DJ wins drama-filled U.S. Open at Oakmont

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 20, 2016, 12:19 am

Dustin Johnson won the 116th U.S. Open, but it wasn’t without drama. Johnson was told on the 12th tee that he might incur a one-stroke penalty at the end of his round, in relation to his ball moving on the fifth green. Johnson made the possibility of a deduction null and void, winning by three shots.

Leaderboard: Dustin Johnson (-4), Jim Furyk (-1), Scott Piercy (-1), Shane Lowry (-1), Sergio Garcia (Even), Branden Gace (Even)

What it means: So many things. It means Dustin Johnson is, finally, a major champion. It means people can ask him about winning this U.S. Open and not losing last year’s. It means people have to respect his ability to overcome adversity. And it means that this could be the first of a few more major victories.

Round of the day: Johnson’s 1-under 69. Not only did DJ shoot an under-par round on Sunday at Oakmont, but he did so with the knowledge – for seven holes – that the USGA could dock him a shot upon conclusion. Johnson’s ball moved on the fifth green as he was about to address his ball. It was deemed that he did not cause the ball to move, but a USGA official approached him at No. 12 and said the situation would be reviewed at the end of the round. Officials did assess a penalty, but, fortunately for all involved, it did not cost Johnson his first major.

Best of the rest: Furyk’s 4-under 66 was the low round of the day and vaulted him into a tie for second. Had he not bogeyed the final hole, Furyk might have put some extra pressure on Johnson. But, nonetheless, it was an impressive performance from the Pennsylvania native, who was also T-2 in 2007 at Oakmont.

Biggest disappointment: As always, there are lots to choose from in the final round of a U.S. Open. Lowry started the day with a four-shot lead and shot 6-over 76. Andrew Landry, playing in the final group, held firm for 54 holes before closing in 78. But the award (?) goes to Lee Westwood. He was five back to start the day, in a bid to claim his first major title. He then proceeded to turn in 8-over 43 on his way to a 10-over 80 and a tie for 32nd.

Quote of the day: "I just tried to focus on what I was doing, not worrying about a penalty stroke. Just playing golf from there to the house." - Dustin Johnson

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.