U.S. Open. Defending Champion is Champion Again.

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Defending U.S. Open Champion Brooks Koepka is Champion again at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.

Koepka goes back-to-back at U.S. Open

 

Double Champion Brooks Koepka /  getty

Brooks carded  final round -2 under par 68 to win back to back U.S. Open titles with a +1 over par final total for the 72 holes;

“Man, it feels good to hold this thing again.”

“I enjoy the test, I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that’s what I enjoy.”

“I enjoy hard golf courses. I enjoy playing about the toughest in golf you are ever going to play.”

Tommy Fleetwood, England, was second, with a fabulous last round -7 under par 63, that could have been better, he finished at +2 over par for the competition.Tommy had a great day with the putter and had a chance to record 62, which would have been  the lowest last round at a U.S. Open;

“I actually hit the putt I wanted to, but it was so steep, that green, it was a bit slower than what I thought. I really wanted that 62.”

“I honestly never really thought I was out of it. I just needed a good start, as you never know what’s going to happen.

“Obviously, we knew they would have made it a bit softer today and, looking at the pins, you knew they were going to be more accessible. I knew I was kind of in it teeing off, but you still have to get off to that good start so four under through seven, it was game on.

“I made great putts coming down that back nine, so it’s easy to just look at 16, 18, where I had chances, because that is essentially what it comes down to. But I made so many good putts today. and, to sit here with a chance, I’ll take it.”

Third place went to World #1 Dustin Johnson, who never really got going today, signing for a last round of even par 70 and +3 over par total.

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Meijer LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu Wins.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, wins the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club.

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So Yeon shot a final round -5 under par 67 to post a winning score of -21 under and win the Meijer LPGA Classic, with a two stroke win margin, great putting being the key;

“I was incredibly calm today, I felt maybe it could be my day.”

“My putting turned out really great. I’m really proud of myself today.”

Caroline Mason, Germany, claimed second place, two shots back at -19 under par, a 70 foot putt giving her a -4 under 68 round and -19 under par total to have that place position on her own;

“It’s obviously a great finish with a huge putt on the last.”

“I was barely on the green and made it. I don’t know what that was, 24 meters, a long way, 70 feet or something. So yeah, super happy about the finish today. Second place is great.”

“This year’s been really, really good, very consistent, which is exactly what I’ve been working on. “

“So, extremely proud of the way I’ve played this year, and obviously if you get that close and have that many top tens a win isn’t far away, so that’s obviously the one that’s hopefully coming next.”

Lydia Ko from New Zealand was in third place, a last round -5 under 67  giving her a -18 under par total;

“Overall I played solid, to finish with three 67s, I’m happy with that.”

“This course, you know, you shoot 3, 4, 5 under and there’s somebody shooting 8 under out there.”

“I don’t remember this course being this easy and I don’t think it was easy, but it just shows the amount of talent that’s on our Tour.”

“It’s just good to have a great week.”

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U.S. Open. Dustin Cards +7 Third Round.

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World #1 Dustin Johnson cards a third round +7 over par 77, but is still tied for the U.S. Open lead with Tony Finau, Daniel Berger, and defending Champion Brooks Koepka.

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In a dramatic third round saw two different sets of conditions at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club with the wind, very firm, fast greens and bordering on the ridiculous pin positions took over the afternoon wave of players. Daniel and Tony were in the early wave in the calmer conditions, both shot -4 under par 66, but were still seven shots off the lead. D.J. +7 and Brooks, +2 just had to hang tough and ride it out, with all four players tied at the top of the leaderboard at +3 over par.

Mike Davis, the chief executive of the USGA had this to say of the days events;

“You were seeing shots that were well played and not rewarded.”

“It was a very tough test, but probably too tough this afternoon.”

Dustin echoed those thoughts;

“I’m in a good position in the lead tomorrow.”

 “Today’s round, I didn’t feel like I played badly at all. Seven over usually is a terrible score but with the greens the way they got this afternoon, they were very, very difficult.”

Defending Champion Brooks is in a confident mood;

“There’s nobody more confident, I won this thing last year. I feel really good. My game’s in a good spot. I feel like you got to kind of take it from me, to be honest with you.”

“I mean, my track record is pretty good in U.S. Opens. I feel like the harder the golf course, the better. It’s already going to eliminate so many guys. 

Daniel is trying to ignore the pressure;

“This is why I practice and play because I want to be in this position to have a chance to win golf tournaments.”

 “It hasn’t necessarily gone my way this year but I’ve done a lot of the right things and it’s more about just letting it happen and not putting too much pressure on myself.”

Justin Rose, England, is in fifth place at +4  over par, he also slipped today, signing for a +3 over 73.

In a strange occurrence today Phil Mickelson pushed a putt passed the hole, then ran after it and hit back towards the hole, while it was still moving. That cost him a two-stroke penalty, and a ten on the hole. He finished the day with +11 over par round and +17 for his 54 holes.

The way this course is playing anyone within ten shots of the lead could win.

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Meijer LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu Has 36 Hole Lead.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, has the 36 hole lead at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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So Yeon had a poor day with her tee shots, but made up for it with her putter, to sign for -5 under par 67 today, for a -13 under tournament total, and a one shot advantage for the week-end. She is also looking ahead to the UL International Crown competition in Korea;

“I hit a bit of bad tee shots, quite a lot today, but putting was good enough to make it work.,

 “Then I think I made quite a lot of birdies today after I made three bogeys. I’m happy with 67 today.”

