The Northern Trust. Jordan Takes Control.

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Jordan Spieth takes control of The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in New York.

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Jordan fired a moving day -6 under par 64, to put three shots between himself and The Northern Trust field at -12 under par, with a hot putter;

“I’ve been striking the ball really well this week.”

 “The first day I probably hit it the best of any of them but just didn’t make anything, then the putter started to heat up during the second half of Friday’s round and I kind of just created my own confidence off of a couple putts.”

“That has led into the last 27 holes or so being some of the best golf that I played.” 

“If I can shoot a couple under on the front nine, I think it will be a difficult nine for somebody to go four or five under on, no matter how hot they are.”

 “Then you get to a bunch of wedge holes, and you can start really controlling your score from there.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is in second place at -9 under par, a third round -3 under 69 just about keeping him in touch with the leader;

“Let’s be honest here; I’d rather have a three-shot lead.”

“But it’s not that bad coming from three shots back, either, because that can change in one hole, really.”

“But obviously, Jordan is playing really well, so he’s going to be tough to beat tomorrow.”

“If I can drive it well again tomorrow and maybe hole a couple putts, maybe some of his putting will rub off on me and I’ll start holing them.”

Paul Casey, England, –4 under 66 today, Patrick Reed, -4 under 66 and Matt Kuchar, -2 under 68, both from the USA, and Jon Rahm, Spain with a third round -3 under 67, all share third place at -7 under par.

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The Northern Trust. 4-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a 4-Way tie at the top of The Northern Trust leaderboard at the end of day two at Glen Oaks Club in New York. Jhonattan Vegas, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth share the honor.

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Rickie, -4 under 66 today, Jordan, -5 under 65, Dustin, -1 under 69 and Jhonattan, -5 under 65, all share The Northern Trust lead at -6 under par for the tournament.

Jhonattan has other things on his mind, like  Hurricane Harvey heading towards his home;

“It’s hard. It’s hard not being home, not being able to help with the house and with everything.”

“I think I’m a little bit fortunate that we live up north in The Woodlands, and historically, by the time hurricanes come into Houston, it takes a little longer to get into Houston.” 

“Obviously it’s something that it’s going to be in the back of my mind for the next few days.”

Rickie has been very consistent driving, but not as long as DJ, but good putting makes up the difference;

“I think the biggest thing is it continue to drive it well to give myself a legitimate chance this week and continue to make putts. Stuff that I think I’ve done well all year.”

“I would say there are some holes, certain carries and stuff like that, that open it up for DJ a little bit but by no means does that mean I can’t go out and beat him.”

DJ is feeling fine now after injury;

“I’d have liked to play better in the majors.”

“Getting hurt before Augusta, which is going right into the major season, didn’t really help, especially for the momentum and how good I felt like I was swinging, and everything was going in a really good direction.”

 “But I feel like I’ve got it back on the right track. I feel like I’m swinging well again.”

Close behind these guys, at -5 under are Bubba Watson, -2 under 68 today, and Matt Kuchar, -6 under 64.

The leaderboard is still tightly packed, and anyone could make a significant move on Saturday.

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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.

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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.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Kokrak Leads, Spieth Leaves.

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Jason Kokrak leads the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament, while Jordan Spieth leaves, as he missed the cut at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas.

Kokrak surges at Byron Nelson

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Jason fired a second round -8 under par 62 to lead the AT&T Byron Nelson at -12 under par, and amazingly has a five shot advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Jason said good putting was the key today;

“With my game I don’t always hit it so good, which is frustrating.”

“Any time you can have no bogey’s on the card, is good for me.”

“I was happy today, made some really good putts, one great one to start the day, to start the tone.”

Billy Horschel is in second place, at -7 under par, after carding a – 5 under par 65 today.

World number one Dustin Johnson is T-3 at -6 under par shooting a second consecutive -3 under 67, sharing that position with Byeong Hun An, -4 under 66 today, Cameron Tringale, -2 under 68, Bud Cauley, -3 under 67, James Hahn, with even par 70, and Jhonattan Vegas, -2 under 68.

Jordan Spieth made a quadruple-bogey 9 at the par five 16th hole to miss the cut by one shot at +3 over par;

“Just kind of a fluke couple shots and fought hard. Had two really good looks in the last two holes and missed one to the right and one to the left.”

“Pretty disappointed at this point in time” 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard after round one at TPC Four Seasons in Texas. James Hahn and Ricky Barnes have the honor.

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James and Ricky shot first rounds of -6 under par 64 at the AT&T Byron Nelson to top the leaderboard on day 1. James was bogey free while Ricky carded two bogeys on the round.

Ricky said of his round;

“I’m having signs of brilliancy, I just need to put it all together.”

James mentioned the difficulty in putting in the wind;

“Probably effected putts a couple of inches.”

“You really have to pick your timing, you really need to pick your timing when you want to hit the ball.”

“And trust your line.”

 

Tied in fourth place, two shots back at -4 under par are: Matt Kuchar, Jhonattan Vegas, Jason Kokrak and Cameron Tringale.

There is a huge bunch of players at -3 under par, including Jason Day, and World number one Dustin Johnson.

Jason spoke about the wind he encountered on the course today, and his not taking a drop when he could have;

“In this wind, I think everyone’s kind of scrambling.”

“I was not going to drop it all the way back onto the other side of the road.”

“It was just in long grass and I wouldn’t be able to flop it over. It was quite a simple shot. You just had to contact it correctly.”

 

 

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 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.