PGA Championship. Two Tied at the Top

White Dragon GolfThere are two players tied at the top of the PGA Championship after 36 holes at  Baltusrol Golf Club,

Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.

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Jimmy stayed on top of the PGA Championship leaderboard, carding -4 under par 66 today, but he has been joined by Robert Streb, who scored a magnificent -7 under par 63. Both players have -9 under par tournament scores for the 36 holes.

Robert was pleased with his round, and to be part of the 63 club in Majors;

“It was a great round. I’m happy to be a part of that 63 club.”

“I’m sure it will be busy, Saturday at a PGA, but I’ll just try to stick to what I’m doing.”

“Try to do the same things we’ve been doing the last couple of days and hopefully it’s good enough.”

“I’ll just try not to get too hung up in what’s going on and try to stick to the golf and see if I can have a little fun while I’m at it.”

Jimmy was also pleased with his round today, and was fresh enough to go out again;

“I was excited to go play today, I really was. I was nervous but excited. I’m real happy with today.”

“I felt like I could go out and shoot another good score.”

 “I saw what the weather was going to do and knew that it was going to be out there to play good.”

“If you hit the shots, you knew it was going to be there for you to make some birdies.”

World number one Jason Day, -5 under par 65 today, shares third place with Emiliano Grillo, -3 under 67, both of them with -7 under par totals, just two shots off the pace.

Jason carded a double bogey 6 at the par four 7th hole, and needed to get himself fired up again;

“I gave myself a little kick in the bum.  A few swear words inside my head.”

“Just really I played that hole so bad that it was really frustrating for me.”

“Why are you doing that? Why are you giving shots to the field when you don’t need to do that?”

 “Don’t do little silly errors like that and potentially give them two shots on that hole.”

Two big names that are headed home early after missing the cut, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, not much to say except that they were just not good enough.

 

 

RBC Canadian Open. Canadian Jared du Toit Looking Good.

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Canadian amateur Jared du Toit is giving the home country some hope, looking good in second place at the RBC Canadian Open, to tournament leader Brandt Snedeker.

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Brandt leads the RBC Canadian Open, after three rounds  at Glen Abbey Golf Club, with a -9 under par total. Brandt posted a third round of -6 under par 66, to give himself a one shot going into the final round tomorrow, to try and repeat his win in this tournament from 2013;

“Birdieing five of your first six, you can’t really draw it up any better.”

 “I kind of had a lull there in the middle of the round, then finishing the way I did and taking advantage of the two par fives gave me a chance to go out there tomorrow and try to win this tournament again.”

“This gives me a lot of confidence going into the PGA Championship, FedExCup Playoffs, and helps me secure a Ryder Cup spot.”

 “There’s a lot on the line tomorrow, and I know what it entails and I need to go out and play well to secure that.”  

“I think I’m going to be the most hated man in Canada tomorrow.”

Jared, -2 under 70 today, shares second place with Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, both at -8 under par for the three rounds played.

Jared  will try to become the first Canadian in more than 60 years to win his national open;

“I’m honestly just out here to have some fun and enjoy the atmosphere.”

 “Obviously I want to play well tomorrow, but it’s kind of my first go at it.”

“Win or lose, I’m happy with the way this week’s gone.”

Dustin took 27 putts today, not good compared to 23 and 26 in the previous rounds;

“The conditions were pretty difficult. It was windy. I had a hard time adjusting to the greens.”

 “I would either hit it too far or too short. I feel like I’m hitting good shots, but today, I just didn’t make any putts.

“I feel like I’m playing pretty well, got a lot of confidence in my golf swing right now.”

 “I just need to go out and make some birdies early and put some numbers on the board.” 

Low round of the day went to Steve Wheatcroft, -8 under par 64, to be T4 at -7 under;

“I know I’ve been playing very well lately.”

 “By swinging the club great, I went out there and tried to do my best.”

 

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. DJ Does It Again.

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DJ does it again, Dustin Johnson wins the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Dustin Johnson followed up his win at the U.S. Open by winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Dustin shot a final round -4 under par 66 to claim the WGC Bridgestone Invitational title with a winning total of -6 under par, and a two shot wining margin, good putting made the difference.

