World number one Dustin Johnson will tee off at the 2020 U.S. Open on Thursday in a star-studded group with Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau.

Johnson, whose solitary major triumph came at this event in 2016, has returned to the rankings summit following a stunning run of form on the PGA Tour.

The 36-year-old has claimed three tournament wins, including the TOUR Championship, to land him a maiden FedExCup and the PGA Tour Player of the Year Award.

Johnson is the favourite to lift the trophy at Winged Foot this week and will be alongside American compatriots DeChambeau and Finau, who are each seeking their first major title.

That headline group goes out at 1:16PM (local time).

Two-time winner Brooks Koepka is absent as he seeks full fitness, while reigning champion Gary Woodland will compete alongside 2019 Open winner Shane Lowry and amateur Andy Ogletree.

Tiger Woods, who has his name on the silverware three times, will feature in a trio with US PGA victor Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas.

Rory McIlroy's pursuit of a fifth major will see him tee off in a group featuring Adam Scott and Justin Rose. 

Spain's Jon Rahm, also considered a leading contender for glory, is in a threesome with Phil Mickelson, who needs this major to complete the set, and Paul Casey.

 

 

Jon Rahm holed an incredible 66-foot birdie putt to upstage FedEx Cup leader Dustin Johnson in a thrilling play-off at the BMW Championship.

The world's two best golfers put on a masterclass at the Olympia Fields Country Club, where Rahm prevailed to win the second FedEx Cup play-off event on Sunday.

Eyeing back-to-back titles and seeking a record sixth FedEx Cup play-offs trophy, Northern Trust champion Johnson forced a sudden-death showdown against Rahm thanks to a clutch birdie putt at the 18th hole.

Johnson – the co-leader overnight alongside Hideki Matsuyama – trailed Rahm by a single stroke heading to the final green and the American star was left with a 43-foot birdie putt to send the tournament into a play-off.

With the flag stick still in the hole and a difficult break down the hill, Johnson struck the ball perfectly as he closed out the final round with a 67 to join Rahm (64) at four under through 72.

However, world number two Rahm responded in the play-off as the pair went back out to play the 18th again – the Spaniard draining a tremendously tough putt to emerge victorious in wild fashion after Johnson's effort ended up just short.

Rahm will head to the lucrative Tour Championship second behind Johnson in the FedEx Cup standings following his second win of the season.

Joaquin Niemann (67) and Matsuyama (69) finished tied for third, two strokes behind Rahm and Johnson, while Tony Finau (65) was a shot further back.

Mackenzie Hughes (71) qualified for the Tour Championship thanks to a tense par on the 72nd hole as the Canadian ended the tournament tied for 10th.

Former world number one and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy – who is set to become a father for the first time – endured another difficult day as he carded a one-over-par 71 to be tied for 12th and seven strokes off the pace.

Reigning FedEx Cup champion McIlroy is 12th in the standings as attention turns to the upcoming Tour Championship.

Meanwhile, Justin Thomas and his BMW Championship title defence ended with a 68 and a share of 25th position.

As for Tiger Woods, the 15-time major winner failed to qualify for the Tour Championship after his PGA Tour season came to an end on Sunday.

Woods did not come close to securing the top-five finish he needed to take his place in the field at East Lake next week, finishing with a one-over 71 on Sunday.

With the top 30 golfers qualifying for the Tour Championship, Woods could only manage 63rd.

Tony Finau never considered not playing at the BMW Championship, but believes an "uncomfortable conversation" about racism is healthy for the United States.

Amid protests against racial injustice by numerous teams and players across several sports, the PGA Tour event went ahead as scheduled on Thursday.

It came in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Finau backed the NBA and MLB in particular for postponing games, saying it would lead to a conversation the USA needed to have.

"Anyone that's willing to have the uncomfortable conversation about systemic racism and just that in general in our country I think is a healthy thing for all of us," he told a news conference after carding an even-par 70.

"We continue to learn from each other in a positive way I think is the most important thing, and we all have different perspectives as we go through our life.

