Danny Lee’s US Open ends in bizarre six-putt meltdown

Danny Lee did something so surreal that you wouldn’t even see it at club level. Alex Perry talks you through it play-by-play

Danny Lee wasn’t having the worst day when he reached the 18th hole on the third day of the 2020 US Open. A nice chip to leave four feet for par and surely he was satisfied with a 3-over-par round of 73 at a tortuous Winged Foot.

Then something extraordinary happened.

He missed that putt and left himself six feet for bogey, before it all started to get a bit surreal. The US Open app says he hit his third putt just four inches, but his next putt after that is longer. So did he hit it backwards? Possibly by accident? Will we ever know?

And that’s not even close to being the end of the saga.

His next putt went almost 13 feet to leave seven feet coming back, his next raced past again and left four feet coming back, his next went 11 feet and left almost eight feet, and that’s the one he holed.

His first putt for par was almost half the length of the sixth putt for quintuple bogey.

Here’s the full breakdown of Lee’s 18th hole:

Shot 1: 288 yards drive to first cut of rough
Shot 2: 156 yards approach to just short of green
Shot 3: 25-yard chip to 4′ from hole
Shot 4: 9’3″ putt to 5’7″ from hole
Shot 5: 4.2-inch putt to 5’10” from hole
Shot 6: 12’9″ putt to 6’11” from hole
Shot 7: 10’6″ putt to 3’9″ from hole
Shot 8: 11’3″ putt to 7’7″ from hole
Shot 9: Into hole for quintuple bogey

Shortly after signing for an eight-over 78, the New Zealander withdrew from the tournament, citing a wrist injury.

Surely the footage of Lee’s meltdown exists. Someone please – PLEASE – find it. It can be my birthday and Christmas present.

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