Thursday, June 14th, 2018


Golf Channel Notable Quotes

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Round 1, Thursday, June 14

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Southampton (Long Island), N.Y.


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U.S Open Leaders After Round 1

Russell Henley            -1

Dustin Johnson           -1

Scott Piercy                 -1

Ian Poulter                  -1

Jason Dufner               Even


On Thursday’s Round One at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

Rich Lerner – “Ladies and gentlemen, the U.S. Open is back in all its gory glory. Nasty, windy, cranky, scary and very hairy.”

Lerner – “If the wind blows here, spirits are broken, not par.”

Frank Nobilo – “With today’s forecast, it doesn’t matter where you stuck the flags today. It was always going to be difficult. With the course’s added length, it was the U.S. Open on steroids.”

Brandel Chamblee – “These greens repel shots unlike any other place. When you throw in the wind, they become harder to hit than a Mariano Rivera cut fastball.”

Nobilo – “This was always going to be a tough day. Today was a day where players might just slip and trip, but they just fell and stumbled. It really was the return of the U.S. Open.”


On Dustin Johnson, Co-Leader at 1-under par

Lerner – “Dustin Johnson has been showing us that he is the total package, that his game is really well-rounded.”

Nobilo – He is quietly becoming even more professional. He is becoming like a good craftsman. If there is a sharper knife or a better hammer, then you simply use it. That is the attention to detail we often mistake with Dustin Johnson.”

Chamblee – Little by little he has made himself a better driver.

Lerner – “He was the odds makers favorite. He was the man to beat coming into this championship. After one round, though he is tied, he is still the man to beat.”


On Ian Poulter, Co-Leader at 1-under par

Lerner – “He has been outstanding of late around the world.”

Chamblee – “He does some amazing things, but what he really does you cannot sum up with statistics. He just finds a big moment, buries himself in it and drives you nuts.”


On Scott Piercy, Co-Leader at 1-under par

Nobilo – “He is an underrated player. Always has been. He can go low, and we might see that from Piercy this week.”


On Tiger Woods, 101st at 8-over par

Nobilo – “He always has that mindset to look forward. He still has got that. Listening to him and seeing this golf course, today was like an examination of where he is in his comeback. He doesn’t quite have all of the things that made him special yet. This is why Dustin Johnson got on top of the leaderboard. This is what Tiger Woods did.”


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