Dustin Johnson surges to four-shot lead at US Open

Rory Mc Ilroy ahead of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Even so, there's plenty of reminders of how it can all go wrong - some of them from Johnson's own experiences, majority from the final few hours Friday afternoon in flawless weather from those trying to catch him.

Poulter made his US Open debut at Shinnecock in 2004 missing the cut, but he shed some light on what's needed to survive US Open conditions.

"Definitely, my short game has been pretty good so far this week, so the harder it gets the more greens guys are going to miss and I feel that's an advantage to me", Leishman said.

"Unfortunately, it's just what I've done the last few events; I just haven't putted well", he said. Piercy's day was not without regrets, especially when he three-putted from 4 feet for bogey on the par-5 16th. With 36 holes to play, he wasn't overly concerned about tracking down the No. 1 player in the world.

So when the World No.6 said on Wednesday he was going to take irons off the tee and lay up a bit more, the sceptics began to write.

The five-times major champion Mickelson had a meltdown after his short putt missed the hole and kept trickling, and trickling, down the hill.

Former US Open champion Johnson fired a brilliant 67 to climb to 4-under and he will take a four-shot cushion over Scott Piercy (71) and Charley Hoffman (69) into day three in NY. "I've had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments". That was also his last U.S. Open as he missed all of the major championships in 2016 and 2017 because of back issues.

By hitting a moving ball, he breached rule 14-5, and was thus given a two-stroke penalty, taking a 10 on the hole.

Shinnecock Hills claimed victory with swirling winds, hard-to-reach pin placements and rainy weather on Friday morning that made low scores during that time almost impossible. "Because if you don't hit the fairway, you're not getting to the green".

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If Kim makes such a change, he said, " President Trump is prepared to assure that there's going to be a successful transition". Upon his arrival, President Trump first met with the Prime Minister of Singapore , who is hosting the summit.

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Kim called the sit-down a "good prelude for peace" and Trump pledged that "working together we will get it taken care of". The dollar was at a three-week high and the MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares was largely unchanged from Monday.

"I didn't enjoy it at all, I have to say", he recalled of his first visit.

Woods did play the next 10 holes in even par - with one birdie and one bogey. They were at 141, along with Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, each with a 70, and Poulter. The sun was out, and there was just enough wind in the Hamptons for Shinnecock Hills to remain the tough test it has been over the opening two days. I don't seem to get that nervous too much, that's always a plus.

For all Dustin Johnson's power and athleticism, Wayne Gretzky believes one of his greatest assets is his attitude.

For what it's worth, though, Johnson said all the right things after that victory.

Harold Varner, playing in his second major, finished the tournament at plus-14.

Dustin Johnson (left) punctuates a birdie on No. 7.

Whether it was the pressure of trying to complete the career grand slam or the pressure of Shinnecock's fast and undulating greens, Phil Mickelson went and lost his mind.

The first hole is no cupcake - none of them are here - but it's hardly impregnable, either.

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