Genesis Open. Dustin Wins & Becomes World#1.

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Dustin Johnson wins the Genesis Open, & becomes World #1 at the same time, at Riviera Country Club in California.

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Dustin cruised to his win and World #1 tag shooting an even par last round of 71 at the Genesis Open. A -17 under par total giving him a five shot winning margin;

“Feels good. I finished second here a couple of times, lost in a playoff. Came close some other times.”

“It finally feels nice to win on a golf course I really enjoy playing.”

“It sounds good, today was a long day. I played really great all day.”

“I drove it really well with my new M1 driver. I couldn’t have drove it any better.”

“That was a big key for me today.”

“I didn’t finish the last 10 holes the way I’d like to, but I had a pretty good lead. I was on cruise control.”

“It gives me a lot of confidence. It’s going to push me to work even harder and try to get even better.”

 “Sometimes, 36-hole days are good, I had 14 minutes from when I signed my card until I teed off. I didn’t have time to do anything.”

“I got up at 4:30 this morning. Right now, the only thing I’m looking forward to is getting in bed.”

Thomas Pieters, -8 under 63 today, and Scott Brown, -4 under 67, finished tied for second place, both at -12 under par.

Tied in fourth place at -11 under par were Justin Rose, Wesley Brian, Kevin Na and Charley Hoffman.

Wesley said of Dustin; 

“Honestly, I’m surprised it took so long for him to get to No. 1 in the world.”

“He’s got all the talent that you could ever want in a golfer.”

ISPS Womens Australian Open. Ha Na Jang Wins.

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Ha Na Jang, of South Korea, wins the ISPS Womens Australian Open, at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Australia.

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Ha Na shot a final round -4 under 69 in the final round, as those around her stumbled in the late windy conditions, to post a winning score of -10 under par;

“The first hole I was very nervous on the tee because I want to make birdie at every hole, more aggressive and try that.”

” The second shot was a really big miss, a little topping of my ball and after hole number 1 it’s really tough day, because every hole par, par, make par, and then just I talk to caddie, it’s like, “Okay, I try just be patient every hole,.

“Really good score in the after rounds, like after hole number 12, hit a really good birdie 13 and 14 and it really, the topping at hole number 17 is equal, and at 18 it’s a really good strong finish, that’s why it’s good sport today.”

Nanna Madsen, from Denmark was second, a last round of even par 73 good enough to give her that place on her own, at -7 under.

Minjee Lee, -3 under 70, Ariya Jutanugarn, -2 under 71, Haru Nomura, even par 73, and Sarah Jane Smith, +2 over par 75, shared third place at -6 under par.

Genesis Open. Dustin Still Leads As Third Round Suspended.

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Dustin Johnson still leads the Genesis Open as darkness suspended third round play at the Riviera Country Club in California.

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Dustin has yet to start his third round, but still leads the Genesis Open at -10 under par.

With none of the second round leaders starting the third round, the stats are the same as the earlier post with Pat Perez -5 under 66 today, and Cameron Tringale, -7 under 64, sharing second place at -9 under par.

Jhonattan Vegas -3 under 68, Patrick Rogers -4 under 67, and J.T. Poston -2 under par 69, are tied in 4th place at -7 under par.

The tournament officials are confident they can get the competition finished on Sunday, which means of course that the leaders will have to play two full rounds in one day.

That’s tough going, so someone coming in early and posting a good number will have a decent chance.

Genesis Open. Dustin Johnson Soggy Second Round Leader.

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Dustin Johnson is the leader of the soggy second round at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, as the players head out to start the third round.

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Dustin carded -5 under 66 to top the delayed Genesis Open second round with a -10 under par total.

Pat Perez -5 under 66 today, and Cameron Tringale, -7 under 64, share second place at -9 under par.

Jhonattan Vegas -3 under 68, Patrick Rogers -4 under 67, and J.T. Poston -2 under par 69, are tied in 4th place at -7 under par.

Right now the players who made the cut are heading out to start their third rounds, will be interesting to see how far they get.

Two notables not making the even par cut were Hideki Matsuyama, and Ernie Els.

Womens Australian Open. Lizette Salas Leads.

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Lizette Salas, from U.S.A. leads the ISPS Womens Australian Open after 54 holes at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Australia.

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Lizette shot a third round -2 under par 71 to lead the ISPS Womens Australian Open by two shots at -10 under par. She has her dad watching and wants to win with him at the tournament;

“It would be such an honor and it would be my first win overseas, my first win with my Dad here.”