"Listening to each other I think is a big deal, so they took a stand for what they think is the right thing, and as a society I think it's our responsibility to just listen and pay attention to what's going on around us, and if we're willing to have those uncomfortable conversations, I think our country can continue to move forward."

While the PGA Tour supported any players who decided not to participate, the BMW Championship proceeded as scheduled.

Finau, who is tied for fourth and three shots behind leader Hideki Matsuyama, said he never thought about not playing.

"No, it didn't really cross my mind, but I understood the magnitude of what the NBA was doing and what they were boycotting for," he said.

"I know the PGA Tour is in full support of that, and again, it's a conversation that's uncomfortable, sensitive for our country, but if we're not willing to have those, I don't think we can move forward as a country."

Defending champion Brooks Koepka struggled to find momentum early in his final round at the US PGA Championship as leader Dustin Johnson headed out on Sunday.

Koepka has won the tournament in each of the past two years and talked a good game after Saturday's third round, seemingly intending to increase the pressure on Johnson.

But the four-time major winner made an unconvincing start and was soon in trouble at the second, scrambling to a first bogey of the day.

That setback saw Koepka fall back to a tie for 11th on six under and suddenly facing somewhat of an uphill battle.

His woes at the second were exacerbated by a solid start from Johnson, who was four strokes clear of his rival after birdieing the first.

Playing partner Scottie Scheffler briefly pulled level with Johnson on nine under, yet the former world number one - whose only major win came at the 2016 U.S. Open - swiftly became the first player to reach 10 under.

Early pressure from further down the leaderboard came courtesy of Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau, who each reached eight under with birdie-birdie starts.

Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski moved two strokes clear atop the leaderboard following the third round of the 3M Open.

Thompson and Werenski extended their joint lead after both golfers carded three-under-par 68s in Minnesota on Saturday.

The American pair shared a one-shot advantage heading into the penultimate round at TPC Twin Cities, where Thompson and Werenski remain the men to beat.

Thompson had four birdies and just one bogey on day three having earlier boasted a four-stroke cushion, while Werenski carded five birdies and a pair of bogeys to also end the round 15 under through 54 holes.

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel (66) and American Tony Finau (69) are the nearest challengers – two shots adrift – ahead of Sunday's final round.

Max Homa climbed 19 positions into outright fifth at 12 under following his seven-under-par 64, while Cameron Tringale (63), Denny McCarthy (64), Alex Noren (66), Harris English (67), Ryan Moore (67), Nick Watney (68) and Cameron Davis (69) are all tied for sixth position.

Defending champion Matthew Wolff is five strokes behind leaders Thompson and Werenski after a difficult round.

After back-to-back rounds in the 60s, Wolff shot a one-under-par 70 to slide seven places into a share of 13th spot, alongside Charles Howell III (67), Emiliano Grillo (64), Adam Long (63), Taylor Gooch (72) and Zhang Xinjun (71).

Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski share the lead at the halfway mark of the 3M Open, while Brooks Koepka missed the cut.

Thompson carded a five-under 66 on Friday to be tied for the lead with Werenski (67) at 12 under at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota.

Tony Finau (66) and Talor Gooch (65) are tied for third a shot back of the leaders.

Coming off an eighth-place finish at the Memorial Tournament, Finau made an eagle, four birdies and a bogey.

The American produced some magic for his eagle, holing out from 81 yards at the par-five sixth hole.

Koepka, meanwhile, missed the cut for the second time in three tournaments.

The world number six fired an even-par 71 to finish at one under, missing the weekend by a shot.

Koepka has just one top-10 finish in five tournaments since the PGA Tour season resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

China's Zhang Xinjun (67) is outright fifth at 10 under, a shot ahead of defending champion Matthew Wolff (68) and Australian Cameron Davis (66).

Bo Van Pelt (68), Charl Schwartzel (68), Patrick Rodgers (68) and Nick Watney (69) are at eight under.

Richy Werenski fired an eight-under 63 to lead the 3M Open, while Brooks Koepka was unable to get going in the first round on Thursday.

