U.S. Open. Jordan Wins, and looking at Grand Slam.

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Jordan Spieth wins the U.S. Open, at the gravel pit, and is half way to a single season Grand Slam of Major titles.

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Jordan managed a final round -1 under par 69, to win the U.S. Open with a -5 under par total. It was the much maligned greens that came into play, Dustin Johnson had an Eagle putt on the last to win, but three putted to lose,  in an intense and insane last round.

Jordan is the youngest U.S. Open champ since Bobby Jonesand is only the sixth player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same season. He is now looking to win at St Andrews;

“Can’t win ’em all unless you win the first two.”

“We’re going to go to St. Andrews looking for the Claret Jug. I believe we can get it done if we get the right prep in.”

“It’s hard right now. It’s hard. I’m still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren’t playing tomorrow.”

“So for that turnaround right there, to watch that happen, I feel for Dustin, but I haven’t been able to put anything in perspective yet.”

Dustin Johnson finished tied second with Louis Oosthuizen at -4 under par for the tournament. Don’t ask Dustin what he thinks of these greens, he made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the back nine, destroying his two shot lead, and his confidence with the putter.

Dustin put a brave face on it;

“I’m disappointed that I three putted the last hole. Other than that, I had a damn good week.”


Louis got into the records book with the lowest back nine ever, carding six birdies in his last seven holes in a blistering finish;
“You sort of forget about everything when you get in that situation of having a chance to win a Major.”

“I wasn’t nervous at all, I was excited. I’ll take a lot out of this week, especially the last three days, the way I played.”

Adam Scott, Cameron Smith and Branden Grace tied in fourth position at -3 under par. Branden was right there until his tee shot on the 16th, which went O.B. onto the railway lines.

Jason Day could not continue with his heroics, falling behind and out of contention of the back nine today, finishing T9 at even par in the competition.

World number one Rory McIlroy suddenly came alive today, a last round -4 under par 66, which could, and should have been better;

“I really thought when I held that long putt on the 13th, with 16 and 18 coming up, I could post a number. If I could birdie those two holes coming in and get to four under par, then I thought I would have a really great chance, especially with the way the greens are getting so baked out there today.”

“It would have been a number for the guys to really think about.” 

“I felt I hit a good shot on the 15th, but it just came up short. And then the 17th killed me. The last few holes of this golf course haven’t been kind to me all week, and when I look back at this tournament that’s where I’ll rue some missed opportunities.” 

“I feel like it’s one that got away, especially the way I putted this week. I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball as well over all four days of a Major Championship, which obviously bodes well for the next few events and the rest of the season.”

An overheard comment;  a TV anchor for FOX asked a caddie,

“How much grass? Is there any grass on No. 4 green?”

He replied,

“Yeah, two blades, and they’re nowhere close to each other.”

Something that made me laugh, on the 17th tee the marshals were waving their arms at the gallery, wanting them to be quiet and stand still. On the other side of the tee a freight train was rumbling passed, all that noise and movement, and the player still teed off.


U.S. Open. Four tied at the Top.

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There are four players tied at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard after 54, mostly disappointing holes. Jason Day teed off and then proceeded to work his way to the top, along with Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Branden Grace, all at -4 under par for the title.

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None of the leaders could make the final break to top the U.S. Open leaderboard on their own, although they all had some serious chances, the Broccoli like greens defeating their best efforts. Of the top four only Jason broke par today, -2 under par 68, Dustin and Branden were even and Jordan was +1 over.

No one else could catch them, only six players managed to break par on the day, with Louis Oosthuizen carding the lowest round, -4 under par 66. That’s back to back 66’s for Louis, shame about the opening round 77, or he could have been right up there with them. He is currently T5 at -1 under par, with Cameron Smith, Shane Lowery and J.B. Holmes.

The next best all at +1 over, and seeing as the pin positions will be at their hardest tomorrow, I don’t expect anyone to topple one of those top four. But anything could happen, because no one can putt on these variable speed, lumpy greens.

Jason only spoke to a USGA official, and then headed to his motor home to lie down;

“I didn’t feel that great coming out early.”

“I felt pretty groggy on the front nine just from the drugs that I had in my system, then kind of flushed that out on the back nine.”

“The vertigo came back a little bit on the 13th tee box, and then felt nauseous all day. I started shaking on 16 tee box and then just tried to get it in, really.”

