Yet the USGA admitted the course got out of hand Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open, and apologized for it.
"When something like (Saturday) happens, all of a sudden you're coming into today, you knew that they were going to water the heck out of the greens, that they're going to be soft", Reed said.
'Unfortunately, they've lost the golf course.
The scoring average of 75.33 was the highest for a third round in the US Open since 2000 at Pebble Beach. They trail by only two strokes late in the afternoon, with Johnson and Koepka tied at 1 over par.
Fleetwood bogeyed the ninth, but he dominated the 12th through 15 holes, birdieing each one to move himself to two over.
"I felt like I played pretty well", Johnson said. "I definitely had a chance", Reed said.
The sight raised the spectre of the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock, when weekend wind dried the course and rendering some of the greens virtually unplayable by Sunday.
There is also plenty to say about a guy like Brooks Koepka, who didn't complain about the course and went out and got the job done at two totally different venues with two totally different outcomes to become only the seventh player in U.S. Open history to win the event in back-to-back years. While they properly saturated the course and made the greens much more receptive, the pin placements on Sunday left something to be desired and seemed more like practice round placements than final round of the U.S. Open placements.
Lefty's putt on No. 13 missed the hole and was moving with pace towards a downhill slope on the green.
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Other names in contention included Daniel Berger and Tony Finau, up-and-coming players who perpetually populate lists of potential breakout performers, and who are now both ranked in the top forty. With that, he had to get up and down from 62 yards to keep his one-shot lead. His first putt raced past the hole and his par attempt burned the edge but didn't drop. "I don't think they'll have any issues".
"I've never seen golf course change that quickly", Rose said.
To make matters worse, numerous spectators had quite clearly spent the day taking advantage of the beer tents - to hear them cheering as golf balls trundled off putting surfaces was disappointing to say the least. One of his worst moments was melting down at Winged Foot's 18th hole, well in position to win the tournament.
He was assessed a two-stroke penalty by the USGA and given a 10 for the hole before going on to sign for an 81 and a 17-over total.
In 1975, Lou Graham won the U.S. Open after trailing by 11 shots at the 36-hole mark.
The retired Brockton, Massachusetts firefighter will be spending the day at the U.S. Open, carrying the bag for his son, Matt, in the final round.
Johnson, four-under and leading by four heading into the round, was in trouble early with his first double bogey of the week at the par three second.
In all, Johnson took 14 more putts over the weekend than Koepka, who leads him with two major victories to one.
After one fan near the 8th green blurted out, "Nobody likes you, dude!" the response was tenfold, with a chorus of "Everyone loves you, Pat!" and "I love you Patrick!" drowning out the naysayer.