U.S. Open. D.J. Tied with Andrew at the Top.

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Dustin Johnson is tied with Andrew Landry at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard. D.J. has completed his second round, Andrew has yet      to  start, as darkness halted play.

Dustin Johnson tees off on the ninth hole, his 36th hole of the day, as the sun sets in the distance. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

                                 D.J. teeing off the last hole today / Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR

D.J. carded a second round -1 under par 69 to tied Andrew at -4 under at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, in this topsy turvy weather interrupted Major.

D.J. played 36 holes today, but said it was no bother, apart from the putts not dropping;

“I’m in pretty good shape, so the physical part’s no problem.”

“But mentally you’ve got to make sure you stay sharp all day, because you can’t go to sleep on any shot out here.”

“I hit so many good putts today that I thought were going in, and burned the edge or lipped out.”

“That’s just how it goes, these greens are tough.”

“I’m happy with the way everything went today.”

The hardest thing Andrew did today was to get up and shave.

Lee Westwood is in third place at -3 under par, he also never got to play today.

Scott Piercy, and Sergio Garcia, with even par 70 second completed rounds, and Shane Lowry, who has yet to start his second, currently share fourth spot at -2 under par.

Scott mentioned the 36 holes;

“My feet feel like they’re on fire, my calves feel like they’re on fire.”

“The ball striking was really pretty amazing today, I was never really in a lot of trouble.”

“Tomorrow the guys will probably have a little faster greens than we had this afternoon.”

“I think the USGA is going to keep pushing them a little bit. It will be a little firmer, a little faster as long as the weather holds, which it’s supposed to.”

“Any time you’re under par, I think you’re going to be in it.”

Tired old man Sergio finishes up with a 51 ft putt;

“My legs, I’m tired, I’m too old for this.”

Projected cut line is +5 over par, at the moment that number will exclude Justin Rose, +6 with two holes to play, Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler both at +6, but have yet to start the second round.

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, both at +7, they have yet to swing a club in the second round.

I don’t know how the logistics work, but how is it that some players get through 36 holes and others only eighteen.

Good news is there is no more rain in the forecast.

U.S. Open. Players Perspective.

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Rory McIlroy would be happy to survive this test here at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.

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“To win on a course like Oakmont, with the conditions the way they are, it would maybe be my biggest accomplishment in the game.”

“It would make me feel like a more complete player, I guess. I’d be very proud if I won on a course like this.”

“Trepidation is what the players are feeling. It’s not excitement, it’s just trepidation. I mean, you could go a whole round without hitting at a single pin here.” 

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth would be happy to sign for a round of 75 or 76, and not be playing on the moon;

“When the wind is up I would probably sign for somewhere around 75 or 76, shake everyone’s hand and say, I’m going to go back and have a beer after that round.” 

“I’m looking forward to being back at a nice, traditional U.S. Open venue. It won’t feel like we’re playing on the moon this year.”

“If you win a US Open at Oakmont you can go ahead and say that you’ve conquered the hardest test in all of golf, because this is arguably the hardest course in America day-to-day.” 

Last Major winner Danny Willett thinks it’s fun;

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“It’s a great golf course, great fun.”

“There’s a lot of different shots you can play. I’d say five over par on this golf course for four rounds is a pretty good score.” 

 

 

Phil Mickelson said this is the toughest course he has ever seen;

“I really think Oakmont is the hardest golf course we’ve ever played. The rough is very long and challenging, but even though it’s very hard, it’s still a fair test.”

Justin Rose, having won the U.S. Open, is happy to have that victory in his pocket already;

“Having won a US Open, it’s nice to have that monkey off the back. I’ve always enjoyed playing the tough golf courses, so I’m excited.”

World number one Jason Day is receiving some inside information;

“My agent (Bud Martin) is a member at Oakmont. He’s from Pittsburgh as well, so I’ll be speaking to him about this place a fair bit.”

