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.

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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.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Billy Horschel Wins Play-Off.

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Billy Horschel wins the AT&T Byron Nelson, in a play-off against Jason Day.

 

Horschel wins AT&T Byron Nelson in playoff

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Billy, -1 under 69 and Jason -2 under 68 today were tied at the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard at -12 under par for the tournament.

Billy won on the first extra hole, to win with a par at the par four 18th, he did not expect Jason to miss his 4ft par putt;

“When I hit it I knew it was on a perfect line and I thought I got it to the hole.”

“I just wanted to finish it off there.”

“I didn’t expect him to miss it. I was expecting to go back to the tee and play the hole again.”

The venue for this event next year will change to  Trinity Forest Golf Club, in Dallas, and Billy was sad that it is now moving;

“It’s sad that it’s leaving because I was never a fan of this course, but came here and now I am,”

“I won, and I don’t want to leave.”

Jason feels good about his game right now;

“I only had one top 10 up to this point. To be able to play the way I did today, I played some good solid golf.”

“It’s a little disappointing, but it’s not the first tournament I’m going to lose.”

“I feel good about my game.”

James Hahn finished in third place at -11 under par, a last round +1 over par 71 not what he was looking to achieve.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Hahn Has Lead.

 

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James Hahn has the lead after 54 holes in the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons, in Dallas,Texas.

Hahn holds lead at AT&T Byron Nelson

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James shot a bogey free -6 under par 64 on Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament, giving him a -12 under par total, and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

James is not fazed at leading into the final round, and will take tomorrow as just another day at the office;

“Tell me what my tee time is tomorrow and I’ll just show up.”

“You know, prepping for tomorrow I feel like is so hard. Sleeping on the lead, you can over think it and I just like to go home with my wife, our two-year-old daughter, watch some cartoons.”

“Just kind of keep everything low-key, casual.”

“For us, it’s just another day in the office.”

Billy Horschel has second place on his own at -11 under par, with a third round -4 under par 66.

Jason Day, with a brilliant -7 under par 63 today, and Jason Kokrak, who started the day with a five shot lead, and sadly finished with a +2 over par 72, share third place at -10 under par.

Jason sank five birdies in a row, and then rolled in a 60ft putt at the 17th, to complete a beautiful round of 63, which included a bogey.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard after round one at TPC Four Seasons in Texas. James Hahn and Ricky Barnes have the honor.

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James Hahn

James and Ricky shot first rounds of -6 under par 64 at the AT&T Byron Nelson to top the leaderboard on day 1. James was bogey free while Ricky carded two bogeys on the round.

Ricky said of his round;

“I’m having signs of brilliancy, I just need to put it all together.”

James mentioned the difficulty in putting in the wind;

“Probably effected putts a couple of inches.”

“You really have to pick your timing, you really need to pick your timing when you want to hit the ball.”

“And trust your line.”

 

Tied in fourth place, two shots back at -4 under par are: Matt Kuchar, Jhonattan Vegas, Jason Kokrak and Cameron Tringale.

There is a huge bunch of players at -3 under par, including Jason Day, and World number one Dustin Johnson.

Jason spoke about the wind he encountered on the course today, and his not taking a drop when he could have;

“In this wind, I think everyone’s kind of scrambling.”

“I was not going to drop it all the way back onto the other side of the road.”

“It was just in long grass and I wouldn’t be able to flop it over. It was quite a simple shot. You just had to contact it correctly.”

 

 

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. The Final 16. Sergio Blitzed By Jon.

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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play has a last 16 for the weekend  at Austin Country Club in Texas. Spain’s new wonder kid Jon Rahm blitzed the old one Sergio Garcia, 6-4.

Jon Rahm (left) knocked off fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia to win Group 7. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Jon eased past Sergio 6-4 to win group 7, he told reporters

“I’d rather not play a fellow Spaniard. Obviously, representing Spain, we want as many Spaniards to make it as far as possible. But worse came to worse, and luckily whoever won today was going to make it through. Out of that, at least we are happy that was going to happen.”

Sergio said he did not perform well;

“Obviously Jon is playing well. It is nice to see at least a Spanish player going through. . “At the end of the day, you have to perform and if you don’t do it then you get beat.”

World number 1 Dustin Johnson won group one, saying;

“I like match play, it’s fun and it’s exciting to watch. Yeah, I feel like I’ve got a little bit of an advantage just because I’m playing really well.”

The last sixteen knockout matches begin tomorrow, lining up like this;

Kevin Na USA v Bill Hass USA

Marc Leishman Australia v Phil Mickelson USA

Jon Rahm Spain v Charles Howell 111 USA

Soren Kjeldson Denmark v William McGirt USA

Hideto Tanihara Japan  v Paul Casey England

Ross Fisher England v Bubba Watson USA

Alex Noren Sweden v Brooks Koepka USA

Dustin Johnson USA v Zack Johnson USA.

It is sad that this years  Championship has been blighted by mid-term with withdrawals, which left Rory McIlroy with no chance to progress. after Jason Day retired. Other groups also had the same misfortune, with Gary Woodland withdrawing for personal reasons, and Francesco Molinari with an injury.

 

 

 

WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play. Day 1 Disasters.

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Day 1 of the Dell Technologies Match Play competition brought a few disasters at Austin Country Club, in Texas. Rory McIlroy being one of them, losing 2-1 to Soren Kjeldsen.

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Rory told reporters;

“Overall, I can’t be too disappointed. But at the same time, when standing on the 14th tee just having won three holes in a row, I thought I had him going into a tough stretch of the golf course.”

“But he put up three birdies in a row, and you can’t do anything about that.”

Jordan Spieth was another first day casualty, losing 4-2 to Hideto Tanihara, while Jimmy Walker went down to Martin Kaymer, 4-2.

All o f these guys need to step up to the plate tomorrow, if they want to progress in this tournament.

World number one Dustin Johnson won 5-3 over Webb Simpson, and Phil Mickelson dispatched Si Woo Kim by the same score.

Sergio Garcia had a ding-dong of a battle against Shane Lowry, it finished all square.

Sergio put his woes on the day down to poor putting;

“It’s never easy. Obviously I needed the putt to win. I had the chance of tying it up. I hit a good putt. It was really, really slow.”

“We didn’t play great. We definitely didn’t make anything, neither of us. I think we made probably two or three putts between the two of us.”

“At least I think we both fought hard.”

Saddest story of the day surrounded Jason Day, his mother is very ill, and will go into surgery on Friday. Naturally Jason could not concentrate on his golf, and was three down in six holes when he withdrew. He later made a tearful statement, but I think no one would have thought ill of him had he just left the course and took the first flight home, to support Mum;

“It’s been a very, very hard time for me to even be thinking about playing golf, and I know my mom says not to let it get to me, but it really has.”