Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson shoot 7-under 63 to share Travelers lead

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- As Jordan Spieth made his way up the fairway and onto the green at the 18th hole, the Cromwell crowd rose it its feet.

Spieth -- the defending champ -- leading on the 18th hole was what they'd come to see, after all.

"Welcome back, Jordan," one woman yelled as Spieth approached his ball, which landed just feet away from the ...Read more

Jason Day arrives at Travelers Championship focused on moving forward

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Jason Day held an iron in his hand, turning back to laugh at something his caddie said as he stood on the driving range at TPC River Highlands on Tuesday. His time at the range felt laid back as he broke in a new set of golf clubs ahead of the Travelers Championship.

"I feel good," Day said. "Everything's going well."

Day ...Read more

Mickelson mum about moving-ball moment

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Just about everyone was still talking Sunday about Phil Mickelson slapping back a runaway putt the day before. Everyone but Mickelson, that is.

He spent a half hour after his round with Rickie Fowler working the rope line, signing autographs for fans and posing for selfies, but skipped talking to reporters, walking briskly ...Read more

Brooks Koepka joins rare club with back-to-back U.S. Open championships

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Hours before he headed out to Shinnecock Hills to defend his U.S. Open title in the final round Sunday, Brooks Koepka and his buddies had a bench-pressing contest at a local gym.

"He put up 225 (pounds) 14 times on a Sunday; that's pretty impressive," said high school pal Dan Gambill. "I was like, 'What are you, nuts?' We ...Read more

Brooks Koepka wins second straight US Open title, thanks to clutch putting

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Brooks Koepka did nothing but sit around for about three months after partially tearing a tendon in his left wrist, a dangerous injury for a golfer where the repeated impact of taking divots could cause a chronic injury that never quite fully heals.

Yes, it drove him crazy not to play, especially not being able to compete. ...Read more

Open goes beyond tough

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1-ranked golfer, was poised to run away with the U.S. Open. Instead, he and the rest of the field spent a wild Saturday at Shinnecock Hills chasing runaway golf balls.

The combination of gusting winds and greens that were dry and slick as tabletops made for a brutal day and a four-way tie ...Read more

US Open leaders perplexed by wind and dicey course conditions at Shinnecock Hills

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- In its attempt to be the toughest golf championship on the planet, the U.S. Open sometimes goes off the rails and becomes a demolition derby instead.

It happened again Saturday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. The winds increased -- unexpectedly, the U.S. Golf Association said, even if its course setup sheet for the third ...Read more

Johnson's view is unobstructed at U.S. Open

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- After taking a decisive second-round lead in the U.S. Open on Friday, Dustin Johnson made a beeline for the couch.

"I'm going home to watch it right now," said the world's top-ranked golfer, who was unflappable in the lousy weather at Shinnecock Hills and shot 67, his four birdies more than offsetting a lone bogey.

Four ...Read more

Phil Mickelson rebounds with a better round at US Open, makes cut

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Phil Mickelson, who might have wiped out his chance at his first U.S. Open championship with a bad opening round, managed to shake it off Friday and fought his way into the weekend at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Playing in more player-friendly conditions, moist greens and little wind, Mickelson fired a 1-under-par 69 ...Read more

With another great round, Dustin Johnson holds 4-shot lead at US Open

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Dustin Johnson would appear to be the envy of golfers everywhere -- long drives, precise iron shots, a deft touch around the greens and a putting stroke to die for.

But when you're halfway home to a second U.S. Open championship in three years, as Johnson is after his 3-under-par 67 on Friday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club ...Read more

It's crowded at top after first round of U.S. Open

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- The bumper-to-bumper congestion on the road to the U.S. Open had nothing Thursday on the Shinnecock Hills scoreboard.

That's one giant traffic jam, with 13 players bunched at one under, even par or one over. Although that cluster includes Dustin Johnson, the world's top-ranked player, and No. 3 Justin Rose, there are also a...Read more

Dustin Johnson handles US Open's windy conditions while other top players scuffle

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- It was only the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday but you might say the hopes of some of the world's best golfers were gone with the wind.

A steady breeze of around 15 mph, which often gusted to 20 or more during an otherwise picture-perfect day at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, meant chaos for many in the field of 156....Read more

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson tops survivors list after first round of US Open

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- You'd like to believe that somewhere James Foulis is raising a wee dram to smiling lips.

The 21st century players arrived in force at Shinnecock Hills on Thursday, bringing all their high-tech weapons to bear on the U.S. Open.

The drivers with their refined geocoustic soles.

The golf balls that are labeled as if they were...Read more

Jason Day carries a confident attitude into the US Open

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Jason Day has the game to contend in any major championship, and that is true once again this week when he joins 155 other players on Thursday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club to begin competition in the U.S. Open.

For all his talent, however, he knows that it's all about focus and discipline and having the attitude to want to...Read more

Rickie Fowler is fully engaged in quest for his first major title as US Open begins Thursday

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- This place had no special significance to Rickie Fowler until last week. That's when the world's seventh-ranked golfer got engaged on Southampton Beach, a short distance from Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, which will play host to the U.S. Open this week.

"Well, nothing against the area," Fowler said on a rainy Wednesday at ...Read more

It's not like the old days for Woods, but he's happy to be feeling shipshape

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods has a creative way of beating the traffic snarl that lines the route to Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, site of the 2018 U.S. Open.

The superstar golfer is staying nearby on Privacy, his 155-foot, $20-millon yacht that has 6,500 square feet of living space, a theater, an elevator, and is capable of crossing the ...Read more

Justin Rose on Colonial win: First thing I saw was Ben Hogan's name twice

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Justin Rose couldn't be stopped this week at Colonial.

The No. 5-ranked player in the world showed he rightfully deserves that distinction in a dominating performance to win the Fort Worth Invitational.

Rose entered with a four-shot lead and never saw it dwindle to fewer than three as he shot a final-round 6-under 64 on Sunday. He won the ...Read more

Disappointing Colonial leaves Jordan Spieth somewhat encouraged

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Jordan Spieth had the worst showing of his young career in the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial.

This is a tournament he's won once, finished second twice and had never posted worse than tied-14th in five events. Until Sunday.

Spieth played all right with a 2-under 68 on Sunday and finished the tournament at 5-under, tied for 32nd. Even ...Read more

Kevin Na ties Colonial course record on Sunday with 61

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Kevin Na finished stronger than he even started.

He held the 18-hole lead after an 8-under 62 on Thursday, and topped that by tying the Colonial course record with a 9-under 61 on Sunday. But those two standout rounds weren't enough for Na to win the Fort Worth Invitational this year.

"I played amazing today," Na said. "I struck it beautifully...Read more

Rose takes four-stroke lead into final round at Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jon Rahm became one of the early movers up the Fort Worth Invitational leaderboard on Saturday, posting a 6-under 64 to climb up to 8-under for the tournament.

As Rahm met with reporters, leader Justin Rose had just opened his round with three consecutive birdies.

"Hopefully Justin stops making putts," Rahm said, smiling. ...Read more