WGC-HSBC Champions.DJ Definitely Has This Title


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DJ, Dustin Johnson USA, the world #1 definitely has this title, the WGC-HSBC Champions in his pocket, taking a six shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Johnson establishes commanding lead in China

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Following a third round -4 under 68, in the  WGC-HSBC Champions Dustin has a six shot lead, and will definitely win here  at Sheshan International Golf Club in China;

“I’m not going to change anything, I feel like I’ve got a good game-plan for the golf course. I’m going to play it just like I did today.”

“I think the wind is going to be out of the same direction. Might be blowing a little bit harder.”

“But as far as tee-shots and approaches to the green, I’m going to try to do exactly what I did today.”

Brooks Koepka, USA,  is in second place, at -11 under par after his third round +1 over 73 today.

Holding third position on his own is Henrik Stenson from Sweden, a decent third round -3  under 69 lifting him up the leaderboard to -10 under par for the tournament.

Making up the also-rans at -9 under are Justin Rose, England, who scraped round in even par 72 today, and Brian Harman, USA  who carded -2 under 70.

This tournament is about the fight for the minor placings, Dustin has it in the bag.

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U.S. Open. Brooks Koepka Wins.

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Brooks Koepka wins the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course, his first Major trophy

Brooks Koepka pulled away from a crowded leaderboard with three straight birdies on the back nine Sunday at Erin Hills. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Brooks made birdie on  14, 15, and 16, in a final round of -5 under par 67, to win the U.S. Open with a -16 under par total, and a four shot winning margin;

Brooks started his late run by one-putting four consecutive holes to take a grip on the U.S. Open trophy. It started with a nine foot par save Putt at the par three 13th;

“The par save on 13, that built some confidence, that was kind of the changing point of the round for me.”

“I played really solid from the moment we got here on Monday and all the way through until today.”

 “The ball-striking was pretty solid, it had to be today, especially with the wind.”

“This golf course, you had to put the ball in the fairway and if you didn’t you really got penalized, just plain and simple.”

“What I’ve done this week is amazing,”

Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, -6 under 66 today, and Brian Harman, USA,  with a last round of even par 72 tied for second place, at -12 under par.

Brian mentioned the three consecutive birdies;

“He birdied 14, 15, 16, and that was kind of lights out.”

“He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine.”

“I just wish I would have been able to put a little more pressure on the course. I didn’t drive it as well as I would’ve liked.”

“I had an opportunity today and I didn’t get it done.”

Hideki said he needs more than two good rounds;

“I learned that I have to put four good rounds together.”

 “I played two good rounds, but it wasn’t enough.”

Tommy Fleetwood, England, finished on his own in fourth place at -11 under par, with a sad last round of even par 72;

“Obviously, Brooks dealt with it amazingly.”

“He’s proven for a long time how good he is. Now he’s done it in a major.”

P.S. Don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but apart from having similar names, Brooks and Brooke Henderson, from Canada, who won the Meijer LPG Classic today, both wore the same color shirt.

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U.S. Open. Brian Harman Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Brian Harman has the 54 hole lead at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course.

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Brian shot a third round -5 under par 67 to top the U.S. Open leaderboard at -12 under par, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Brian would not reveal his innermost motivation;

“I’m not going to delve into the things that I derive my motivations from, but I’m certainly motivated.”

“I think everyone has doubts, everyone has fears, for me, just trying to figure out what they are and kind of rationalize them and deal with them.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are, Justin Thomas, who signed for a U.S. Open record breaking -9 under par 63, finishing with an Eagle at the par five 18th. He shares second place with Tommy Fleetwood, from England, -4 under 68 today, and Brooks Koepka, also -4 under 68.

Justin was impressed with his Eagle at the last;

“The finish was awesome. I’d love to have another one of those.”

“I was in a great zone out there, I was hitting it well, I was putting it well, I had some great up-and-downs.”

“Everything has been flowing. I’m sure once I sit down and relax tonight it will maybe set in a little bit more.”

“I’m just so excited to give myself a great chance to win this golf tournament.”

On a more sobering thought, of the five other players who shot a 63 in the third round at a Major, none of them went on to win the tournament.

Tommy made a bogey at the last to slip from a share of the lead, but was happy to play well;

“I hit good iron shots early on, I hit good drives and the further I got into the round I just felt really comfortable.”

“I actually felt calmer today than I did yesterday.”

“It is going to be new again now, I’m on a Sunday now. I always say it’s just you and the golf course but tomorrow is going to be a very different experience.”

“I’m on a Sunday now. I always say it’s just you and the course, but tomorrow is going to be a very different experience.”

Rickie Fowler holds fifth place on his own at -10 under par, he kept in touch with a -4 under par 68 today.

Truth is just about anybody could win this tournament, the course set up tomorrow will be the hardest, and mistakes can be very costly, just ask Paul Casey, +3 over 75 today.

U.S. Open. 4 Way Tie at the Top.

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Thee is a 4 way tie at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard after 36 holes at Erin Hills Golf Course. Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood of England, share the honor with Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman, U.S.A. all at -7 under par.

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Paul managed to card an eight at the par five 14th hole on his way to signing for a -1 under par 71 in the second round of the U.S. Open;

“Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an 8 on the card, but I’m a pretty happy man.”

“Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster. I guess it’s rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of a hiccup.”

“I was upset with the score I had made, but it had, in no way, any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot.”

“Part of that is just age, and part I’ll give credit to Johnny McLaren, credit to my wife and my little boy.”

