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Friday, June 15th, 2018

NOTABLE QUOTES: GOLF CENTRAL LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN – FRIDAY PRIMETIME – DUSTIN JOHNSON LEADS AT 4-UNDER

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Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open

Round 2, Friday, June 15

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Southampton (Long Island), N.Y.

 

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U.S Open Leaders After Round 2

Dustin Johnson           -4

Charley Hoffman        Even

Scott Piercy                 Even

Tommy Fleetwood      +1

Brooks Koepka           +1

Ian Poulter                  +1

Justin Rose                  +1

Henrik Stenson           +1

Rickie Fowler              +2

Russell Henley            +2

 

On Dustin Johnson, leader at 4-under par (3-under 67 on Friday)

Frank Nobilo – “It looks like that every step that Dustin takes, not only does he get one step closer to his goal, he gets one step further away from the pack.”

Brandel Chamblee – “He has been brilliant around and on the greens.”

Chamblee – “There is a serenity to watching him walk around the golf course.”

Chamblee – “There is a wisdom to him in that he knows what is important to know. He knows what is less important to know and he knows what is completely unnecessary to know. He doesn’t let it get complicated on the golf course.”

Nobilo – “He is like the Samurai sword. Every time it gets beaten, it comes back better and more refined.”

Rich Lerner – “Tiger Woods, at least for the moment. Just doesn’t have it. Dustin Johnson does. All of the elements of dominant golf that defined Tiger a decade ago. Drives launch out of a cannon, with the touch of a five-star French chef. Head master in the school of cool. That’s Dustin Johnson.”

Chamblee – “If he were eating his lunch and his house caught on fire, he would finish his sandwich before he walked outside. Nothing rattles him.”

Lerner – “Dustin Johnson is like Blake Griffin, capable of spectacular dunks, and has added Steph Curry’s ability from 3-point range. He has the touch.”

Lerner – “Since start of last week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic, he has been dominant with a capital D.”

 

On Charley Hoffman, T2 at Even-par (1-under 69 on Friday)

Chamblee – “He has flirted with major championship success and he is right back in that position again.”

Nobilo – “Charley plays his own golf. This golf course, with no wind over the next couple of days, if he were to drive the ball really well and worry about himself and no one else, he might just steal himself a major championship.”

 

On Ian Poulter, T4 at 1-over par (2-over 72 on Friday)

Nobilo – “Just when you think he is on the canvas, up he comes.”

 

On Justin Rose, T4 at 1-over par (Even par 70 on Friday)

Nobilo – “The biggest difference with Justin Rose over the last 12 months is the short stick.”

Chamblee – “That is the final piece of the puzzle for Rose. The putter always has been missing with him. Last year, compared to this year, he is making more birdie putts and by far making more par saves. He is saving shots like never before.”

 

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