DP World Tour Championship, Sergio & Francesco In Front.

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Sergio Garcia, from Spain and Francesco Molinari, Italy are in front at the half-way stage of the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, in Dubai.

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Sergio and Francesco both shot -5 under par 67 to lead the  DP World Tour Championship with -9 under totals.

Sergio had one bogey, and some iffy putts;

“I felt like I was swinging the club really, really well.”

“I was hitting a lot of good shots. I hit a couple of iffy putts here and there but I made some really good ones, also. I was very happy to see all of that.”

“I’m excited about it. It’s good to be out there with a chance the last tournament of the year. I just want to make sure that I keep playing the same way I’ve played these first two days and see where that takes us.”

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Francesco said he will repeat the same performance tomorrow;

“Just keep doing the same and hopefully I’ll get a similar result tomorrow.”

“I’m happy. It was another good day, it’s very early, obviously, but it’s nice to keep building a nice good round after good round.”

Yesterday’s leader Lee Westwood is in third place at -8 under par, after his second round score -2 under 70.

In the overall contest to win the Race to Dubai, the current leader Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, remained in top spot after he fired a -3 under par 69 to sit at -3 under for the tournament T 17, the same score as number two Danny Willett who carded -2 under par 70 today.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy followed his disappointing opening  round +3 over 75 with a -4 under 68 for a tournament total of -1 under par and T 29.

Race to Dubai

 

Ryder Cup. Americans Dominate Afternoon Four-Balls.

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The American Team dominated the afternoon Four-Ball matches in the Ryder Cup, earning 3 points to Team Europe’s one. Team USA now leads 9 1/2 points to 6 1/2, a very substantial lead to take into the singles matches tomorrow at Hazeltine National.

It all started so well for Europe this afternoon, Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters beat Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson 3-1 to put the first point on the board.

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Rory & Thomas and the winning fist-pumps.

From then on it all went south as Danny Willett and Lee Westwood lost 1 up to J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore. This match could, and should have been in Europe’s favor but two short putts missed, one on 17, which would have leveled the scores, and then another on 18, to lose the match. If they had both dropped it would have been a different story, the culprit was Lee Westwood.

Danny said they had played well, but could not get the important putts to drop;

“We had a good tussle out there most of the day.”

“Westie played nice and solid, but we just couldn’t get the putts at the right time.”

“We had chances at 17 and 18. We hit pretty good putts but that green at 18 is tricky. It’s just a shame because we hit two pretty good shots in there.”

Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia went down 2-1 to Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. Sergio’s frail putting was exposed under pressure, that Claw style grip is not positive enough to sink those pressure putts.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth defeated Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson 2-1 in a match where Patrick played some great golf.

The Americans will start the singles tomorrow with a three-point lead, and Team Europe will have to start strong and try to level the scores early on in the day.

 

Ryder Cup. It’s Game On As Europe Fight Back.

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It’s game on as the European Team fight back came  in the afternoon Fourballs, winning 3-1 at Hazeltine National in the Ryder Cup where the Americans now only lead 5-3 overall at the end of day one.

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Rory sealed a good afternoon with his win with Thomas Pieters, 3-2 over Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Rory was very gung-ho about the wins;

“It’s incredible, I’ve played one Ryder Cup in the US and this is definitely a little more hostile than the one at Medinah.”

“I just want to let people know how much it means to us.”

“This guy beside me all day was absolutely incredible. It’s his first Ryder Cup and he played so well. A lot of credit has to go to Thomas, as well.”

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson defeated Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed 5&4.

Justin said they trusted their game, while Henrik said his win was very sweet;

“Henrik and I did what we do best, we just stuck with it, trusted our games, trusted ourselves and we got on a little run.”

“We dovetailed beautifully and made a bunch of birdies. I relied on my partner again and he delivered.”

Henrik;

“We were playing very nicely in the afternoon, made a couple of putts that we didn’t do in the morning and it seemed like they got possibly a little bit tired.”

“It makes it sweeter though, when you beat the guys you lost to in the morning, that’s for sure.”

Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello were victorious, 3-2 over J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore.

Sergio loves the Ryder Cup;

“I love it. I love golf. Obviously this is very special for us. And to play with this guy, he was a rock out there. He gave me so much confidence to be able to go for shots and go for putts.”

While Rafa was excited to pay alongside his compatriot in his first Ryder Cup experience;

“It’s been a real honour to play today, if I would have picked a partner, I couldn’t have picked anyone better than him to join me in my first Ryder Cup match.”

“I’m proud that we played great that we felt very comfortable, we rooted for one another and that we got the point for Europe.”

The only American win was from Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka, 5-4 over Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett.

