My First U.S. Open Roar at Chambers Bay

My First U.S. Open Roar at Chambers Bay

Jason Day putts on the 18th hole Sunday at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
Kohjiro Kinno For Sports Illustrated

It’s a feeling you simply have to experience.

I’m talking about the roar, that noise you hear when an approach is stuck or a putt is holed. It rattles the grandstands, it spills out across the course and it gives everyone on the property goosebumps.

There are all kinds of roars — a major championship roar, the Sunday roar, the Augusta roar. The first one I heard came during the third round at Chambers Bay. I was walking the back nine with the final grouping of Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, and word started to spread that Jason Day, battling vertigo, was making a move on Moving Day.

As I was walking down the 14th fairway and marveling at the picturesque view of the Puget Sound, the 6,000 fans in the grandstands at the 18th green erupted. I was hundreds of yards away, but I knew the reason for the roar: Day had birdied the home hole and moved into a tie for the lead.

That moment, that feeling, will stay with me forever.

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