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Scott Hend thrashed a magnificent 7-under-par 32-31=63 to grab the halfway lead in the 2017 Omega European Masters on a 36-hole mark of 13-under 127, one stroke clear of Darren Fichardt at Crans-sur-Sierre GC who is himself three clear of the field.

The Australian is trying to avenge his near-miss 12 months ago when he led at 54 holes only to be caught by Alex Noren and miss out on the title in extra holes. He recorded rounds of 65-67-65-66 last year and has improved on that already with his 64-63 start; he dropped one shot on Thursday but none on Friday. He opened with seven straight pars and then started his ascent of the leaderboard with an eagle-2 at the 303-yard par-4 seventh, backing it up with birdie-4 at the ninth. Four pars followed before he took control at the top ticking 14, 15, 17 and 18, the latter two coming courtesy of approaches to 12’0" and assured birdie conversions. South African Fichardt is on 12-under, with a group of three players (Thongchai Jaidee, Fabrizio Zanotti and Todd Sinnott) a further three shots back.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 01:01:00 PM

World No. 12 Tommy Fleetwood, a four-time winner on the European Tour, painted a 7-under-par 32-31=63 in the final round of the 118th U.S. Open to post 2-over 282, up 21 spots on the live leaderboard to T2, good for the low round of the day and week thus far, and setting a new U.S. Open course record at Shinnecock Hills GC, previously 65.

The Englishman, looking to become the first player to record a 62 in U.S. Open history, missed birdie on the 72nd hole from 8'7". He also missed birdie tries on the 70th and 71st holes from 12'11" and 19'6", respectively, but still becomes just the sixth player to card a 63, first since Justin Thomas' 9-under version in 2017/R3 (Erin Hills). This was the 27-year-old's 12th overall major and third U.S. Open with a best of solo 4th last year. His career best in 33 TOUR events is 2nd at the 2017 WGC-Mexico, and this is a new career low in 98 rounds, previously 66 (x6). The first-time TOUR member began T23, six back, and hit 13 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, erasing a lone bogey-5 at 9 with eight birdies, including four straight at 12-15. He posted 1.563 putts per GIR with 27 total putts.
Jun 17 - 4:09 PM

World No. 17 Henrik Stenson stalled out to a 4-over-par 34-40=74 in the third round of the 118th U.S. Open to arrive at the three-quarter pole on 5-over 215, down two places to solo 6th, two adrift of a foursome of 54-hole leaders.

This is the 42-year-old's 49th major with one win, the 2016 Open (Royal Troon), where he was the 54-hole leader by one, shot 8-under 63 to win by three. It's his 12th U.S. Open with a best of T4 in 2014. After kicking off in 71-70, the Orlando resident began T4 on 1-over, five shy of leader Dustin Johnson. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he landed 11 (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, posting 1.67 average putts with 30 total putts. The Swede went out in bogey-free 1-under, circling birdie-4 at 5 (from 12'2"), and actually led the tournament thru eight holes on level-par. He came home, however, in birdie-less 5-over, squaring five bogey-5s at 10, 13-15 and 18. Stenson missed two back-nine birdie tries at 11 and 12, both from inside of 10 feet, but did ram in a par-saver at 6 from 21'9". He'll play out of the third-to-last pairing again in R4.
Jun 16 - 8:32 PM

Past champ and World No. 3 Justin Rose patched together a 3-over-par 36-37=73 in the third round of the 118th U.S. Open for a three-day total of 4-over 214, down one place to solo 5th, one short of a four-ball of 54-hole leaders.

After opening with 71-70, the 2013 winner at Merion GC began in a five-way logjam on 1-over, five back of leader Dustin Johnson. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he striped 13 (of 14) fairways and conjured six greens in regulation, recording 2.000 putts per GIR, 1.500 average putts and 27 total whacks with the flat stick. The 37-year-old carded two birdie-3s at holes 3 and 15, outbalanced by five squares at 8, 9, 10, 16 and 18 (3-putt from 29'2"). Of the final three groups in R3, he did manage to post the best round. Rose will play out of the third-to-last pairing again in R4, again with Henrik Stenson.
Jun 16 - 8:16 PM

First-round co-leader and second-round leader Dustin Johnson coughed up a 7-over-par 41-36=77 in the third round of the 118th U.S. Open, now sharing the 54-hole lead with Daniel Berger (66), Tony Finau (66) and defending champ Brooks Koepka (72) on 3-over 213. UPDATE: This is Johnson's 17th 54-hole lead/co-lead in 233 events, previously 9-for-16 converting. It's also his fifth of the season in 12 starts (2-for-4).

