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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Memorial Tournament. Bryson Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Bryson DeChambeau has the 54 hole lead in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

DeChambeau claims 54-hole lead

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Bryson carded a third round -6 under par 66 to lead the Memorial Tournament by one shot at -14 under par, with good putting the key;

“I would say I’m putting the best I have in my life.”

There is a three-way tie for second place at -13 under,  19-year-old Joaquin Niemann of Chile, -2 under 70 today, Patrick Cantlay, USA, -6 under 66, and Kyle Stanley, USA, also -2 under 70. Ben An, South Korea has 5th place to himself at -12 under par following his third round -3 under 69.

Justin Rose, England, -3 under 69 today is at -10 under, and knows Sunday will be a long day with bad weather predicted;

“I haven’t been practicing that much and feel like the game’s got a little sloppy so I’m going to hit the range.”

“It could be a long day on Sunday if the storms come in.”

Tiger, still suffering from an errant putter is still hanging around at -9 under;

“Shooting in the low sixties could have been pretty easy if I had just had putted normally.” 

Rory McIlroy came alive today shooting the low round of the day -8 under 64, and is now just six shots off the pace of the leader.

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Memorial Tournament. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the  Memorial Tournament after 36 holesKyle Stanley, USA, and Joaquin Niemann, Chile, lead at Muirfield Village.

Stanley leads by one shot in Round 2

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Kyle shot a second round -6 under 66, and Joaquin -4 under 68, to top the rain delayed second round of the Memorial Tournament at -11 under par.

Joaquin the top amateur player in the world likes being at the top of the leaderboard;

“It feels really nice to be on top of the leaderboard, it does feel really nice for tomorrow.”

Kyle really likes Muirfield Village;

“I really enjoy playing this golf course.”

“It’s one of my favorites that we play on tour, it just really sets up good to my eye.”

“Driving the ball, I would say it’s a strength of my game and I feel like a course like this kind of caters to a guy that’s hitting a lot of fairways.”

“The rough’s really thick and pretty high and every time I’ve been in it this week, three or four times we pretty much just had to pitch out.”

“So I think the key is just hit a lot of fairways and try to hit your second shots out of the fairway.”

Alone in third place is Ben An from South Korea, he carded -5 under par 67 today, to climb up the leaderboard.

Tiger Woods posted a second round -5 under 67, to be on that number for the tournament, and that was even though he had big trouble in the putting department, missing makeable chances;

“I did not putt well today, it could have been easily a nice little 62 or 63. I turned it into a 67.”

“I missed one on number one, and after that I missed everything.”

“I didn’t feel the putter head flowing, I didn’t feel it releasing.”

“These are all normal things I normally feel, but I just didn’t quite have the feel for it.”

“I’ve got to clean that up come this weekend, and hopefully I can get it going and I can play well like this on the weekend and I’ve got a great chance of winning this tournament.”

Rory McIlroy made the cut on the number, even par, and will have to play extremely well tomorrow, on moving day, if he wants to contend this title.

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BMW PGA Championship. Molinari Wins.

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Francesco Molinari, Italy, wins the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in England.

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Francesco wins the BMW PGA Championship with a bogey free final round -4 under 68 and a winning total of -17 under par, a two-stroke winning margin;

“It’s amazing, I’ve been close so many times. If I could pick one tournament to win in my career it would be this one so to finally get over the line was amazing.”

“I can’t wait to be back next year.”

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy with Rory today, he probably didn’t play his best but I still knew he was going to charge back the last few holes.”

“I came into this week knowing that I was a long way back in the Ryder Cup and that something pretty special needed to happen.”

“We are halfway there and next week is another important week from that point of view and hopefully another successful week for me.”

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland was second, his last round -2 under par 70 not good enough to get him the title, finishing at -15 under par. Bogeys at 9 and 10 being his undoing;

“I’m just disappointed I didn’t play better over the weekend.”

