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"I think a lot of players, and I'm one of them, have lost some respect for the USGA and this championship this year for the greens," Horschel said.
"[USGA Executive Director] Mike Davis can push back as much as he wants, but when you have a majority of the players commenting publicly, and some of them aren't because they don't want to get the pushback from it, then there's an issue. There's obviously an issue with these greens, and I don't know if he's just trying to sugarcoat it so it doesn't look bad. I heard someone say that the TV is making the greens look worse than they are. That's a complete lie."
Horschel said a Fox anchor asked a caddie earlier in the week if there was grass on the greens. The reply, he said, "Yeah, two blades, and they're nowhere close to each other."
The criticism at Chambers has gone beyond the greens. Horschel said the fans were "robbed" of a good viewing experience because of the inaccessibility to holes.
"To say they built this golf course for the U.S. Open is awful," he said. "And I heard Mike Davis had input into this golf course. That blows my mind that they would build a golf course and not think about the fans and the viewing aspect of it, because that's the greatest thing we have."
Former U.S. Open champion
Out with a whimper
Mickelson closed with a three-over 73 to finish at 13 over.
After opening with a promising 69, the five-time major winner shot 74-77-73.
Mickelson looked more than ready to be done after his struggles at the finishing hole, which was playing as a par five. His third shot bounced just a yard into the deep fescue behind the green, and when Mickelson attempted a flop shot, his club sliced under the ball and didn't move. Mickelson stared down in disbelief and swung again, getting on the green and two-putting for a double-bogey seven.
Despite doing more extra preparation than most for Chambers Bay, Mickelson, 45, was denied an Open win for the 25th time.
Adam Scott shot the course record with a six-under 64. The Aussie, who tied for fourth, didn't make a bogey and birdied two of the last three … Still battling vertigo,