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Justin Rose had a crazy eventful day during first round at U.S. Open (videos)


As the players navigate around the treacherous terrain of Pinehurst No. 2 during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open, no one really should be surprised that the already-challenging course is made all the more insanely difficult when set up for America’s national golf championship. So much so, in fact, that it tests the patience and challenges the skills of the greatest golfers in the world, leaving them often a dumbfounded mess of frayed nerves and a shaken psyche, wondering exactly just what happened to them on the course.

Count Justin Rose among those who at time have been left flabbergasted by where their balls end up despite putting up a shot that seemed just about perfect off the clubface. And even more maddeningly, after the ball lands exactly where he wanted it to land.

But before we get to the shot that probably left Rose justifiably stupefied, Rose had a bit of flub on a simple chip on the 8th hole. Let’s put it this way: It wasn’t the shot Rose envisioned in the least … and Rose’s club paid the price.

Watch as Rose completely chunks his chip shot onto the green, leaving the ball well short of the short grass.

Ugly, man. Ugly. Remember, this is the guy who won the U.S. Open last year.

Rose managed to somewhat regather himself, finishing with a bogey-5 on the hole.

Moving on, when Rose was playing the par-3 17th, he nearly managed to ace the hole with a brilliant shot into the difficult green … only to have the ball roll by the hole … and roll and roll some more … all the way off the green and right into an incredibly difficult lie nearby a bunker.

Great googly moogly. Rose scratched out another bogey on 17 and finished his first round with a 2-over 72. Not too shabby, all things considered.

No word on whether Rose required a sedative after that infuriatingly frustrating round. Goodness knows I would have taken one if offered. Or five.