FedEx St Jude Classic. Daniel Berger Wins Maiden PGA Tour Title

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Daniel Berger has claimed his first PGA Tour title, the FedEx St Jude Classic, at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Daniel Berger celebrates with the trophy after winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic during the final round at TPC Southwind. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Daniel Berger/Getty Images

Daniel cruised to his maiden PGA Tour win at he FedEx St Jude Classic with a three shot victory after carding a final round -3 under par 67, to post winning total of -13 under par.

The turning point for Daniel was the par three 14th, making a 32 ft birdie putt there;

“If that putt didn’t go, then maybe I wouldn’t have been so free on the next one and who knows what would have happened.”

“I think you’re either born to be a competitor or you’re not, I just want to win in whatever I do.”

“It’s just a dream come true to finally be a champion.”

Three players tied for second place, at -10 under par, Brooks Koepka, -4 under par 66 today, Steve Stricker, -3 under 67, and Phil Mickelson who carded a final round -3 under par 67, in his warm up tournament to the U.S. Open next week;

“I had a couple opportunities on the back that I let slip, but for the most part I hit a lot of good shots.”

 “It almost feels like the U.S. Open came a week early to finish, second place.”

“Last week I struck the ball very well. This week I putted very well.”

“If I put them both together next week, it’s going to be a good week.”

“I just couldn’t catch him, but I’m coming out of this week with a lot of positives and some good momentum.”

Dustin Johnson was in fifth place at -9 under on his own, after his great last round -7 under par 63, the low round of the day;

“The game is actually really good, the first couple of rounds, I don’t know whether it was the heat or what, but I just, wasn’t getting the scores out of my rounds that I thought I should.”

“I just gave away so many shots the first three rounds.”

“I’m real comfortable, real confident going into next week.”

 

 

 

FedEx St Jude Classic. Berger Breaks Away.

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Daniel Berger breaks away from the field in the third round of the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

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Daniel carded a third round -1 under par 69, in hot and sticky conditions, to break away from the FedEx St Jude Classic field with his -10 under par tournament total, giving him a three shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Daniel is searching for his maiden PGA Tour win, and will try to do it his way;

“I just have to be myself.”

“I feel like when you’re kind of in this position you can kind of try to do things that normally you wouldn’t do and just got to have fun out there and be myself and see what happens.”

“If it was Tiger Woods behind me, I would have the same mentality.”

“It doesn’t matter. It’s golf. The golf course doesn’t know who is playing it, so I’m just going to go out there and be aggressive and have some fun, and that’s all I can do.”

Three players are tied in second place at -7 under par, Phil Mickelson, -2 under 68 today, Steve Stricker, -4 under 66, and D.A. Points who returned the low round of the day, a bogey free -6 under 64.

Phil wobbled a bit at the end of his round, and he needed to make an 18ft putt from just off the green to save par on the last hole, but is happy to be in the second to last group on Sunday;

“That was good because I had bogeyed 17.”

 “You can make a bogey out here. It’s a tough golf course.”

“There weren’t a ton of under par rounds today. You don’t want to follow bogey with bogey.”

“You always want to come back with a birdie or par. It was a good way to finish the round.”

“That’s always an advantageous spot if you can get off to a good day, it’s much more difficult to follow birdies than it is to lead by them.”

Seung-Yul Noh, -3 under 67, Colt Knost, -3 under 67 and Brooks Koepka -1 under 69, all share fifth place at -6 under par for the competition.

FedEx St Jude Classic. Daniel Berger Leads.

White Dragon GolfFedEx St. Jude Classic                                                                  Daniel Berger leads the FedEx St Jude Classic after 36 holes at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Berger rounding into form

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Daniel shot a bogey free second round -6 under par 64 to lead the FedEx St Jude Classic with a -9 under par 36 hole total, and enjoys a three shot lead over the field.

Daniel mentioned to reporters just how tough TPC Southwind is, although he shot the low round of the tournament so far;

“Hardest course I’ve ever played.”

The greens feel like I’m at home.”

“To just know I’m playing well enough to contend is big.”

Tom Hoge is in second place at -6 under par, a -1 under 69 today keeps him in sight of the leader.

