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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Wells Fargo Championship. Jason Day Cruises To Win.

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Jason Day, Australia, cruised to a two shot win at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Day wins Wells Fargo Championship

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With a final round -2 under par 69 Jason cruised to a win at the Wells Fargo Championship with a -12 under par total, his 12th PGA Tour title.

Jason  came to the day’s most difficult hole and hit a superb shot, that defined this tournament. A seven iron tee shot on the 223-yard, par three 17th, which took a big hop when it landed in the middle of the green,  rolling speedily until it struck the center of the flagstick and stopped  just a couple of feet away, he made birdie.

“It was on a cracking line, it was beautiful, things like that are what you need to win golf tournaments.”

“I felt like I went ten rounds out there, just fighting against myself.”

“Aaron played tremendous golf coming in.”

“I didn’t have the best day off the tee and even into the greens, but I had a really good day on the greens and around the greens.”

Aaron Wise, -3 under 68 today and Nick Watney,  -2 under 69, both from the USA shared second place at -10 under par.

 

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Wells Fargo Championship. Jason Day In Front.

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Jason Day, Australia, is in the front position after 54 holes of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Day grabs lead at Wells Fargo

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Jason shot a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship after 54 holes with a -10 under par total, giving him a two-stroke advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“Today it was a bit of a struggle through eight holes.”

“I hit a nice shot into the ninth hole, and a good drive down 10 started getting things in the right direction.”

“I knew things were going to turn around.”

“I just stayed in my lane.”

“I’ve kind of recommitted myself to try to get back to number one.”

Nick Watney, USA, holds second place at -8 under, after his third round -5 under par 66, overcoming  a double bogey on the par five 10th hole.

Four players are tied in third position at -7 under par, Peter Uihlein,  with a marvelous -9 under 62 today, just one short of Rory McIlroy’s course record, Bryson DeChambeau, -5 under 66 and Aaron Wise, -1 under 70, these three from the USA, they are joined by Paul Casey who recorded -2 under 69 today.

Tiger, is not out of the woods yet, -3 under 68 today leaving at -1 under for the tournament, while Rory went ten shots better than yesterday’s 76 to signed for a -5 under 66 today, to be at -3 under in total, both these boys too far back to make it to the top tomorrow, or maybe not according to Tiger;

“I’m hitting the ball well enough to contend, to win this golf tournament, but I just haven’t made putts.”

“Maybe I can play a low one and see what happens. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well enough and just trending in the right direction for next week.”

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Wells Fargo Championship. Peter Malnati Leads.

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Peter Malnati, USA, leads the Wells Fargo Championship after 36 holes at The Quail Hollow Club.

Peter Malnati leads the Wells Fargo Championship at seven under par. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Peter shot a second round -3 under 68 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship at the half-way stage with a -7 under par total.

A relaxed Peter told reporters;

“Honestly, the biggest thing that’s different this week from kind of the last couple years for me is just I’m more relaxed.”

 “I’m feeling good, I’m confident with what I’ve been doing, and I’m kind of letting it show on the course rather than letting it stress me out.”

“I’ve been trying to kind of embrace just being a little more calm and relaxed on the golf course this week.”

“It will be a good test tomorrow to see how I feel walking to that first tee.”

“I’m sure there will be some nerves, but I’ll definitely be excited and I’ll be able to hang on to some of this calm that I felt these first two days.”

Aaron Wise, USA,  -3 under 68 today shares second place with Jason Day from Australia, who carded -4 under 67 in his second round, both players at -6 under for the tournament.

Tied in fourth place at -5 under par are Paul Casey, England, -3 under 68, and Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, with -4 under 67 today.

Paul has not had much success around here;

“It’s a golf course I didn’t have a lot of success on through the years and it used to be very sort of damp around here.”

“At the  PGA, I had a good result. For some reason it just seems to be clicking now around this golf course.”

“Maybe the firm and fast, I like that.”

Struggling to make the cut, which was at +4 over were Rory McIlroy,  Northern Ireland,  with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, all at +2 over, and Adam Scott, Australia, +3 over.

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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Ted Potter Jnr, Triumphs

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Ted Potter Jnr triumphs at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and made it look easy, with a three shot winning margin at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

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Ted Potter Jnr

Shooting a final round -3 under 69 to post an AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winning total of -17 under par, Ted out-classed the rest of the field by three shots.

Ted was amazed at his success, but said he worked well with his putter;

“It’s definitely pleasing. I mean, it was a struggle there.”

“When you break your ankle and you don’t know what’s going to happen with your golf swing or career, to come back from that, I mean it’s just unbelievable right now.”

” I knew on the back nine, I saw I had a two-shot lead, if I played smart golf and I knew I was putting well, so hitting a lot of the center of the greens and trying to give myself a chance at birdies, those guys would have to catch me coming in.”

“It’s just so good right now. To get my second career win after five years away from it.”

“Going back to the Masters is going to be definitely another dream come true. Try to get back there and win the Par-3 Contest again. That was a lot of fun. “

“This has just been a blast this week and it’s unbelievable right now.”

Trailing those three shots behind at -14 under par were, World #1 Dustin Johnson, even par 72 today, multiple winner here Phil Mickelson, -5 under 67, Chez Reavie, -4 under 68, and Jason Day from Australia, carding a final round -2 under 70, which included a miraculous par at the final hole after hitting his second shot onto the beach, greenside bunker with his third, four on and one putt.

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Jason on the Beach

 

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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. DJ & Ted Potter Jr Tied.

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World #1 DJ is tied at the top of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard with Ted Potter Jnr. in California.

DJ tied for lead at Pebble Beach

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Three bogey’s on the back nine stalled DJ’s momentum at Pebble, signing for a -2 under 70, while Ted was on target for a 59, but made bogey on his last two holes for -9 under 62 at Monterey, both players have -14 under par totals, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“I got off to a really good start, played pretty well on the back nine. I had a lot of good looks at some nice birdies.”

“I hit good putts, they just didn’t go in.”

“The wind was a little bit tricky, and I just got on the wrong side of holes on my bogeys. All in all, I feel good about the game. I have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.”

Ted Potter Jr. interview after Round 3 of AT&T Pebble Beach

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Ted said he knew it would be a tough finish;

“I didn’t feel like I hit bad shots coming in there on the last couple, making bogeys there, but I just knew it was going to be tough coming in.”

Sharing second place those two shots back at -10 under are Jason Day, Australia, -3 under par 69 today at Pebble, and Troy Merritt, -2 under 69 at Monterey.

Rory McIlroy did not make the cut in his first appearance here at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, having another bad day where very little went right, but he did show the gallery what he is capable of. After hitting his tee shot into the drink on the par five 18th, taking his obligatory drop he proceeded to hit the pin with his third shot, and then sunk the birdie putt. If only he had shown that kind of form for the rest of the week.

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