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Brooks Koepka Wins the US Open

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It was an amazing day of Golf yesterday at Erin Hills, Wisconsin.  The wind was blowing and the Greens were fast.  Fox’s coverage had ball trackers and split screens.  Which reminded me of my first PGA Tour Golf Computer Game.  The tracker in the game had the same ball speed and ball distance tracker.

I remember playing it and being in awe of what Golfers like Brad Faxon, Fred Couples, and Greg Normand could do.  I remember that the Game originally came with two Golf Courses with more expansions to come.

I remember playing Pebble Beach and being amazed at how tricky it is.  Yesterday all this came back to me as I watched Brooks Koepka take a 4 Stroke Lead and later win the US Open, outright,  It was his First Major win too.

Koepka had a great Round; he was playing his best and didn’t crumble under pressure.  He is one of those bombers, Golfers that can hit long Fairway drives every time.  He has power behind him.  He was the best from the Field to hit Greens in Regulation.  This guy hit the Fairway nearly every time.  The Eagle Putt that he missed on 14 on Saturday was really telling that he could take the lead.  Yesterday he had 3 Birdies on the Front 9.

They were all great Putts.  Koepka’s only real blemish on the day was a Bogey on the 10th Hole.  On the 13th Hole he vowed not to make the same mistake.  He made a great Putt to Par the Hole and that was a real turning point for him.  He went on to Birdie the three hardest Holes on the Course,  the 14th, 15th, and 16th.  He was 4 strokes up on the Leader Board with two Holes to go.

At this point Brian Harman was looking to make a run at 1st place.  But he unluckily Bogeyed  the 12th and 13th.  On the 14th it looked like he might still have a chance at as he went on to Birdie it.  But he simply ran out of time to make a comeback.  Those two Bogey’s really hurt his chances.  He wouldn’t catch Koepka, no one would.  As Harman tied for 2nd place with Hideki Matsuyama.

Koepka took his time on the last two Holes of the Course.  He made sure that he was going to play them straight up and down, without any mistakes.  And that is just what he did, Paring both the difficult 17th and the easy 18th.  Boy was he ready to finish up.  He must have felt the pressure on the 18th with everyone waiting for him.  He was tied with the record of most Strokes Under Par for the entire US Open.  He ended tied with that record, with Rory McIlroy at -16.

What a Championship this turned out to be, as Brooks Koepka proved he had what it takes to win his very first Major.  Congrats Koepka on an amazing 4 Rounds of Golf at the US Open!

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Justin Thomas Wins the 99th PGA Championship

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Justin Thomas Wins the 99th PGA Championship

It was some kind of roller coaster ride today [Sunday] at Quail Hallow.The Leader board changed several times. It was a day of highs and lows. Golf is a game of patience and self control. Justin Thomas exemplifies these two skills. He had one heck of a Round but kept his cool throughout the whole day.  He even tipped his cap to Lady Luck on the Birdie at 10.  What transpired was simply astonishing.  His journey to winning was nothing short of epic.

It all started at the 7th Hole where he made a good birdie. He kept the same tee shot on the 8th and wasn’t about to lose a stroke. He would end up Paring the Hole. With this bit of momentum he went down the 9th Hole and Birdied it.  At this point he was still off the lead by a few strokes. And then Hole 10 happened and it was a godsend.

He got on the Green in 3 strokes but he had a difficult Putt to make. Calmly and coolly he Putted the ball, it went right up to the Cup and stopped right on the edge.  It looked like one of those missed opportunities, Justin Thomas rolled his eyes and thought that he missed it.  But then after a few long moments it rolled in. It was instantly a game changer and a pivotal moment in the day. The tides had turned in Thomas’ favor.

With the momentum on his side suddenly anything could happen. Justin Thomas was now atop the Leader board.  He made some solid shots on the dreaded 12th and 13th Holes.  He even had an amazing Birdie on the 13th and was really finding his groove.  He was now -8 with sole possession of the lead.

He played the Back 9 just perfectly, mind you this was the toughest part of the Course. He entered the Green Mile, 16th 17th and 18th, with confidence. And it was this confidence that lead him to make an outstanding tee shot over the water on 17.  He would go on to Birdie it from a distance of just a few feet.

