-4 1st Furyk not as Rusty as Duval wasn’t quite able to master the course He shot identical front and back thirty Six’s and finished the opening round of the open with a respectable plus 272 and in a good position to at least make the cut No one’s come back And this year’s open was any more startling any more dramatic and any more needed than the return to the scene of Corey Pavin greatest golf triumph It was the shot heard round the golf world When Corey Pavin hit is now famous for wood on the final hole of the 95 US Open on the same course at Shinnecock He was just moments away from never again being referred to as one of the greatest golfers. Never to win a major Instead he would forever be introduced as US Open champion, Corey Pavin Havens US Open Championship was by far as greatest victory and it fulfilled a lifetime dream But it also signaled a dramatic turning point in his career He returns here to Shinnecock the site of his magical memory with just one PGA Tour victory since his last visit here But on this day despite the shorter and graying hair color havens seemingly turned back the clock He began on the back nine and jumped out to a quick start sinking a birdie at 11 to go to 2-under After a par at 12 he continued his assault on one of his favorite courses with another birdie in the short par-4 13th Which dropped him to 2-under? Then at 18 where he hit the greatest shot of his life nine years ago Haven would hit a less than magical shot Instead of a remarkable 4 would he set this long iron past the green and into a bunker? But still capable of flashing genius with his short game He made this great bunker shot getting in position to save par and finish his first nine holes at 1-under Pavin went right back to work on the par-4 first sinking this putt for his third birdie of the day It put in just one shot behind the leaders at 2-under But just as Pavin had been shining bright rain clouds and a thunderstorm settled in halting play for two hours and 12 minutes when the weather improved enough for play to resume it was an ammeter Spencer Levine who would bring the crowd to a thundering roar with his 8 iron on the 179 yards 17th, the hole-in-one was the first of his life at a thrill of a lifetime Lavigne finished his round at 1-under 69 But he had to share the spotlight with another ammeter Bill Haas With his father Jay the co-leader of the championship watching the younger Haas finished the opening round at two over six shots behind his father Another son of a famous tour player was among the leaders striking an uncanny resemblance to his father 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler son Kevin finished the first round tied with eight others at 2-under 68 One of those golfers in that log jam is the reigning Masters champion a crowd favorite Phil Mickelson 2004 had been a watershed year for the already heavily decorated Southpaw in addition to winning the much coveted green jacket at Augusta and enjoying all the pageantry fit for the king of golf Mickelson entered the open with a new attitude a more relaxed disposition and the confidence of a champion At the 12 Mickelson showed his fine touch with a putter giving in his first of three opening round birdies to put him at 1-under He played bogey free golf through his first 15 holes in large part because he was able to stay focused when he was in trouble and not go for heroic shots as he did when he was younger and Argentine on Hilla Carrera was making a name for himself Cabrera was looking for his first win on the PGA Tour after just two European victories He birdied the difficult 274 yard par-4 6th, then just two holes. Later He sank another birdie putt at 8 to put him at 4-under for the opening round He was in a three-way tie for the lead with boss and Maruyama before the fog rolled in and halted play for the day Nineteen groups still on the course would have to finish their opening rounds the following morning At the completion of the first round Shinnecock had yielded better than expected scores with Haws Mariama and Cabrera in a three-way tie for the lead at 4-under Haven 67 left of just one shot off the pace Nine golfers were 2 shots back including Mickelson Vijay Singh and Jeff Maggert The fog and rain lifted for Friday second round and Shinnecock dreaded wind was still not much more than a light ocean breeze But the weekend’s forecast was calling for increasing gusts which translates into presumably higher scores So the golfers were not only scrambling to survive the cut but to weather Shinnecock storm by posting as many red numbers as possible First round co-leader on hello Cabrera played the back nine first and assumed sole possession of the lead at 5-under with his birdie on 16 However, he would give that shot back and more at 18 missing his bogey putt the double dropped him to 3-under Cabrera had a rocky front nine But at the par-5 5th he sank the 20 footer for an eagle 3 and wound up the day at 3-under One of the two men with whom Cabrera shared the opening round lead Jay Haas picked up right murid left off the