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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Henderson shoots for her first win of the year at the Meijer LPGA Classic today

Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/meijer-lpga-classic-for-simply-give/leaderboard

While all the attention in Wisconsin on the US Open at Erin Hills near Milwaukee, there is another big tournament over in Grand Rapids called the Meijer LPGA Classic and Brooke Henderson will be in the penultimate pairing this afternoon looking for her first win of the year.

The volatile weather system that has been affecting all of us in the north east has reduced the Blythefield course to par 69, as the fifth hole was played as a par 3 instead of a par 5 because of the flooding.

Henderson led for the first two rounds with 63,67, but Lexi Thompson shot 64 yesterday to catch and pass her with a -15 total. Brooke had a 67 to drop into a T2 with South African Lee-Anne Pace (61), and a pair of South Koreans, Sung Hyun Park (62) and Jenny Shin (63), all at -14.

Hyo Joo Kim (65) -12, and Lydia Ko (64), Michelle Wie (64), Moriya Jutanugarn (67) and Carlota Ciganda (68) are all at -11.

Alena Sharp is T47 -5, while Maude Aimee Leblanc is T68 -1.

Bryan Angus

Harmon leads young guns in a wide open race for US Open title

US Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/us-open/leaderboard.html

Yesterday we talked about the crowded leaderboard and all the big names who missed the cut, and we also talked about the overnight rain, the wide fairways and lack of wind that have made Erin Hills vulnerable, and congratulations, we were right!

Only six players had ever reached -10 or lower in the previous 116 U.S. Opens. There are five players today at that score or better, with the leader Brian Harmon at -12.

42 players shot under par on Saturday, another US Open record.

The best score of the day went to young Justin Thomas in his pink pants who had an astonishing finish, landing a 3-wood on the 18th green from 310 yards that landed like a wedge, settling just 8 feet away, and he made that for eagle, for a remarkable record setting -9 63.

Thomas became the fifth player to shoot 63 in a U.S. Open and the first player at 9 under.

It doesn’t matter how long, how whatever the course is,” Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history. “When you give us soft greens, good greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores. I was just happy that I was the one that was able to take advantage of it today"

Brian Harman, the little lefty whose life has been turned around appropriately on this Fathers Day, by the recent birth of his daughter, plotted his way around Erin Hills, staying in the fairways and putting beautifully to the top of the leaderboard for a -5 67 and a one-shot lead over Thomas, Brooks Koepka (68) and Tommy Fleetwood (68), all at -11. He recently won the Wells Fargo and would become the first lefty to win the  US Open.

Thomas is staying with his best pal, Rickie Fowler who stayed right in contention with three straight birdies for 68 -10 total. He is my pick to win today.

Adam Hadwin opened with 68, but has slipped into a T47 with rounds of 74 75 +1 total.

So there are 16 players within 6 shots of the lead who have never won a major, and it looks like there will be the seventh straight first time winner of a major.

So much for the big boys who all missed the cut. With the Tiger era over, this is the new world of golf. I don't think there will ever be another era when one or two guys will dominate.

There are so many great young players, and they are from all around the world, let's see which one holds the trophy come 7 o'clock tonight.

Bryan Angus

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Brooke Henderson leads Meijer Classic into the weekend.

LPGA Tour Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/meijer-lpga-classic-for-simply-give/leaderboard

Brooke Henderson bogeyed the final two holes for a -4 67, leaving her with a two-stroke lead going into this weekend at the Meijer LPGA Classic, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The 19 year old had seven birdies and three bogeys to reach -12 130 to break the 36-hole record at Blythefield after opening with a -8 63

It could have been even lower but her approach on the par-4 17th rolled down a hill and she two-putted. On the par-4 18th, she missed the green, left her chip well short and missed the long par putt.

She summed up her finish this way. "I kind of let emotions get into things and I was chasing birdie to try and get it back, unfortunately, two bogeys to finish. Hopefully, that just gives me a little bit more motivation going into tomorrow"

Other Canadian scores: Maude-Aimee Leblanc (65)  is -5 under while Alena Sharp (72) is -3. Unfortunately Jennifer Ha, after shooting a brilliant opening round 64 slipped to an 80 on Friday to miss the cut as did Augusta James.

Lexi Thompson, coming off a playoff loss to Ariya Jutanugarn last Sunday at the Manulife Classic, followed her opening 64 with a 68 to join 2016 runner-up Carlota Ciganda (64) and Mi Jung Hur (66) at -10.

Bryan Angus
(notes lpgatour.com)

US Open round 3 tee times: heavy rain overnight at Erin Hills

US Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/us-open/leaderboard.html

Heavy rain has fallen overnight in the Milwaukee area, and there are scattered thundershowers in the forecast for today, softening the fairways and greens at Erin Hills which should lead to lower scores at this 117th US Open.

Weather forecast : https://www.google.ca/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=EcrMVb3XM4WN8QeTx63wAQ&gws_rd=ssl#q=weather+forecast+for+erin+hills+wisconsin&spf=1497694399843

The grounds keeping staff have been out working most of the night and play will start on time at 8.26 EST with the leaders off shortly after 2pm.

Round 3 tee times http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/us-open/tee-times.html

Of note Adam Hadwin is paired with the popular Adam Beef Johnston.
Remember there are only 8 shots between the cut line and the lead, so good luck picking a winner. For sure it will be compelling.

Bryan Angus

World's top 3 miss the US Open cut..Four tied for the lead

US Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/us-open/leaderboard.html

After an amazing first two days at this 117th US Open being held for the first time at Erin Hills near Hartford in Michigan, where only 4 of the world's top 12 have made the cut, the top 18 players on the leaderboard haven't won a major, keeping alive the trend that has seen the last six won by first timers.