Three players share third spot at -5 under par, Dustin Johnson, -1 under 69 today, Phil Mickelson, -5 under 65 with one bogey on the card, and Brooks Koepka, his -5 under 65 was bogey free.

Brooks felt he played much better today;

“It was a little bit better. I felt like I actually hit the center of the clubface today,”

“Yesterday just felt out of sync, no rhythm, the timing wasn’t there. I didn’t really have anything, even on the greens.”

“Today was nice, to get the speed back on the greens a little bit.”

Making his debut on the PGA Tour is Wesley Bryan, who has two wins on the  on the Web.com Tour this season and is the leading money winner on that tour with  $280,692 in earnings.

Wesley is a in group of nine players at -4 under par, after his scrambling bogey free second round -4 under 66 today;

“It didn’t look like a bogey-free sixty-six.”

“I was kind of all over the place, I was able to get a few of the balls up-and-down today that I didn’t get up-and-down yesterday.”

“I got away with a lot out there, I was honestly in some pretty bad spots.”

 

 

 

 

Memorial Tournament. Rain Stops Play, Matt and Emiliano Share Lead.

 

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Rain stops third round play at the Memorial Tournament, with Matt Kuchar and Emiliano Grillo leading at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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Matt has completed 15 holes of his third round, but still tops the leaderboard at -15 under par. Emiliano finished 16 holes before play was halted, he too has a -15 under par total.

William McGirt, -8 under par 64 completed third round today, shares second place with Gary Woodland, 16 holes completed, both at -14 under par.

Adam Hadwin, finished -5 under par 67, Dustin Johnson, a completed -4 under 68, and Jon Curran 17 finished holes, all share fifth spot at -13 under par.

Rory McIlroy finished at -9 under, Phil Mickelson -10 under and Jason Day -11 under, the gap to the top could be higher tomorrow once the top players have finished their third rounds.

 

The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield. Matt and Brendan Lead.

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Matt Kuchar and Brendan Steele have the half-way lead at the Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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Matt Kuchar

Matt has carded consecutive rounds of -6 under par 66, for his -12 under par total, while Brendan signed for a second round -5 under 67 to get into a share of the Memorial Tournament lead after 36 holes.

Matt thinks the course is playing a easy as he ever known it;

“As easy as I remember ever seeing it.”

“You can get in the wrong spot, but you don’t have to worry too much about the wind.”

“The ball’s going, great temperatures. It’s fun to be out there playing and making some birdies around this place.”

“I feel like I’ve put it all together.”

“The tough thing and the great thing about golf is there’s so many facets of the game, so many pieces that need to come together to play well. It feels like everything’s coming along on good form now.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par are Emiliano Grillo, -6 under par 66 today and Gary Woodland, who scored the low round of the day, a -7 under par 65.

Gary also thinks the course is perfect;

“This golf course is perfect, so the weather definitely will change things.”

“If it stays like this, you’re going to have to make birdies, and hopefully the weather does miss us, and we can go out and have some fun.”

Emiliano needs to stay patient;

“My expectations were really high going into 2016, and I paid the price.”

 “Even though I told myself to enjoy it, I wanted to play even better.”

“I tell myself just to be patient, and if you’re patient enough, then that win is going to come.”

First round leader Dustin Johnson fell back today recording a -1 under par 71 second round, to join the group at -9 under par in fifth position, with Harlod Varner 111, -5 under 67 today, Jon Curran, -5 under 67, and Kevin Streelman, -4 under 68.

At -8 under are Scott Brown, Adam Hadwin and Zac Blair. The are followed by a group of ten players who are at -7 under par, which includes some big names. Rory McIlroy with -6 under 66 today, Jason Day, -1 under 71, Phil Mickelson, -3 under 69.

This tournament is shaping up to be a great contest, on what is probably one of the finest golf courses in the USA, Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Sadly Rickie Fowler, Ernie Els, Paul Casey, Davis Love 111, Angel Cabrera  and Hideki Matsuyama, with his squeaky cleats in his shoes, were among the players who missed the cut, made at -2 under par.