previous day His approach at 10 left him with just a ten-foot pot and he read the break perfectly and birdie his opening hole 15 was not a lucky number for Haas though his putt lipped out of the hole for a bogey Thursday’s opening round magic had worn off for the fifty-year-old at 16 is uphill birdie But stopped just short forcing him to settle for par and then again at 18 He came up just a little short this time for par and Haas finished the day four over but even for the championship Things were a little better for Jay Sun bill Trying to become half of only the second father-son duo to ever make the cut of the US Open Pauses approach at 16 left him with an easy putt for Eagle He carted around at 73 finishing the first two rounds at +5. Just good enough to stick around for the weekend Treen side beautiful long bunker shot Making the cut was not the goal for Phil Mickelson winning the Open was at 8 his birdie got him to 4-under par 7-iron the reigning Masters champion was on fire hitting 11 of 14 fairways and an astounding 15 of 18 greens in regulation in route to his bogey freeze 2nd round At the 12th Mickelson sank this 12 footer for his third birdie of the day and dropped into 500 At the par-5 16th the hole that has haunted him for nearly a decade Mickelson Got out of trouble this fine bunker shot left him with an easy three footer for birdie and he finished the day with a 4-under 66 and at the time he led at 6-under for the championship Always a bridesmaid never the bride Jeff Maggert set out to change that US Open tradition He was at 1-under for the day when he stepped up to the short par-3 11th He would get a great bounce off the left edge of the green and a great roll left in just a few feet What she’d been made for birdie? Maggert played bogey free golf on the backside and carded two birdies including this one at 16 is 67 left in just a shot off the pace at 5-under Fred funk was trailing Mickelson by three when he got things going at 8 He stuck his approach shot to within just a couple of feet for an easy birdie Then at nine, he made it back-to-back birdies when he just barely tapped this putt and watched it roll and All the way in a 66 for fondant and he was safely in at 4-under for the championship Light fun 2001 Open champion Retief Goosen Started the day at even par and then got hot the 20-footer on the par-5 16th for his third birdie of the day Goosen needed only 26 putts making five birdies against just one bogey and wound up with a round of 66 4-under for his two-day total Goossens fellow countryman Ernie else made par on the first four holes before his blade caught fire that for birdie at the 6th But he was far from done on the very next hole His touch right now is off the charts that’s in Oh And his momentum continued after another birdie at 7 The Big Easy would make it look easy with his fourth birdie in a row And he finished the frontside and full under At 13 hell’s chip from just short of the green and nearly came up with yet another birdie He would settle for farm The day’s only blemish would come at 14 when his putt barely missed the boat. He dropped him to 3-under and That’s the way he would finish his round of 67 put him in fine position for the weekend After starting the second round with three pars and a bogey that old Corey Pavin magic reappeared at five come on Back 40 Woodhaven back to 3-under and his tee shot Narrowly missed the green side bunker at 7 and is chipped to the much-feared with an hole just will cast the edge of the hole Leaving an easy par putt and Haven in disbelief Always a great finesse player He rolled in a downhill putt at nine for birdie and finished the day one over 200 for the championship Leftie my queer had an up-and-down round Friday three bogeys a double and five birdies including this one at the par-3 11 when he came up just inches from a hole-in-one At 16 we’re carded another birdie his last shooting an even par round of 70 to remain at 1-under In addition to else and Goosen another South African was in the hunt Thanks in part to this brilliant chip Trevor Immelman followed up his opening round 69 with an even par round at 7 to stay at Defending champion Jim Furyk found himself hurting with missing the cut He was at +6 before blasting in for Eagle at the par-5 16th one hole later he faced this downhill right-to-left putt but he stroked it just hard enough to roll in for the birdie and Furyk made the cut at +4, it’s hard enough Golfing great Tom kite took a road unfamiliar to get himself to Shinnecock at 54 He continues to play a high level of golf The well-respected Texan who won the US Open at Pebble Beach in 92 had to earn a berth this year in a sectional qualifying Event in his home state just a week prior to the open Kite was in good shape after Thursday 72 and in better shape Friday at 5 were his chip from just short of the green We missed going in for Eagle tightly birdie to get to +1 He then sank a birdie putt at 11:00 and finished the day with a round of 71 satisfied person However failing to qualify for the weekend was David Duval He had