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Jun 22, 2015

Major heartbreak as Johnson’s dream comes up 12 feet short

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson’s major dream was just 12 feet from reality on the final hole of the U.S. Open on Sunday before two misdirected putts turned it into a nightmare.

Known more for his power with the driver than touch with the putter, Johnson came up with two brilliant shots on the par-five 18th hole to set himself up for an U.S. Open title.

Jun 22, 2015

No fairytale U.S. Open finish to amazing Day

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – There would be no fairytale U.S. Open finish for Jason Day on Sunday, as the gritty Australian missed out on a first major but won a host of admirers for battling on after collapsing on the course.

Just completing 72 holes on the punishing Chambers Bay layout was being hailed as a major victory by many after Day sent a scare through the galleries on Friday when he dropped to the ground on his final hole of the second round.

Jun 22, 2015

McIlroy charge falls short at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy sent a wave of excitement rolling across Puget Sound when he mounted a final-round charge at the U.S. Open on Sunday, but his rally ran out of steam at the finish.

Playing with the control, command and confidence expected of the world’s top ranked player, McIlroy hit back at the links-style layout that had humbled him with a four-under 66 during a round that had flirted with a majors record-equalling 63.

Jun 21, 2015

Gritty Day grabs share of U.S. Open lead

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Jason Day wrote his name into U.S. Open folklore on Saturday, grabbing a share of the third-round lead on a punishing Chambers Bay layout that had literally brought the Australian to his knees a day earlier.

Even though Day’s round will be long remembered, there is still another chapter to be written in the 115th U.S. Open with Americans Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson and South African Branden Grace all level on four-under 206 going into Sunday.

Jun 21, 2015

Spieth looks to build major ties with U.S. Open win

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Manicured Augusta National and the gnarly links-style layout of Chambers Bay may be as different as southern hospitality and grunge rock but the two venues could have a common bond after Sunday — Jordan Spieth.

Having conquered the Masters in April, Spieth put himself in position to become just the sixth person to slip into a green jacket and hoist the U.S. Open trophy in the same year after grabbing a share of the third round lead on Saturday.

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.