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The Jupiter Police Department has released dashcam footage from Tiger Woods’ field sobriety test and DUI arrest on Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida. Watch the full video below.

According to police reports, Woods was found asleep on the side of the road in a black 2015 Mercedes at 2:03 a.m. on Monday morning. He took breathalyzer tests at 4:28 a.m. and 4:31 a.m., both of which resulted in “.000” readings. Four drugs were listed in the reports, including Solarex, Vicodin, Torix and Vioxx, although it said Vioxx was “not taken this year.”

Woods’ vehicle was also found to have flat tires on the front and rear wheels on the driver’s side, and what was reported as “minor damage to both respective rims.”

On Monday evening, Woods issued a statement saying “alcohol was not involved” and that it was “an unexpected reaction to prescription medications.”

A full timeline of reports on Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest and apology.

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  1. Mad-Mex

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Let be honest, had this been John Daily, all of you hypocrites defending Tiger would be sayin far worse and NONE of you would be defending him.
    He broke the law, now he has to pay, period.

  2. Jack Nash

    Jun 2, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Sad case. Just hope it wasn’t Fentanyl.

  3. Samuel Sia

    Jun 2, 2017 at 2:54 am

    I have a high regard on Tiger Woods as I am his avid fan golfer.

    I knew he is in his lowest in life, and would be happy if Tiger can read this.

    Just be yourself idol, nobody is indispensable in this world – only our God, the Creator.
    I pray that you will be able to rise again inspite of the trials you are facing right now. Please consider your kids, your family and others who cares for you. It’s not yet the end Tiger, I know you can still make a good come back in the game we all love most – GOLF!

    Swing it up again Tiger, show your wits.

    Good luck and God Bless!

    Your avid fan golfer,

    SAMUEL L. SIA
    General Santos City
    Philippines

  4. Dave Ha

    Jun 1, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Back looked great!!! See you in a couple of moths TW!

  5. O

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Did they figure what Eldrick hit to make his tires look like that?

  6. Big Wally

    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    What I want to know is what happened to Woods when the cops released him. No one reported that. Did he walk home? Take a cab? Get picked up by someone or get a ride home in a cruiser?

    • Laggerdagg

      Jun 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      It’s the Big Tiger. He would have had his entire team at the station. Including, legal and medical professionals.

  7. Paul

    Jun 1, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Leave the guy alone. Would you want your embarrassing moments on YouTube?
    No one deserves this much negative attention.

  8. Guia

    Jun 1, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I don’t have a problem with WRX running with the story, it can’t be hidden and the film is all over the net. What is evident is that Tiger is abusing his medication and he is lucky he didn’t kill himself or others. I hope that they suspend his license for awhile, he obviously doesn’t know when enough is too much.

    As far as him having a special card for gambling, whats the big deal. He is grown and can spend his money any way he wants.

  9. Steve

    Jun 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Like Tiger or not, I don’t see the reason for your putting this video on this site except to kick a man when he’s down. Do onto others……

    • Progolfer

      Jun 1, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Agreed!!

    • Whats_Happening

      Jun 1, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      I hate t

    • Whats_Happening

      Jun 1, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      I hate to say it but IMHO, this site over the last year or so is really heading in the wrong direction. I understand this is news but it’s trashy click bait.

      Plus add all the front page articles, that are just basically company advertisements nows. It’s really, really sad to see. This place used to be “the spot” for all new club info, tour only clubs, and real reviews. But now it seems money has killed the integrity. It seems this site is just turning into a GD and GD “Hot List”….

      I know this is the direction it’s heading and it’s really sad…..

  10. Police

    Jun 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    damn cops, atleast they did not shoot him.

  11. Forsbrand

    Jun 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Really sad to se this happen to anyone. These not many who can say they have never driven under the influence be it one beer or a “smoke” who are we to judge. It happened, nobody got hurt, let’s move on and hope tiger can make it back soon, we need tiger back to either see him win again or see how big a gap is there between tiger at his best after back surgery and the top guys at present, Rory Dustin etc

  12. Buck

    Jun 1, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Nike wouldn’t give him a pair of the self-lacing shoes? Cmon now

  13. ooffa

    Jun 1, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Finally a worthwhile article by Golfwrx. Great job. Keep up he good work.