At the beginning of the tournament it was said that this course suited the shorter hitters off the tee, the long guys would have problems with the tree-lined course. I guess no one told Dustin that;

“This golf course is playing so tough, it’s not like I need to go out and shoot 63.”

“You just try to hit it in the fairway and get to get it on the green and try to make some putts. I knew if I shot 4 or 5 under I’d have a chance.”

“I feel great, I feel like my game is where it has been all year. I just haven’t been putting quite as well as I’d like.”

“The last couple of weeks, I just putted a little better.”

Scott Piercy was in second place at -5 under par, he carded a last round of even par 70.

World number one Jason Day has suffered the same type of last round malaise as Rory over in Europe earlier, Rory could only card an even par last round when in contention.

Jason was worse, with final round +2 over par 72, to finish tied in third place at -3 under par, with Jordan Spieth, -3 under 67 today, Matt Kuchar -4 under 66 and  Kevin Chappell with his last round -3 under 67.

Jason did not get a green in regulation over the last six holes, and he was disappointed with the outcome;

“Disappointed, but I’ve got to try and focus on what I did great this week, move on, and try and get better for the next one.”

U.S. Open. D.J Does It.

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 D.J. Dustin Johnson finally does it as he wins his first Major, the U.S. Open.

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U.S. Open Champion, Dustin Johnson 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dustin shot a final round -1 under par 69, and posted a -4 under par total to win the U.S. Open, his maiden Major title;

“It feels good, feels really good, feels well deserved.”

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities that I didn’t quite get it done. So this one’s definitely really sweet.”

“I knew I was swinging well, and I just kept thinking, it’s just me and the course, I’m playing against the course. I can’t control what anyone else does.”

“So I just tried to hit golf shots, tried to hit it on the correct side of the hole, and two-putt.”

Shane Lowry started the final round with a four shot lead, but spectacularly slumped with a last round of +6 over par 76. He finished the tournament tied in second place with Jim Furyk, -4 under par 66 today, and Scott Piercy -1 under today, all at -1 under for the tournament.

Only four players finished under par, with Sergio Garcia, even par 70 today and Branden Grace, +1 over 71, sharing fifth spot at even par.

Lee Westwood played alongside Dustin in the penultimate group, the part time golfer proving that you cannot just turn-up and compete for four rounds at Major tournaments. Maybe after today’s dismal last round effort of +10 over par 80 he will consider paying the tour regularly.

U.S. Open. Shane Lowery Leads Suspended 3rd Round.

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Shane Lowry leads the 116th  U.S. Open as the third round was suspended due to darkness at                                                                       Oakmont Country Club.

Shane Lowry is seeking his second PGA TOUR victory after becoming the first player from Ireland to win a World Golf Championship last year. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

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Shane leads the U.S. Open in third round with a -5 under par total, and he has four holes left to play to increase that lead, but was happy to get off the course after 32 holes on the day;

“I was getting tired toward the end, if I had to play another four holes, it would have been quite difficult.”

“I beat a field of this quality already, so there’s no reason I can’t go out and do it again tomorrow.”

“We all know that this course can jump up and bite you in a split-second.”

“I’m two ahead with 22 holes left, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. These are the best golfers in the world behind me.”

“I’ve been beating myself up over the last six months trying to get in this position. I’m here now. I might as well enjoy it.”

Andrew Landry is in second place, two shots off the pace at -3 under par for the tournament, he has completed 13 third round holes;

“I think I did a really good job out there, no nerves, very comfortable.”

“I feel like I play good golf on hard golf courses where par is a good score.”

 “That’s just kind of my game. It’s always been my game.”

Third place is shared between,  Lee Westwood, at -2 under for the competition, after 15 holes today, Sergio Garcia with 14 completed holes and Dustin Johnson with 13 finished round three holes.

Of the big three, Rory went home, Jason Day is still there at +1 over having completed his third round at -4 under 66, and Jordan Spieth +4 for the competition, an even par 70 today.

Jordan started well, and then it all faded away;

“A dream start for moving day.”

“I played three holes at four over today with a wedge in my hand from the middle of the fairway and it’s just kind of a bummer.”

“You’re not going to be able do anything at a U.S. Open if you get the wedge opportunities and you play them over par.”

Branden Grace occupies sixth place, he carded a -4 under 66 to-day to get to -1 under par for the tournament.

