In fairness, in 1963, the winning score at the Masters was -2 (Nicklaus) and only 2 golfers were under par, the PGA was -5 (Nicklaus), and only 4 guys were under par, and the British was -3 (Bob Charles) and only 3 golfers (including Nicklaus at -2) were under Par.The 1963 Open at Brookline, played in high winds, featured a winning score of 293, nine over par. It was a memorable tournament. I think this one will be remembered, too, mostly because the USGA admitted it screwed up and misjudged the wind conditions for Round 3. It will also be remembered for Phil's disgraceful fit of temper.
Someone shooting a +1 on the back nine to win the US Open seems like it would be extremely appropriate. It’s the US Open it’s supposed to be hard.USGA screwed this up. The players don’t complain because a course is hard, they complain when it crosses the line and they aren’t rewarded for good shots. You hit it 15 feet from the pin you shouldn’t have to be focused on how not to 4 putt. No one is looking for a course where the winning score is -20. But today, when the leaders make the turn to the back nine, the guy who shoots +1 from there probably wins. Not exactly what you want to see.
I think he's talking about yesterday (and the first two rounds) more than today. DJ had 38 putts yesterday. The most in his career in a PGA event. If he just had a normal day with something like 28 putts, he'd have a 10 shot lead to start the day. He had 26 and 27 in the 1st two rounds.You're writing Koepka off way too easily