the second highest total of all players, but left Shinnecock upbeat about his game and leaving everyone to wonder When we would see him again Making the cut and Tiger Woods are not generally found in the same sentence But this is Shinigami and Tiger couldn’t tamers. He got off to a horrible start at 10:00? Badly missing the fairway and with bogey is opening hole Tiger had to scramble all day as he flirted with missing the cut but at 16 He got this great pitch shot to help him save par and then two holes later He was in the rough at 18 when he came up with yet. Another of his patented magical shots to once again save par But then Tiger got hot after 13 holes without a birdie he sank a 20-footer to get to two over Tiger only had 10 of 18 greens in regulation, but luckily for him his putting stroke was sharp He needed only 27 putts on the way one at six put back-to-back birdies His short game was his saving grace and he was able to survive his 32nd consecutive cut in a major and after two rounds he stood at plus one Tigers playing competitor had no such concerns about failing to make the cut shigeki Maruyama One of the three first-round leaders continued his brilliant play the terrific approach led to a birdie at 13 Maruyama hit 11 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens on friday and when he chipped in for birdie at 17 He improved his 6-under and a share of the lead. But then at the second his 11th hole of the round He missed his par putt giving him his first bogey of the championship But he got back on track at the very next hole But birdie at the par-3 3rd put him back into a first-place tie at 6-under His putt at the 5th wasn’t his best of the day But it was for Eagle and it left him with an easy birdie putt that he made to drop to 7-under Then at the 9th his final hole of the day Mariama nearly sank the par saving pitch instead He bogeyed the hole and part of the 2-under round at 68 So midway through the hundred and fourth the US Open It was a tie for the lead at 6-under between Maruyama and Mickelson just a shot back was Jeff Maggert Fred funk and Retief Goosen who were tied at poor under two strokes behind the leaders first round co-leader on hell Cabrera and Ernie ELLs were tied at -3 others included Vijay Singh and Corey Pavin at 2-under Mike Weir and Trevor Immelman were the only other golfers to beat ha some other notable scores included Sergio Garcia Jay Haas and Kevin Stadler at even par Tiger Woods led a contingent at +1 Only 36 holes remain before the cheers for another champion would be heard over the windswept hills of Shinnecock. I Guess patience and hard work and waiting. I guess it pays off for This one It’s really a fabulous test to golf and it has withstood the test of time In my view Shinnecock is without question the number-one championship golf course in the world I can see playing this golf course, you know the rest of my life and not playing anywhere else and being quite content It’s a land with an unmistakable aura where time stands still And a championship tradition spans more than a hundred years Or the passionate quest for golf’s National Championship is reflected in the men who have won here Where Raven Floyd pushed his 43 year old body and mind into a trance-like state That week 18 years ago at Shinnecock still defines his career today And That shot nine years later has followed Corey Pavin everyday sense for one 228 US Open champion forever a part of the tapestry of legends Open campus a presentation American Dream you this noise is I was ten years old I just felt that today I had to do it. It was probably my last camp This weekend on this windswept landscape Someone else will look deep within their character and become one with a spirit and soul of shittaka Saturday Shinnecock Hills was sun-drenched which means the course was getting outright nasty This was not the kinder gentler golf course, the world’s best golfers had played the first two rounds With the wind making its return to the course The only thing faster than a lightning-quick greens were the number of bogeys piling up as just three players managed to break par on the day and Much of the heartbreak took place on a hole more famous for its name that it’s number the redan hole Shinnecock spar 3/7 the origin of the rattan wall comes from the 1885 Crimean War when rattan became a military term for a fortified position and now is used to describe a golf hole in architectural terms The rattan hold is golf’s most often imitated and at Shinnecock on Saturday It was the most lethal on the course due in large part to the speed of the green and the steep slopes of the bloody surface itself One needs to look no farther for proof of the difficulty the players had Saturday at 7 than Ernie else who 3-putted the hole Though it might pick up chaste hard to believe that is gone Just off the charts right now literally Well the best little four part in the world right now Corey Pavin at 7:00 hit what looked like a spectacular chip shot It’s got such marvelous touch nut just did a big huge circle around the