U.S. Open. Defending Champion is Champion Again.

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Defending U.S. Open Champion Brooks Koepka is Champion again at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.

Koepka goes back-to-back at U.S. Open

 

Double Champion Brooks Koepka /  getty

Brooks carded  final round -2 under par 68 to win back to back U.S. Open titles with a +1 over par final total for the 72 holes;

“Man, it feels good to hold this thing again.”

“I enjoy the test, I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that’s what I enjoy.”

“I enjoy hard golf courses. I enjoy playing about the toughest in golf you are ever going to play.”

Tommy Fleetwood, England, was second, with a fabulous last round -7 under par 63, that could have been better, he finished at +2 over par for the competition.Tommy had a great day with the putter and had a chance to record 62, which would have been  the lowest last round at a U.S. Open;

“I actually hit the putt I wanted to, but it was so steep, that green, it was a bit slower than what I thought. I really wanted that 62.”

“I honestly never really thought I was out of it. I just needed a good start, as you never know what’s going to happen.

“Obviously, we knew they would have made it a bit softer today and, looking at the pins, you knew they were going to be more accessible. I knew I was kind of in it teeing off, but you still have to get off to that good start so four under through seven, it was game on.

“I made great putts coming down that back nine, so it’s easy to just look at 16, 18, where I had chances, because that is essentially what it comes down to. But I made so many good putts today. and, to sit here with a chance, I’ll take it.”

Third place went to World #1 Dustin Johnson, who never really got going today, signing for a last round of even par 70 and +3 over par total.

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U.S. Open. Dustin Cards +7 Third Round.

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World #1 Dustin Johnson cards a third round +7 over par 77, but is still tied for the U.S. Open lead with Tony Finau, Daniel Berger, and defending Champion Brooks Koepka.

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In a dramatic third round saw two different sets of conditions at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club with the wind, very firm, fast greens and bordering on the ridiculous pin positions took over the afternoon wave of players. Daniel and Tony were in the early wave in the calmer conditions, both shot -4 under par 66, but were still seven shots off the lead. D.J. +7 and Brooks, +2 just had to hang tough and ride it out, with all four players tied at the top of the leaderboard at +3 over par.

Mike Davis, the chief executive of the USGA had this to say of the days events;

“You were seeing shots that were well played and not rewarded.”

“It was a very tough test, but probably too tough this afternoon.”

Dustin echoed those thoughts;

“I’m in a good position in the lead tomorrow.”

 “Today’s round, I didn’t feel like I played badly at all. Seven over usually is a terrible score but with the greens the way they got this afternoon, they were very, very difficult.”

Defending Champion Brooks is in a confident mood;

“There’s nobody more confident, I won this thing last year. I feel really good. My game’s in a good spot. I feel like you got to kind of take it from me, to be honest with you.”

“I mean, my track record is pretty good in U.S. Opens. I feel like the harder the golf course, the better. It’s already going to eliminate so many guys. 

Daniel is trying to ignore the pressure;

“This is why I practice and play because I want to be in this position to have a chance to win golf tournaments.”

 “It hasn’t necessarily gone my way this year but I’ve done a lot of the right things and it’s more about just letting it happen and not putting too much pressure on myself.”

Justin Rose, England, is in fifth place at +4  over par, he also slipped today, signing for a +3 over 73.

In a strange occurrence today Phil Mickelson pushed a putt passed the hole, then ran after it and hit back towards the hole, while it was still moving. That cost him a two-stroke penalty, and a ten on the hole. He finished the day with +11 over par round and +17 for his 54 holes.

The way this course is playing anyone within ten shots of the lead could win.

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U.S. Open. DJ In Complete Control.

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DJ world #1 Dustin Johnson is in complete  control of the U.S. Open after 36 holes  at  Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.

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DJ shot -3 under par 67 to lead the U.S. Open by four shots with a -4 under total on day 2, making it look reasonably easy, while everyone else struggled in the wet conditions;

“We kind of played in it from fifteen to about number three, and then it kind of let up a little bit for us, and then we got to finish in some nice weather.”

“I like where par is a good score on every hole no matter what club you got in your hand, what hole it is.”

“Around here, the fairways are fairly generous, but with cross winds on every hole, they’re still tough to hit.”

“Even though you’re in the middle of the fairway, a lot of times with a wedge you’ve still got to hit a good shot just to give yourself a 15- or 20-footer.”

Tied in second place at even par for the tournament are Scott Piercy, +1 over par 71 today and Charley Hoffman, -1 under 69, both players from the USA

Ian Poulter looked like he was going to make it a true contest, he got to -3 under before falling over on his last two holes, recording a triple bogey and a bogey to finish in a five way tie for fourth spot at +1 over for the tournament.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth all missed the cut which was made at +8 over par.