  14. Close this site down

    Jun 1, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    The shanks have spoken. Pay attention idiots.

    • COGolfer

      Jun 3, 2017 at 12:37 am

      I would disagree, the shanks are to show that this is a terrible article.

  15. Close this site down

    Jun 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Whoever in the editorial team feels this is appropriate should be sacked. Utter garbage. #patheticexcuseforjournalism

  16. Ron

    Jun 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    So… he blew “000”, no sign of illicit drugs involved, yet he’s acting this way and an ambulance is NOT called? What if this was someone experiencing a diabetic (low blood sugar) episode?? I’m sure this is going to be an unpopular thought, but police could have done more here.

  17. CT

    Jun 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Typical meddling police should have minded their own business

  18. Jasian Day

    Jun 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Karma yo

  19. Putt for Dough

    Jun 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Officer 1: Dispatch, I’ve got Tiger Woods here, send every other officer that golfs.
    *10minutes later*
    4 police cars arrive

  20. cody

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:38 am

    i dont look at this video and think anything other than the police officer did his job and you can see that tiger was seriously impaired and very dangerous behind the wheel. being arrested was the right thing, whether it was an accident or not.

    I completely buy that it could have been a reaction to drugs but that statement alone does not make all this go away. i watched my mother in law take an ambien, wake up and eat ice cream out of the tub with a slotted spoon and get it all over herself and not remember any of it the next day.

  21. L

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Greatest video, evah!

  22. touchk

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Click bait. That’s what this has turned into. You see a small piece of the situation and it’s automatically assumed he has gone to the dogs. Real fine journalism. If you’ve ever had an Ambien then you’ll know that it can be a bazaar experience. If you by chance add anything to it like pain meds, there’s no telling what might take place. It’s curious to me that he was heading away from his home, dressed like he might have rolled out of bed and put on what was closest. Who’s to say that he didn’t do exactly as the doctor prescribed and woke up in one of those Ambien fogs that I’ve heard can happen. In the meantime, by public opinion and articles like this, HE”S GUILTY AND THE SCOURGE OF THE GOLF WORLD!!!!!! Geez!!!!

  23. Bogeypro

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Shank for Golfwrx… this isn’t a tabloid. Leave these stories to the tabloid mags..

  24. carl spackler

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:12 am

    is this site the new TMZ?

  25. ChrisH

    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Never pleasant to watch when idols take a tumble. Bottom line: this isn’t a crisis. Guy made a questionable decision to drive impaired, no one got injured. No booze involved so that’s a plus. Maybe he did have a medical reaction, and as I’m sure he can afford the best attorneys possible, don’t be surprised if he gets off with a reduced sentence or dismissal. We do that for first time offenders everywhere. Jupiter police were probably salivating over this one. Says a lot about what they are not. In small towns everywhere across the country, local PD typically know everyone. They could have just as easily helped him get home safe and sound with a stern warning – especially since they knew alcohol wasn’t involved. They probably would have done that for a ‘local’. Agree that releasing this footage is wildly inappropriate. Regardless of whether it is considered public access, they are not required to release it unless requested to formally. Bad choices by all involved.

  26. Big Wally

    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Don’t know why everyone is hammering WRX. Woods is the biggest name in golf and this is a huge story. Not covering it would be wrong and look like they were part of the coverup. WRX didn’t work to procure this video. It was released by the police. It is public information.

    • Adam Crawford

      Jun 1, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Exactly. I don’t think the video should have been released by the police, however, they sort of had to in order to ensure transparency of the events that unfolded. I do think he should have been apprehended, but I also think they should have taken him to an Emergency Room to ensure his health and well being. Once that was complete, if they still felt the need, then they could have arrested him at the hospital. Jail may or may not have been the right option under the law, but it should have been the second stop for the night/morning.

      Also, yes, WRX has to cover this because he’s the biggest star in the game, just as they covered the incidents with Robert Allenby and Steven Bowditch and any other incident a golfer or high profile media member may be involved in. There’s no opinion presented in this article or the others on the incident, just the facts as they have unfolded.

  27. Ramrod

    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Shameful on the part of the police to release that

    • BB

      Jun 1, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Not really. With all the lies and straw men coming from Woods’ lackeys (He wasn’t impaired! He blew 0.00!), they had to make sure their bases were covered.

