U.S. Open. Brian Harman Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Brian Harman has the 54 hole lead at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course.

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Brian shot a third round -5 under par 67 to top the U.S. Open leaderboard at -12 under par, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Brian would not reveal his innermost motivation;

“I’m not going to delve into the things that I derive my motivations from, but I’m certainly motivated.”

“I think everyone has doubts, everyone has fears, for me, just trying to figure out what they are and kind of rationalize them and deal with them.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are, Justin Thomas, who signed for a U.S. Open record breaking -9 under par 63, finishing with an Eagle at the par five 18th. He shares second place with Tommy Fleetwood, from England, -4 under 68 today, and Brooks Koepka, also -4 under 68.

Justin was impressed with his Eagle at the last;

“The finish was awesome. I’d love to have another one of those.”

“I was in a great zone out there, I was hitting it well, I was putting it well, I had some great up-and-downs.”

“Everything has been flowing. I’m sure once I sit down and relax tonight it will maybe set in a little bit more.”

“I’m just so excited to give myself a great chance to win this golf tournament.”

On a more sobering thought, of the five other players who shot a 63 in the third round at a Major, none of them went on to win the tournament.

Tommy made a bogey at the last to slip from a share of the lead, but was happy to play well;

“I hit good iron shots early on, I hit good drives and the further I got into the round I just felt really comfortable.”

“I actually felt calmer today than I did yesterday.”

“It is going to be new again now, I’m on a Sunday now. I always say it’s just you and the golf course but tomorrow is going to be a very different experience.”

“I’m on a Sunday now. I always say it’s just you and the course, but tomorrow is going to be a very different experience.”

Rickie Fowler holds fifth place on his own at -10 under par, he kept in touch with a -4 under par 68 today.

Truth is just about anybody could win this tournament, the course set up tomorrow will be the hardest, and mistakes can be very costly, just ask Paul Casey, +3 over 75 today.

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.

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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.

Memorial Tournament. Jason Had A Duff 3rd Round, But He Recovered To Win.

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Jason Dufner may have had a duff 3rd round, but he recovered to win the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Jason Dufner seals win in dramatic fashion at the Memorial

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Jason carded a final round, after weather delays, of -4 under par 68 to pick up the Memorial Tournament trophy from Jack Nicklaus.

After that 3rd round 77 Jason had dinner with Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, just to unwind;

“I didn’t want to leave the course angry.”

“I think it was good for me, here’s been times where I’ve kind of gone; fallen in and out of love with golf, to be honest with you, as a professional.”

“It was good to be around those guys, they’re excited. They’re passionate. They’re working hard at it. They want to play good. They’re hungry.”

“They want to win tournaments.”

“I’ve always been a fighter, especially since I’ve turned professional.”

 “Doing this hasn’t come easy for me. There’s been a lot of struggles and a lot of setbacks.”

“I didn’t come straight out of college and play the PGA Tour.”

“It took me almost ten years to get out here. Took me another two after that to win and actually get to where I felt comfortable.”

Anirban Lahiri, India,  -7 under 65 today, and Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70, were tied in second place at -10 under par. Unfortunately for Anirban the second place finish did not qualify him for the U.S. Open.

Rickie said it was matchplay between him and Jason at the end, and the putting counted;

“It comes down to somewhat match play at that point.”

“You expect your opponent to make the putt. But from 30 feet there on the last hole, that was a pretty solid putt.”

“To see it go in, he earned it, making a birdie on 17. And he got the job done.”

Anirban decided to relax this week and enjoy his golf;

“I’ve been pretty harsh on myself. I’ve beat myself up pretty bad, and coming into this week I just decided to be nice to myself and go out there and enjoy my golf, which I found wasn’t happening as often as it should.”

“I think I putted really well. And that’s been probably the scratchy part of my game. “

“Once I got that confidence, I wasn’t putting that much pressure on myself to hit it every time.”

Memorial Tournament. Jason Dufner Flying High.