hole folks. Look it’s still moving How unbelievable is that? This greens get old man, he would go on to make par on the hole yet remain in disbelief He seemed to recall the year 1995 when his short game was one of the game’s best Great touch at 16 for a mere eagle and Havenwood finished with a third round of three over par Playing in the shadow of countryman ellison Goosen is Tim Clark who made a name for himself? Saturday this spectacular approach at five nearly went in for double eagle Clark fired a 66 low round on this difficult day and 1-under par after three rounds Tiger Woods gone up to yet another rocky start after bogeying two of the first three holes He made a great approach at the fourth, but he failed to make the short putt and settle for par Then at the very next hole Tiger hit an aggressive tee shot with his driver on the par-5 5th and like he had all week He sliced it into the right rough Frustrations were evident on the normally unflappable superstar Then coming off a birdie at 8 Tiger from 89 yards short of the elevated night he sent his approach past the pin but the wind and his backspin helped bring the ball back and tiger save par and finished the Front nine one over for the day R44 and 12-yard 10 is one of the most unusual holes at Shinnecock The approach to the green is often from about 120 yards to a severely elevated green safely as to the center of the green as Anything short will roll back down the steep banks of the hill and right back to the golfers feet Back in 95 Ben Crenshaw who had one of the best short games that golf has ever known was a victim of the 10 his chip shot landed just on the false front of the green and he could do nothing but stand and watch as his ball would Slowly trickle down to where he stood an utter disbelief Printshop tried again to chip the ball and run it up the hill And again, he fell prey to the hole He would wind up taking a triple bogey 7 and his body language spoke volumes of his frustration of being virtually eliminated from contention of the 95 open Saturday Tiger Woods shared more than just a green jacket with Crenshaw. We’ve seen balls come up short and spin back like like that Good Tiger looking I’m looking down. I didn’t want to watch it. You will not watch it Back down the hill a good 30 yards or so. It’s tougher now than the show you just had right? This will be long Right back down again, man Tiger would score a double bogey 6 on the hole and would balloon to +6 I Almost think he did it just because he thought it was a cool shot However, he would erase the double bogey at 18. Very strange spot. He hit his drive that can’t really see from there Tiger would finish the day with a 73 and a walkie 3-day total of Boulder. Paul says Stevie Vijay Singh started the day in contention at 2-under But hit only six of 14 fairways and five of 18 greens Saturday to shoot a seven over 77 Virtually eliminating any hoops. He had of a Saturday charge Shinnecock and humbled and exasperated the Fijian champion Jeff Maggert started the day just one stroke behind Mickelson and Maruyama but served notice He was ready to challenge for his first major with a birdie at the 2nd to go to 6-under Then at the par-4 4th Maggert had a chance to seize sole possession of the lead Thanks to this great approach which left him a short putt for birdie. He would later miss though and stay at 6-under Fred funk surrendered two strokes with bogeys to start his round but got one back with that birdie at the 4th putting him at 3-under Retief Goosen bogeyed the second hole Saturday and then at 5 he hit a beautiful approach shot and Two putted for a birdie his assault on the leaders and a second open title continued as he was then at 4-under Maruyama who shared the lead after 18 and 36 holes fouled it back into a tie for the lead at the for His birdie putt putted back to 6-under Five different men would hold the lead outright Saturday including Jeff Maggert whose bunker shot left him a short putt for birdie He was at 7-under and in sole possession of a lead After Phil Mickelson left his approach at five short. He made this nice pitch leaving him an easy birdie putt He later sank, and he trailed Maggert by just one at -6 Funk meanwhile picked up another birdie at 5 to get back to 4-under and then Scrambled to get into position for his are saving putt at 6. He was happy to walk off not bogey in the hole Maggert sole possession of the lead was short-lived on the sixth he missed the par putt and fell into a three-way topical lead at 6-under Then at seven Goosen for birdie, I’ve seen many putts from this angle Quarry paid watch this round. That’s got a good chance Look at this Goosen would make par and stay at 4-under Maggert and seven. They go back alone at 7-under I go in You would have to settle for par and stay at minus 6 Then it was Mickelson’s turn at 7 We’re a hit what looked like a good tee shot but on the Rodin hole looks can be deceiving That’s good to be a good spot it’s gonna be chipping right up the fall line Mickelson’s second shot left him closer to the hole, but in