And that would pretty much seal it for the Championship. Well done! He finished the Tournament -8 on the day, he made sure that he had some breathing room at the 18th, so he could clinch it. What an amazing Game. As I said before Golf is about patience and self control, Justin Thomas played the Course and not the Leader Board. It was something to watch!  Congratz on his first Major Tournament win!

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Kevin Kisner Holds on to the Lead at PGA Championship

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Kevin Kisner Holds on to the Lead at PGA Championship

It was a wild one yesterday [Saturday] at Quail Hollow, where the PGA Championship was being played. Round 3 of the Tournament couldn’t get any wilder. Yet Kevin Kisner played calm cool and collective, just as he has done all tournament.

After Round 2 he was up -8 on top of the Leaderboard.  He was really playing well. During Round 3 he had some real competition, from Hideki Matsuyama and Chris Stroud.  After the 7th Hole which each of them Birdied, Kisner was up a stroke at -9, while Matsuyama and Stroud were tied at -8. That would be as close as they would get. Kisner played the Front 9 perfectly. The Front 9 had been playing harder than the notorious Back 9.  Yet Kisner had a few Bogeys down the Back 9. His only real blemishes came on Holes 12, 16, and 18.  He finished the day -7 and 1 over

His only real blemishes came on Holes 12, 16, and 18. He finished the day -7 and 1 over on the Round. It was a far cry away from the 67 he posted on Round 1 and Round 2. The Championship is still up for grabs.

Hideki Matsuyama played well.  He was constantly nipping at the heels of the Leader. He had some shots that he missed that were makable. I mean there were some that just touched the rim of the cup.  His Birdie at the 7th was really remarkable.

There were times when he saved himself by Paring the Hole.  He got into similar trouble as Jordan Spieth, on the 12th and 13th. Who could forget the pine straw shot that Spieth made on Friday. It was just disastrous.  But Matsuyama played them differently. He stayed in the rough but kept the ball above the Holes. It was really amazing when he got out of trouble and was only punished a Bogey.  He really is good at chipping and has a real awareness of the Greens.  He finished the day -6 and 2 over on the Round.

One of the big stories of the day was Jason Day, who started out -6 and tried as he might to hold on to it. His Round 3 play was wild. I mean seriously it was a real roller coaster ride! At one point he was hitting a waist high Bunker Shot.  At another point he was hitting out of the trees. Then he was hitting out of the pine straw. There was a point where he was even hitting out of the water!

I mean come on, how does that happen? He had one leg in the water hazard and one foot on the slope. It was a remarkable shot but man did he have a rough day. He ended up Bogeying several Holes on the Back 9. I mean you could tell that he was really struggling to hit his tee shots.  He had some missed chances for Birdies on the Front 9 but the Back 9 did him in. He Bogeyed on the typical 12th and 13th as well as the 17th. He would go on to Quadruple Bogeyed the 18th.  He finished the day Even and for the Round he was +6.

The PGA Championship continues today on CBS, as the Final Round pairings begin at 2:30 PM.

Look for Kisner to try and keep the lead.  He has been playing well and has a level headed approach to this Golf Course, Quail Hallow. I expect to see Matsuyama to eventually tie for the lead as he is playing exceptionally well. Also look for Stroud to be a dark horse contender for the PGA Championship.

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The Open, Jordan Spieth Wins On An Up And Down Day

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The Open, Jordan Spieth Wins On An Up And Down Day

American Golfer, Jordan Spieth, has won The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in England.

Speith had an up and down day but ended up shooting -1 for the day and -12 for the tournament. Behind Spieth is fellow American Matt Kuchar. Kuchar shot a -1 for the day and a -9 for the tournament.

Spieth bogeyed the 13th hole but rallied back to birdie the 14th and eagle the 15th role en route to winning the major.

This was 23-year-olds 3rd major of his career.

The next major in golf is the Players Championship, which will take place two weeks from Thursday. If Spieth wins that, he will be the 6th player to win a career grand slam as well as the youngest.

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