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Joe Buck avoids Brooks Koepka girlfriend topic this time

Brooks Koepka girlfriend

Brooks Koepka’s US Open win was somewhat marred last year by a broadcast snafu from FOX, so this time around, Joe Buck chose to avoid the topic for the most part.

Koepka made a putt for bogey on 18 at Shinnecock Hills that allowed him to finish 1 over for the round and first at the US Open. After making his putt, Koepka hugged his caddie, got daps from Dustin Johnson and Curtis Strange, celebrated with his father, and then he shared a big kiss with girlfriend Jena Sims.

Buck mentioned Koepka’s caddie, father, and Strange all by name, but he stayed silent during the smooch Koepka shared with Sims.

So why is that significant? Last year, Buck misidentified Koepka’s girlfriend as his previous one. He later had to correct things and note that Sims was Koepka’s new girlfriend.

Later after Koepka’s second straight win at the US Open became official, FOX showed Koepka walking with Sims before they did a recap. That time Buck mentioned Jena, and emphasized her name. He knew it would be an issue people would be watching out for and adjusted accordingly.

Tom Brady on relationship with Bill Belichick: ‘I love him’

Tom Brady

There have been signs of some very obvious tension between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick over the past year or so, but the star quarterback insists any issues the two future Hall of Famers have had are those typical of any long-term relationship.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that will air in its entirety on Sunday, Brady was asked if there are any problems between him and Belichick. He reiterated what he told reporters during minicamp earlier this month.

Brady clearly is not happy that his personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, had some of his access to the team limited in recent years. There’s a definite power struggle going on in New England, and time will tell if it has any impact on the Patriots’ chances of returning to the Super Bowl this upcoming season.

If all was well between Brady, Belichick and the team, Brady’s future offseason plans would look a lot different.

USGA CEO admits US Open course was ‘too tough’

FOX US Open

Even the USGA CEO is admitting that the course at Shinnecock Hills in New York was playing too hard on Saturday at the US Open.

USGA CEO Mike Davis spoke with FOX after the completion of Saturday’s third round and addressed the biggest subject of debate: the course conditions. Davis said the course had gotten too tough.

“We want the US Open to be tough. We want it to be a complete test. But there is no doubt, if you look at how this morning played vs. this afternoon, it was a tale of two golf courses,” Davis said. “No doubt we would admit there were some aspects of this setup that went too far … well-executed shots were not only not rewarded, but in some cases they were penalized. We don’t want that.”

Davis says the area where they really screwed up was misjudging the wind.

“Frankly, we just missed it with the wind. It blew harder than we thought it was going to blow. And the greens got fast. The firmness was OK, but the speed was too much for the wind that we had.

“We would say it was a very tough test but probably too tough this afternoon,” he ultimately concluded.

This is a response that would probably leave many players satisfied. The course already had claimed many of the world’s top players who did not make the cut. Then you had Phil Mickelson shoot a career major-worst 81 on Saturday and commit a serious penalty that had everyone talking. Rickie Fowler shot an 84. Leader Dustin Johnson only had one birdie Saturday and especially struggled on the front nine.

The most critical comments came from Zach Johnson, who said that the USGA had lost the course.

Brooks Koepka, who is tied for the lead, said he hoped they would water the greens plenty ahead of Sunday’s final round. It seems they may take his advice.

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Phil Mickelson has harsh response to critics of his penalty

Phil Mickelson moving ball

The difficult course at Shinnecock Hills took its toll on Phil Mickelson Saturday, who pulled a questionable sportsmanship move.

Mickelson putted a moving ball on the 13th hole during his third round of the US Open, taking a two-stroke penalty in the process.

The five-time major winner acknowledged his frustration had gotten the better of him and that he did it intentionally. He also said that critics need to “toughen up.”

The response from Phil on the course was certainly out of character. His defiance afterwards and lack of apology will certainly lead to only more controversy.

Phil Mickelson says moving ball putt was intentional

Phil Mickelson said after his turbulent day at the U.S. Open that what seemed to be a remarkable mental gaffe was not a gaffe at all.

Mickelson putted a moving ball on the 13th hole Saturday, which resulted in a two-stroke penalty and much controversy. He claimed after his round was over, however, that he knew exactly what he was doing, had no desire to play the shot over, and has considered doing it before.

Naturally, Mickelson faced criticism for his actions even before he said his actions were intentional. That admission will only make the situation more controversial.

Watch: Phil Mickelson penalized after hitting moving ball

Phil Mickelson appeared to have a moment of madness during Saturday’s U.S. Open action.

Mickelson inexplicably hit a moving ball on the 13th hole, ultimately taking a two-stroke penalty and ending up with a 10 on the hole.

Mickelson has had a rough tournament — he was +10 at the time and finished the day at +17 overall — and his putting in particular was way off. The FOX broadcasters speculated that it was a move out of pure frustration and defeat. It goes without saying that he’s well out of contention at this point.

Mickelson’s rough day is a continuing trend. This has been a very difficult tournament for some of the world’s most high-profile golfers.

Jordan Spieth misses first cut at major since 2014

Jordan Spieth get that

Jordan Spieth had a terrible finish to his round at the US Open on Friday that will result in him missing the cut.

Spieth bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes to finish at +9 for the tournament, with the projected cut at eight over. The real heartbreaker was a birdie putt on 18 he missed from fairly close range, leaving him to settle for par.

Spieth was part of a great group featuring him, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, but only one is set to continue for the rest of the weekend. All three players carded high scores on the first day before bouncing back with more impressive rounds on Friday at Shinnecock Hills.

McIlroy shot par on Friday but was unable to make up for his 10-over round on Thursday and will miss the cut. Spieth finished 1 over on Friday, a day after shooting a 78. Mickelson was one under on Friday to finish six over for the two rounds.

This is Spieth’s first missed cut at a major since the PGA Championship in 2014. He had finished in the top four on seven occasions since then, including three major wins.

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