worse shape a golf contradiction on any other course Let’s give you them probably the fastest but in his life, but Mickelson’s nightmare on seven was far from over From there Mickelson with to putt for a double bogey and test his new steel will and even this position he dropped to 4-under After a boogie of a zone at the Madden Mariama came up with a great putt to save par and avoided back-to-back bogeys He stayed at 5-under just one shot off the pace Goosen who finished the front nine with four straight pars didn’t succumb to the same fate as tiger at the 10th instead hitting up and over the steep false front and landing safely on in regulation, but He was left with a tricky downhill putt that merely ringed out of the hole but fell in for the birdie and Goosen was now also at 5-under Else coming off a frontside score of 1 over on the day. 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Got that misstep back at the 11th Fred funk was at 3-under when he stepped up the his tee shot with a 7-iron at the par-3 11th The birdie would take him before under two shots back While funk was on its way up the leaderboard Maruyama was sliding down He made a great attempt on his long second at the par-3 11th but when wind up three putting the hole making bogey and dropping out a lead at 4-under and That’s way better than average On the very next hole funk surged into a tie for the lead at 5-under Goosen shared the lead, but then he faltered on the not so lucky 13 That mislead to the bogie producin and put fuck all alone in the lead On the next hole Goosen with a very uncharacteristic mess of an easy putt for his second bogey in two holes And he felled a 3-under But after fuck bogeyed 14 goofs and reclaimed the share of the lead by making the 20-footer for birdie to take him before under him Mickelson was tied with funk and Goosen for the lead when he surged in front That snapped a streak of nine holes without a birdie for Mickelson and put him all alone in the lead at 5-under But he barely had time to savor the outright lead as Goosen followed back-to-back bogeys with back-to-back birdies His second there on 16 gave him a share of the lead at 16 funk who was known for his short game in a costly mistake His chip from just in front of a greenside bunker with just a few feet right into the bunker The sixteenth could have been a total disaster but fuck’s sake this 12 footer to save Bachman dropping ended 3-under par Then at 17 he showed why he’s one of the top bunker players on tour He made far on the whole to remain at 3-under but looked as those Shinnecock had worn him out After making par at 17 Goosen stuck his approach from just under 100 yards away But That great finish came up a little short when Goosen missed his easy birdie He finished the day with a round of 105 under for the championship Then at 17 Mickelson’s second from the bunker. What a shot The shot left him an opportunity to save par, but he barely missed the putt a foreshadow of things to come At 18 with Mickelson’s smile now nowhere in sight he missed the easy par and finished with back-to-back bogeys His playing competitor Maruyama limped home as well missing an easy bogey putt and closing his round of 74 with a double leaving both 36 old co-leaders demoralized So after 54 holes Goosen in search of a second open tile set atop the leaderboard at 5-under Two shots back where his countrymen and boyhood rival Ernie Els as well as the reigning Masters champ Mickelson Fred funk and shigeki Maruyama with three shots back at 2-under Maggert who bogey for the last nine holes was tied with Tim Clark at 1-under The only other player not over par was Mike Weir and even Corey Pavin and Sergio Garcia were at plus one headed into the final round of the 104th US Open Today on the windswept hills of Shinnecock This icon of American golf awaits its next champion Who found out how much they care and how much it meant? Today South Africa could leave an even bigger mark while Atif Busan marches toward another title His countrymen birdy else eyes the rarefied company of a three-time And Phil Mickelson dares to go where only a select few have halfway to the Grand Slam Whose turn is it today to tempt the history and magic of Shinnecock? Undoubtedly, the fable demands seven whole best exemplifies the vast eke and challenge of Shinnecock After the first for golfers combined for ten over at 7:00 Sunday USGA officials decided to syringe the seventh green throughout the day to give players a chance to hold the green with their tee shots On Hill Cabrera who shared the opening round lead Thursday took advantage of the newly slow cutting surface He chipped in for birdie and route to a 75 respectable by Sunday standards Jay Haas who shared the lead Thursday with Cabrera had an especially great Father’s Day lasting out of the bunker on the par 5 And you guessed it That gave him an eagle on the fifth then it was his turn at seven It just right at that tower that you see the TV tower, okay? 13% of the players have hit the green today and look at this shot this shot of the day, I