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.

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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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Zurich Classic. Billy Horschel & Scott Piercy Win.

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Billy Horschel & Scott Piercy win the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana.

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Billy and Scott carded a last round -5 under 67 to win the Zurich Classic by one shot at -22 under par.

Scott said they were both excited;

“We’re excited, my partner was awesome this week.”

“He sacked up big all week, hit some really big shots. Hats off to him.”

“I was kind of zoned out, to be honest. I knew my partner was hitting good shots. I just had to go try to put him in the right spot for the next one.”

Billy spoke about validation for all the hard work involved;

“It means a lot, it’s nice to see the validation. Validate all the hard work, that you’re doing the right things.”

“Sometimes the results just don’t show.”

Jason Dufner and Pat Perez finished in second place at -21 under, after their final round -4 under par 68.

In third spot were Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, from South Africa, a final round -4 under 68 giving them a -20 under par tournament total.

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Career Builder Challenge. Austin Cook 54 Hole Leader.

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Austin Cook is the 54 hole leader of the Career Builder Challenge in California.

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Austin Cook 

Austin carded a third round Career Builder Challenge -8 under par 64 on the La Quinta course, to lead the tournament by one shot at -19 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Andrew Landry scored -2 under around the Stadium Course to share second place at -18 under par with Martin Piller who signed for a -5 under 67 at La Quinta.

Tied in fourth spot are Jon Rahm, Spain, -2 under 70 at the Stadium Course and Scott Piercy, -6 under 66 also at the Stadium Course, both at -17 under par , two shots off the pace.

Jon had problems with the par three’s;

 “Three of the bogeys were on par-threes, which none of them was in a water hazard, which shows maybe poor club, poor shot, poor approach shot, some was just bad luck.”

“But other than that I played good golf, a little bit of a survival day, you always get those in a tournament.”

“I still had a couple of good shots there, I’m just hoping, looking forward to tomorrow that I continue to play the same way I did the first two days, especially on this course as it’s a lot more demanding.”

“So it all depends on the weather conditions.”

“The course is firming up and I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par you’ll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.”

Notables missing the cut, which was made at -8 under,  include Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Vaughn Taylor, and  Chris Kirk.

Phil missed the cut here for the first time in 24 years, he struggled today for  a +2-over par 74,  in the heavy winds, playing the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots.

The last round will be played over the more difficult Pete Dye designed PGA West Stadium Course, and with the leaderboard being tight at the top,it will be an exciting final round tomorrow. 

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Dean & Deluca Invitational. Four Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the Dean& Deluca Invitational leaderboard at the end of 36 holes at Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas. Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Danny Lee and Scott Piercy share the honor.

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Webb Simpson

Webb, -4 under 66 today, Danny, -6 under 64, Kevin, -3 under 67 and Scott -4 under 66, all sit atop the Dean & Deluca Invitational leaderboard at -6 under for the tournament after 36 holes.

Webb,  joked about playing in Texas;

“I didn’t play well at Byron my first couple of years, so I just decided to stay out of Texas.”

Paul spoke about the tricky wind conditions;

“It’s been tricky with the wind, I’ve handled it well so far, so I would actually like it to stay tricky if it can.”

“And I handle the heat well, so I am saying probably the more difficult it is, the better it is for me.”

Another four players are tied in fifth spot, one shot back at -5 under for the tournament, Paul Casey, -4 under 66 today, Sergio Garcia, -4 under 66, Jon Rahm, -1 under 69, and Sean O’Hair, -2 under 68.

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth has recovered from the poor start yesterday, even par, to record a second round -2 under par to give himself a chance to successfully defend his title. He told reporters about the spectre of missing back to back cuts in his home town;

“When your backs against the wall,  and you feel the nerves kick up, because you’ve got to do something, and you’re not going to be able to play both week-ends in town.”

“That would have been really really tough for me to swallow, if I missed the cut.”

” And it was in my head.”

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OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Gary Leads Into Final Round

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Gary Woodland leads into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico.

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Gary Woodland

Newly Married Gary shot a -5 under par third round 66 to stay on top of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a -18 under par total. Had one bogey today, on 15, but will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“I’ve been there. I’ve been in the position a lot the last couple years.”

“I’m excited about my game, I’m going to rely on my game and trust it and go out and have fun.”

“I’m very comfortable with where my golf swing is and I’m going to rely on it and run it out.”

“I’m happy. I mean, I played great today. Drove the ball exceptionally well, controlled my distances to the green, and I rolled it well.”

“It’s hard to argue with that, hard to be upset with that. I hit a good shot on 15. I just hit it long.”

Pat Perez is in second place at -17 under par, -9 under par 62 elevating up the leaderboard, and he is now feeling comfortable after 9 months out after shoulder surgery;

“I was real comfortable, I woke up and I just felt good.”

“I was comfortable on the range. I’ve just been on this different attitude in the last couple weeks where I just try to stay aggressive and try to think of the right shot and the good shot and not worry about what happens.”

“It’s really worked. I’ve been working on that the last nine months since I got hurt.”

Scott Piercy holds third spot on his own at -16 under par, with a -5 under 66 today.

Sadly for the home crowd Abraham Ancer shot +3 over 74 to drop out of the race for the title, now at -6 under for the tournament, and T 48.

 

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Gary Woodland Leads at Half-Way.

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Gary Woodland leads the OHL Classic at Mayakoba at the half-way point in Mexico, and is still bogey free on the El Camaleon course at  Playa del Carmen.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 11: Gary Woodland of the United States plays his shot from the 17th fairway during the second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on November 11, 2016 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Gary carded -6 under par 65 today at the OHL Mayakoba Classic in Mexico, to top the leaderboard after 36 holes at -13 under par;

“It was nice to have an off-week last week. Went out and spent some time with Butch.”

“After the wedding there, kind of got a little rusty I think.”

“Took some time off, but nice to get back in the swing of things. Very comfortable with where I’m at right now.”

Webb Simpson claimed second place, just one shot back at -12 under par, he also had -6 under 65 today, but needed to make some good par putts;

“Well, today was a lot different from yesterday. Today was a bit of a struggle with some distance control.”

“I had to chip a lot more today, so today was about scoring. I was able to score, made some putts when I needed to for par.”

“Yesterday I don’t remember missing any greens and today I missed quite a few, so very different day but same score.”

Third place belongs to Scott Piercy, -5 under 66 today giving him a -11 under total;

“I felt pretty good about my game. Just kind of plodding along and trying to pick up birdies where I can and kind of keep the scorecard pretty clean.”

“Felt pretty good. Just trying to pick up some marbles on the way and count them at the end of the week and see where we fall, so it’s been good.”

Home favorite Abraham Ancer scored -3 under par 68 to be T 4 at -9 under for the tournament;

“It’s been really fun. I played really well on Monday and I’ve been playing really well this week.”

“Hopefully I can take that on the weekend, but no, I’m enjoying it. Have some family here and a lot of friends so it’s awesome.”

Defending champion Graeme McDowell just made the cut, on the number following a disastrous opening round 75 with a -6 under par 65 today, to get to the -2 under cut line.

Jim Furyk was not so lucky in his first event of the new season, shooting 74-70 to miss the cut with +2 over par for the competition. Ian Poulter was another to miss the cut, with 72-69 for -1 under.