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)

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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.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Sergio Steps Up To Win.

 

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Sergio Garcia wins the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Season Resort in Dallas Texas.

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Sergio, now 40 years old, claimed the AT&T Byron Nelson with a play-off win against Brooks Koepka.

They had both completed four rounds of AT&T Byron Nelson with -15 under par totals. Sergio with a final round of -2 under par 68, and Brooks sadly recording +1 over par 71. Sergio won the play-off, at the par four 18th with a par, Brooks recorded +2 over six.

Naturally 40 year-old Sergio was delighted with the win, putting well was an important part of the victory;

“You have to get lucky to win tournaments, playing well usually is not enough.”

“It’s nice to be on the other side of the coin.”

“Sometimes the win doesn’t come and you feel a little frustrated when you finish.”

“But putting yourself in a winning situation over and over is very important. We all know how much effort it is to win out here and in the past 15, 20 years, the level has become so much greater.”

“It’s not easy at all.”

“You can kind of say I went a little bit à la Seve today.”

Brooks fell apart in the final round saying he had no idea where his wedges were going;

“I had no idea where the wedges were going.”

“We’re pulling and pushing wedges 40 yards. I was backing out of it. I never felt like I really had a chance to go at a flag.”

“I had no idea where the ball was going, to be honest.”

“You can’t win a golf tournament when you’re swinging it and have no idea where it’s going,”

“It is disappointing but I’ve just got to figure out what’s going on with the swing.”

Matt Kuchar finished in third position at -14 under par, a last round -1 under par 69 not good enough on the day;

“Last year was certainly an off-year, frustrating year.”

“I feel like now I’m playing the golf that I remember playing , quality shot after quality shot and not many mistakes. Chances to win golf tournaments.”

“Golf is a lot more fun when you’re playing well, that’s for sure.”

Colt Knost finished in a huge group at -13 under par, -5 under 65 a good score on the day;

“THE PLAYERS was such a big event, being able to hold up like I did on Sunday.”

 “My game, it’s great right now. If I can cut out a few little mistakes here and there, I know I’ll have a chance to win.”

 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Brooks Koepka In Control

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Brooks Koepka is in control of the AT&T Byron Nelson after the third round at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas.

 

Brooks Koepka leads heading into the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Brooks had a third round  -5 under par to head the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard at -16 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Brooks was asked if the partisan crowd cheering Jordan as he walked to the first tee worried him at all, he also spoke about his poor golf today !!;

“I really don’t care,  I’m just going to do me.”

“Probably the loudest roar I think I’ve ever heard on a golf course.”

“Today, I hit the ball terrible, it wasn’t anything to brag about at all. It wasn’t good today. It was kind of embarrassing.”

Local boy Jordan Spieth occupies second place at -14 under par, a third round -3 under par 67 keeping him in touch of the leader.

Jordan certainly enjoyed the raucous welcome, but also complained about his poor performance;

“A moment that I’ll never forget.”

 “Even though it’s Saturday, and may or may not have any impact on this tournament, that was the coolest roar I’ve ever heard.”

“A very stressful round of golf because I just don’t have confidence over the ball right now. It’s very frustrating.”

“It’s very difficult for me to stand up here and not be positive given I’m at fourteen under and contending in this tournament.”

“But if you guys knew the kind of stress I felt over the golf ball right now trying to put my swing in the right position, it is a challenge.” 

“I’ve got to find at least a ball flight that I can play to where I don’t have to try and hit iron off 18th tee, because I don’t know where the woods are going to go.”

“I’ve never been one to lay up and for me to take iron on eighteen means that there’s an uncomfortable level there. I don’t know what to say.” 

Sergio Garcia -2 under par 68 today, Matt Kuchar -5 under 65, and Bud Cauley -2 under 68 are all sharing third place at -13 under par.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Ben Crane Leads.

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Ben Crane leads the AT&T Byron Nelson after 36 holes at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas.

