OAKMONT. Pa. – A three-putt on the eighth green Saturday during the third round of the U.S. Open was all Danny Willett could take.
As he walked across the bridge that goes over the Pennsylvania Turnpike to his ninth and final hole of the day, Willett took his anger out on the bridge with his putter.
Just one problem: That's a pretty historic club, the one he used in April to win the Masters, and now ... "unfortunately, it's in two pieces."
"We'll have to get it refurbed and then I won't be using it again," Willett said after his round.
Willett took 129 putts over four rounds – finishing the ninth hole Saturday with a wedge.
"It's not really going to put you anywhere near contention with that amount of putts on this golf course," he said. "You need to get it up and down a lot, and we three-putted a lot. Things just haven't been quite there. I'm a bit disappointed with the week, but could have been a lot worse."
Willett finished at 9-over par after a round of 71 Sunday. He happened to have an extra putter with him to complete Sunday's round.
"Luckily enough, I did this week," he said. "The putter has been bad all week. ... Just a bad week on the greens. They're tricky to read, tricky to keep the pace and line the same."