Monday's roundup: Chambers Bay's Open future uncertain
After seven years of planning, it turns out Chambers Bay Golf Course wasn't entirely ready for its U.S. Open closeup.
That doesn't necessarily mean it won't get a second chance.
The U.S. Golf Association brought one of the sport's marquee events to the State of Washington for the first time, helping to fulfill the group's mission to "grow the game" in a new place.
It meant a financial turnaround for the 8-year-old public course, but Chambers Bay's inconsistent putting greens were exposed and the USGA was criticized for poor spectators' sight-lines on the hilly course.
"We're not looking for perfect greens," Billy Horschel said after his final round. But we're looking for something that's very consistent.
"And for them to say that they built this golf course for the U.S. Open is awful. I feel like the fans got robbed of being able to get up close to the players and see the shots we hit.''
Horschel backtracked on his remarks Monday but stopped short of apologizing.
"I am sorry for my actions on the sixth green yesterday," Horschel tweeted Monday. "I did not hit the green with my putter. But still it's not acceptable behavior to do that."
Horschel, who finished in the top 25, stopped short of recanting his objections to the way Chambers Bay greens putted.
Jordan Spieth won when Dustin Johnson missed two putts from within 12 feet on the 18th green, the first to win and the second to force a playoff. Spieth, 21, is the youngest winner since 1923.
Otto Black shot a 3-under 67 to take a one-shot lead over Sam Weatherhead after the first round of the Michigan Amateur at Plum Hollow in Southfield on Monday afternoon.
Open ratings down
With Tiger Woods missing the cut, the U.S. Open's TV viewership for the final round was down 30 percent from the last time the tournament was on the West Coast.
Sunday's coverage on Fox averaged 6.7 million viewers. That was down from 9.6 million when the U.S. Open was last played on the West Coast in 2012, which allows for the final holes to be played in prime time in much of the country.
This was the first Open of Fox's 12-year contract with the USGA.