Werenski grabbed a one-stroke lead at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota, after an impressive opening round.

The American made nine birdies and a bogey, with his only blemish coming at the par-four third hole.

Werenski is a shot clear of Michael Thompson, who managed a bogey-free 64.

Koepka, who has one top-10 finish in four events since the PGA Tour season restarted, again battled.

The world number six and four-time major champion carded a one-under 70 to be tied for 57th.

Former world number one Dustin Johnson, meanwhile, withdrew from the tournament, citing a back injury, after shooting a 78.

After challenging at the Memorial Tournament, Tony Finau again made a bright start with a six-under 65.

Finau shares third place with Ryan Moore, Zhang Xinjun, Nick Watney, Matthew Wolff, Max Homa and Bo Hoag.

Wolff, the defending champion, made four birdies on his final eight holes to make a strong start to his title defence.

A group of 10 players are tied for 10th at five under, including South African Charl Schwartzel.

Also in that group is Bo Van Pelt, who produced one of the shots of the day with an ace at the eighth hole.

Jon Rahm opened up a four-stroke lead after the third round of the Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

The Spaniard produced the equal best round of the day at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, carding a four-under 68.

Rahm sits at 12 under and is four shots clear of Ryan Palmer (73) and Tony Finau (73) as players again found scoring difficult.

World number two Rahm is on track for his first victory of 2020, having not finished in the top 25 in four events since the PGA Tour season resumed after the coronavirus-enforced break.

He was even through 12 holes in his third round before going on a run of four straight birdies beginning at the 13th, and the 25-year-old is primed to move top of the world rankings.

Finau endured a rollercoaster round that included double bogeys at 12 and 17.

Danny Willett (70) is outright fourth at six under, a shot ahead of Jason Day (72) and Henrik Norlander (71), while Matt Wallace (70) and Chez Reavie (74) are at four under.

World number one Rory McIlroy (72) and Jordan Spieth (74) appear too far back to challenge, sitting at two under and in a tie for 12th.

Justin Thomas slipped further back after a three-over 75 – now sitting at even par.

Tiger Woods, a five-time winner of the tournament, bounced back from his 76 with a 71 to climb into a tie for 37th and be at two over.

Ryan Palmer and Tony Finau are tied for the lead at the halfway stage of the Memorial Tournament, where 15-time major champion Tiger Woods narrowly made the cut.

Palmer carded a four-under-par 68 to join fellow American Finau in a share of the one-stroke lead following Friday's second round in Dublin, Ohio.

Finau was the outright leader when day two started, but a second-round 69 saw him head into the weekend with company at nine under through 36 holes at Muirfield Village.

Spanish star Jon Rahm is a shot off the pace after a five-under-par 67, while Gary Woodland (70), Chez Reavie (67) and Luke List (68) are tied for fourth at six under.

After opening with a 73, former world number one Jason Day posted a 66 to catapult himself into outright seventh position – four shots behind Palmer and Finau.

Back-to-back 70s has Jordan Spieth four under at the halfway point, one stroke ahead of another American star – Justin Thomas, who used a five-under-par 67 to climb 43 positions into a tie for 16th.

World number one Rory McIlroy's struggles continued after an even-par 72 saw him slip seven shots off the pace.

McIlroy is yet to finish in the top 10 of a PGA Tour tournament since golf resumed in June amid the coronavirus pandemic, and a double bogey and four bogeys left the Northern Irishman tied for 21st.

As for Woods, the American superstar barely survived to prolong his PGA comeback into the weekend on Friday.

Woods – in action for the first time since February – made a decent start but his second round was far more concerning amid back problems.

The 44-year-old, who opened the event with a 71, signed for a four-over-par 76 to close the day three over, just one stroke above the cut line.

Three bogeys from his first nine holes left Woods in trouble, but the five-time Memorial Tournament winner rallied after the turn by birdieing two of his final three holes.

