Sport Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka one off the lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

03:55  08 june  2018
03:55  08 june  2018 Source:   golfdigest.com

Phil Mickelson chunks chip, proceeds to knock next chip in

  Phil Mickelson chunks chip, proceeds to knock next chip in what's boring by Phil standards still qualifies as must-see theater. On Thursday's tour of Muirfield Village, Mickelson's tee shot on the par-3 fourth fell well short of the green. Though his ball stayed out of the gnarly rough, it was below his feet, equating to a tricky up-and-down try. A position that gave Mickelson fits, as he flubbed his second shot. Still not on the green, it appeared Mickelson was heading for bogey or worse.At least, that would be the fate for a mere mortal. But Mickelson, at least in the short game, is no mortal:The most important shot is the next one.Just ask Phil Mickelson.

>>WATCH: FedEx St . Jude Classic Live Stream. Daniel Berger (Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images). Last year the U.S. Open course at Erin Hills crowned a Brooks Koepka lost in a playoff to Berger (along with Phil Mickelson ) two years ago. He was a strong contender three years ago.

Daniel Berger attempts to go for a three-peat at this week’s FedEx St . Jude ’s Classic . But guys like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson will be in the way. 8:40 AM EST Off No.10: Henrik Stenson (44 FedEx Cup Point Standings) & Brooks Koepka (47), William McGirt (109).

Phil Mickelson holding a baseball bat© Andy Lyons

Before the marquee U.S. Open groupings were announced on Thursday, two marquee players had already gotten their Open prep off on the right foot at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Brooks Koepka, the reigning U.S. Open champion, and Phil Mickelson, who looks to complete the career grand slam at Shinnecock Hills, each carded four-under 66s at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn., putting them one back of leader Seamus Power.

Mickelson, who has twice finished runner-up in this event, entered the week in good form, having played his last three rounds in 12-under at the Memorial Tournament to finished in a tie for 13th. If not for an opening-round 74 that included some late-round struggles, he may have been firmly in the mix on Sunday at Muirfield Village. A week later, Mickelson made sure he didn't let one get away this time.

With help of hole-out, Dustin Johnson rises into lead in Memphis

  With help of hole-out, Dustin Johnson rises into lead in Memphis Here is a recap of Friday's second round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn. : LEADING: Dustin Johnson may be back on top of the rankings soon enough.The World No. 2 jumped into a tie for the lead Friday when he holed out for eagle at the par-4 first (his 10th) and then added four birdies coming in to fire a 7-under 63 and take the outright lead at 10 under.Johnson leads by one heading into the weekend at an event where he's already won once (2012), and he now has a shot to reclaim his throne. Johnson recently lost the World No.

This is my reality at the FedEx St . Jude Classic . But first , you. Follow Mark's lead if you can. It's time to burn Phil Mickelson . I think either Brooks Koepka or Phil are super pics in Memphis, but "Lefty" has been vocal about his affinity for the TPC Southwind.

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"I finished the round off," said the 47-year-old. "I make a bogey (on No. 5, his 14th), and I'm almost making another one, and I was able to gather myself and start to control my thoughts a little bit better and I made a good par putt on the sixth hole and then got another birdie coming in (at No. 8). So I was able to finish the round off even though I didn't quite have it there at the end."

After making just one birdie on his front nine at the par-4 15th, Mickelson quickly picked up a birdie at the par-4 second and followed with an eagle at the par-5 third. A 344-yard bomb down the fairway left him just 207 yards in, and from there he put it to 11 feet and converted. That, plus his final birdie at the eighth to get that shot back from a bogey at the fifth, gave him his best opening round of the season.

Dustin Johnson plays like his former World No. 1 self at FedEx St. Jude Classic, leads by one after second-round 63

  Dustin Johnson plays like his former World No. 1 self at FedEx St. Jude Classic, leads by one after second-round 63 Dustin Johnson plays like his former World No. 1 self at FedEx St. Jude Classic, leads by one after second-round 63."It's never easy, but I feel like I'm playing pretty well," said Johnson, who leads by one at 10-under 130 through 36 holes. "I'm swinging the club very well, I know that if I can drive it in the fairway that I'm going to get myself a good look for birdie. I felt like I did that well pretty much all day today. Hit a lot of great shots in there and had a lot of really great looks at birdies.

