Best quotes from Friday at the 146th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2017, 7:58 pm

SOUTHPORT, England – Jordan Spieth felt better today than he did at the 2015 Masters? Is Beef to blame for the afternoon rain? Here are the best quotes from Friday at The Open:

“Honestly, right now I’m happy to be inside, first and foremost. But I feel great right now. I wouldn’t expect anything different, I don’t think. I don’t think I even felt this way at the ’15 Masters after Friday. But there’s a difference in how you sleep and how you get up and kind of how it hits you after,” – Jordan Spieth

“Well, on the scorecard it was a very boring round of golf, but it kind of wasn’t from the perspective of how I had to kind of piece my way around this golf course. It was tricky,” – Ian Poulter

“I felt the warmth of the crowd, obviously coming up the 18th hole. I’m not Tom Watson, I’m not Jack Nicklaus, I’m not Arnold Palmer. I’m just a guy who in ’98 was lucky to win the championship and hoist the claret jug and be proclaimed Champion Golfer of the Year. And my son, being nine, and my daughter being 11 and Michelle, for them to be alongside me this week was special,” – Mark O’Meara

“Unfortunately it’s the first cut I’ve missed this year and I missed it with flair,” – Phil Mickelson

“I’ve battled enough and I’ve thought about golf enough today that I don’t really need to see those guys out there. But I’ll keep an eye on the leaderboard,” – Rory McIlroy

“I think it will be interesting this weekend. I’m excited to play. And hopefully this rain goes away and we can get some good conditions,” – Brooks Koepka

“When you’re out in an exposed fairway and a gust hits you, you’re not going to hit a shot until you’re settled. And if you’re just taking a second longer, it might just put your rhythm of your whole swing off, so it’s best to just back off,” – Adam Scott

“I never root against anyone or hope anything bad happens. That’s just part of the draw, par of The Open. You never know what weather is going to happen or when it’s going to happen. So you kind of just play when you get to play. And if stuff comes in or it’s bad you just make the most of it,” – Rickie Fowler

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“I’m going to go back and I’m going to rain dance all day now, about five hours straight,” – Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston

“I got asked that question just a second ago, if it helped being shorter. But I’ve never been taller, so I can’t really comment,” – Austin Connelly

“I mean I’m 6’5’’, so the wind is going to get me. And I felt like the wind was blowing me around,” – Ernie Els

“What I do know is that based on the last two days, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow. But hopefully there’s some confidence, momentum for the rest of the weekend,” – Zach Johnson

“All in all it was a tough day. The rain begins to be a bit of a nuisance ad the end of the day, and the ball wasn’t traveling far coming down the last couple of holes,” – Justin Rose

“I’m not playing that good, but I’m getting it up around the green. And my short game has been really good. I’ve chipped and putted it really well the last two days. But just not striking it that well with the irons,” – Dustin Johnson

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Watch: Strong start, rough finish for Koepka

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 4:45 pm

U.S. Open hangover? Not for Brooks Koepka. The two-time national champion has carried over his form and confidence from Shinnecock Hills to TPC River Highlands.

Koepka began his round with a par at the par-4 10th and then reeled off four consecutive birdies, beginning at No. 11.

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After a par at the first, Koepka added a fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 second.

A bogey at the par-4 fourth dropped him to 4 under, but just one off the lead. That, however, sparked a wild ride to the finish line as he also bogeyed Nos. 5, 7 and 9, and birdied the sixth. It totaled to a second-nine, 2-over 37 and an overall score of 2-under 68.

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Lyle going through 'scary' period in cancer recovery

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:58 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – Jarrod Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a ''really scary'' period in his third battle with cancer.

Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia.

''It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell transplant and we are going through a really rough patch at the moment,'' Briony Lyle wrote on ''I'm typing this blog on his behalf because he's not able to do it. Jarrod's not able to drive, struggles to prepare any food for himself, can't read stories to the girls and is not able to offer much help at all around the house.

''He is also starting to look like a very frail, sick person.''

Briony Lyle added: ''We are both very aware of the amount of drugs and medication that has gone into Jarrod's body over the years but things are starting to get really scary at the moment. It looks as if this recovery is going to be the longest and hardest one so far.''

Lyle has twice beaten acute myeloid leukemia, in 1998 and 2012, and was able to return to play professional golf.

He made an emotional comeback to the golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the PGA Tour in 2015. He played four seasons on Tour, where he earned $1.875 million in 121 tournaments.

Lyle has since returned to Australia permanently to be with Briony and daughters Lusi and Jemma.

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Vermeer wins PGA Professional; 20 make PGA Championship

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:42 pm

SEASIDE, Calif. – Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.

The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.

The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.

Three strokes ahead entering the day, Vermeer played the front in 4 over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-4 eighth. He rebounded with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-4 11th and also birdied the par-5 18th.

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Vermeer finished at 5-under 283. The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000. He won the 2017 Mizuno Pro/Assistant Championship and finished ninth last year in the PGA Professional to qualify for PGA at Quail Hollow.

McCarty had a 68, and Sowards shot 69. Sowards won the 2004 title.

David Muttitt and Jason Schmuhl tied for fourth at 1 under, and 2012 and 2015 champion Matt Dobyns, Jaysen Hansen, and Johan Kok followed at even par.

Marty Jertson, Brian Smock and Ben Kern were 1 over, and Zach Johnson, Craig Hocknull, Matt Borchert and 2016 winner Rich Berberian Jr. were 2 over. Nine players tied at 3 over, with Shawn Warren, 2017 champion Omar Uresti, 2014 winner Michael Block, Craig Bowden and Danny Balin getting the last five spots at Bellerive in a playoff. Balin got the final spot, beating Brian Norman with a par on the seventh extra hole after Norman lost a ball in a tree.

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Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.

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“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”