Jeff Ritter joined Golf.com in 2010 after working as a producer for SI.com. He has written and blogged on the rise of K.J. Choi, the influence of Buddhism on Tiger Woods and numerous golf-travel destinations. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in sports management and later earned a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
You can point to several areas where it went wrong for Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open. His putting stroke wasn't ready for Shinnecock's slick, slopey surfaces. Perhaps he should've hit more drivers and fewer stingers.
The jigsaw puzzle of holes at Shinnecock Hills presents unusual challenges for Tour pros in he hunt for the Open. But three players alive today have solved it, and they remember how they pieced it all together to claim the title.