It's wide open, with 4 players tied for the lead heading into this weekend.

Dustin Johnson (75 73), Rory McIlroy (78 71) and Jason Day (79 75) the top three players in the world have missed the cut, and they are joined by stars like Open champion Henrik Stenson (74 73), Alex Noren (73 77), Jon Rahm (76 73), Justin Rose (72 74) Bubba Watson (75 73) and Adam Scott (72 75) after the cut for the top 60 and ties was at fell at +1 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah.

Johnson the defending champion missed the cut by three. “I couldn’t have shot any higher, I couldn’t possibly shoot any higher than I did. I just struggled on the greens. It’s simple.”

Day opened with US Open career-worst 79 with a 75. McIlroy made four birdies over the last six holes for a 71 after opening with a 78, missed the cut for the second straight year.

So who are the four leaders?

England's Paul Casey had a triple bogey 8 but then made five straight birdies for -1 71 to post at -7 137. He is joined by American, Brooks Koepka who led for a while, eventually coming in with a 70 -7 total. Then came the little lefty, Brian Harman (70) and rising star Tommy Fleetwood of England who also had 70.

Right behind is a trio of players a shot back at -6, that includes Rickie Fowler (65,73), Jamie Lovemark (69 69) and JB Holmes (69 69)

Canadian scores : Adam Hadwin is T24 at -2 (68,74) and right in contention, while Corey Conners has missed the cut (76 76)

Like I said earlier, this race for the US Open title is wide open, the leaderboard is all jammed up, guys like Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker, Martin Kaymer, Andrew Johnson  (Beef), Charley Hoffman, Hideki Matsuyam and Si Yoo Kim and many others are all right in the mix. There are only 8 shots between the cut line and the leaders !

Bryan Angus

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Brooke Henderson shots 63 to lead Meijer LPGA Classic

Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/meijer-lpga-classic-for-simply-give/leaderboard

Brooke Henderson has been among the leaders all year in all the driving stats, but her putting has been among the worst resuting in only two T10 finishes this year.

The putter finally warmed up on Thursday as she shot an -8-under 63 to top the star-packed leaderboard in the Meijer LPGA Classic  in Michigan as she eagled the par-5 eighth hole and had six birdies at Blythefield in her lowest round of the season. She won the major KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last year and has three tour victories.

It’s beautiful here,” Henderson said. “I feel like this course suits my game really well. There’s a couple tee shots where you need to hit it really straight, which I think is kind of my advantage or my strength. And once the putts start dropping, then really good things can happen.”

Fellow major champions Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Shanshan Feng were a stroke back along with Calgary’s Jennifer Ha, Giulia Molinaro and Holly Clyburn.

Lydia Ko, at No. 2 in the world after an 85-week run at the top, returned from a three-week layoff to top the group at 65.

Other Canadians : Alena Sharp shot 67 while Maude-Aimee Leblanc, shot 72. Augusta James shot a 2-over 73

Bryan Angus
(notes from CP)

Fowler leads US Open as stars struggle at Erin Hills

US Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/us-open/leaderboard.html

Erin Hills GC in Wisconsin is only 11 years old and is making it's US Open debut. It is the longest course in US Open history at over 7800 yards, with the widest fairways and it has been softened by torrential rain earlier this week, making the greens very receptive. It is a links style course.... on steroids !

However Thursday dawned calm, bright and sunny, ideal for scoring, but from the world's top 10, only the leader, Rickie Fowler #9 with a perfect -7 65 and Masters champion Sergio Garcia #7 -2 70 broke par.

World golf ranking http://www.owgr.com/

Jordan Spieth #5 (73), Dustin Johnson #1 75, said they didn't make enough putts. McIlroy #2 +6 78, Henrik Stenson #6 +2 74, Hideki Matsuyama #4 +2 74, Bubba Watson +3 75  Jon Rahm #10 +4 76  Danny Willett +9 81 didn't drive it well and couldn't recover from the deep fescue.

Fowler, who shared the 36-hole lead at the Masters played early in benign conditions, perfect for scoring, and was never in trouble. He drove it beautifully hitting fairway after fairway, combined with an accurate wedge game, resulting in seven birdies, all from within 15 feet.

His -7 score tied the record to par for the first round of a U.S. Open held by Jack Nicklaus (63) and Tom Weiskopf (63) in 1980.

Jason Day #3 had two triple bogeys and posted a 79, his worst score ever in the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy #2 drove it wildly and shot 78, his worst U.S. Open score.

Paul Casey shot -6 66 along with  357th ranked rookie Xander Schauffele ( Zander Show-flae) and they are T2. Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman are at 67.

Canadians: Adam Hadwin, Mr 59 ( CareerBuilder Challenge) who won his first PGA championship back in March at the Valspar,  had a great start with a -4 68 and he tied a U.S. Open record when he started on the back nine and promptly made six straight birdies, from the 18th through the fifth hole. Corey Connors, a Monday qualifier shot +4 76.

Others in the 59 club?  JustinThomas, Jim Furyk (58,59), Al Geiberger (1977 Memphis Classic), Chip Beck (1991 Las Vegas Invitational), David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Classic), Paul Goydos (2010 John Deere Classic) and Stuart Appleby (2010 Greenbrier Classic).

More rain is forecast for Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Listen for my report on TSN1290 with my pal Rick Ralph at 1215pm Friday.

Bryan Angus