Kite looks back on windy final round at Pebble

Oh well, it beats Mom feeding you that slop they call food at the nursing home, don't it? On the last hole I was miles out on the fourth shot and could've been looking at a seven or an eight but I hit a great chip to get a six.

"The guys at the scoring table told me that, so I was pretty pumped about that".

Once again golfers were taking full advantage of a softened Erin Hills layout left defenseless by overnight rain, attacking the pins with gusto.

Koepka was also tied for fourth in the US Open in 2014 - albeit 10 shots behind runaway victor Martin Kaymer - and shot 71 at Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur, although he failed to reach the matchplay stages.

"I'll get some sleep and then come out and make a plan", he said. Most flags were just steps off the green, though a few were in accessible bowls.

"I'm going to enjoy my time tonight with my little girl and my wife". I wasn't trying to make three (on the par-five 18th).

Still 250 with your 5-wood is nothing compared to what the Tour pros do now. One shot behind him was South Korea's Si Woo Kim, who posted a 68 in the penultimate round.

The defining shot of this tournament however put that to shame.

The 2015 U.S. Open champion was unable to recapture the magic this week, finishing one-over par for the tournament, but he liked what he saw from the new U.S. Open venue, Erin Hills. Brian Harman, who had the lead coming into the day, made a long birdie putt on No. 3 to join Koepka on top. Tom Farris is the head professional at the Anchorage Golf Course.

"It's hard when you're out there but when I look back, I'll think, 'I played well there". I was just chasing a 63, which seems to be the magic score in the Majors. I've been putting it pretty good. Par was effectively 68, not 72.

The Front 9 has the easiest Holes and with the conditions they way they were, everyone was making Birdies on them. Unless there's a tie at the top, in which case we're all back tomorrow for an 18-hole play-off. The par 5s all are averaging under par for the entire week.

Seven under led after round one and seven under leads after round two, with the weather expected at the weekend, seven under would probably win the tournament. That or roll back the specs on the ball. "That fifth shot on the 18th was the best shot all day".

Everyone has to start somewhere, and that's been the case for the last six majors, all won by players who had never won a Grand Slam event before.

If Johnny Miller were here right now, he'd say, "See the difference?"

UPDATE No. 2 (11:45 a.m. ET): Jordan Spieth is finally having a good day! The likes of Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas and even Rickie Fowler are all in the hunt. And it will play a lot tougher. Fowler, for example, opened with 65 and followed that with a 73. Two down, 14 to go. "Yeah, yeah, I know".

"When you start off like that, you're whole system gets shaken up". He could pass for either a Musketeer or a member of Oasis. Hopefully I do. I'll take it one step at a time. "I kind of wish I'd stuck with it". No son ever had a better father. So those who feel they haven't witnessed enough carnage may finally be able to fill their boots. "Just keep plugging along and try to do the best you can".

  • Julie Sanders