Golf

June 15, 2014

US OPEN: How locals fared (by Bob Gillespie)

Capsule look at SC golfers completing in the US OPEN.

BILL HAAS

(Greenville)

SCORE: 1-over 71; 5-over for three rounds

HIGHLIGHT: After a 2-over start, he saved par with a 20-foot putt at No. 4, then eagled the par-5 fifth; added a birdie at the par-4 14th.

LOWLIGHT: Bogeys at Nos. 2, 3 and 6; a bogey at 15 prevented an even-par round

COMMENT: “This morning I woke up, had a twinge in my lower right back and honestly didn’t think I could play very well, so I was just out there grinding. But I made that (par) putt on 4 and eagled 5 (drive, 5-iron to 10 feet) and that kind of righted the ship. I still hit some bad shots but hung in there. I told myself: ‘This is the Open, you obviously can’t win now, so just do the best you can do. Prove to yourself you’re not going to shoot 80 out here.’ My goal is to shoot one round under par; I would love to shoot something around 70 (today) just to do it. ”

RUSSELL HENLEY

(Charleston)

SCORE: 12-over 82; 16-over for three rounds

HIGHLIGHT: A lone birdie at the par-5 fifth hole

LOWLIGHT: Bogeyed Nos. 6 and 7, double-bogeyed 8, then had five bogeys and another double in a seven-hole stretch of the back nine

COMMENT: “It was a long day out there, I didn’t play very well. I actually hit some good shots on the front, but I just picked the wrong club. Went for green at (No.) 7, tried to drive it, couldn’t have hit any more solid and high, and it was in a bush. Everything just kind of went wrong. They set up the course a little more difficult today, the greens were a little firmer and faster, and I didn’t have my game. But you know what? There’s tomorrow, and I’m going to keep on fighting.”

DUSTIN JOHNSON

(Columbia/Coastal Carolina)

SCORE: even-par 70, 2-under after three rounds

HIGHLIGHT: Birdies on Nos. 10 and 14 in a stretch of 13 holes played at par or better.

LOWLIGHT: Bogeyed two par-4s at No. 2 and No. 16.

COMMENT: Johnson was not available for comment.

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