US Open notebook: Was Bubba Watson onto something with extreme putt?

The video Bubba Watson posted to Twitter on Friday exemplified just how extreme some of the slopes on the greens at Chambers Bay can get.

So extreme, he turned his back to the cup and still the ball found its way to the hole.

Watson was just messing around, sure ...

Or was the left-hander onto something?

“It’s fun to do, but that would be pretty rare to see that here,” said Jordan Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller, the former University Place schoolteacher. “For the most part you can’t use those slopes that much.”

Spieth, the No. 2-ranked player in the world behind Rory McIlroy, played 18 holes Sunday, finishing alongside eighth-ranked Rickie Fowler, after playing 18 on Saturday.

Fowler said Chambers Bay’s greens played much like those at the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Course, a tournament he played in from May 28-31.

“But as far as in the U.S., there aren’t a lot of similarities,” Fowler said. “This is very different.”

Fowler said he might find a situation where he would pull off a stunt similar to Watson’s, just not as extreme.

“There are going to be some tricky situations out here, so you have to be aware of what’s around you and use some possible slopes,” Fowler said. “But at the same time, you want to keep it as simple as possible. You just have to deal with it as you go.”

He said everything felt like a British Open except for the good weather, which was higher than 70 degrees most of the day.

Fowler is paired with Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen for the first round that begins at 7 a.m. Thursday.


Woods spent part of his Sunday working on each of his clubs at the driving range. He successively went through his irons and worked in a couple of drivers. He didn’t stop to work on his putting at the adjacent putting green.

Woods was unsurprisingly without his signature Sunday playing attire — red shirt and black slacks. He’s saving that for this week.


Marcus Fraser of Australia was the first person to register on-site for the U.S. Open on Sunday. ... Sunday was Flag Day, and a U.S. flag was raised in the Central Meadow. ... The first player press conferences are scheduled for Monday, with Lee Janzen, Ryan Moore of Puyallup, Jason Day and Spieth scheduled to talk.