think Hoss would close out one of the best US Opens of his distinguished career by shooting a 71 Paz would finish the championship in a tie for ninth at seven over At this trick Here it comes here comes Man does that show you the speed of these greens David Roche one of the surprise stories from Thursday would continue his surprising play the long putt from just off the green at 3.5 over After a bogey at for Roche again chipping from in front of the green There it goes Rosewood finished the championship at 15 over 295 good enough for a tie for 31st in a van a trying championship for Tiger Woods here at the 2nd his birdie chip came up short Tiger had the second fewest birdies of the 66 players who made the cut And just like Saturday when he goes 18 He saved his best for last the only birdie of the day for Tiger In fact despite his round of 6 over. He still flashed his trademark smile Showing respect but not fear for Shinnecock with Spencer Levine the 19 year old making his first US Open appearance made quite an impression Here at the difficult six his approach left of an easy birdie. Which God of the Bible But at the 11th his greats and saved help to make bar Mubeen with wind blow and her honors and finish Ah say it’s not a pretty boy Clearly one of the feel-good stories of the championship was to come back to Shinnecock for Pavin But he would love to forget the first hole Sunday Nightmarish start for Haven that is just a brutal start on mark Can’t get any tougher now look at that. It’s gonna roll right up against that color. I’m not too bad got past it After that, unsuccessful shot Haven grabbed his putter determined not to repeat the same mistake But he opened his final round with a disappointing double bogey Haven recovered one shot on the very next hole. Yes indeed But at five he had been putting for Eagle and was forced to settle for par after a demoralizing three Park Haven who had started the day at one over endured a six bogey round before an exciting finish That might come back The 95 champion may have finished a tent over but left Shinnecock beaming with pride My queer started his final round with three bogeys, but thanks to the spine approach He would birdie the fourth and finished four over for the day and the championship And this big hill there close The distinction of low round on Sunday went to Robert Allenby who had the hot putter Yeah Allen D. Was the only player Sunday to match par and that helped him finish tied for seventh at six over for the championship Jeff Maggert started the day four shots off the pace as he hoped to win that first major The first two under after bogeys at two and four he got back on track at five He would birdie the hole to get back to minus one Then at the lightning-fast seven facing a big right-to-left break he sank his par putt to stay in the hut at 1-under Then for birdie at 9 coming off double bogey at the 8th to drop to +1 and just charges the After making the turn at just one over he made both the attend but got back shot back at 13. Happy Father’s After a birdie at 17 he missed the easy par putt on the final hole and Finished his round two over giving him his seventh top-10 finish in the last 11 opens Shigeki Maruyama quest to become the first Japanese golfer to win a major was still alive when he birdied the pit to go to 1-under But he could endure eight bogeys on the day including where else but on 7 he finished with a final round 76 dashing any hopes of winning the US Open Bob Costas would set the scene for what would be a classic finish to an unforgettable championship There are only four men yet to tee off for the final round at Shinnecock They include the playful 47 year-old Fred funk a five-time winner on the PGA Tour funk has never won a major Playing with monk is the people’s choice Phil Mickelson. Mickelson is a vote cheers with every walk down these fairways It seems he and the fans haven’t stopped enjoying lefties major breakthrough at Augusta One golfer who didn’t see that but but certainly heard and felt its result will be in the final pairing today Tourney Elle’s whose bid for a third different major was crushed by Mickelson’s birdie He’s now in position for his third US Open title Paired with Elle’s is another South African add another former Open champion Retief, Goosen 18 holes remain in pursuit of the 104th United States Open Championship Mickelson who turned 34 earlier in the week wanted nothing more than a second major win He thought he had birdied the first but watched as a just trickled past and he made par to stay at 3-under Plane in the final group was earning else a two time Open champions bid for a third literally took an immediate u-turn He miss hit his chip shot at the first and the ball slid off the back of the green and rolled all the way back Down and L started with a double bogey Retief Goosen who grew up boyhood friends and competitive rivals with else fared better at the first That birdie put Dusen in front at 6-under At the third fuck was determined not to commit the golf sin of leaving his birdie putt short He