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But it wasn’t easy.

“This will tell you how fast it was,” Garcia said. “Usually when you are putting on fast greens, you have an idea where the ball is going to stop. And today, you didn’t. You thought the ball was going to stop 2 feet behind the hole, and it went 6. It was pretty much as simple as that.

“Was it unfair? I wouldn’t say it was unfair,” he said. “It was borderline. It was very close. It felt like the greens were very close to Shinnecock Hills at the U.S. Open.”

Ernie Els might have summed up the day better than anyone. He finished his 72, sat down for lunch and said, “The boys out there are going to have some fun.”