Dustin Johnson surrendered a four-shot lead to fall into a four-way tie-atop the US Open leader-board as Shinnecock Hills again battered the world’s best golfers on Saturday.
World no. 1 Johnson closed with a three-putt bogey at the 18th in a seven-over par 77 that left him tied on three-over par 213 with a Daniel Berger, Tony Finau and defending champion Brooks Koepka.
Berger and Finau teed off early and stormed up the leader board with four-under par 66s, playing before sunshine ane sea breezes dried out the course.
By the time the leaders teed off, Shinnecock’s greens were hard and fast, and players could only watch as good approach shots rolled off the domed putting surfaces and lightly tapped putts skated past the hole.
The sight raised the spectre of the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock, when weekend wind dering some of the greens virtually unplayable by Sunday.
“Frankly, we missed it with the wind,” admitted it US Golf Association chief executive Mike Devis.
“The speed of the greens was too much for the wind we had. It was a very tough test, but probably too tough this after noon.”