It is definitely game on tomorrow, and it will be interesting watching how the European Team approach the next round of Foursomes.

Ryder Cup. USA 4-0 Up.

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The USA are 4-0 up in the morning Foursomes of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose lost 3-2 against Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

Thomas Pieters and  Lee Westwood fell to a 5 and 4 defeat to Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer went down 4-2 to Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker

Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan lost 1 up to Ricky Fowler and Phil Mickelson.

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Darren Clarke the Euro Captain had this to say;

“They weren’t firing on all cylinders, they’ve been playing really nicely in practice and it was one of those things.”

 “Foursomes is a difficult game. We took a look at the line up and we were looking forward to it and I thought we were looking strong but in foursomes sometimes that happens.”

“The American guys played better than we did. Looking at it, 4-0 is probably a fair result for the way that they were playing.”

“There are so many points to play for yet. Obviously it’s not an ideal start by any stretch of the imagination but we’ve come back from deficits like this in the past.”

“It’s a big ask, a tough ask, but the guys are all ready and keen and can’t wait to get back out there.”

 

U.S. Open. D.J Does It.

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 D.J. Dustin Johnson finally does it as he wins his first Major, the U.S. Open.

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U.S. Open Champion, Dustin Johnson 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dustin shot a final round -1 under par 69, and posted a -4 under par total to win the U.S. Open, his maiden Major title;

“It feels good, feels really good, feels well deserved.”

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities that I didn’t quite get it done. So this one’s definitely really sweet.”

“I knew I was swinging well, and I just kept thinking, it’s just me and the course, I’m playing against the course. I can’t control what anyone else does.”

“So I just tried to hit golf shots, tried to hit it on the correct side of the hole, and two-putt.”

Shane Lowry started the final round with a four shot lead, but spectacularly slumped with a last round of +6 over par 76. He finished the tournament tied in second place with Jim Furyk, -4 under par 66 today, and Scott Piercy -1 under today, all at -1 under for the tournament.

Only four players finished under par, with Sergio Garcia, even par 70 today and Branden Grace, +1 over 71, sharing fifth spot at even par.

Lee Westwood played alongside Dustin in the penultimate group, the part time golfer proving that you cannot just turn-up and compete for four rounds at Major tournaments. Maybe after today’s dismal last round effort of +10 over par 80 he will consider paying the tour regularly.

U.S. Open. Shane Lowery Leads Suspended 3rd Round.

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Shane Lowry leads the 116th  U.S. Open as the third round was suspended due to darkness at                                                                       Oakmont Country Club.

Shane Lowry is seeking his second PGA TOUR victory after becoming the first player from Ireland to win a World Golf Championship last year. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Shane Lowry / Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR

Shane leads the U.S. Open in third round with a -5 under par total, and he has four holes left to play to increase that lead, but was happy to get off the course after 32 holes on the day;

“I was getting tired toward the end, if I had to play another four holes, it would have been quite difficult.”

“I beat a field of this quality already, so there’s no reason I can’t go out and do it again tomorrow.”

“We all know that this course can jump up and bite you in a split-second.”

“I’m two ahead with 22 holes left, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. These are the best golfers in the world behind me.”

“I’ve been beating myself up over the last six months trying to get in this position. I’m here now. I might as well enjoy it.”

Andrew Landry is in second place, two shots off the pace at -3 under par for the tournament, he has completed 13 third round holes;

“I think I did a really good job out there, no nerves, very comfortable.”

“I feel like I play good golf on hard golf courses where par is a good score.”

 “That’s just kind of my game. It’s always been my game.”

Third place is shared between,  Lee Westwood, at -2 under for the competition, after 15 holes today, Sergio Garcia with 14 completed holes and Dustin Johnson with 13 finished round three holes.

Of the big three, Rory went home, Jason Day is still there at +1 over having completed his third round at -4 under 66, and Jordan Spieth +4 for the competition, an even par 70 today.

Jordan started well, and then it all faded away;

“A dream start for moving day.”

“I played three holes at four over today with a wedge in my hand from the middle of the fairway and it’s just kind of a bummer.”

“You’re not going to be able do anything at a U.S. Open if you get the wedge opportunities and you play them over par.”

Branden Grace occupies sixth place, he carded a -4 under 66 to-day to get to -1 under par for the tournament.

Branden thought he had been lucky, apart from dropping a shot at the last;

“I’ve been lucky.”

“I think last year I handled myself a little better than I thought I would.”

“It’s tough out there with all the pressure. You’re there with three of the best guys, best golfers of this day right behind us, and sharing the lead with them.”

“It was great that I could play the top as I did. It’s just a pity one bad shot cost me at the end.”

These guys are the only players under par at the current time, tomorrow will be an interesting day.

 

 

 

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.