    • Judge Smells

      Jun 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      It is not up to the police, the florida sunshine laws dictates that all this info has to be made publicly available

  28. william

    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Had a co-worker last week take a Ambian on accident with some of his other meds…..He woke up at 0230 pulled fire alarms, walked outside was beating the door with a mallet. Carried on full conversations with us…..come morning had no clue of what transpired the knight before. Tiger doesnt look as if hes dressed to go anywhere……I think he might have been having a similar experience

  29. JeffSessionsisEvil

    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Learn from this, GolfWRX, and don’t do things like this again.

  30. KT

    Jun 1, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Pretty low to show that. Leave him alone.

  31. TheField

    Jun 1, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I was going to join ClubWRX, but the stories here lately, most noticeably this one above, is so below journalistic standards it is tough to support this site.

  32. mlecuni

    Jun 1, 2017 at 7:36 am

    This website deserves better content.

  33. Quentin

    Jun 1, 2017 at 3:23 am

    This is crazy that the Police is allowed to released that, it should be confidential…
    Live him alone!!!

  34. Alexander

    Jun 1, 2017 at 2:51 am

    That’s the lowest GolfWRX ever got!

  35. Raj LP

    Jun 1, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Solid piece of Tabloid coverage. Please don’t go back to your regular programming.

  36. FLag Pepper

    Jun 1, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Blown away that this would be released. Disappointed that it would be circulated by Golf media.

  37. Getemgoose

    Jun 1, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Golfwrx has really gone down hill. Really feels like some women’s gossip magazine at the end of the aisle, every freaking morning. Really bad taste in posting this. “He could have killed someone” well, he didn’t. He needs some help. If you’ve never had back spasms or on meds for it, you’ll never know the state of mind they put you in, regardless of your financial status. Golfwrx, see ya, and all the self righteous that want to hammer the first nail in the stake. Pathetic, ever since you’ve swarmed with sponsorship you’ve turned into a joke.

    • MattyH

      Jun 1, 2017 at 12:48 am

      Let’s be clear on a few issues here. Reports do indicate that Tiger blew 000’s on the breathalyser. Fine. Yes, he is most likely on prescription pain killers following his recent surgery. The assumption I’m seeing from people is that they think that he was just a little loopy from his meds. On the police report it says that he submitted to a urine test. There are no results yet from that. I will be interested to see what information is gleaned from that test. Did he severely over medicate himself? Other drugs, perhaps? And as far as reporting this story so heavily, remember that this is Golfwrx. They report on all things golf. This is their wheelhouse. It’s like telling CNN not to report news about Trump’s antics.

      • mlecuni

        Jun 1, 2017 at 7:35 am

        It’s not because others are misleading with the quality of their content that you have to do the same.

  38. Bruce Ferguson

    May 31, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    These WRX items about Tiger’s latest encounter have me feeling like I’m reading the National Enquirer. I don’t know what combination of meds he was on, but when I was on Vicodin several years ago, I felt outside myself and (driving when I shouldn’t have) nearly took out a row of mailboxes. True, he shouldn’t have been driving. But now that this story has been playing for awhile, I think we can back off and move on.

    It’s a PR setback, sure, but outside of bail, I don’t think his lawyers are tap dancing. It is what it is.

    He wasn’t drunk. He wasn’t found in bed with a dead girl (or a live boy). Let the guy move on.

  39. BabyDraw84

    May 31, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Who let him drive?!

  40. Dat

    May 31, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Very hard to watch.

  41. Double Mocha Man

    May 31, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    The officer indicated he could smell alcohol on Tiger’s breath. Talk about jumping to conclusions. I like the part where Tiger says he likes to “drive”. I think he likes to putt, too.

  42. David

    May 31, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    My wife is a nurse and I had her look up these drugs. One of them has not been in use since 2004. None of them are narcotics besides the Vic’s. He must have took a lot of Vic’s.

  43. Looper

    May 31, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    What bothers me about the video, and possibly the officer did. Tiger needed medical attention, instead of the neurological field tests… Anyone could tell he wasn’t passing field test…

    • Mad-Mex

      May 31, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      What bothers me is that people are actually defending this irresponsible clown, ONLY reason you made that statement IS because he is Tiger Woods.

