Ames ends U.S. Open on high note

Stephen Ames of Canada watches a shot during the first round of the 112th U.S. Open. (AFP)

Stephen Ames of Canada watches a shot during the first round of the 112th U.S. Open. (AFP)

KIRK PENTON, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:27 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO - Stephen Ames put on a green jacket Sunday.

Unfortunately for him, it was not the Masters. It was the 17th hole at Olympic Club and fog was starting to roll in off the Pacific Ocean, cooling off the course.

Nonetheless, the 48-year-old from Calgary, who was the lone Canuck in the field at Olympic, did not finish dead last thanks to a final-round 72.

He made a horrifying, downhill 30-foot putt for birdie on the 18th to end his week on a high note.

"Very scary. And I barely touched it," Ames said. "I thought, uh oh, I think I've hit it too hard. And I got lucky it broke and went in the hole. That happens."

Ames started the day in dead last, posted a 72 and started climbing. When the carnage had concluded, Ames had climbed to 68th.

He can thank the course for that.

"What was really tough about it was how inconsistent it was," he said. "The front nine greens were somewhat receptive, and then the back nine greens became almost impossible to stop to almost two and a half, maybe three feet faster."

No one knows if Ames was speaking for the field, but he ripped the United States Golf Association for its setup of the course. He said it was obvious the greens on the back nine weren't watered, which resulted in the inconsistency.

Ames feels it's time for the USGA to stop trying to make their U.S. Open courses so tough. He stopped short of calling Olympic unfair, but he did say it was "tricked up."

"The only time they get away with it is when we go up to the East Coast and it (bleeping) rains every bloody day," Ames said. "Any time they get dry conditions they go and screw it up. And that's unfortunate. Very unfortunate."

Ames will take this week off and then head to Congressional for the AT&T National, hosted by Tiger Woods.


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