Watch: Horschel slams Open greens, during and after round
University Place, Wash. — Billy Horschel did more than just talk about his disgust for the U.S. Open greens.
Playing in one of the first groups of the final round, Horschel made birdies on three of his first five holes. But after missing a putt for par on the sixth, Horschel slammed the heel of his putter into the green — er, brown — putting surface and left quite a dent.
He must be good at dealing with his temper, though. While others going out early Sunday were struggling, Horschel bounced back with another birdie at the eighth.
Horschel's good fortune did not last, though. He missed a birdie putt on the ninth hole and twice made a snaking motion with his hand, to again express his contempt for the Chambers Bay greens.
He bogeyed Nos. 13 and 15 and finished with a 3-under 67 for a four-round total of 4-over 284.
After his round, he ripped the USGA, saying: "I'm not going to hold my tongue on this. This is very disappointing to hold a championship-caliber tournament on greens like this."
The greens at the site of the U.S. Open are supposed to be fine fescue, but poa annua has crept in, resulting in bumpiness that has irked players all week.
"I've lost a little bit of respect for the USGA this week," Horschel said. "The greens are the worst I've ever putted on."