Martin kaymer also struggled at 113. US open not played out of its crisis. Frustrated, the 28-year-old professional golfer had already booked his early flight out, but then surprisingly made the cut at merion golf club in ardmore, pennsylvania.
Everything that came after that was just a disaster. With a disappointing 225 (76+72+77) strokes, the man from the rhineland was already far behind in 63rd place before the final round. "It was really hard today, the flag positions were even trickier, plus we had more wind," kaymer told the internet portal golf after his messed up round.De. "There are so many beautiful golf courses in the U.S., I was very surprised that we were playing here."
Kaymer criticized above all the unnecessarily lengthened holes on the old golf course, which posed rough problems for all world-class professionals. "But in the end, of course, it’s up to me. Other players can also play good rounds here. I just realized early on that the course wasn’t for me. That’s why I was glad to have played four rounds here," said germany’s best player.
Compatriot marcel siem (221 strokes) played a 77 on the third round like kaymer and fell back to position 44 before the last 18 holes. "Unfortunately, i didn’t really appreciate the wind at all. About ten times the ball flew directly onto the stick. Every time it was either too long or too short. It was simply a day on which nothing went right," said siem, who was even in the top 20 at one point. The lack of consistency became an anathema to him.
How best to deal with the difficult conditions was demonstrated by phil mickelson, who went into the final round in the lead. The four-time major champion from the u.S. Played a par round on the par 70 course on saturday and finished one stroke below course standard for the overall total of 209 strokes. "I love playing up front," said the five-time US open runner-up. The two americans hunter mahan and steve stricker, as well as charl schwartzel (sudafrica) shared second place with a one stroke gap.
Tiger woods, who had been considered the top favorite in the run-up to the tournament, had no chance. The world’s number one was ten strokes behind mickelson and struggled with his putts in particular. The 76 was the worst round of his professional career; only as a 19-year-old amateur had he carded a 77 at oakland hills in 1996. "This is very frustrating because i felt i was playing well. I just didn’t make the putts I needed so badly," said the 37-year-old. On the pitch, he pushed his basecap deeper and deeper into his face in disgust. After the round he was received by girlfriend lindsey vonn.
The 19-year-old amateur michael kim, on the other hand, caused quite a stir. "It was a great day," said the american student who went into the final from tenth place. Because he arrived without a caddie, he was accompanied by a bag carrier from the local club, who otherwise works as a barkeeper.