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.”

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.

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.

AT&T Pebble Beach. Jordan Cruises To Victory.

 

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Jordan Spieth cruises to victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach, with a conservative final round of -2 under 70.

Jordan Spieth won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for his ninth win on the PGA TOUR. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Jordan won the AT&T Pebble Beach with a last round -2 under par 70, for a -19 under total, and a four shot winning margin. It was boring, but very effective;

“That’s a dream round when you’re leading by a bunch.”

“I don’t like boring golf, but that’s what was needed today.”

“I apologize. but that also was kind of the game plan.”

“Man, it’s great to win at Pebble Beach.”

Kelly Kraft claimed second place at -15 under par, a final round -5 under 67 giving him that position on his own.

Third place went to Dustin Johnson, he carded a last round -4 under par 68, to finish with a -14 under total.

AT&T Pebble Beach. Jordan Has Six Shot Lead.

 

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Jordan Spieth has a six shot lead at the top of the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament, after 54 holes.

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Today Jordan carded -7 under par 65 on the Pebble Beach course, to give himself an unassailable lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament, with a -17 under par total.

Jordan reported that he was scared of those short downhill putts;

“Those putts scare me.”

“Not getting too frustrated, recognizing these greens are very tough to putt and from inside 10 feet, there are going to be mistakes that are made.”

“Staying really patient and staying focused on a goal.”

“Telling myself, ‘Hey, I’m not sure what it’s going to be, it might be three under, it might be four under tomorrow.”

“But staying really focused on challenging my goal, not looking at anybody else. That’s the toughest part tomorrow.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a better putting day,”

Brandt Snedeker holds second place on his own at -11 under par, a third round -5 under par 67 not enough to keep him in touch with the leader, but he has some hope, with the State numbers in that final group ;

“Jordan is going to be out outnumbered.”

 “We got three Tennesseans in that group, so it will be a lot of fun to get in there.”

“But the front nine will be huge tomorrow, the first seven holes. I’ve got to go out there and make some birdies and put some pressure on him.”

Dustin Johnson, -6 under 66 today and Kelly Craft, also -6 under 66 are tied in third place at -10 under.

The top six players on the leaderboard all played Pebble Beach today, with Rob Oppenheim in fifth position on his own at -9 under, carding -4 under 68, on Pebble.

While Geoff Ogilvy is in the tie at -8 under par, he shot -6 under 66 today on Pebble.

He is tied with Derek Fathauer, +2 over 73, Scott Stallings, -6 under 65 and Jon Rahm, -4 under 67, who all played Monterey Peninsular. They were  joined on that -8 under par score by Kevin Chappell who carded -5 under 67 on Pebble.

 

 

Farmers Insurance Open. Justin Rose Tops The Leaderboard, As Tiger Misses Cut.

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Justin Rose tops the 36 hole Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard at Torrey Pines in California, while Tiger Woods misses the cut, on his return to Tournament golf.

Justin Rose made one last birdie to end the day at 8-under through 36 holes to secure the lead at Torrey Pines. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Justin shot a second round -1 under par 71 on the South Course to stay on top of the Farmers Insurance Open by one shot at -8 under par, putting was a problem;

“I was going along really nicely today. I think I hit my first ten greens in regulation, I was playing lovely.”

“Things were going really well. Felt like I was in control.”

“But this golf course gets tough as you turn back into the breeze there on 14, 15, 16, it felt like, and this is probably just more just my perspective than anything, but it felt like as we turned into the wind the greens got bumpy, too.”

“So it felt like coming in it was even hard to see pars coming in.”

“Everyone’s played both courses now and now we get to play the bruiser for the next two days. So you just want to basically put yourself within a shot.”

“I actually think the cut mark is incredibly low for two days around here. Pretty much everyone who’s made the cut is still in the golf tournament.”

“It’s a golf course you’ve got to stay patient on. You’ve just got to hit good golf shots. You can’t really fake it around here so it’s just about continuing to play well.”

Adam Hadwin is still hanging on to Justin’s coattails, -1 under 71 on the North Course today giving him -7 under for the tournament. He shares second place with Brandt Snedeker -3 under 69 on the South today.

Brandt spoke about his strategy for the course;

 “There’s definitely a lot of strategy involved. Guys don’t think that there is. They think they should have to hit every fairway and that’s not the case.”

“So I did a great job today of missing it in the right spots to give myself a lot of good opportunities to save pars when I had to.”

“There’s birdie holes out there, you’ve just got to wait for them to come and not force it around here.”

A sad Tiger Woods was not the only big name casualty to make an early exit at the Farmers. He was joined by World #1 Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, the PGA TOUR player of the year, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

Tiger spoke to the media after his miserable exit;

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“It’s frustrating not being able to have a chance to win the tournament.”

“I didn’t make the cut. Overall, today was better than yesterday. I hit it better. I putted well again. I hit a lot of beautiful putts that didn’t go in, but I hit it much better today, which was nice.”

“We fixed a few things while playing today, which was nice.”