Branden thought he had been lucky, apart from dropping a shot at the last;

“I’ve been lucky.”

“I think last year I handled myself a little better than I thought I would.”

“It’s tough out there with all the pressure. You’re there with three of the best guys, best golfers of this day right behind us, and sharing the lead with them.”

“It was great that I could play the top as I did. It’s just a pity one bad shot cost me at the end.”

These guys are the only players under par at the current time, tomorrow will be an interesting day.

 

 

 

U.S. Open. D.J. Tied with Andrew at the Top.

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Dustin Johnson is tied with Andrew Landry at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard. D.J. has completed his second round, Andrew has yet      to  start, as darkness halted play.

Dustin Johnson tees off on the ninth hole, his 36th hole of the day, as the sun sets in the distance. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

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D.J. carded a second round -1 under par 69 to tied Andrew at -4 under at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, in this topsy turvy weather interrupted Major.

D.J. played 36 holes today, but said it was no bother, apart from the putts not dropping;

“I’m in pretty good shape, so the physical part’s no problem.”

“But mentally you’ve got to make sure you stay sharp all day, because you can’t go to sleep on any shot out here.”

“I hit so many good putts today that I thought were going in, and burned the edge or lipped out.”

“That’s just how it goes, these greens are tough.”

“I’m happy with the way everything went today.”

The hardest thing Andrew did today was to get up and shave.

Lee Westwood is in third place at -3 under par, he also never got to play today.

Scott Piercy, and Sergio Garcia, with even par 70 second completed rounds, and Shane Lowry, who has yet to start his second, currently share fourth spot at -2 under par.

Scott mentioned the 36 holes;

“My feet feel like they’re on fire, my calves feel like they’re on fire.”

“The ball striking was really pretty amazing today, I was never really in a lot of trouble.”

“Tomorrow the guys will probably have a little faster greens than we had this afternoon.”

“I think the USGA is going to keep pushing them a little bit. It will be a little firmer, a little faster as long as the weather holds, which it’s supposed to.”

“Any time you’re under par, I think you’re going to be in it.”

Tired old man Sergio finishes up with a 51 ft putt;

“My legs, I’m tired, I’m too old for this.”

Projected cut line is +5 over par, at the moment that number will exclude Justin Rose, +6 with two holes to play, Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler both at +6, but have yet to start the second round.

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, both at +7, they have yet to swing a club in the second round.

I don’t know how the logistics work, but how is it that some players get through 36 holes and others only eighteen.

Good news is there is no more rain in the forecast.

FedEx St Jude Classic. Daniel Berger Wins Maiden PGA Tour Title

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Daniel Berger has claimed his first PGA Tour title, the FedEx St Jude Classic, at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Daniel Berger celebrates with the trophy after winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic during the final round at TPC Southwind. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Daniel Berger/Getty Images

Daniel cruised to his maiden PGA Tour win at he FedEx St Jude Classic with a three shot victory after carding a final round -3 under par 67, to post winning total of -13 under par.

The turning point for Daniel was the par three 14th, making a 32 ft birdie putt there;

“If that putt didn’t go, then maybe I wouldn’t have been so free on the next one and who knows what would have happened.”

“I think you’re either born to be a competitor or you’re not, I just want to win in whatever I do.”

“It’s just a dream come true to finally be a champion.”

Three players tied for second place, at -10 under par, Brooks Koepka, -4 under par 66 today, Steve Stricker, -3 under 67, and Phil Mickelson who carded a final round -3 under par 67, in his warm up tournament to the U.S. Open next week;

“I had a couple opportunities on the back that I let slip, but for the most part I hit a lot of good shots.”

 “It almost feels like the U.S. Open came a week early to finish, second place.”

“Last week I struck the ball very well. This week I putted very well.”

“If I put them both together next week, it’s going to be a good week.”

“I just couldn’t catch him, but I’m coming out of this week with a lot of positives and some good momentum.”

Dustin Johnson was in fifth place at -9 under on his own, after his great last round -7 under par 63, the low round of the day;

“The game is actually really good, the first couple of rounds, I don’t know whether it was the heat or what, but I just, wasn’t getting the scores out of my rounds that I thought I should.”

“I just gave away so many shots the first three rounds.”

“I’m real comfortable, real confident going into next week.”