nearly sank the firmly struck putt but when it just missed it would roll off the green and fog would card a second straight Bogey, then at the ribbon things went from bad to worse for fun His miss hit would cost him dearly a double bogey and his score had soared to +3 He made the turn five over for the day and bogey 10 before making his first birdie of the round at 12 Then from just off the green at 13 he came up with this shot to save harm That kept him at five over the day and three over for the championship Funk had only 5 degrees in regulations Sunday and was forced to scramble all day One of the high points of his otherwise trying day came at 16 He would make birdie there but finished 7 over on the day and well behind the leaders Meanwhile else was clinging to his hopes here in 3 He became just the third player all day to birdie the hole in wenton 2 under par three strokes behind Gusev But then after bogeys at 4 and 5 bad bounce at the read and effectively eliminated Ellis from the championship sharp hop left Watch this just rolls off the back edge. He almost gathers speed at this point It’s hard to believe by these greens Ernie’s bogey at 7 was one of four to go with four doubles and he shot a round of 10 over +7 for the championship Now the hundred and fourth US Open was virtually match play between former champion Retief Goosen and reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson Mickelson at the 4th That birdie down I’ve got three under But then Mickelson squandered a great scoring opportunity when his eagle putt from just off the green at the fourth rolled Well past the hole and he settled for par to stay at 3-under Meanwhile at the 5th the even-tempered Goosen sake this tricky downhill putt to save par and Maintain his two-stroke lead his trend of sinking character-building putts to safe are continued at six At seven a bad sand shot could have spelled disaster for Mickelson But the clucks and save ensure par at the Rodin and Mickelson still trailed Goosen by two Minute eight of are saving putt of his own for Mickelson to stay at 3-under. Good stroke But a 10 is par putt just missed right And Mickelson would fall to 2-under at 11 he came up with another putt to save par and Coupled with a bogey attend by Goosen and the lead was cut to just one But then Goosen stepped up to the tee at the par-3 11th He hit this ball highs turning it right to left left of the hole He would make birdie and take a three-stroke lead over Mickelson who had bogeyed the 12 Then at 13 Mickelson stepped up to his approach shot badly needing a birdie It’s a good play a hit writing that down well done he did his he did his homework The birdie at 13 would put Mickelson back to 2-under and just two strokes behind goosing And at 13 Goosen was in trouble That is a beautiful shot a beautiful play His incredible shot from the rough was terrific but saving par was no easy thing. Oh I got in that left edge What a par Mickelson was still a 2-under trailing by 2 at 15 150 yards away. Oh Yeah At 14 after a poor bunker shot Doosan needed and got this but to save bogey he dropped a stroke and stood at 3 under Unaware of Goossens bogey behind him Mickelson coolly sank his birdie putt tying the championship and setting the stage for an epic finish As dickelson walked to the tee at 16 amidst an enormous gallery he realized it was time to put the past behind him Nine years ago is at baby-faced 25 year old he would have won the US Open if it weren’t for 16 in The first round he missed a short bogey putt and made double And then on Friday he showed great touch with a wedge from the rough on his fourth But his putt just slipped out and he had to tap in for bogey Then on Saturday in the third round he again had a chip from the rough this time He ran it way past the green and could feel the pressure building He was left with about a 25 footer for par and he missed it just to the right of the hole for yet another Bogey and yet another stroke surrendered at 16 On the final Sunday Mickelson’s approach found the deep rough right of the green and he hit his pitch very high just a few feet short of the green and into the bunker He would then ship out safely and two-putt for double a four-day total at sixteen of six over par Losing the championship to payment by pool Now he stood on the tee at 16 poised to rewrite history This one is headed down the left-hand side just eat the soft bounces off His tee shot wood missed the fairway and find the primary cut of rough Not a great start the second shot of the par 5 was much better Now this one is high and left That is foul good friendly kick Meanwhile back at 15 Goosen Ranas amazing streak of are saving cuts to six on the day 19 for the championship at 16 Mickelson over the same fuckers that cost him dearly in 95 And then this for the lead yes The birdie at 16 Lord Mickelson to 4-under and now ahead of Busan by one Goosen then at 16 sand iron here starting right turning left toward the hole pretty good looking shot The good approach would leave him with a birdie opportunity of his own All that