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Ben carded a second round -7 under par 63 in the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament to sit at the top of the leaderboard at -12 under par for 36 holes.

Two years ago Ben moved from Dallas to Nashville, but really enjoys returning, to link up with old friends;

“Your wedding day and maybe your funeral are like the only two days you get most of your friends together.”

“We come to Dallas, we get a lot of them together.”

“Obviously a special day and this is a special place for us, we lived here for 12 years.”

“So many friends and family walking around with us. I just want to walk outside the ropes and hang out with my friends. It’s been a cool week.”

“I normally don’t really look at my results, but I did when I got to number seven. I was filling in the scores of my playing partner and I looked up at my card and I did happen to notice that my card was all three’s, then I realized.”

“Well, I made a 2 on 17 and a 3 on 8. Man, I’m playing better than I thought.”

Sharing second place at -11 under par are Brooks Koepka -6 under 64 today, Bud Cawley -5 under 65, Sergio Garcia -4 under 66 and a rejuvenated Jordan Spieth, -5 under 65, all of them posting -11 under par at half-way.

“It was a month ago that Jordan was  a tournament leader;

“Two tournaments ago, but it does feel like a while ago.”

“Not quite feeling like I have my best iron play right now, but at least missing on the putting surface  I’m able to escape with 4 and go on to the next hole.”

Bud is just happy to be playing, after 14 months of rehab for a dislocated shoulder;

“I haven’t been able to play that many events this year, I’m playing well.”

” If I have a chance to play some tournaments this summer, that’s all I’m worried about, just playing when I’m playing.”

“It was just nice to be out here in a tournament and just hitting nice shots, be able to look and see the shot I wanted to hit and execute it.”

Brooks is making the most of a new putter, which helps him roll the ball,

“The one we’ve got now just rolls a lot better, it keeps rolling and rolling. It feels good off the face, a little softer too, which helps on faster greens.”

“I’ve been really close as of late. I feel like I’m cracking the door for a win.”

If your looking for a new putter to help you roll the ball better check out the White Dragon Putter.

 

 

 

 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Sergio, Danny and Johnson Lead Suspended 1st Round

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Sergio Garcia, Danny Lee and Johnson Wagner lead the suspended 1st round of the AT&T Byron Nelson

Déjà vu for Garcia at AT&T Byron Nelson

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Sergio carded a first round -7 under par 63, along with Danny and Johnson  at the AT&T Byron Nelson, as darkness brought the opening round to a close, an early long rain delay the culprit.

Sergio said he likes the Lone Star State of Texas, and he has been playing decent golf lately;

“Texas has always been good to me.”

“I’ve done fairly well pretty much every time I played here.  It just kind of brings me to my comfort level, I guess.”

“I have been playing decent and obviously I still feel like I can play better.”

 “Hopefully I can keep this momentum going and have a good solid week before the U.S. Open.”

Sharing fourth place at -6 under par are, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Freddie Jacobson, and Tom Hodge, all scoring rounds of 64.

Jordan got frustrated out on the course, but said he is learning to deal with it;

“It’s just kind of something that everyone goes through, you’ve got to learn to deal with it your own way.”

“Everyone gets frustrated when you play golf. You can’t be perfect in this game.”

“Everyone who is out here is on some level of being a perfectionist. Kind of counters each other. That’s where you get frustrated.”

There is then a  huge bunch of guys all  at -5 under par for this tightly contested title, they are headed by Ben Crane and James Hahn, who won at the Wells Fargo Championship, in a playoff.

Ben has been having trouble recently with par fives, today was different, he also reminded us of his best effort here at the AT&T in 2002;

“The par fives have been beating me up, today, I beat the heck out of them.”

“We put some extra effort into scrambling this week, and today I got 100 percent. It’s kind of fun.”

“Fourteen years ago I finished second here to Shigeki Maruyama.”

“And Tiger Woods, I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, finished third. Kicked his tail.”