Sport U.S. Open 2018: Goosen expects tricky Shinnecock to level the playing field

12:55  11 june  2018
12:55  11 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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There were 35 players in the field , and only 28 finished the 36-hole championship. Notable: Floyd had only two top 10s in 21 attempts at the U . S . Open until he won at Shinnecock Hills. Summary: Retief Goosen won his second U . S . Open in three years and sent Phil Mickelson to more heartache.

All signs are pointing towards the 2018 U . S . Open being a week full of intense moments and plenty of drama. Now that the “longest day in golf” is officially behind us, the 156-man field is starting to really take Retief Goosen . He won the 2004 U . S . Open at Shinnecock Hills but won’t be there this year.

retiefgoosen - Cropped: Retief Goosen with the U.S. Open title © Provided by Omnisport Retief Goosen with the U.S. Open title

Retief Goosen says the nature of the course at Shinnecock Hills should help level the playing field at this week's U.S. Open.

South African Goosen was the last player to triumph at the venue in the U.S. Open, holding off home favourite Phil Mickelson in a thrilling climax to the 2004 event.

On that occasion, the United States Golf Association received fierce criticism over the course, with narrow fairways and the decision not to water greens for the final round making scoring extremely difficult.

Goosen and Mickelson proved the only players to finish under par, while Ernie Els – playing with Goosen in the final pairing – shot 80 in round four.

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FILE - In this June 20, 2004, file photo, Retief Goosen , of South Africa, holds the U . S . Open Championship trophy at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. The 2018 U . S . Open returns to Shinnecock Hills for the fifth time, June 14-17, 2018 .

”The U . S . Open really is, we consider, golf’s ultimate test and accuracy needed to play a bigger role in that,” said Mike Davis Mickelson suffered one of his six U . S . Open heartaches at Shinnecock Hills, three-putting from 5 feet on the 17th hole for a double bogey to finish two shots behind Retief Goosen .

This time around, the fairways should be considerably wider but Goosen expects that level par may be enough to lift the trophy come Sunday.

"I can imagine it's going to be tough and long. We can expect a winning score close to even par," Goosen, speaking at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club, told Omnisport.

"Most golf courses these days are suited for the long hitters. The last time we played there it was difficult to hit the fairway.

"It was difficult to keep the ball on the greens. I think the course is going to be suitable for all players."

Goosen's victory at Shinnecock marked his second U.S. Open triumph and came amid raucous backing for then Masters champion Mickelson.

Mickelson, who started the day two back from Goosen alongside Els, had taken a one-stroke lead with birdies at the 15th and 16th, only for a costly three-putt from four feet at the 17th to derail his hopes.

Reflecting on that day, Goosen said: "It was a tough event mentally for me. Although it was for my second U.S. Open I was in the lead.

"It was tough to play in front of [the fans], Phil Mickelson was a crowd favourite. That was the hardest thing to block out that day.

"Teeing up on the first hole was pretty nerve racking. Playing with a fellow South African [Els] made it a little more comfortable playing than with Phil Mickelson.

"Tiger [Woods] at that time he was looking like he was going to win every major he was turning up at. He didn't for some reason play that well and Phil Mickelson played well and it was pretty tough to block out the crowd noise.

"So, in a way, it was good that Tiger was not doing that well that week."

U.S. Open afternoon conditions 'too tough', says USGA .
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