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Sunday
Jun182017

2017 U.S. Open: Round Four This And That

The on-site forecast calls for winds 15-25 mph out the west until noon, shifting to WNW at midday and letting up a bit around 4 pm CT.

Already we've seen that Erin Hills will play as a much different course, with greens noticeably faster and one hole location (13th) moved.

The flag on the 18th hole will pay tribute to Arnold Palmer, as shown in this Facebook live of the pin placement. There is also a change to the grandstand canvas featuring a Palmer tribute. All players and spectators are receiving a replica pin of his 1960 contestant badge. So cool!

I'll add the course setup notes of note when we receive them.

Golfweek's staff made picks. I went with Rickie, because I know you were dying to find out.

Day four links...

Your television full viewing guide is here.

USOpen.com has live featured group and hole coverage early in the day.

Tee times.

The leaderboard.

Golfweek's Live Blog

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Reader Comments (24)

Mike Davis on FOX.
Awesome.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterZimmer
Don't understand why they won't stream full coverage for people that don't cable. I guess I'll catch the highlights later.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCottriab
And featured holes apparently can't go to fullscreen.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterV.Lind
FOX is not cable.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterZimmer
Lot of decorative bunkers at Erin Hills!

Brendan Steele: "Some of the... bunkers are a one-shot penalty, too. They're very steep. You get a lot of lies that aren't very good."

But what does he know anyway? Guy's a chop. Ex-Ryder Cup referees know a lot more.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
This was one of the most boring US Open's ever.... Glad it won't be hosted at Erin Hills for 10 years.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames
Oh, Scott, always fishing for someone to take the bait...
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
The USGA continues to rob golfing public of the great #USOpen tradition with: Fox Sports, Chambers Bay, Erin Hills; some silly rules overhaul next?
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
Fox has had 3 years and they are not any better. Announcers are awful and apart from better use of flight tracker, all aspects of the telecast are TripleA
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMy 2 cents
I think if the wind had shown up, the course would have been much more interesting.

But when will the USGA realize that the longer they make their courses, the more likely they are to get the Dustin Johnsons and Brooks Koepkas of the world as champions? Bomb and gouge is now the only way to win at the US Open. That's not the way it used to be.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEagle 1
Dull champion, dull course, dull broadcast.

Diana Murphy didn't do too bad. David was obviously nervous. But didn't it seem a little strange? As if there was no one there watching the presentation? They definitely didn't use speakers or anything so that the crowd could hear. I like Curtis alright but why was Buck not asking those questions? Very anti-climactic feeling moment.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFour Putt
Very odd Open and broadcast. I wonder if the USGA has an escape clause in their rights deal? It might be worth pursuing because after improving in year 2 over their first time, Fox seems to have regressed.

I found the announcing bizarre. It wasn't an issue with Buck; he barely said anything. Faxon was babbling away like he was being paid by the syllable and was essentially the main voice we heard much of the day. The on-course announcers were barely heard. Fox still seemed to rely on tower and crane cameras, which still have a hard time following and spotting balls in flight and on the ground. We never saw a full-field leaderboard. Only when a player finished on 18 did we see their scorecard. We had the very awkward correction of Buck by Faxon on the ID of Koepka's girlfriend after the round. And Ms. Sonders disappeared for most of the day again. No loss. It was Not Good.

If I was the USGA I would be studying that rights deal very, very carefully in the days ahead. Maybe NBC can get the USGA a good lawyer.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg B.
Bomb. Ok.
Gouge? Not many who spent much time in the rough were around late.
You forgot putt. Koepka. Any questions?
I didn't see Brooks gouging much. The course clearly identified the best player this week.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDon
And that awful airplane noise which was constantly in the background. Would have preferred for that to have gone down than a blimp!
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFour Putt
Favorite part of the "broad" cast when Azinger mis identified Koepkas girlfriend! I wonder if Becky knew she wasn't the flavor of the week! Sometimes we don't need to know......
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterForeRight!
You can tell the people who are old don't like the long hitters. Life is passing them by and they are bitter. Not long ago they would have been lamenting the demise of the hickory shaft. They don't like the power game because they never possessed it. They fancy themselves as Cory Pavin carving a balata. It is now an athletic competition.

Erin Hills closes course months before the open-nice job.
USGA brings open to Wisconsin and a public course. No problems-good job.
Golf wins the trolls on this site loose.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRors
@Four Putt - The airplane was towing an anti-Trump banner, paid for by a women's right group apparently.

https://sports.yahoo.com/protest-president-trump-comes-u-s-open-204915108.html
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg B.
One more thought. Before we wax nostalgic about how golf was in the good old days, we should remember few hit it farther or higher than Jack Nicklaus. Length and strength are advantages. Ever has it been so.
One more thought. Before we wax nostalgic about how golf was in the good old days, we should remember that few, if any, hit it farther or higher than Jack Nicklaus. Length and strength are advantages. Ever has it been so.
There's got to be a happy medium between the travesty at Merion and 60 yard wide fairways.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTremendous Slouch
Royal Birkdale and the Open can't come soon enough.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
It's true that not much gouging happens anymore, as the tech has made the bombing too accurate. Everyone can swing hard every time, with little fear of a mishit.

Let's remember that Jack played within himself most of the time, only unleashing when the reward was worth the risk. Now, that strategic element, that thinking part of the game, has gone away, another victim of the failure to rein in the ball and the clubhead.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEagle 1
Greg B. well spoken analysis of the coverage.

four putt- you liked Curtis? His delivery still is one of '' only I am right!'' and the terrible gaff of having HIS shadow covering half of Brooks face in the interview was so pathetic, i found it hard to believe he didn't have a producer screaming in his ear to move so asto remove the shadow. Very poor TV. Amateur hour...

dig
06.19.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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