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Rickie Fowler Leads the Field at the US Open

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Rickie Fowler Leads the Field at the US Open

It was a beautiful day [Thursday] at Erin Hills, where the 1st Round of the 117th US Open was underway.  The beautiful Golf Course of Erin Hills is located in Wisconsin and this year is the first year that it is hosting the US Open.  The course has almost no trees but it does have the longest Tee to Green distance.  What it lacks in trees, it makes up for in hazards.

There are many bunkers on the course, mainly around the Greens.  The most imposing hazard is the tall rough, called Vespu, which grows 2 to 3 feet high and is extremely thick.  The whole Golf Course is covered in it, so if you miss the fairway chances are that you are going to land in it.

We won’t be seeing Phil Mickleson on the links this US Open as he opted out of it to see his daughter’s Graduation.  He will be sorely missed as he has been the runner up 6 times in his career. Ricky Fowler played early in the day and got out to a fantastic lead.  He shot -7 and had a 65 on the day, which was impressive.

He will be searching for his 1st Major and will definitely be someone to watch for.  Some other notable Golfers playing are Justin Rose, Kevin NA, Si Woo Kim, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, and Sergio Garcia; who won the Masters earlier this year.

Rory McIlroy ran into some trouble yesterday as he continued to land in the heavy rough.  And boy it sure looked like a Golfer’s worst nightmare!  The Vespu is so thick that you can lose a ball in it.  Hitting out of it sometimes makes it worse, as you can only hit it a few yards when it’s in the grass.  The best way to approach it seems to be the way that Sergio does it, by hitting the back back on to the Fairway with a Sand-wedge.

There were some great putts yesterday, particularly from Si Woo Kim, Kevin NA, and Adam Scott.  Everyone is still in it as this was just the 1st Round, but some notables in the hunt are; Scott who had a great Eagle Putt on 18 to go to Even par.  Kim who had great putting on the back 9, he shot -3 and had a 69 on the day.  Kevin NA shot a -4 and finished the Round with a 68.  Sergio Garcia had a good -2 and shot a 70 going into Round 2.

Also there was the crowd favorite Rory McIlroy who struggled with the Vespu and shot +6 and had a 78 on the day.  It was a tough 1st Round for him.  Although the person who had the hardest day on the Golf Course was Jason Day.  Who continually missed the Fairway, he had 2 Triple Bogeys on the day and finished +7.

We will have to see what adjustments they make to catch up to Ricky Fowler, who has a one stroke lead.  As the US Open continues today on Fox.  This course could get trickier as even the slightest breeze could push you into the Vespu.  And boy what a nightmare Vespu is!

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Dustin Johnson Leads After Round 1 At Dell Technologies Championship

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Dustin Johnson Leads After Round 1 At Dell Technologies Championship

After round 1 at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Dustin Johnson leads the pack.

But the leaderboard at the top is looking quite tight after round one.

First-Round Leaderboard

Dustin Johnson             66 (-5)

Kyle Stanley                 67 (-4)

Marc Leishman             67 (-4)

Sergio Garcia               67 (-4)

Jon Rahm                     67 (-4)

Four golfers are tied for second place at 4 under par sitting one shot back of Johnson’s 5 under par lead.

Johnson birdied the 10th hole at TPC Boston to get his opening round underway and converted a putt of less than five feet for eagle at No. 18 to make the turn 4-under. His inward nine of 1-under contributed to a 5-under 66.

In his eighth appearance at the Dell Technologies Championship, Johnson’s 66 marked his lowest opening round at TPC Boston. Johnson’s best result in the Dell Technologies Championship is T4 (twice, 2009, 2012). He finished T8 at TPC Boston last year.

Defending Dell Technologies Bank Championship winner Rory McIlroy birdied the par-5 final hole for a 1-over 72.

Round 2 kicks off on Saturday with the same pairings as round 1.

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Dell Technologies Championship Round 1 and 2 Groupings Announced

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Dell Technologies Championship Round 1 and 2 Groupings Announced

The Dell Technologies Championship returns to TPC Boston this Labor Day weekend with a star filled field.

On Monday afternoon the tee times and groupings for rounds 1 and 2 were announced. Round 1 will take place on Friday and Round 2 on Saturday.

The defending Dell Technologies Championship champion Rory McIlroy tees off at 1:04 pm on Friday and 8:39 AM on Saturday with Ollie Schiederjans and Si Woo Kim.

The groupings to watch out for this weekend are going to be the Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas grouping. They tee off on Friday at 9:15 am and on Saturday at 1:40 pm.

The other grouping is the Hideki Matsuyama, John Rahm, and Rickie Fowler grouping which goes off on Friday at 1:40 pm and on Saturday at 9:15 AM.

Another grouping to keep an eye on the Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, and Billy Horschel grouping. They tee off at 1:28 pm on Friday and at 9:03 am on Saturday.

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Dell Technologies Championship Preview: TV Information, Field, And More

The FedExCup returns to TPC Boston this weekend, but this time something is different.

No longer is the championship sponsored by Deutsche Bank, instead, it has been rebranded as the Dell Technologies Championship. The reigning champion of the tournament, Rory McIlroy will be present for the Labor Day weekend tournament and enters it ranked No. 43 in the FedExCup after beginning the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 44.

McIlroy had an impressive comeback at last years event after being tied for 67th overall after an opening round 71. But he posted a final round 65 as he was able to close and eclipse a 6 stroke lead Paul Casey had entering the final round in 2016. That six stroke come-from behind win happens to be the largest in the tournament’s history.

But this year looks to be different at the  Dell Technologies Championship. For starters, McIlroy won the FedExCup in 2016 and looks to be nowhere close to being able to do that this time around. The favorites heading into this weekend are the top 6 in the FedExCup standings.

  1. Dustin Johnson
  2. Jordan Spieth
  3. Justin Thomas
  4. Hideki Matsuyama
  5. John Rahm
  6. Rickie Fowler

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