“I was in a great position after two days and struggled yesterday and sort struggled today again, as well. I just couldn’t get it going.”

“I let Francesco get a few shots ahead of me, and I couldn’t claw that back.”

“I played some good golf coming down the back nine, hit some better shots, but I need to work on a few things going forward.”

“I get a bit down on myself because my expectations are high, and with a 36-hole lead, I should have closed it out this week.”

“But that’s not taking anything away from Francesco. He played a great weekend and bogey-free around here is some playing.”

“He deserved the win, I need to do a little more work, and I’m looking to forward to getting right back at it at Memorial next week.”

Tied in third place with -14 under par totals were, Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, with -7 under 65 today, and defending champion Alex Noren, Sweden, with his final round -5 under 67.

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BMW PGA Championship. McIlroy and Molinari Tied at the Top.

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Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, and Francesco Molinari, Italy, are tied at the top of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in England.

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Rory had a quiet round today, -1 under par 71 while Francesco carded -6 under 66, for them to be tied at the top of the BMW PGA Championship at -13 under par.

Rory admitted to scrambling today;

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I’ll need to play better than what I played today.”

“I scrambled well for the most part. I was four under for the last 12 holes in this wind, which was pretty good, but it wasn’t the calibre of golf that I played yesterday.”

“I need to start hitting more quality shots and put the ball in play and if I can do that then tomorrow is a big day.”

“Francesco obviously played a good round today and a few guys played a good round.”

“We have a little bit of a cushion compared to the rest and it’s not quite a two-horse race but I think if we both get off to good starts tomorrow, it could turn into that.”

Francesco loves the West Course, and hopes to join the ranks of Italian winners here;

“I just love playing here, clearly it suits my eye and I just enjoy the atmosphere.”

“The crowds are always great. It is a challenging course but I think if you hit good shots, you can make a few birdies here and there. I love it and hopefully it will be another good day tomorrow.”

“It would be amazing to win a Rolex Series event. To win here with such tradition and it’s a course that is in the heart of Italian golfers as well, with Constantino (Rocca) and Matteo (Manassero) winning here in the past. I’ll see what I can do.”

Tied in third place, four shots back at -9 under par are defending champion Alex Noren, Sweden, -2 under 70 today, Branden Grace, South Africa, -3 under 69, then two players from England, Sam Horsfield, even par 70 today, with Ross Fisher, -4 under 68.

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BMW PGA Championship. Rory Roars Ahead.

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Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, roars ahead to lead the BMW PGA Championship at the half-way stage on the West Course at Wentworth Club in England.

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Rory shot a bogey free second round -7 under par 65 to lead the BMW PGA Championship by three shots after 36 holes with a -12 under par total;

“I played really well to go bogey-free around here.”

“It was one of the best rounds of golf I’ve played this year, ball-striking-wise. There’s still a couple of loose shots in there but overall it was a great round of golf.”

“I had everything firing today and it was nice to take advantage of the opportunities I gave myself.”

“It’s nice to live up to the billing. I really enjoy playing in front of these crowds, they are incredible to get up on a Friday morning at 8:00am and come out and follow us. It was a really great atmosphere out there.”

“Being in the final group tomorrow, most likely, that atmosphere will be around the group again and I’m looking forward to that.”

“I have the confidence that I’m playing well and I can go out and try to replicate what I did the day before.”

“On the first tee box tomorrow, I’ll be thinking about what I did today and trying to just keep the same thoughts and make the same swings.”

“I’ve had a win here and I know how that feels. I’d love to get a win here again and if that could kick start a summer like I had in 2014, I’d be all for that.

“It’s a big weekend for me.”

Tied in second place at -9 under par are, Sam Horsfield, England, -4 under 68 today and Sébastien Gros, France, with a second round of -6 under 66.

Tommy Fleetwood, England, has fourth place to himself, a second round -6 under 66 giving him a -8 under par tournament total.

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