WGC-HSBC Champions. Brilliant Justin Rose Wins.

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A brilliant final round from Justin Rose wins him the WGC-HSBC Champions title at  Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

Rose wins WGC-HSBC Champions

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Justin fired a final round -5 under 67 to win the  WGC-HSBC Champions title in China, by two shots at -14 under par;

“This is really, really satisfying, all players pride themselves on winning and I’ve won every year since 2010 .”

“I was very aware that that was slipping away from me this year.”

“To win a WGC is just amazing, they count for so much on both tours. It’s an incredible start to my 2018 PGA Tour campaign and gives me a real shot in the Race to Dubai as well.”

“I needed to regroup going into the back nine, I kind of told myself I was four down playing the golf course. I played match play against the golf course coming in.”

“I didn’t know if thirteen under was going to be good enough, I kind of figured I was playing for second and I thought thirteen was going to be an important number to get to for that.”

“I saw DJ get back to about 14 or 15 and the game was on so it was certainly exciting coming down the stretch.”

What a wonderful game golf is, yesterday I said DJ, the world #1 from the USA  had the trophy in his hands, taking a six shot lead into the final round. Today Dustin Johnson carded a last round +5 over par 77, to share second place with Brooks Koepka, USA, -1 under 71 today, and Henrik Stenson of Sweden, with his last round -2 under 70.

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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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WGC-HSBC Champions. DJ Shoots 63 To Lead.

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DJ. World #1 Dustin Johnson, USA, shoots 63 in the second round to lead the WGC-HSBC Champions after 54 holes at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

DJ shoots 63, leads WGC-HSBC Champions

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Dustin carded -9 under par 63 to lead the  WGC-HSBC Champions by one shot at -13 under par at the half-way stage in China. He used a new putter which served him well;

“Obviously I played very well today but I actually got a putter like about 20 minutes before I teed off, it’s a Spider, so it’s one that I’ve used before.”

“I wasn’t really pleased with the one I played with yesterday so the guys here in China made me one.”

“I got it right before I walked to the tee. I hit a few putts on the practice green with it and I was like, ‘oh, this will work pretty well’. Went out and holed a lot of putts today, so I kind of like it.”

“It’s a golf course that I enjoy playing. It suits my eye very well.”

“You’ve got to drive it well. For me, if I drive it good out here, I feel like I can make a lot of birdies.”

“The par fives, I can reach all the par fives if I drive it in the fairway, the rest of the holes, I feel like if I’m in the fairway I can attack the golf course.”

First round leader Brooks Koepka, also from the USA, is in second place at -12 under, a second round -4 under 68 keeping him in touch of the lead;

“I felt like I played pretty well. I felt like I drove it really well.”

“Then, you know, a couple of the putts, we missed some short ones but to be honest with you, I felt like I hit them where I wanted to.”

Justin Rose, England, -4 under 68 today, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -2 under 70 share third place with -9 under par totals.

Justin was happy to be where his is at;

“Played well again, kept some momentum going.”

“So to back up a good start with another good round is good and now I feel like I’m into the weekend which is where you want to be.”

Kiradech had a disappointing day with the putter;

“It’s not a bad day, I still picked up two under today. I didn’t hit the ball well the same as yesterday.”

“My putter didn’t go as well as yesterday, especially to three-putt the last hole is quite disappointing.”

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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.

Spieth takes control

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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.

Star-studded leaderboard at THE NORTHERN TRUST

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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.

U.S. Open

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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.