“Just wanted to get it in. I think the goal was just to go through today and see how it goes.”

Caddie Colin Swatton summed it all up;

“That was the greatest round I’ve ever watched.”

“I said, ‘You’ve got the heart of a lion. You get to show the world today you get to be the greatest you can be and look, let’s do it.’ And he just put his head down and kept walking, one foot in front of the other.”

“It was pretty impressive.”

Jordan wants to try and limit the mistakes tomorrow, and thinks he has a solution to playing 18;

“We’ll just have to check where the wind is, there’s an option to play down No. 1.”

“All in all, I thought it was a dumb hole today, but I think we’re going to play it from there again, so I’ve got to get over that. Just need to limit the mistakes tomorrow.”

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The  Fox Sports’ U.S. Open telecast is one of the poorest attempts I have ever witnessed at presenting golf to the world. The background music was so loud the commentator could not talk over it. The camera at times was unable to follow the ball flight, and had no idea where it was. The commentators mixed up players names, twice I heard Jason Spieth. So all in all this championship has been let down by the poor course condition, and inadequate presentation on the TV.

Do you think watching this tournament would make you want to out and play golf? certainly not at Chambers Bay.

U.S. Open. Jordan and Patrick tied at the Top.

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Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are tied at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, on a Chambers Bay Golf Club course that was manufactured from a disused gravel pit and sewerage works, and at times played like it, as many of the worlds best golfers were washed down the toilet.

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There was drama as well as brilliant play here today, although the leading score of -5 under par has not been increased from yesterday’s total. Jordan shot a -3 under round while Patrick could only better his total by one with a -1 under par 69.

Jordan said he could not compare his position here with the Masters event, and was also concerned about the USGA using a forward tee at the 18th, and changing it to a par 4 in the middle of the U.S. Open;

“It’s playing different, and I’m in a very different position. I’m not going to have a five-shot lead.”

“So given it’s a U.S. Open, I imagine they’re going to try to bring us back to par;

“So I’ll draw some on Augusta, but at the same time, my patience level has to be even that much higher.”

This {the 18th} is the dumbest hole I’ve ever played in my life.”

“I was really frustrated walking off the tee box.”

Patrick actually agreed with my assessment of yesterday, that this was Mickey Mouse golf;

“I actually felt it was a pretty disappointing round.”

“To have five or six bogeys, didn’t get up and down once, I was zero percent on up-and-downs today.”

“I hit the ball in the middle of the green on 18 and have no chance to putt a normal putt and stop near the hole, and have to play Mickey Mouse golf to try to make par, unfortunately is a bad way to end the day.”

“But we’re in a good position and we hopefully can have a good weekend and have a chance to win.”

The drama came from Jason Day, who collapsed while walking down the 18th fairway, his last of the day. He recovered well enough to finish the hole posting a bogey 5 and sits T9 at -2 under par for the tournament. If he will take any more part in this competition, we will have to wait until tomorrow and see if he gets onto the tee.

More drama from Tiger Woods who posted his worst ever 36 hole total as a professional in his career, +16 over par, and missing the cut in the process. He had this to say today;

“I hit it a little bit better today, but, again, I made nothing today.”

“I didn’t make any putts the first two days; I hit it better today. Hitting some spots where I could hit some putts; I made nothing.”

 “Just continue practicing, continue working on it. And hopefully it will be a little bit better.” 

“Obviously, I need to get a little better for the British Open, and I’ll keep working at it.”

On the plus side of the register, Dustin Johnson and Brandon Grace are tied in third place, both at -3 under for the competition.

The only thing I can say is that just about everyone has criticized not just the course but the change made to the lay-out, in the middle of a tournament. There are only 16 players who are under par, and the defending Champion Martin Kaymer did not make the cut, which was set at +5 over par.

This course is so poorly prepared that they had to bring in a local rule that stones in the bunker are not immovable, but may be lifted. So even after seven years the bunkers are full of stones, and this is the U.S. Open.


115th U.S. Open. Gruesome Greens Grab Attention.

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The gruesome greens at Chambers Bay Golf Club grabbed everyone’s attention in the first round of the U.S. Open. At the end of the day Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson shared the lead, while at the other end of the table, Tiger Woods +10 over and Rickie Fowler +11 crashed spectacularly. The fescue grass experiment is not off to a great start, especially as the older greens have never really taken hold properly, and they have been infiltrated by poa annua clumps. The early morning starters had the best of the day.