      • Dat

        May 31, 2017 at 10:31 pm

        That didn’t take long. Would you like to show me on the doll where Looper touched you?

    • MattyH

      Jun 1, 2017 at 12:32 am

      What in that video screams for any need of medical attention? He couldn’t tie his laces. He didn’t know where he was, how he got there or where he was going. He failed every sobriety test because he was dangerously impaired. Maybe not alcohol but something just as dangerous to the lives of the public. There is no visible evidence of a medical crisis of any kind. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck… actually, if it tips over like an inebriated duck and slurs like an inebriated duck, then it’s probably a very drunk duck. If someone in that state told me they were not drunk my next move is not going to be to ask them if they would like me to call them an ambulance. I’m thinking that you only now have this opinion after knowing that he brew 000’s before watching the video. Not having known this, what then would your opinion of the video be? Every bit of his behavior says intoxicated, not medical emergency. And as far as the officers treatment goes; it doesn’t get more professional. This video is going to be used as a training video for police departments, no doubt. The police did well in this case.

  44. rymail00

    May 31, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Man that first vid of the sobriety test was sad to watch.

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Following the departure of Angel Ilagan late last month, Bridgestone Golf has appointed Dan Murphy as President and CEO.

Dan Murphy was previously with the company from 2004 to 2015. He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. As President and CEO, Murphy will be responsible for directing the company’s core business functions, including product planning and production, marketing, sales and customer relations.

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GolfWRX Morning 9: How Brooks Koepka channeled Jack Nicklaus | It happened again | Mickelson theories abound

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Good morning, GolfWRX members. As most of you are signed up for our newsletters, you likely already know that I’ve been sending this little Morning 9 roundup of nine items of note to start your day.

In case you’ve missed it, or you prefer to read on site rather than in your email, we’re including it here. Check out today’s Morning 9 below. Feedback is always welcome–send everything from news tips to complaints (hopefully more tips than complaints)!

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

 

June 18, 2018

Good Monday morning, golf fans. However poorly your start to the week is going, you can rest assured it’s better than Mike Davis’. The USGA head will continue to parry criticism about course conditions at Shinnecock and the decision not to disqualify Phil Mickelson. Needless to say, it’s not the look the folks in Far Hills wanted.
1. BK to BK
Tougher course, same winner: Brooks Koepka won his second U.S. Open in a row AND Joe Buck got Koepka’s girlfriend’s name right. Incredible performances.
  • While there’s plenty of good writing about the golf jock’s win, Tim Dahlberg’s AP columns stands out. “Titled Koepka wins an Open where the whiners go home early,” Dahlberg looks at BK’s win through the old Jack Nicklaus quote that he knew he didn’t have to worry about anyone complaining about the U.S. Open setup.
  • Now, the validity of player gripes in Nicklaus’ era versus today is up for debate. However, it is worth noting that Koepka didn’t complain once in the course of his W.
  • Said Koepka after his win: “I enjoy the test. I enjoy being pushed to the limit,” he said. “Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that’s what I enjoy. I enjoy hard golf courses. I enjoy playing about the toughest in golf you are ever going to play.”
2. The faltering of Dustin Johnson
Not to kick a man when he’s down, but it’s worth remembering that Dustin Johnson was 4 under par after two rounds at the U.S. Open. Brooks Koepka’s winning score was 1 over, and DJ himself ultimately finished at 3 over par.
  • What went wrong for the World No 1
  • Golf Channe’s Will Gray spelled it out: “The culprit for Johnson’s regression was clear. After leading the field in strokes gained: putting through the first two rounds, he couldn’t get comfortable on the greens on the weekend. Johnson needed 38 putts to complete his third round, T-64 among the 67 players who made the cut, and his 35 final-round putts were T-63 in the same category.”

