This is a U.S. Open: Soon enough, the course is going to get you.
Russell Henley was tied for the lead after a 1-under 69 and was 1 under for his second round and one back when he came to Shinnecock Hills’ par-4 third (his 12th). And that’s when it all came undone.
He hit his tee shot left into fescue, and then …
Those struggles ended with a triple-bogey seven that dropped him from 2 under to 1 over. He’s still in a tie for fourth, but that is a big mental blow and he’s now four back.
Here’s a visual depiction of how that hole went…
It took 31 holes. but Henley got his “Welcome to Shinnecock” moment.