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Dustin and Henrik shot open rounds of -5 under par 65 at the 115th U.S. Open at the much maligned Chambers Bay Golf Club in Washington.

Dustin reported that he is playing with confidence, hitting good irons shots;

“Hit a lot of quality iron shots, the confidence is definitely there.”

Henrik said he had a good day on the greens;

“It was a good day on the greens in all, but especially the last five holes.”

 “I hit some beautiful putts and managed to slip a few in there.”

Patrick Reed, with a -4 under par 66, for third place alone reported that he definitely missed a few putts;

” All I had to do was get the ball to the hole and it had a chance of going in. I made some long putts, but I also feel like I missed a lot of good opportunities.”

Matt KucharBen Martin and the amateur Brian Campbell are tied in fourth place at -3 under par. They are followed by a group of payers at -2 under par.

Phil Mickelson was happy with his start, -1 under par 69 and T14, as he chases the career Grand Slam this week, but did criticize the greens;

“The first round was the round I was going to be most nervous at, getting started.”

“You don’t want to have to fight to come back all the time. You want to get off to a solid start around par.”

“I think the biggest challenge is that the green speeds are different from green to green, that’s going to wreak havoc on our touch.” 

“What I found is that they’re not the most true surfaces downhill, because you can’t hit it hard enough to hold the line. But uphill they seem to hold the line just fine.”

“I might have to factor that in, in how I play some shots now, because I think the percentage of made putts uphill from three to nine feet is going to be quite a bit higher than downhill.” 

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Rory McIlroy, at +2 over par was not quite so outspoken;

“I just didn’t quite have it with the putter today, and that’s something that I need to get right over the next three days if I want to have a chance.”

“I still feel like if you make a good enough stroke and you have the right speed, there’s a good enough chance the ball will go in.”

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Sergio Garcia, who started with an even par first round and T26, took to twitter to post;

“Happy with my Even par round today although it could’ve been a bit better by the way I played but this greens are as bad as the look on TV.”


FedEx St. Jude Classic. Fabian Gomez Wins.

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Fabian Gomez wins his maiden USPGA Tour title, the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, with a four shot victory.

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Fabian enjoyed the BBQ at the hotel the night before, and then went out to win his fist ever PGA Tour trophy, the FedEx St. Jude Classic by four shots, with a final round -4 under par 66, and a tournament total -13 under par. He said through an interpreter;

“I slept well last night, had a nice barbecue at the hotel.”

“Tried to keep playing the same way I played the last three days. And I tried to keep my mind blank and enjoy the round.”

“Winning a tournament is a big difference, you have a two-year exemption.”

Greg Owen finished in second place at -9 under par, and understood why Fabian won here;

“He hit every fairway, he played great. He deserved to win. I played great the first eight holes and then hit some rocky shots.”

“Guys are so good, you can’t play average. I’ve got some work to do.”

“Look at my record this year and last year and the year before and two years before that. Yeah, definitely big success.”

“Disappointed today, but I can relax knowing I’ve still got it.”

“To win you’ve got to be special,  Fabian proved that.”

Phil Mickelson was one of five players who tied in third place at -8 under par, his -5 under 65 lifting him up the leader board. Phil’s 65 on Sunday was his best final-round score since he posted – 8 under par 62 at last year’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He remains winless since 2013.

Phil said how close it could have been, and is looking forward to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay next week;

“I felt like if I could have hit an eagle putt on 16, I could have gone birdie-birdie and that might have done it.”

Phil only needs a U.S. Open victory to complete his career Grand Slam, at Chambers Bay next week;

“That’s what I’m working on.”

“I really like the golf course, what Mike Davis said is really true.”

“If you’re going to be ready for this tournament it takes a lot more time to learn the golf than just a couple of days.”

“And if you’re having to use Monday through Wednesday to do that you’re not putting that effort into your own game.”

“I’m pleased that I’ve developed kind of a game plan for each hole and how I’m going to get to certain pins.”

“It’s a special course in that there’s a lot of different ways to play shots to a lot of different pins.”

“If you play the highest percentage shot it’s not a hard golf course. But if you don’t know what that shot is and you play the wrong one, there’s a lot of penalty there.”

