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.

DJ cruising at U.S. Open

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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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RBC Heritage. Maiden Win For Satoshi Kodaira.

 

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It was a PGA Tour Maiden win for Satoshi Kodaira of Japan in a sudden death play-off against Si Woo Kim, South Korea for the RBC Heritage title at Harbour Town Golf Links.Kodaira breaks through at Hilton Head

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Satoshi, -5 under 66 and Si Woo, even par 71, finished tied for the RBC Heritage lead at -12 under par. They went into a sudden death play-off which Satoshi won with a birdie on the third extra hole, the par three 17th.

Satoshi did not sound too  impressed with the Plaid Jacket, his words translated by an interpreter; 

“I will probably not wear it regularly,  but this is special.”

“I wasn’t really thinking about winning.”

“I wasn’t that nervous on the last putt, compared to the first two putts on 18.”

“This is a stage I’ve been dreaming about, and having this opportunity to play the PGA TOUR full time is a dream come true.”

Si Woo suffered from a bad day with the putter;

“I tried my best, and the putts didn’t drop. It is what it is.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par were Bryson DeChambeau, -5 under 66 today and Luke List, +1 over par 72, both players  from the USA.

54 hole leader Ian Poulter, England, suddenly started making bogey’s, five on the back nine, finishing T 7 at -9 under par, with a last round +4 over 75.

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RBC Heritage. Ian Poulter Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Ian Poulter of England has the RBC Heritage 54 hole lead at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Poulter holds one-shot lead after 54 holes

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Poults had another bogey free round of -4 under par 67 to lead the RBC Heritage by one shot after 54 holes with a -13 under par;

“It feels nice to be in form like this.”

Luke List, USA, -4 under 67 today, and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, -3 under 68, are tied in second pace at -12 under par.

Sharing fourth spot at -11 under par are, C.T. Pan, Taipei, and Billy Horschel, USA, both with -4 under 68 third rounds.

World #1 Dustin Johnson had another bad day with the putter, carding +1 over 73 today to be T 41 at -3 under;

“You’ve got to hole some putts if you want to compete.” 

Yesterdays leader Bryson DeChambeau collapsed today, having problems with the par fives. He shot +4 over 75, to drop out of contention;

“Unbelievable what’s happened on the par fives today.”

Tomorrows final round will start at 0700 local time, due the threat of thunder storms later in the day.

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RBC Heritage. Bryson DeChambeau Leads.

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Bryson DeChambeau, USA, leads the RBC Heritage after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

DeChambeau leads RBC Heritage

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Bryson shot -7 under par 64 to lead the RBC Heritage by one stroke at -10 under par at the half-way stage of the competition;

“I’m figuring out a lot of great things that are helping me on the golf course.”

Tied in second place, one shot back at -9 under par are, Ian Poulter, England, also -7 under 64 today, and Si Woo Kim, South Korea with his second round score of -6 under 65.

Ian is in the mood for some more heroics, his last win has freed him up;

“After Houston, I went home, spent a day with the kids, went to Augusta on the Tuesday, made the cut, and then came straight here and had an RBC day to do.”

“It’s all ok, because I’ve got some time off next week, so enough time to reflect and maybe have a glass of champagne or two and get up some energy.”

“I’ve got a busy summer ahead, but I have a job to do here first.”

 “The win helps a lot, I can free myself up in my mind. I can start attacking pins and just play free golf.”

“And when you’re in that position, sometimes the game feels easy when sometimes it isn’t.”

Si Woo was assessed to have touched the sand in a bunker, resulting in a two shot penalty:

“This might be the first time that I’ve played so well with a triple bogey.”

“But I’m having great feel around the greens and I feel really confident.”

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Poults Prevails at the Houston Open, Wins Play-off Against Beau.

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Ian Poulter, England, prevails in a play-off against Beau Hossler, USA, to win the Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston, Texas and he now heads off to the Masters.

Poulter wins Houston Open on first playoff hole

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Poults and Beau both had final rounds of -5 under 67, to be tied for the lead of the Houston Open at -19 under par. Poults sinking a 19 ft birdie putt on the last hole forcing a play-off for the title.

Poults won on the first extra hole the par four 1st, the easiest hole on the card, Beau unfortunately took a triple bogey 7, handing the win to Poults, who carded a par;

“It’s been a long road the last couple of years with injury, questioning whether I’ve got a PGA TOUR card or not, and then obviously having some form and not quite finishing off in the past.”

“That’s as low as I’ve ever been, that’s as far down the world rankings as I’ve been.”

“Questioning whether you’ve got a card or not isn’t very good for your mental strength.”

“Disappointment kicks in at some stages, but you know what? At times you have to dig deep.”

“When you want something bad enough, then you have to go right down to the bottom and grab hold of what you can and come back up.”

“The journey continues, I’ve had 19 good years on TOUR and I guess I’ve got another couple coming. “

“So there’s life in the old dog yet.”

Beau said it was a bummer, but he played well;

“I said yesterday that I wanted to beat these guys at their best, and I think I saw Ian’s best today.”

“It’s a bummer, but I’m very proud of the way I played.”

 “I can’t look and be negative about the week. I was really hoping I would get it done this week, but my time will come soon.”

Tied in third place at -16 under were Jordan Spieth, USA, -6 under 66 today, and Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, with a final round -4 under 68.

Jordan is looking  forward to next week at the Masters;

“Goal accomplished for the week, I’ve made some big strides from my last couple tournaments.”

“I’m very excited for what next week holds.”

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Houston Open. Beau & Poults Share 54 Hole Lead.

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Beau Hossler USA & Ian Poulter, England, share the 54 hole lead at the Houston Open and will take a two shot advantage into the final round at the Golf Club of Houston in Texas.

Hossler, Poulter share 54-hole lead

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Beau, -3 under par 9 today, was joined at the top of the Houston Open leaderboard by Poults who carded a bogey free -7 under 65, both players at -14 under par for the tournament.

Poults need to win here to get into the Masters next week, he reckons it’s not on his mind, he is just thinking of good putting;

“No, not thinking about it, not talking about it, I’m going to go out and have some fun tomorrow. There’s a lot of its and buts.”

“I’m in a funny position, right? I said to you guys I’ve got no expectations going out on the golf course.”

“I didn’t have any expectations, I just went out to play golf. I’m going to do exactly the same tomorrow regardless.”

“Just opened my shoulders slightly, I’ve been seeing my lines a lot easier and been rolling a few putts in.”

“So good golf has obviously been rewarded with rolling a few putts in.”

Beau will be nervous, but is comfortable with that;

“I’ll be nervous just like I always am.”

“I’ve learned at each stage of golf that I’ve played from junior golf to amateur golf to now playing professional golf that winning tournaments is difficult and it takes a level of comfortability to do that.”

Four guys are those two shots back at -12 under, Greg Chalmers, Australia, also -7 under 65 today, Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, -5 under 67, Kevin Tway, USA, -3 under 69, and Paul Dunne, Ireland with his third round of -3 under 69.

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