My First U.S. Open Roar at Chambers Bay

My First U.S. Open Roar at Chambers Bay

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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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