If you're wondering what went wrong for Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock: putting.
Golf Channel’s Will Gray spelled it out: “The culprit for Johnson’s regression was clear. After leading the field in strokes gained: putting through the first two rounds, he couldn’t get comfortable on the greens on the weekend. Johnson needed 38 putts to complete his third round, T-64 among the 67 players who made the cut, and his 35 final-round putts were T-63 in the same category.”
Frank Nobilo’s summation: “I know a razor edge is a very, very fine line. We’ve got to broaden that line. It’s not like what happened back in 2004 [the last Open held at Shinnecock], but it’s eerily close. This week we took a step forward coming back to Shinnecock, but today, sadly, we took a step back.”
Mickelson's behavior on 13 touched off a firestorm of discussions about interpretation, intent and integrity.
Geoff Shackelford: "History, however, will remember Saturday’s gaffe when players putted off browned-out greens as balls would not stop rolling and, most disappointing of all, the morning wave faced wildly better course conditions compared to the beleaguered afternoon leaders."