Two eagles scored by Mackenzie Hughes and Louis Oosthuizen in the penultimate round of the US Open on June 19 evoked the image of Tiger Woods on his way to winning the 2008 tournament.
13 years ago, the American Golf Association also held the US Open on South Torrey Pines, par71. At that time, Woods scored an eagle on holes 13 and 18, thereby reaching the top of the board after 54 holes. In the final round, he and Rocco Mediate both finished at -1. In the end, Woods went to the podium after beating his opponent on the 19th extra hole.
This year, Hughes scored an eagle with a 18.2-meter putt on the 13th green.
And Oosthuizen is 15.2 meters away at hole 18.
Those two eagles helped push Hughes and Oosthuizen to the top of the table at -5 after 54 holes, alongside Russell Henley. Hughes is from Canada, Oosthuizen is of South African descent while Henley is a native. Out of this trio, Henley was in top form and most consistent – leading from the start of the tournament.
But the closing date is expected to be tense. Because right after T1 at a two-stroke difference is T4 with a formidable duo – former world number one Rory McIlroy and defending champion Bryson DeChambeau.
US Open 2021 started with 156 golfers, then 71 people were cut. And out of 54 holes, only 13 players scored negative. This group includes five people in the current top 6 in the world, from the top of the OWGR table, including Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele. Rahm is at T6 (score -2) while Johnson, Morikawa and Schauffele are at T9 (-1). Yesterday, Johnson alone jumped the highest – 21 steps thanks to 68 strokes.
Justin Thomas third OWGR is on T14 (even par), next to Brooks Koepka. This position is five strokes from the top of the table, so in theory there is still a chance to win the championship.
The ceiling of the round at this year’s tournament is still 67 strokes.
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