remained for birdie was this 15 footer Goossens fourth consecutive one putt and now he and Mickelson her time Manner these guys making some class Up at 17 Mickelson came up with this great bunker shot leading in just four feet from the hole now he appeared to be firmly in control of his game and as emotions and an excellent position to win the elusive and longshot US Open But Mickelson three-putted that next to last hole of the championship for double leaving in two behind Goosen and the golf world stop Goosen who have been on the brink of collapse many times also found the bunker at 17. This looks like it’s fucker bound, baby After safely hitting out of the bunker Goosen again needed just one pot his par at 17 Kept him two shots in front of Mickelson with just one hole to play After a near perfect tee shot at 18 Mickelson needed a miracle His approach at 18 was good, but would leave him needing to sink a long putt for birdie and require a Goosen mistake Goosen cleared his first obstacle safely off the tee at 18 Up ahead Mickelson for birdie That narrow miss for birdie left Mickelson with a few feet to tap in for par He finished the day one over and was left to ponder 17 and wait to see how Busan would finish All Goosen would need to do was make bogey or better to win the championship his approach at 18 a 9-iron from 153 Would have been a perfect position to seize the title. Again, all he needed to do was get home safely in three putts or less Nuisance par at 18 made of just the 24 player to win multiple opens This final round was remarkable given the conditions one over on the day But it needed only 24 pucks with 11:1 fronts and beat Mickelson by 2 the third time Mickelson finished runner-up in a US Open Our Mark Rolfing caught up with a disappointed yet still grateful second-place finisher Well mark, obviously I’m disappointed. I fought hard all day I played some of the best golf I’ve ever played and still couldn’t couldn’t break par But boy 2 Retief play well play solid and and deserve to win your thoughts on what happened out at 17 Well, that’s just I really don’t know what to say there. I hit the putt pretty easy and It was downwind and when the wind gets a hold of the ball on these greens It just rolls it quite a ways by I thought I had a pretty good putt coming back and thought that it might move a little left and I think the wind brought It a little right and just just missed a ball. I guess. I’m proud of the way. I played just a little disappointed It wasn’t enough Congratulations on a great week. Thanks, Mike Bob Costas was now with a 2-time Open champion Brett’s, hey, first of all, congratulations back in 2001 at Southern Hills in Oklahoma You won the US Open for the first time in a playoff with Mark Brooks on that occasion Your putter was almost your undoing it saved you today yeah, I put it well hold a few good putts coming down there down the stretch and You know wants to forget it to 404 there we ever go again. I’m gonna come out again on Monday to give myself a chance but unfortunately he made that 5 and 17 and I made a good up-and-down in a bunker and I just didn’t want a three-party eighteens again. That’s all The adjectives that’s often applied to you is unflappable It certainly was apt today you hit only six greens in regulation, but you had 12:1 putts and only 24 putts overall Well III knew it was gonna come down to that the weight of course is starting to to dry out and I knew it was going to come down to chipping and padding and I was just grinding out and I was just kept trying to leave myself in places where I can have a chance of making my par putts and everybody struggled the course wasn’t easy as we know and I’m just lucky to be on top even though you are a guy who’s called unflappable You couldn’t have been unaware that the vast majority of the people here were rooting for somebody else Now I knew Aniak was gonna come down to really Ernie and full there’s gonna be the two guys I’m going to need to to beat and I’m just very lucky to stand here with this trophy again It’s it’s great feeling your name is Bennett on this trophy or will be twice quite an achievement. Congratulations. Thank you very much Thank receive Dusen the 104th US Open champion So for the second time in four years Retief Goosen z’ name sat atop the leaderboard Where that exhausted Phil Mickelson left to ponder what may have been for the fourth time Shinnecock was host to a classic championship whose eventual winner was determined in dramatic fashion on the final two holes They say lightning doesn’t strike twice But for South Africa’s Retief Goosen who was struck by lightning when he was 17 nearly cost him his golf career He carried with him an electric putter and shocked the golf world Yes, lightning does strike twice as Retief Goosen wins his second US Open Championship You

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  1. The 2004 U.S. Open forever made Retief Goosen a U.S. Open legend. His clutch one-putts on that final round, my oh my.

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