While the likes of Brooks Koepka (75), Patrick Reed (76) and Phil Mickelson (74) managed to make the cut, Rickie Fowler (68), Justin Rose (76) and Bryson DeChambeau (76) failed to qualify for the weekend.

Tiger Woods carded a one-under 71 on his return as Tony Finau grabbed the lead after the first round of the Memorial Tournament.

In action for the first time since February, Woods made a decent start at Muirfield Village on Thursday, mixing four birdies with three bogeys in Dublin, Ohio.

Woods, a five-time winner of the tournament, made birdies on two of his first three holes before dropping shots at the sixth and eighth.

The 15-time major champion produced a wonderful approach shot to birdie the 15th, only to give that up at the next, but Woods made a 14-footer for birdie on the last.

Finau also endured a rollercoaster round, but nine birdies and three bogeys helped the American card a 66 to take the outright lead.

Ryan Palmer sits solo second thanks to a five-under 67, while Brendan Steele and Gary Woodland are a shot further back.

Jon Rahm, Charles Howell III and Lucas Glover carded 69s to be tied for fifth.

The congestion follows with a group of 10 players opening with two-under 70s, with world number one Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth among them.

Starting on the back nine, Spieth made an eagle at the par-five 11th before a double bogey followed at the 12th, but he steadied to shoot a 70.

Joining McIlroy and Spieth in a tie for eighth are defending champion Patrick Cantlay, Luke List, Mark Hubbard, Ryan Moore, Max Homa, Patrick Rodgers, Jimmy Walker and Harris English.

Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, endured major struggles.

Johnson had four bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey in his eight-over 80, while Fowler carded an 81 that included seven bogeys and a triple.

Webb Simpson birdied the first play-off hole to beat Tony Finau at the Phoenix Open and end his title drought.

Simpson had not won a PGA Tour trophy since capturing his fifth piece of silverware via The Players Championship in 2018.

However, Simpson returned to winning ways after sealing a play-off victory over fellow American Finau in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday.

Simpson forced a play-off thanks to his final-round 69, which saw him join overnight leader Finau (70) atop the leaderboard after 72 holes at TPC Scottsdale.

Finau entered the final day leading by a stroke but his first round in the 70s, coupled with Simpson's back-to-back birdies to close out regulation, saw the pair level on 17 under.

In the play-off, Finau could only manage par at the 18th as Simpson rolled in a birdie for the victory in the Phoenix sun.

Former world number one Justin Thomas (65), two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (66) and Nate Lashley (68) finished tied for third, three shots behind Simpson and Finau.

Rickie Fowler's title defence ended in a tie for 37th – the American star 10 strokes off the pace at the close of play.

Fowler carded a two-under-par 69 to be level alongside Kevin Tway (70) and J.T. Poston (68).

Tony Finau and Webb Simpson lit up the Phoenix Open with a gripping tussle at the top of the leaderboard on moving day.

Both Finau, who played the 16th hole again wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey, and Simpson executed some stunning shots to thrill a raucous Saturday crowd.

It was Finau - enjoying a strong start to the 2020 season - who headed into the final round with a one-shot lead, though, courtesy of his blistering nine-under 62.

The world number 13 was matched stride for stride by Simpson, playing one hole back, until the latter's poor tee shot at the 17th led to a bogey that belatedly opened up a narrow gap.

Up to that point, the pair had delighted the assembled spectators, Finau's most outstanding stretch seeing three birdies and an eagle across five holes from the 12th.

Finau, who turned in 31 and went bogey-free throughout, might have had his second eagle of the day and second in three holes at the 15th, yet an eight-foot putt drifted agonisingly to the right.

"That was probably the most enjoyable round I've ever had on a golf course," he told Sky Sports. "I had so much fun out there."

Simpson bogeyed the seventh as well as the 17th, but he supplied the shot of the day with a hole in one at 12.

Overnight leader JB Holmes was a stroke further back - tied with Hudson Swafford - in third on 14 under, consecutive birdies on the back nine rescuing a title tilt.

Holmes tumbled down the leaderboard at last week's Farmers Insurance Open after a solid first two rounds, and another miserable Saturday appeared to be in store until the recovery to 70.