Brooks, -2 under 70 today, said he had stayed calm;

“I’d say I was calm. I mean it doesn’t really get me too worked up, whatever happens, bogey, double, birdie, eagle, I mean I’m pretty chill anyway.”

Tommy has put his resurgence down to good coaching, and his best mate;

“I went back to my old coach and had one of my best mates caddieing, and I think that can’t be underestimated having your friend with you.”

“Tomorrow will be a very cool experience. It’s still Saturday, 36 holes is a very long time in a U.S. Open. Anything can happen.”

“No matter what that’s something when you’re always going to walk up the 18th green with your best mate.”

Brian is happy to be where he’s at;

“I have no expectations. I have no idea how the weekend is going to go, no one does.”

“For me, if I can just stay where I am, just keep doing what I’m doing, I’ll have a chance.”

Three players are tied in fifth place , one shot back at -6 under. First round leader Rickie Fowler  went into reverse today, with  second round +1 over par 73, he shares with J.B. Holmes, -3 under 69 today, and Jamie Lovemark also -3 under today.

Rickie told reporters he was in a good spot;

“We’re in a good spot, looking forward to the next two days.”

Missing the cut, the top three in the world, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.

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They were joined in the exit lounge by Daniel Berger, Masters champions Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, and 2016 Major winners Jimmy Walker and Henrik Stenson.

Other names on the missing in action list are; Billy Horschel, Jason Dufner, and Jon Rahm, the Spaniard totally exploded with a F word assault on the ears of TV viewers and course spectators;

“I’ve always been criticized for it, I don’t know what to say. I feel bad when I react sometimes, but it’s something I can’t control.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S.Open. Rickie Roars Ahead.

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Rickie Fowler roars ahead in the first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course, shooting -7 under par 65, as the first round was suspended late in the day, due to darkness.

Fowler leads the way at U.S. Open

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Rickie, from the U.S.A. who is labelled as one of the best players never to have won a Major, starts the U.S. Open with a -7 under 65, to top the leaderboard by one shot at the end of day 1.

Rickie said he does not mind the tag about the Major’s, but would like to get it off his back here. His score today could have been better, just a few missed putts;

“I take it as a compliment. There are a lot of really good players out here that haven’t won a major.”

“So it would be nice to get rid of that at some point.”

“I’m not saying that this is the week or isn’t the week. But I like the way this golf course suits me, and we’re off to a good start.”

“I’m ready to be up there on Sunday.”

“Having a win this year at The Honda Classic, being in contention at majors in the past, and having THE PLAYERS win has definitely done a lot for me.”

“It was nice. You don’t get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free.”

“It’s a lot easier said than done.”

“Still missed some putts that I had opportunities out there, but it’s just nice to go out and actually execute the game plan.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Paul Casey, England, and U.S. rookie Xander Schauffele.

Paul only wanted to be half as good as Rickie;

“I was just trying to have half as good a round as Rickie had.”

“The scoring was so good this morning. I was happy it stayed benign for us, and I capitalized on it.”

Fourth place is occupied by three payers at -5 under, Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka.

Tommy was not looking to make birdies;

“The course was as receptive as it’s going to be.”

“I never really tried to make a birdie. they just seemed to happen along the way.”

There were  44 players who carded under par, which broke the record for most sub-par scores in an opening round of the U.S, Open.

Those who will struggle to make the cut this week include the likes of Rory McIlroy, +6 over par 78, Dustin Johnson +3 over 73, Jason Day, + 7 over 79, and Danny Willett +9 over 81.

Wells Fargo Championship. Brian Harman Champion.

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Brian Harman is the Wells Fargo Championship champion, claiming his 2nd PGA Tour title at Eagle Point Golf Club.

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Brian and Trophy

Brian shot a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Wells Fargo Championship with a -10 under par tournament total.

Brian made a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win, and at the same time denied World number one Dustin Johnson a fourth straight victory.

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Brian and the winning putt.

World number one Dustin Johnson, -5 under 67 today, and Pat Perez, -4 under 68, tied in second place at -9 under par.

Jon Rahm, from Spain, took the fourth position on his own at -8 under par, a disappointing last round of -1 under 71 keeping him from challenging for the title.

Wells Fargo Championship. Reed Rises To The Top.

 

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Patrick Reed rises to the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Eagle Point Golf Club.

Reed leads at Wells Fargo

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Patrick made birdie on his last two holes to take the lead in the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting -5 under par 67, for a -8 under total for 54 holes.

Patrick said the change in putting fortunes for him came when he reduced the amount information about the putts, ignoring the green reading book the players are given these days;

 “I used to read the putts and also [caddie Kessler Karain], and I used to use a green-reading book.”

“I just felt like there’s too many eyes and too much thought process going into putts on trying to figure out the read.”

“I’ve done that pretty well all week, I have my green-reading book with me just to kind of confirm, not really to go off of it, just to make sure I’m seeing what the book is saying and just kind of going from there.”

Personally I must say I do not agree with giving the players maps of the greens, showing which way the slopes were  going. Players should read the putts for themselves, not have caddies lying down on the green, and then having a discussion on which way to make the putt, it is too time consuming.

Sharing second place, just one shot back are Alex Noren, from Sweden, -3 under par 69 who missed a 5ft birdie putt on his last hole to claim a share the lead, and Jon Rahm, Spain, who also scored -3 under par. Both players have tournament totals of -7 under par.

There are four players tied in fourth spot, at -6 under, Seung Yul Noh, -5 under 67 today, Brian Harman -2 under 70, Vaughn Taylor -2 under 70 and Francesco Molinari even par 72 again today.