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The U.S. Open: Does Wild Finish Make Up For Sub-Par Conditions?

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Calling Jordan Spieth's win Sunday at the U.S. Open golf championship at Chambers Bay one of the wildest he'd ever seen, KPLU's sport commentator Art Thiel said the exciting finish might not make up for the event's shortcomings.

Spieth, 21, won on the final hole when rival Dustin Johnson three-putted from 12 feet out to lose by a stroke.

The epic, pressured end followed three days of player criticism of the dry, fast conditions at the University Place course which was holding its first-ever major tournament. 

"It was very dramatic finish to a wild week of both golf and controversy," Thiel said.  "There was a lot of controversy around the greens at the course. (The players) took to social media to rake it after it was done.

"It's a real blow for a lot of people who worked 15 years in Pierce County to make this dream happen," Thiel said.

"They are going to have to decide what is honest criticism and what is sour grapes."

You can find Art Thiel's work at Sportspress Northwest and Crosscut.com.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.
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