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U.S. Open. 4 Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a 4 way tie at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard with, World #1 Dustin Johnson, Scott Piercy and Russell Henley, all from the USA, sharing the honor with  Ian Poulter from England, at a windy Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.

Johnson was one of four players to finish Thursday's opening round under par at Shinnecock Hills. (Charlie Kane/PGA TOUR)

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DJ, Scott, Russell and Ian all posted first rounds of -1 under par 69 to top the U.S. Open leaderboard by one shot.

DJ. was happy with his round, and coming off a win last week is full of confidence, even if no one has ever won a PGA Tour event and gone on the win the U.S. Open the next week;

“I’m very pleased with the round. Anything under par on this golf course is very good, especially in the conditions we have today.”

“I felt like from start to finish, it was very difficult.”

“You had to focus on every single shot you hit, putts, everything. You know, it was just difficult all day.”

“Obviously, coming off a win, you’ve got a lot of confidence. I feel like I’ve been playing really solid all year, just haven’t really been getting a lot out of my rounds.”

Jason Dufner has fifth place to himself at even par, after his opening effort of 70.

Poults likened the US Open with a trip to the dentist;

“Through most of the U.S. Opens, I haven’t enjoyed very many, to be honest.”

“They’re difficult. They’re hot. They’re stressful. Feels like you’re pulling teeth every single hole you play.”

“This week, I’ve changed my mindset. I’m here to enjoy my golf this week, to play freely, to go out and just go play golf. If I hit it in the rough, I hit it in the rough.”

“I’m going to try and make par the hard way and just don’t get too bogged down with it.”

You can not win a Major in the first round, but you can certainly lose it; Rory McIlroy, +10 over par today, Jason Day +9, Jordan Spieth, and Tiger Woods +8, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson +7, have a battle on their hands, will be interesting to see if any of these guys can get up and make the cut.

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FedEx St Jude Classic. DJ Wins, Reclaims #1 Spot in the OWGR.


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DJ Dustin Johnson wins the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, and reclaims the #1 spot in the OWGRDJ closes out second win of the season in Memphis

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Dustin carded a final round -4 under 66, which included a chip in Eagle at the last hole, to win the FedEx St Jude Classic with a -19 under par, a whopping six shot winning margin over his nearest rival, as he picked up his second win of the season, the last was six months ago;

“I’m glad it’s over for sure, what a cool way to end the day, to hole that shot on 18.”

“A lot of good things happened this week. I knew coming in I was swinging really well and had a lot of confidence in the game.”

“I played really well all week.”

“It feels like it’s been a long time, but it’s only been six months.”

Andrew Putnam finished in second place, way back at -13 under par, his +2 over par 72  final round a sad end to the tournament for him, a poor day with the putter, but it was still the best performance of his career;

“Had a lot of fun. I feel like I handled myself better than my score looked,” Putnam told reporters. “Just didn’t have some putts go my way.”

“Overall I feel like I had a great time, Dustin obviously played pretty solid, but I definitely feel like I can learn from these experiences.”

J.B. Holmes was -3 under 67 today, which took him to third place on his own at -9 under par.

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FedEx St Jude Classic. DJ & Andrew Tied at the Top.

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DJ Dustin Johnson and Andrew Putnam are tied at the top after 54 holes of the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

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DJ carded a third round -5 under 65 while Andrew signed for -6 under 64 to be tied at the top of the FedEx St Jude Classic leaderboard at -15 under par for the tournament, and will enjoy a five shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow. I think they have the tournament sewn up between them.

Stewart Cink has third spot to himself at -10 under par, he signed for a third round -6 under par 64.

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FedEx St Jude Classic. DJ In Control, Leads after 36 holes.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson leads the FedEx St Jude Classic after 36 holes at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

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DJ on his way to 63 

DJ carded -7 under par 63 in the second round of the FedEx St Jude Classic to top the leaderboard at -10, and will take a one shot advantage into the week-end.

DJ is putting well, and really likes this course;

“I’m rolling it down the line I’m looking, if I can get a good read and good speed, they’re going to go in.”

“I really like this golf course, you really have to focus on every shot.”

“You can’t really let up. You have narrow fairways, and you have to hit the fairways. It’s a really difficult course to play from the rough.”

Sharing second place at -9 under are Ryan Blaum, and Andrew Putnam, both scoring -6 under 64 today.

Two players are then tied in fourth place at -8 under par, Wesley Bryan, -4 under 66 today, and C.T. Pan, Taipei, -5 under 65.

Brandt Snedeker shot the low round of the day -8 under 62 to be in sixth position on his own at -7 under for the competition.

Yesterdays first round leader Seamus Power from Ireland with his second round -1 under 69 drops to a tie for 7th at -6 under par, sadly recording a bogey and a double bogey in his last fourth holes today.

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