Woods, Faldo, Harrington and Koepka – U.S. Open champion joins fine club after successful defence

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka added his name to the list of players successfully defending a major with his win at Shinnecock Hills on Sunday. The American became the first man since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989 to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles. But defending a major crown has proven difficult at each of golf’s top events, with Koepka just the fourth man to do so since Strange’s success. Omnisport takes a look at the others, as Tiger Woods’ greatness is illustrated once more.   Nick Faldo – 1989-1990…

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Johnson leads Hoffman at US Open, Woods misses cut

Southampton (United States) (AFP) – Dustin Johnson took command of the US Open on Friday, firing a three-under-par 67 at Shinnecock Hills for a four-shot lead as the only player under par after 36 punishing holes. Shinnecock presented a different face as Thursday’s gusting wind gave way to morning mist with stretches of wind-driven rain, followed by afternoon sunshine. Johnson was more than equal to all of it, his two-round total of four-under 136 putting him four ahead of Americans Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy. “Dustin was in complete control…

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Woods on expectations for another major win: ‘Absolutely’

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Hoist the anchor, and set sail the great ship Privacy on a course for Carnoustie Bay, Pebble Beach or some other future site of a golf major. Tiger Woods isn’t going to win the U.S. Open this year. He still thinks he can win another major before he’s done. ”Absolutely,” Woods said after shooting a 2-over 72 at Shinnecock Hills on Friday for a 36-hole total of 10 over that saw him miss the cut. ”They’re not easy,” he said. ”I mean, I’ve won a few…

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Johnson in command at US Open, Woods likely to miss cut

Southampton (United States) (AFP) – Dustin Johnson continued his mastery of Shinnecock Hills on Friday, firing a three-under-par 67 to take command of the US Open as Tiger Woods stared at a missed cut. Shinnecock Hills presented a different face as Thursday’s gusting wind gave way to morning mist with stretches of wind-driven rain. Johnson was more than equal to all of it, his 36-hole total of four-under-par 136 making the world number one the only player under par for the tournament midway through the second round. “Dustin was in…

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Tiger Woods thinks he’s close to winning a major, despite evidence to the contrary

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods was a beaten man Friday. Beaten, but not defeated. At least, not in his own mind. In that stubborn fantasy land, he’s apparently undefeated forever. It’s a remarkable place, where Woods seems to be able to erase an entire decade and convince himself that his return to major-championship prowess is imminent. In Tiger’s head, he’s just a tweak away from being the best player in the world again. Out here in the real world, the evidence to the contrary continues to pile up. This week’s…

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Woods ‘absolutely’ expects to win another major

Southampton (United States) (AFP) – A gutsy birdie-birdie finish likely wasn’t enough to put Tiger Woods into the weekend at the US Open, but the US superstar “absolutely” believes he’ll win another major title. Woods, playing the US Open for the first since he missed the cut in an injury plagued 2015, looked certain to miss the cut at Shinnecock Hills when a bogey at his 15th hole — the par-four sixth — pushed him to 12-over for the tournament. With the projected cut line hovering at nine-over Woods rolled…

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Tiger Woods could miss cut at another major after tough round

As it turned out, one of the only good breaks Tiger Woods got at the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills came at the expense of a course spotter. Woods bounced a tee shot on his ninth hole of Friday off the spotter’s ankle, a kick that kept the ball out of the deep rough, and managed to only bogey the hole. At this particular tournament, that counts as a small victory. For Tiger Woods this weekend, there were hardly any other kinds. Woods started ugly and didn’t improve Woods…

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Tiger Woods finally produces a U.S. Open highlight

Tiger Woods might not even make it to the weekend at the U.S. Open, so we’ve got to take what we can get and enjoy it. So here’s how Woods started his second round at Shinnecock Hills: Tiger starts Round 2 with a 🐤 on No. 10, thanks to this nifty approach shot. #USOpen Watch live: https://t.co/JJ7GuylAzgpic.twitter.com/S5at873h1r — U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2018 Gorgeous. He’d knock it in for birdie. 🚨TIGER WOODS TO 2 FEET AT 10. FOR BIRDIE LETS GO — Tiger Woods Legion (@TWlegion) June 15,…

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2018 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods score narrowly breaks 80 after rough day at tough Shinnecock

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods shot a 8-over 78 at Shinnecock Hills on Thursday in the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open, his first start at this national championship since bowing out with a missed cut at Chambers Bay in 2015. Woods made just one birdie to two bogeys, two doubles and a triple on a day when the field scoring average soared to beyond 76.  It did not start well for Tiger. Then again, it rarely does. Woods once famously double bogeyed the first hole of the 2008…

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