He fared better than his playing partners at least, Billy Horschel and Wyndham Clark back level in 16th, signing for 73 and 74 respectively.

The duo lay a shot behind Jon Rahm, who lost momentum over the final three holes for the second day running to sit at 10 under.

Rahm can become world number one for the first time with victory this week, but he has plenty of work to do if he is to make up the six-shot deficit to Finau.

Meanwhile, Rickie Fowler's hopes of defending his title are all but over after a two-under 69 - hampered by consecutive bogeys at the 10th and 11th - left him back on five under.

Andrew Landry and Scottie Scheffler ended the third round tied for the lead at The American Express.

Landry and countryman Scheffler are four strokes clear atop the leaderboard after Saturday's penultimate round.

A one-time winner on the PGA Tour, Landry climbed two positions thanks to his seven-under-par 65 in California.

Landry – playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West – made a red-hot start with six birdies from his opening nine holes, including four in a row from the 14th.

Scheffler, who was tied for the 36-hole lead alongside Rickie Fowler, stayed top thanks to his six-under-par 66.

On the Stadium Course, Scheffler was bogey-free with six birdies throughout day three.

American star Fowler dropped down to third following his two-under-par 70, which included four birdies and two bogeys.

Ryan Moore (67) and Chase Seiffert (67) are a stroke further back at 16 under through 54 holes, a shot ahead of Andrew Putnam (65), Abraham Ancer (66) and Sebastian Cappelen (64).

Rickie Fowler moved into a share of the lead at The American Express after shooting an eight-under 64 in the second round on Friday.

The American backed up his opening-round 65 with a stellar showing, this time at the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West in California.

Fowler produced a bogey-free round that included an eagle and six birdies as he climbed into 15 under.

He is joined atop the leaderboard by Scottie Scheffler, who shot a 64 on the same course to be alongside Fowler with a one-stroke lead.

Fowler made back-to-back birdies on holes 11 and 12 before delivering a strong finish, including the eagle at the par-five fourth – where a wonderful second shot set up a short putt.

Andrew Landry carded an eight-under 64 at La Quinta Country Club to be outright third at 14 under.

The round of the day belonged to Tony Finau, who carded a stunning 10-under 62 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Finau was three under through his first nine holes before birdieing seven of his last nine to be outright fourth at 13 under.

Bud Cauley (64) is at 12 under, a shot ahead of Ted Potter Jr. (63), Im Sung-jae (66), Ryan Moore (65), Cameron Davis (67), Wes Roach (65) and Chase Seiffert (67).

Adam Long, last year's winner when the tournament was called the Desert Classic, is back at five under and tied for 68th.

Phil Mickelson has struggled to get going and sits in a tie for 110th at two under after rounds of 70 and 72.

Rickie Fowler made a bright start to The American Express, sitting a stroke behind leaders Zac Blair and Grayson Murray after the opening round on Thursday.

Fowler carded a seven-under 65 at La Quinta Country Club at the PGA Tour event, which is played on three different courses in California.

The American, who started his 2020 by finishing tied for fifth at the Tournament of Champions, set up his round with a run of five straight birdies beginning at the fifth.

Fowler picked up shots at 11 and 13 before a bogey at the par-four 14th, but he managed another birdie at the last.

Blair and Murray fired eight-under 64s at La Quinta and the Stadium Course at PGA West respectively.

Hank Lebioda (65 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West) and Scottie Scheffler (65 at La Quinta) are alongside Fowler in a tie for third.

It is a hugely congested leaderboard, with Andrew Landry, Tyler Duncan, Adam Schenk, Tom Hoge, Russell Knox, Roger Sloan, Chase Seiffert and Cameron Davis at six under.

Davis, the 24-year-old Australian, is coming off a top-10 finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Adam Long, last year's winner when the event was called the Desert Classic, is tied for 49th at three under.

Tony Finau also opened with a 69, while Phil Mickelson is a shot further back in a tie for 74th.

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