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Jason Dufner is flying high at the top of the Memorial Tournament leaderboard at Muirfield Village, and will take a five hot lead into the week-end.

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Jason shot another -7 under 65 in the second round of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s Place, to sit comfortably on top of the leaderboard at -14 under par, with better putting;

“When you’re not holing putts, it puts more pressure on every part of your game.”

“You feel like you have to get your irons closer, take more chances from time to time.”

“You feel like your chipping and your pitching has to be perfect so you can make pars when you need to.”

“You feel like your lag putting has to be good if you’re not holing putts. It can manifest itself into something you don’t want out there.”

“To be honest, tomorrow is another day, I’m working on my breathing.”

“We’ve got two more rounds to go. We’ll see how the course changes if the wind picks up, gets running fast, it plays different. We’ll just see.”

“If we get some showers like they’re talking about it will be soft and be a little bit more scoreable.”

Daniel Summerhays is in second place, those five shots back at -9 under par, a second round -3 under par 69 giving him that place on his own.

Rickie Fowler carded -6 under par 66 to claim third spot at -8 under par for the competition.

The Masters. Two Tied at the Top after 54 Holes.

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There are two players tied at the top of The Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Justin Rose, from England, and Sergio Garcia, Spain, have a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

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Justin fired the low round of the day, -5 under par 67, to share The Masters lead with Sergio, -2 under 70 today, both at -6 under par for the Major tournament.

Justin explained his low round to reporters, and his desire to win here;

“It all happened for me the last eight holes, I think the patience I showed on the front nine was probably the key to moving well on the back nine.”

“I had my head down. I knew I was creeping up on the leaders and then I had that quick birdie-birdie finish to put me pretty much right up there tied for the lead.”

“It all seemed to happen really fast, setting up a really fun day tomorrow.”

“I’m a Major champion but I’m looking for more and I’m certainly looking for my first Masters and my first Green Jacket.”

“This is a place I dearly love and would dearly love to be part of the history here.”

Sergio said he had a good day today;

“It was a good day.”

“I was able to fight hard with what I had, stayed very patient all day and it was nice to shoot a two under that was a good solid score.”

“I need to be extra patient, I need to not lose my head, I need to stay calm and make sure no matter what happens, I need to keep going in the same direction because it feels good to me and I’m sure it looks good too.”

“So no matter what happens I need to stay within myself.”

“We still have one day to go, it’s not going to be easy, we’re going to have to play hard again and hopefully we will have a good solid chance coming into the last four or five holes.”

Rickie Fowler, USA, holds third place at -5 under par, a -1 under 71 today, not quite what he was looking for.

Jordan Spieth, -4 under 68 today, Ryan Moore -3 under 69  and Charley Hoffman with an even par 72 third round are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.

The Masters, Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of The Masters leaderboard after 36 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Charlie Hoffman, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Thomas Pieters.

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Rickie shot the low round of the day, -5 under par 67 to join the leaders at the top of The Masters leaderboard at -4 under par for the tournament.

Yesterday’s first round leader Charlie, choked today signing for a +3 over 75, but still shares top spot.

Sergio put in a good performance shooting a second round -3 under 69, for his -4 under total;

“I think that I’m a little bit calmer now. I think that I’m working on trying to accept things.”

 “It’s much easier to say than to do it. That’s the challenge we always have, making sure that you accept the  bad breaks with the good ones and move on.”

“There were a couple of moments out there where I could have lost it a little bit, you just have to realize that those things are going to happen.”

“I still have to get so much better at it, but what that shows me is that I have a lot of room for improvement, so that is something very positive.”

“Things are happening at the moment, so I want to make sure that I keep riding that wave and go out there tomorrow and be positive like I’ve been the first two days.”

Thomas carded -4 under 68 to join the crew at the top.

Tomorrow is moving day, and with so many names close to the leaders it will be interesting to see if anyone makes a significant surge, on the traditional moving day, Saturday. Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, are all within striking distance.