Keep that card

Adam Scott: The 2013 Masters champion matched the second-best final round in U.S. Open history with a bogey-free 64. The lowest score remains Johnny Miller’s 63 at Oakmont in 1973. Peter Jacobsen shot 64 at The Country Club in 1988, and Tom Kite and Vijay Singh did it at Southern Hills in 2001.

Toss that card

Chris Kirk: Was left in fits by the short, par-4 opening hole and its elevated green. His tee shot found the left rough, and his approach to the green came up short. His next five shots up the slope all rolled right back to his feet. When Kirk finally got onto the green, about 30 feet from the hole, he promptly three-putted for a 10. He ended up with a 78.

On the course with ...

Jason Day: For three holes the Australian walked much more briskly than he had Saturday. Then he hit his fourth tee shot and started the arduous hike that is the 479-yard fourth hole. The hole climbs unremittingly uphill for nearly its entire length. By the time Day walked onto the fourth green, he no longer looked like the same person who had teed off roughly seven minutes earlier.

U.S. Open moment

One of the most accurate players off the tee all week, Branden Grace sent his tee shot on the par-4 16th so far right that it cleared the black chain-link fence denoting out of bounds, bounced down an asphalt path and came to rest against another chain-link fence that separates pedestrians from the train tracks. The two-shot penalty meant Grace was hitting his third shot from the tee. It was a turning point for the South African, who shared the lead with Jordan Spieth at the time.

Chip shots

• Cheng-Tsung Pan, who just completed his college career at Washington, was the last player in the field not to make a three-putt. That run lasted for 66 holes before a three-putt bogey on the 13th hole Sunday.

• Brian Campbell shot a final-round 68 to finish as the low amateur (5 over).

Key hole

Par-5, 601-yard No. 18: Citing wind conditions, the USGA made a decision to play the 18th as a par 5 rather than turn the final hole of the U.S. Open into a par 4, which was sure to generate more controversy.

Quote of the day

“Proud of myself the way I came back and kept on playing and knew my game was not far off.”

— Louis Oosthuizen, who finished second despite a 77 on Thursday.

Tweet of the day

“The U.S. Open is a great tournament with incredible history. The [USGA] should be ashamed of what they did to it this week.”

— Chris Kirk (@Chris_Kirk_)

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