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Joining Phil tied in third were; Seung -Yul Noh, Michael Thompson, Matt Jones and Brooks Koepka, all at -8 under par for the tournament.

I am looking forward to next week, the U.S. Open, at Chambers Bay appears to be a great challenge, as it should be for such an important Major Championship.


Kaymer Crowned King Of the U.S. Open.

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Martin Kaymer has been crowned King of the U.S.Open at Pinehurst #2.

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Magical Martin has now won THE PLAYERS and U.S. Open, the first man ever to won these two titles in a season. Martin carded a last round -1 under par 69 to win the U.S. Open by an amazing eight shots over his nearest rival with a tournament total of -9 under par.  He has now joined Rory McIlroy as the only players under age 35 with two or more majors.

Martin says  he is now a more complete player than the man who became No. 1 in the world ranking early in 2011, and did not think about it too much come Sunday;

“And I’m only 29 years old, so I hope I have a few years ahead of me, it was too much, it was very difficult to handle everything and to play good golf.”

“It’s quite nice proof, even though I don’t feel like I need to prove a lot to people. But it’s quite satisfying to have two under your belt.”

“To not think too much about that trophy, to not think too much about sitting here now, about what you’re going to say, about how you might celebrate on 18. It goes through your head. Not many talk about it, but it is what it is. We are humans; we are not robots.”

Tied in second pace at -1 under par for the tournament were two players, Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler, eight shots off the lead but happy;

Erik made three bogeys in a five-hole stretch on the back nine;

“I don’t think anybody would have ever thought I would do that, not even myself. So you can’t ever write yourself off; you just can’t give up.”

“The crowd was so great. On every hole, from the tee box to the putting green, people were cheering for me and I definitely felt the love and the support from the crowd. Seemed like people really got around my story. And for me to be here and to do this at such a high level is just as good of a feeling as winning a golf tournament. So it’s just a great feeling and I can’t wait to get back into another major.”

Rickie finished in the top five at this year’s Masters, confirming that his work with Butch Harmon is headed in the right direction;

“The more experience you can get in the final groups, and especially in majors and in contention at majors, it definitely helps out for down the road.”

Personally I did not agree with the preparation of the course, I am sure Donald Ross would not like his masterpiece course to appear like an American revolution battle field. Bubba Watson likened it to just weeds. It just did not look like a golf course. If this is the U.S.G.A’s way of enticing new people to take up golf, I think they have made a mistake.


U.S. Open. Magic Martin Makes History.

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Magic Martin Kaymer sets a new 36 hole record at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst #2.


Martin Kaymer has a pair of 65s to take a commanding lead at the U.S. Open. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Martin fired in another -5 under par score  65 for his second round the U.S. Open at Pinehurst #2, which has given him a very comfortable six shot lead in the competition at -10 under par.

Martin referred to the way he plays as boring;

“I don’t know what to say, it’s just very, very solid. It gets boring, the words that I use, but I mean, there’s not much to say. It’s just good right now, the way I play golf.”

I don’t agree with the use of the word boring, more like brilliant to me. He still thinks there is work to be done;

“It’s not a done deal, the last three, four holes, I got a little bit tired. I didn’t swing as good as the first fourteen holes.”

Brendon Todd posted a bogey-free -3 under par 67 in the afternoon to move to -4 under par for the tournament, in second place but still six shots off the lead.

He acknowledged how well Martin had played;

“Obviously, if you asked any player at the beginning of the week if you were -4 under through two days, would you take it or would you be in the lead and everybody would say yes. Martin’s played exceptionally well. I even watched a little bit of coverage this morning. He hit a shot on 17, par 3, and it landed 10 feet left of the hole and he was like, shocked. He was like mad. I mean, those were my good shots this week, so he was obviously playing a really good level of golf.”

Kevin Na and Brandt Snedeker are tied in third place at -3 under par, Kevin asked if Martin had played a different course than everyone else;

“I heard he played No. 3 course. Is that true? It’s unbelievable what he’s done. Is-4 or -5 under out there? Yes. 10-under out there? No, I don’t think so. I guess it was out there for him. It’s amazing.”

All the players were saying great things about Martin’s performance, not  one of them said that he could be caught, Justin Rose summed up the thoughts of everyone;

“Take Martin out and there’s a great golf tournament going on at this stage.” 

Will anyone get close to Martin, I don’t think so, he is now on cruise control until the finish.