June 21, 2015 - 6:42pm
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy needed to go low -- really low -- at Chambers Bay on Sunday to have any chance at winning the U.S. Open. So far, he's doing just that.

The world's No. 1-ranked player entered the final round of the U.S. Open with nothing to lose, really. At 4 over, he was eight shots out of the lead.

Anything can happen in a U.S. Open, but, let's be honest -- low numbers aren't easy to come by.

Evidently, Rory McIlroy never got that memo.

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McIlroy was 6 under through his first 13 holes with six birdies, including this bomb on No. 13 from 72 feet:

 

For the record, Johnny Miller has the lowest final round in U.S. Open history -- an 8-under 63 at Oakmont in 1973. Miller won that year by one shot over John Schlee.
 

McIlroy is on fire at Chambers Bay, holes 72-foot putt
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.

 

Kirk started his day with a 10 on the first hole
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? 

 

 

Keegan's kick-in
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. 

Els holes out for eagle on No. 16
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.

Mickelson whiffs on chip shot
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:

 

Horschel takes ax-like swing with putter after bogey