After kicking off with 69-67, the 2016 champ began with a four-shot lead over two players. Playing out of the final pairing with 18-hole, co-leader Scott Piercy, who shot 79, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a dismal 2.077 putts per GIR with 38 total putts. The World No. 1, who had just four bogeys thru 36 holes, ate six of them today, along with double bogey-5 at hole 2, three of those blemishes 3-jacks, the last of which came at the 18th from 16'9", dropping him out of the final pairing in R4. The 33-year-old, last week's winner at the St. Jude as 54-hole leader, mustered just one birdie-2 at 11 from 7'5". He'll play with Koepka out of the penultimate twosome on Sunday.
Jun 16 - 8:02 PM

Defending champ and World No. 9 Brooks Koepka carved out a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in the third round of the 118th U.S. Open for a 54-hole tally of 3-over 213, up three places into a four-way T1 with Daniel Berger (66), Tony Finau (66) and overnight leader Dustin Johnson, who shot 77. UPDATE: This is Koepka's third 54-hole lead/co-lead in 95 events, previously 0-for-2 converting.

The 28-year-old's most recent of two TOUR titles was last year's U.S. Open (Erin Hills), where he came from one back with 5-under 67 and won by four. He missed this year's Masters with injury, but dating to the 2013 PGA, he's now made 16 major cuts in a row with 10 straight top-25 finishes entering this week. After opening with 75-66, the FSU product began T4 on 1-over, five back. Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, he found nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, recording 1.917 putts per GIR with 31 total putts. The Floridian conjured two birdie-2s at holes 2 (from 35'11") and 11, overshadowed by four bogeys at 1, 12, 15 and 17 (3-putt from 21'1"). He'll play out of the penultimate pairing in R4 with Johnson.
Jun 16 - 7:40 PM

World No. 43 Daniel Berger tossed up a 4-under-par 32-34=66 on Moving Day at the 118th U.S. Open for a 54-hole tally of 3-over 213, up 41 places on the live leaderboard to T4, good for a share of the clubhouse lead with Tony Finau and matching the low round of the day and week. UPDATE: With R3 completed, Berger co-leads with three others, and will play out of the final pairing in R4 with Finau. This is his third 54-hole lead/co-lead in 100 starts, previously 1-for-2 converting (2016 St. Jude).

This is the 25-year-old's 12th overall major and fourth U.S. Open with two prior cashes. He missed the cut last year, preceded by a T37 in 2016 and a T28 on debut in 2014. The FSU product's career best in a major is T10 at the 2016 Masters. After opening with 76-71, he began T45 on 7-over, one inside the cut line and a distant 11 in arrears of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson. The Floridian landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, posting 1.455 putts per GIR with just 25 total putts. He squared two bogey-4s at 11 and 17 (failed sand saves), camouflaged by six circles at 2, 4, 6, 12, 13 and 15, three from between 21 and 32 feet. Berger also knocked in five par-savers from between eight and 18 feet, including a walk-off 4 at the 18th from 17'9". This is his first lead/co-lead after ANY round this season.
Jun 16 - 6:35 PM

World No. 37 Tony Finau hung up a 4-under-par 35-31=66 in the third round of the 118th U.S. Open to reach 3-over 213, up 42 spots on the live leaderboard to T3, good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Daniel Berger and tying the low round of the day and week. UPDATE: With R3 completed, Finau co-leads with three others and will play out of the final pairing in R4 with Berger. This is his first 54-hole lead/co-lead in 110 events.

