Six pack puts golfers in the rough
David Toms of the United States hits a shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP)
Olympic’s first six holes lived up their billing during Saturday’s third round.
After everyone had finished the nastiest stretch of the Lake Course, the top five players on the leaderboard had not made a single birdie among them. In fact, the fab five were a combined 6 over par on the first six. And those were the players who were in the lead.
First-round leader Michael Thompson made a birdie, but that was only because he holed his third shot from 170 yards out.
Through three rounds, the first six holes are playing nearly a combined 1,000 strokes over par.
That means the player who can buck the trend and take advantage of the long, narrow and dogleg holes on Sunday could get a massive jump on the field.
Don’t bet on it happening, though.