“I played 2014 and 2016 (UL) International Crown and I know how cool the tournament is going to be.”

“Also, I’m an ambassador for UL and it’s going to be more special and then it’s going to be in Korea.”

“So all those reasons make me really motivated to playing well for these three events to make it for Team Korea.”

Tied in second place are two ladies, Sandra Gall, Germany, -8 under 64 today, and Sakura Yokomine, Japan, who also shot -8 under 64 today, both at -12 under for the competition.

Sandra was happy to be in contention;

“It’s nice to see when you’re making the birdies and you see your name at the top.”

“It’s fun when you’re in contention for the weekend. It’s great.”

Another German lady is in fourth position, Caroline Mason is on her own at -11 under after her -6 under 66 in her second round.

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Meijer LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu and Kelly Shon Lead.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, and Kelly Shon, USA, lead the Meijer LPGA Classic after the first round at  Blythefield Country Club.

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So Yeon, bogey free today and Kelly, one bogey, both carded – 8 under par 64 to lead the Meijer LPGA Classic by two shots after day one.

So Yeon has been working on her game, it paid off today;

“I think my long game has been really consistent and I’ve been working really hard with my coach and we’ve been really focused on speed control on the greens.”

“It finally paid off today.”

Kelly has also been practicing hard;

“Just seeing it go in, it builds confidence and it just feels nice, which gives you a good flow to the round just overall.”

I’ve been keeping my head down, just working as hard as I could doing the same things, and so yeah, to be honest, I have been kind of been waiting for a round like this.”

Tied in third place with  -6 under 66 opening rounds  are, Anna Nordqvist,  Sweden, who was bogey free today, Sue Oh, Australia, Celine Herbin, France, and Lizette Salas, USA.

Anna was really happy with her best round so far this season;

“I’ve had a really rough start to the year. I haven’t really felt like myself, but just trying to make a few changes the last couple weeks and get on a better roll.”

“I know good golf is ahead of me, but it has definitely been frustrating.”

“I felt very solid from tee to green, I hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens, had a few short birdie opportunities too so that always helps.”

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U.S. Open. 4 Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a 4 way tie at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard with, World #1 Dustin Johnson, Scott Piercy and Russell Henley, all from the USA, sharing the honor with  Ian Poulter from England, at a windy Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.

Johnson was one of four players to finish Thursday's opening round under par at Shinnecock Hills. (Charlie Kane/PGA TOUR)

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DJ, Scott, Russell and Ian all posted first rounds of -1 under par 69 to top the U.S. Open leaderboard by one shot.

DJ. was happy with his round, and coming off a win last week is full of confidence, even if no one has ever won a PGA Tour event and gone on the win the U.S. Open the next week;

“I’m very pleased with the round. Anything under par on this golf course is very good, especially in the conditions we have today.”

“I felt like from start to finish, it was very difficult.”

“You had to focus on every single shot you hit, putts, everything. You know, it was just difficult all day.”

“Obviously, coming off a win, you’ve got a lot of confidence. I feel like I’ve been playing really solid all year, just haven’t really been getting a lot out of my rounds.”

Jason Dufner has fifth place to himself at even par, after his opening effort of 70.

Poults likened the US Open with a trip to the dentist;

“Through most of the U.S. Opens, I haven’t enjoyed very many, to be honest.”

“They’re difficult. They’re hot. They’re stressful. Feels like you’re pulling teeth every single hole you play.”

“This week, I’ve changed my mindset. I’m here to enjoy my golf this week, to play freely, to go out and just go play golf. If I hit it in the rough, I hit it in the rough.”

“I’m going to try and make par the hard way and just don’t get too bogged down with it.”

You can not win a Major in the first round, but you can certainly lose it; Rory McIlroy, +10 over par today, Jason Day +9, Jordan Spieth, and Tiger Woods +8, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson +7, have a battle on their hands, will be interesting to see if any of these guys can get up and make the cut.

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ShopRite LPGA Classic. Annie Park With Maiden LPGA Win

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Annie Park, USA, gets her maiden LPGA Tour title, the Shoprite LPGA Classic, at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in New Jersey.

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Annie won her first LPGA Tour title with a bogey free third round -8 under par 63, to claim the Shoprite LPGA Classic title with a tournament score of -16 under par, good putting being the key. Annie actually uses a long putter;

“I mean, it’s been a crazy first half of the year.”

 “So I actually struggled with my long putts coming into this event, so I saw Sean (Foley) and we worked on my swing, my short game, even my putting,”

 “I told him I had trouble with my lag putts. He helped me out a lot, and it worked this tournament.”

“My putter was great, it seemed like every putt I looked at went in.”

“I can’t describe in words how I feel, it’s my first win out on tour.”

“I mean, every win is very special, but just having my family out here, my friends supporting me, it’s just; all the fans, my friends back home, I would like to thank all of them.”

Sakura Yokomine, Japan, was second, one shot back at -15 under, an amazing bogey free last round -10 under 61 nearly giving her the title. She had her husband as caddie;

“Through the whole round my husband advised me to be strong. He’s always talking to me.”

“Today I shot my best score so, yeah. So very happy!”

” I have now confidence, but last year I didn’t. So hitting shot right, left, so I don’t know my swing, but this year I know the swing, so my feeling has more control.”

“Now I’m confident,”

Third place went to Marina Alex, USA, her last round -7 under 64 giving her that place on her own at -14 under par, in her home tournament;

 “This tournament has been stressful for me for whatever reason, so to have a great finish is really exciting. I just feel relieved, to be honest.”

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