3. Tommy 63

Here’s a take: Tommy Fleetwood’s final-round tournament record-tying 63 won’t get the love it deserves both because Fleetwood didn’t ultimately win and because of the USGA’s rain god routine prior to the final round
  • This is a shame. Fleetwood’s 7-under final round was one bad putt read at the 18th hole away from a 62. The score would not only have been a historic achievement–the lowest round in U.S.Open history–but it would have tied him with Brooks Koepka.
  • Here’s another take: We focus too much on the Englishman’s hair and beard (both of which are epic at the moment). He has top-10 finishes in the last two U.S. Opens and has added his name to a shortlist of players on the verge of a major breakthrough.
4. USG-let it get aw-A-y
Helped by a few dicey pins and more wind than expected, Shinnecock Hills got away from the USGA late Saturday. And while the tournament is over and the damage done, plenty continue to discuss the topic.
  • Geoff Shackelford broke it down nicely for Golfweek.
  • “Shinnecock Hills 2018 will be remembered for Wednesday night’s round-saving watering, not hydrating enough Saturday and an emergency drenching Sunday to keep the place from spilling into absurdity.”
  • “For two of its final three days, the U.S. Open faced bright, dry and potentially fast conditions. The U.S. Golf Association fed Shinnecock Hills enough water. History, however, will remember Saturday’s gaffe when players putted off browned-out greens as balls would not stop rolling and, most disappointing of all, the morning wave faced wildly better course conditions compared to the beleaguered afternoon leaders.”
  • “The lessons of 2004 were not learned….The mistake that could never happen again, happened again.”
5. Mickelson’s field hockey remains baffling
What to say about Phil Mickelson? The left-hander’s child-playing-putt-putt routine Saturday continues to confound, especially after Mickelson declined to talk to reporters Sunday and engaged in a mock celebration at the 13th hole (scene of the Saturday crime) Sunday.
  • Some scribes question whether Mickelson’s move (essentially taking the penalty to save time and avoid pain) was as calculated as Lefty later made it seem. Reports indicate Mickelson told playing partner Beef Johnston he wasn’t sure what the rules dictated in such a situation…before later telling reporters he knew the rules and was using them for his advantage.
  • Plenty continue to discuss the incident from an etiquette standpoint. Just as many debate whether Mickelson ought to have been disqualified or withdrawn from the tournament. And of course, some celebrate the gesture as a perceived middle finger to the USGA, its course management, and hole locations.
  • In short, Mickelson’s polo playing will remain a topic of discussion.
6. Parziale and father
No. 6 was going to be Ian Poulter complaining about the USGA and U.S. fans, but really, whose life is going to be enhanced by that? So, instead, how about Matt Parziale?
  • The reigning U.S. Mid-Am champ, already much discussed owing to his Massachusetts firefighter backstory, not only made the cut at the U.S. Open (as you probably know), but he had his father on the bag all week.
  • Heckuva Father’s Day! Parziale finished 5 over par Sunday to tie for low amateur at 16 over for the tournament.
7. Other golf!
In case you missed them, there were professional golf tournaments not named the U.S. Open played last week. Here’s one.
  • So Yeon Ryu won the Meijer LPGA Classic. Lydia Ko finished three shots back. The win is the sixth of the South Korean’s career and represents a return to form.
  • “If I look back on my season, I wasn’t really satisfied with it and I’ve been really, really struggling, I had a lot of crazy moments,” said Ryu. “I had some good rounds, I had some really bad rounds, so I couldn’t even really finish top-10 much compared to any other season. So all those reasons just drove me crazy.”
8. Gear Dive
Johnny Wunder goes deep with Mizuno Golf Engineer Chris Voshall. Voshall speaks on how Brooks Koepka was the one that almost got away, and why Mizuno irons are still secretly the most popular on Tour.
9. USG-pay d-A-y
The cleverness in this section’s title is over the line, just like Shinnecock Hils, Saturday.
Here are the payouts for top finishers at the (big money) U.S. Open.
  • 1: Brooks Koepka, $2,160,000
  • 2: Tommy Fleetwood, $1,296,000
  • 3: Dustin Johnson, $812,927
  • 4: Patrick Reed, $569,884
  • 5: Tony Finau, $474,659
  • T-6: Xander Schauffele, $361,923
  • T-6: Tyrrell Hatton, $361,923
  • T-6: Henrik Stenson, $361,923
  • T-6: Daniel Berger, $361,923
Rough stuff for Tony Finau, whose double bogey at the 72nd hole cost him more than 200 grand. But at least he didn’t dislocate an ankle in this major championship
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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open

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Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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