Roller coaster rounds at the U.S. Open
By Bernie D'Amato under US Open


Brandt Snedeker posted a rocky one-under 69, and was asked if the lack of thick, heavy rough at Pinehurst made this U.S. Open different from previous Opens. He said, “No, it felt just as nerve racking and just as uncomfortable from the first tee all day.”

That sums up the U.S. Open, where the margin of error tightens up, and many times you are simply punching out in an attempt to save your par (or bogey). Snedeker experienced a rough patch after making the turn at four-under, then going bogey, double-bogey, bogey to begin the back nine.

Another player with a crazy round was 17-year-old amateur Will Grimmer. He shot a seven-over 42 on his opening nine with six bogeys, a double-bogey, and a birdie. Grimmer then went to the front nine and made three straight birdies on 1, 2, and 3, followed up with bogey, bogey, double-bogey on 4, 5, and 6. He finished on the ninth hole with his fifth birdie of the day for a 77. Seven-over is a fairly impressive round considering Grimmer went 14 straight holes without a par.

Grimmer and Snedeker both put together roller coaster rounds that are the norm at the U.S. Open.

2014 U.S. Open leaderboard.

–Bernie D’Amato