His lead was three shots after 36 and 54 holes and his winning total of 13-under 267 was also three better than the pile of studs at T2, Phil Mickelson , Steve Stricker and Brooks Koepka , who all signed for 270. Featured Groups: FedEx St . Jude Classic . News Grouvy Sport - June 6, 2018.

Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and defending U.S. Open champion, Brooks Koepka , are all in the field for the FedEx St . Jude Classic .

Like Mickelson, Koepka has a solid track record at TPC Southwind, having also finished runner-up in 2016 and T-3 in 2015. Those positive feelings, plus a strong day on the greens, where he was able to score despite hitting just 13 of them, helped propel Koepka to the top of the leader board without his best stuff.

"Putted really well, felt like I scored really well," said Koepka, who made six birdies against two bogeys on the day. "I didn't play well at all, to be honest with you. We hit some pretty poor shots, we were kind of all over the place, but, hopefully we'll figure this out for the rest of the week. Love this place, got good memories here. I like the way it sets up from the tee shots, a lot of them suit me, and when you get on good greens like this, good bermuda, I'm a good putter as it is. I grew up on bermuda, you just roll it and it goes in. They're great, I just need to figure out everything else."

If he does figure out everything else, you can throw his name into the mix when it comes to the favorites at Shinnecock. But he's not looking ahead quite yet.

Live blog: Dustin Johnson tries to close out FedEx St. Jude Classic

  Live blog: Dustin Johnson tries to close out FedEx St. Jude Classic Dustin Johnson shares the lead with Andrews Putnam entering the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. We will be tracking the action Sunday at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn. Follow along below…How to follow the action:All times EasternTELEVISION:Golf Channel (Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m.); CBS (Sunday, 3-6 p.m.)PGA TOUR RADIO:Sunday, 1-6 p.m.PGA TOUR LIVE:Sunday, 2:30-6 p.m.ON GOLFWEEK:Tour Tracker| All coverageSunday tee times in Memphis. Get 'em while they're hot … https://t.co/SFy9aHRlPp- Golfweek (@golfweek) June 9, 2018• • •FedEx St.

Overnight leader Daniel Berger withstood the heat, and a Sunday weather delay of 3 hours and 3 minutes, to fashion a 3-under-par 34-33=67 and win the FedEx St . Jude Classic by three shots over runners-up Brooks Koepka , Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson .

Al Zeidenfeld -- Phil Mickelson (,300). With most of the top golfers taking the week off to rest, recuperate and prepare for the U.S. Open we're left Jeff Bergerson -- Brooks Koepka (,100). Koepka is one of the few players that I can actually envision winning the FedEx St Jude Classic

"I'm not looking forward, anything towards next week," he said. "It all depends on what the shot is here, I mean there's nothing better than winning a golf tournament going into a major. Feel like I'm playing well enough to do that."

Ireland's Power leads the way after posting a five-under 65 with just one bogey. It matches his low round of the year, which came in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in January.

Also at four under is 51-year-old Steve Stricker, who is making just his eighth PGA Tour start this season. Next week the 12-time tour winner will play in his 21st U.S. Open, where he'll look to extend his consecutive made cuts in majors streak to 26.

At three under through eight holes, Dustin Johnson looked to go low on Thursday afternoon, but a double bogey at the ninth dropped him back to one under. He was able to salvage his round though, collecting birdies at the 12th and 16th holes, the first of which he chipped in with his one foot submerged in the water. He finished with a three-under 67 and is two back.


Defending champ Brooks Koepka has back-to-back U.S. Open wins in sights .
Defending champ Brooks Koepka has back-to-back U.S. Open wins in sightsSOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Brooks Koepka has an effortless power that is the foundation of his game, along with the confidence that comes with being the defending champion at the U.S. Open. But on a day when his buddy Dustin Johnson shot 77, Rickie Fowler shot 84 and Phil Mickelson was so frustrated that he intentionally hit a ball while it was still moving, incurring a two-shot penalty, the most valuable traits that he possesses are discipline and patience.

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