“He wasn’t there (in 2014), he was watching on television.”

“To bounce back from the year I had last year, it would mean a lot.”

“On 18 my hands were a little numb; I was just trying to relax and stay patient.”

“We’ll take it shot-for-shot tomorrow. It’s been a while since I’ve been in this position. I’m just going to embrace it and have fun.”

Sue Oh, from Australia, -5 under 68 today, is tied in second place with Pornanong Phatlum, from Thailand, even par 73, and Sarah Jane Smith, an Aussie, +1 over 74 today, all with -8 under totals.

Sue wants to win her national title and her first LPGA Title;

“I mean, there are still 18 holes to go, I can’t quite think yet, but it’s my national title, so I really want to fight for it.”

“It’s going to be tough, but it would mean a lot.  You can’t really put a word to that.”

” It also would be my first win on the LPGA.”

“It’s going to be tough but it would mean a lot.  You can’t really put a word to that.”

” It also would be my first win on the LPGA. Just a lot but currently I’m happy with how I played today and just tighten up a few more things for tomorrow and see what happens.”

Ex Champion here  Karrie Webb missed her first ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open cut on her 21st consecutive appearance, blaming a poor putting performance;

“It hurts to miss any cut and I don’t like that at all,”

“The putter wasn’t great, but yesterday left me behind the eight ball today and with conditions being tough, I just was trying to play catch-up all day.”

“I had a couple of makeable putts on the front nine that if I’d made those might have changed things around.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genesis Open. Weather in Control, Round 2 Suspended.

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The inclement weather is in control of the Genesis Open, as round 2 was suspended on Friday, at Riviera Country Club. They could have named it River Country Club.

A flash flood watch along with high winds forced the suspension of play Friday at the Genesis Open. (Bill Cooney/PGA TOUR)

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Sam Saunders, who has yet to tee it up in round 2 and Jhonattan Vegas, who is -3 under through 14 holes were sharing the lead at -7 under par, when the heavy rain and wind caused play to be suspended during round 2 of the Genesis Open,  with only 24 players having completing Round 2.

Los Angeles is not known for excessive rain but the city and Riviera Country Club were expecting one of its biggest and nastiest  storms in years.

Mark Russell the PGA TOUR VP of Rules and Competition had this to say to waiting reporters;

“It’s going to get nothing but worse as you can see. So my thought and the staff’s thought was let’s get the spectators and the players out of here and somewhere safe and we’ll see what we do tomorrow.”

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Jordan Spieth made a move before the suspension, carding -3 under through 16 holes, to be at -5 under for the tournament and T4. Getting the putting speed right in the wind was crucial;

“Last week actually was great prep for it because we played through conditions like this that first round so it was just about trying to stay patient.”

“Things aren’t going to always go your way on a day like today.”

“Actually rarely are they going to go your way. So try and pick your spots on the easy holes and then from there hit putts with the right speed and make it as stress free as possible.”

“It’s obviously easier said than done. But very pleased with 3-under on this round. I didn’t think I could get much more out of it.”

Genesis Open. Sam Saunders 1st Round Leader.

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Sam Saunders is the first round leader of the Genesis Open, on the 50th Anniversary of when Grand-Dad Arnold Palmer won the tournament. Play was suspended due to darkness, so there are still some players out there who could change the standings.

Sam Saunders is the grandson of Arnold Palmer, who won the Genesis Open three times in his career. (Keyur Khamar/PGATOUR.COM)

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Sam shot -7 under par 64 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California to lead the Genesis Open, and said he is comfortable of being who he is;

“He just always talked about how much he loved coming out there and playing.”

“I think his celebrity matched pretty well with the celebrity atmosphere that you have here, so he was obviously comfortable with that.”

“There wasn’t a big difference between the man you saw on TV and the man we knew at home.”

“I don’t need to compete against my grandfather’s career. Nobody can.”

“I don’t care how many golf tournaments you win, nobody’s going to compete in the terms of doing what he did for the game.”

“And for me to try to promote my own brand or name would be foolish because I have such a great opportunity to promote and to continue what he has already done.”

“That’s what I’m going to do and not make it about myself.”

Dustin Johnson, J.T. Poston, Daniel Summerhays, Brett Stegmaier, and Cameron Percy, are all tied in second place, two shots behind at -5 under after their opening rounds of 66.