Defending champion Johnson off-target at US Open


"Before golf was the most important and now my family is the most important".

"I really like this golf course", Johnson insisted. There's a term for guys who do well historically at certain places: "Horse for the Course".

Dustin Johnson's press conference at the U.S. Open on Wednesday contained a unique moment of joy: the announcement of his newborn son's name.

Winner - Justin Rose (20/1): If weather does end up playing a big role in this year's tournament, I like Rose's chances to win even more at Erin Hills, where it looks like an old-timey course (they really don't want us to call it a "links course") has sprouted up in the middle of a cattle ranch.

Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson each lamented their performances on the greens after starting the U.S. Open with respective scores of 73 and 75. Like that location, Erin Hills is a links-style course with plenty of fescue rough.

Pebble Beach has hosted the U.S. Open since then, but it has been played by the pros as a par 71.

Daniel Berger played terrific golf over the weekend in winning the St. Jude Classic in Memphis for the second straight year.

A week after Phil Mickelson revealed that he would not be attending the U.S. Open because of his daughter's graduation, another top player's availability was put into question. He won three events in a row heading into the Masters, the PGA Tour's longest winning streak since Rory McIlroy also won three in a row in the 2014.

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A lot of guys choose not to play the week before a major, instead practicing on their own or at the site of the major.

Gretzky has been dating Johnson since 2012 and they announced their engagement on Twitter in 2013.

It opened just over a decade ago in 2006 and got its first taste of high level competitive golf with the 2011 U.S. Amateur, which was won by Kelly Kraft.

Just this past April, Dustin pulled out before the first round of the Masters Tournament after he fell and injured himself in his rental home.

Johnson, the world's top-ranked player and defending champion, responded in similar fashion when he was invited to assess his 3-over 75 round.

Day carded two triple bogeys in Thursday's round, the first time he ever has done that in his career.

The last time that happened was in 2008, when Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate in an epic playoff battle at Torrey Pines.