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June 21, 2015 - 5:58pm
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Chris Kirk
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Chris Kirk tried and tried, but couldn't get a pitch shot to hold the green on the first hole until his sixth attempt and wound up with a 10.

In case you missed it earlier today, Chris Kirk made a sextuple-bogey (is that even a thing?) 10 on the par-4 first hole at Chambers Bay in the final round of the U.S. Open.

Try as he might, Kirk just couldn't get his pitch shot from just off the green up to the hole.

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Click here to watch the video. Six shots before Kirk got the ball to stay on the green.

Kirk wound up shooting an 8-over 78, which is pretty good considering he was 6 over after one hole.

Needless to say, he wasn't pleased and let his feelings be known on Twitter following the round.

 

June 21, 2015 - 4:59pm
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Keegan Bradley
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Keegan Bradley watches the flight of his tee shot on the 12th hole Sunday.

The 12th hole at Chambers Bay is playing as a 270-yard, par-4 today.

As you can imagine, most of the field is going for it off the tee.

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What's hard to imagine, however, is anyone hitting a better tee shot than Keegan Bradley did not long ago:

 

 

How about that? Nothing better than a kick-in eagle, right? 

 

 

June 21, 2015 - 4:44pm
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Ernie Els
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Ernie Els hit a highlight-reel shot on the par-4 16th Sunday at Chambers Bay with this bunker-shot hole-out for eagle.

No matter how you feel about Chambers Bay as a golf course, you've got to admit -- it has produced some awesome looking golf shots.

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The latest was this eagle hole-out at the par-4 16th hole by Ernie Els:

 

That was a special shot -- love how it takes the break on the green and just trickles into the hole.

Els signed for a 3-over 73 on Sunday and finished the U.S. Open at 11-over 291. 

June 21, 2015 - 3:50pm
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson's frustrating week ended with one last trunk-slamming moment -- a whiffed chip shot on the final hole.

It wasn't the greatest week for Phil Mickelson -- a six-time U.S. Open runner up -- at Chambers Bay.

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His 18th hole was a microcosm of the week. He made a double-bogey 7 at the par 5, including this whiff from the greenside rough:

 

Mickelson shot a 3-over 73 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 13-over 293.

June 21, 2015 - 2:59pm
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Billy Horschel
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Billy Horschel is not a fan of the greens at Chambers Bay this week. His frustration almost got the best of him on Sunday during the final round of the U.S. Open.

Billy Horschel took a bogey at the par-3 sixth hole this afternoon at Chambers Bay.

And then this happened:

 

Because of the graphic, it's hard to tell whether or not the putter made contact with the green. There seems to be a little "bounce" at the end, which implies it could have. However, I've got to believe Horschel didn't chop the green -- he knows better than that.

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Horschel also had this funny clip, mocking the greens:

 

It's no secret that Horschel -- among many others -- isn't a fan of the greens this week. Check out this exchange on Twitter from Saturday with Steve Elkington:

 

June 20, 2015 - 9:35pm
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Jason Day
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Jason Day's status for the third round of the U.S. Open was in question after a scary bout of vertigo on Friday. On Saturday, he fired a remarkable 2-under 68.

There was a bit of uncertainty as to whether or not Jason Day would even tee off in the third round of the U.S. Open. And, if he did, there was uncertainty about whether he'd be able to complete his round.

Day, you see, has been battling a case of vertigo. In a scary scene on the final hole Friday, a bout of vertigo hit Day out of nowhere and he dropped to the ground.

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Day completed the hole then went to receive medical treatment.

In a story that's almost to incredible to believe, Day -- very clearly not close to 100 percent health-wise -- was playing like a champion in the third round.

Check out this remarkable tee shot and putt he hit at the par-3 17th hole at Chambers Bay, which -- at the time -- pulled him within one shot of the lead:

 

Immediately after that, Day birdied the 18th hole to shoot a 2-under 68 and take the clubhouse lead.

He respectfully declined a television interview request following the round to... get back to not feeling well.

What an effort by Day. For Sunday, the Aussie has positioned himself for a chance at his first major win.