This is the 28-year-old's ninth overall major and third U.S. Open (CUT/2016; T14/2015). After kicking off with 75-72, he began T45 on 7-over, one inside the cut line and 11 adrift of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson. The Utahan landed nine (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, registering 1.600 putts per GIR with 29 total putts. He was 2-over thru three holes, squaring back-to-back bogeys at 2 and 3, but then played his final 15 in blemish-free 6-under, circling 4, 5, 10-12 and 18, three from between 21 and 36 feet. Finau went off at 10:57 AM local time, 4 hours, 13 minutes before the final pairing, and got the majority of his lap in before the winds started kicking up and the course started drying out. His career best in a major is T10 two times, most recently at this year's Masters. This is Finau's third lead/co-lead after ANY round this season.
Jun 16 - 6:20 PM

On his 48th birthday, five-time major champion and World No. 20 Phil Mickelson gaffed his way to a sextuple bogey-10 (video link below) for an 11-over-par 37-44=81 in the third round of the 118th U.S. Open, cratering 30 places on the live leaderboard to 65th place on 17-over 277. UPDATE: Mickelson wrapped with a 1-under 32-37=69 (1 eagle-3, 4 birdies, 5 bogeys), currently T50 on the leaderboard.

This is Mickelson's 27th U.S. Open and 102nd overall major. It's just the fourth time (third as pro) that he's carded an 80 or worse, first since a 15-over 85 in R3 of the 1998 Open (Royal Birkdale). The Hall of Famer also had an 8-over 80 in R3 of the 1991 U.S. Open as an amateur, and 9-over 81 in R2 of the 1992 U.S. Open (Pebble Beach) in his pro debut. He was 4-over thru 12 holes today, outbalancing birdie-3 at 4 with five bogeys at 5, and four straight at 8-11, and then in a bizarre occurrence at the par-4 13th, raced his bogey putt from 18'4" past the cup and was destined to run off the front of the green. Shockingly, Mickelson jogged after the ball and hit it back towards the cup while the ball was still moving. He was assessed a two-stroke penalty, and then played his final five holes in 1-over (four pars, bogey-4 at 17). In a post-round interview, Mickelson stated, "I've had multiple times in my career where I wanted to do that, and this time I did."
Jun 16 - 4:13 PM

Past champ and World No. 6 Rory McIlroy, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, rallied for an even-par 39-31=70 in the second round of the 118th U.S. Open but at 10-over 150, missed the cut by two shots.

A total of 64 pros and 3 amateurs from a field of 136 pros and 20 amateurs made the cut of 8-over 148. McIlroy, the 2011 winner, misses his third straight cut at the U.S. Open and fifth in 10 tries. It's also his fourth MC of the season in 11 events, second in his last three starts (PLAYERS). For the short week, the 29-year-old mustered seven birdies against nine bogeys and four doubles. He opened with 80, which is his worst lap at the U.S. Open (in 30 rounds). Other notable early exits include: 149- 2015 champ Jordan Spieth .. 150- 3-time champ Tiger Woods .. 151- Bubba Watson .. 152- Jason Day; Charl Schwartzel; Matt Kuchar .. 153- Adam Scott .. 154- Sergio Garcia .. 155- Jon Rahm.
Jun 15 - 8:10 PM

Ohio State's Will Grimmer grooved a 2-over-par 36-36=72 during round two of the U.S. Open Championship to reach 5-over 145 at the midpoint, the low amateur on the board heading into the weekend.

Grimmer had a busy scorecard on day one, trading three birdies with six bogeys to post a 3-over 73. The youngster was more steady today, splitting 13 (of 14) fairways en route to 10 GIRs. Adding to his precision, Grimmer also knocked in four putts from outside nine feet, including a 26'2" birdie bomb at the par-4 15th. "Going into this week, my goal was to make the cut and the play all four days." Mission accomplished for the Ohio State Buckeye who is making his second career appearance on the big stage (MC at the 2014 U.S. Open). Despite there being a large list of 20 amateurs in the field, Grimmer was one of just three to make the cut this week, joining Matt Parziale (+7) and Luis Gagne (+7). This trio will duke it out for two more days to see who walks away as low amateur.
Jun 15 - 7:54 PM

World No. 36 Charley Hoffman crafted a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in the second round of the 118th U.S. Open for a 36-hole total of even-par 140, up four places into a two-way T2, four back of leader Dustin Johnson.

The 36-year-old needed a par on the 18th for the final pairing on Saturday but walked off with bogey-5 after an errant tee shot forced a layup. He'll now play out of the penultimate twosome in R3 with Tommy Fleetwood. The UNLV alum landed 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation with 1.72 average putts and 31 total whacks with the flat stick. He carded three birdies at holes 4, 12 and 16, all from outside of 10 feet and two in the 32-35 range, slightly outpacing bogeys at 7 (3-putt from 28'5") and the walk-off 5 at 18.
Jun 15 - 7:16 PM




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