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Jun 21, 2015

Golf-Big-hitting Johnson muscles into U.S. Open lead

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington, June 20 (Reuters) – Power was trumping putting as big-hitting American Dustin Johnson muscled his way to the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard midway through the third round on Saturday.

Johnson had an adventurous outward nine, two bogeys and four birdies on a brilliant sunny day in the Pacific Northwest putting him at two-under, one clear of South African Branden Grace and two in front of Masters champion Jordan Spieth.

Jun 20, 2015

Spieth and Reed share U.S. Open spotlight with Day

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed were preparing for the U.S. Open spotlight on Saturday while Jason Day was back at Chambers Bay, tackling the links-style layout a day after collapsing on his final hole.

Spieth and Reed, two of golf’s most exciting young talents carried a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace into the third round as they set the stage for an enthralling duel between the Ryder Cup team mates on a brilliant sunny day in the Pacific Northwest.

Jun 20, 2015

Big-hitting Johnson and big Open layout have major match

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – One of the longest layouts ever to host a golf major, Chambers Bay was made for big-hitting American Dustin Johnson who has muscled his way into contention at this week’s U.S. Open.

Boasting the three longest par-fours ever seen at a U.S. Open, the links-style course has brought some of golf’s biggest names to their knees, including 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, defending champion Martin Kaymer and Players championship winner Rickie Fowler who all missed the cut on Friday.

Jun 20, 2015

Woods in major trouble, misses U.S. Open cut

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Tiger Woods’ seven-year title drought at the majors continued with no relief in sight as he crashed out of the U.S. Open on Friday after another miserable round at Chambers Bay.

After opening with a 10-over 80 on Thursday, the former world number one’s fate had appeared sealed and the 39-year-old made it official with an equally uninspiring second-round 76 to set another shocking career low.

Jun 20, 2015

Day resting after collapsing at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Australian golfer Jason Day sent a scare through the U.S. Open on Friday when he collapsed on his final hole, before getting to his feet, completing the second round and collapsing again.

One of the pre-championship favorites to win the year’s second major, Day dropped to the turf in front of a packed grandstand and laid on his back, covering his face as his caddie Col Swatton came to his aid.

Jun 20, 2015

Day being treated after collapsing at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Australian golfer Jason Day sent a scare through the U.S. Open when he collapsed on his final hole of the second round, before getting to his feet, completing his round and collapsing again on Friday.

One of the hot favourites to win the year’s second major, Day dropped to the turf in front of a packed grandstand and laid on his back, covering his face as his caddie came to his aid.

Jun 19, 2015

Day collapses on final hole of U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Australian golfer Jason Day sent a scare through the U.S. Open when he collapsed on his final hole of the second round, before getting to his feet, completing his round and collapsing again on Friday.

One of the hot favourites for the tournament, Day dropped to the turf in front of a packed grandstand and laid on his back, covering his face as his caddie came to his aid.

Jun 19, 2015

Woods sinks to bottom at Chambers Bay

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Tiger Woods sank to the bottom of the U.S. Open leaderboard after an opening round 10-over 80 on Thursday, but vowed to fight on and return to the top.

Without a major title since his U.S. Open victory seven years ago at Torrey Pines, Woods chances of ending the drought seems unlikely after he carded the fourth highest score in his professional career to leave him 15 shots behind co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Swede Henrik Stenson.

Jun 19, 2015

McIlroy running out of compliments for Chambers Bay

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy had only good things to say about Chambers Bay after his first look at the links-style layout.

But the world number one was not as generous with his compliments following an opening two-over 72 at the U.S.

Jun 18, 2015

U.S. stay calm as Solo storm threatens to pick up steam

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – On the surface the U.S. team are ticking along nicely in the Women’s World Cup in Canada, but a growing controversy over allegations surrounding goalkeeper Hope Solo are threatening to take the gloss off the team’s performances.

The U.S. came through unbeaten from the ‘Group of Death’, which included three teams in the top-10, and have striker Abby Wambach in top form, while Solo is anchoring an air-tight defense.