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Trent Phillips and Skylar Thompson Cruise to Victory in Dustin Johnson World Junior

Trent Phillips and Skylar Thompson each led wire-to-wire en route to winning the second annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach.

Trent Phillips and Skylar Thompson won the DJ World Junior(Complete Leaderboard: Boys, Girls)

Phillips entered the final round with a one-stroke lead and left little doubt about who the best player in the boys field was this weekend, besting second place finisher Teddy Tetak by six strokes. Phillips birdied the par 4 second hole and was never seriously challenged.

After playing the front nine in even par, he birdied the 11th, 12th and 14th holes, making the event’s final holes a coronation for the University of Georgia verbal commitment. Phillips shot a one-under 71 Sunday and finished the event at 5-under.

Thompson, a South Carolina commitment, never relinquished her third round lead as her two closest competitors heading into the final round – Canada’s Emily Zhu and Natalie Petersen of Holly Springs, N.C. – struggled. Thompson earned an 8-shot win over Smith Knaffle, the Murrells Inlet resident whose round of 4-over 76 was the second best of the day on the girls side.

Thompson shot 77 in the final round but closed with flourish, playing the back nine in one-under par to insure a comfortable margin of victory.

The event’s 104-player field, which included boys and girls divisions, was comprised of the game’s next generation of stars. Players from 19 states and five countries are participating in the 54-hole tournament.

Newly minted World No. 1 Dustin Johnson was on hand to welcome players to his event and the hit Golf Channel show Morning Drive is broadcast live from the tournament all weekend. Charlie Rymer and Chantel McCabe anchored the network’s coverage.

Eight of the top 10 junior boys and 11 of the top 12 junior girls in South Carolina played in the tournament. Twenty participants have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate golf this fall.

With the support of Johnson, who secured the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings with his win at Riviera Country Club on Sunday, the tournament will provide participants a PGA Tour-like experience, and the chance to challenge themselves against their peers from others parts of America and the world.

The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship is being sponsored by Founders Group International, the Dustin Johnson Golf School, and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.

PHILLIPS, THOMPSON LEAD DUSTIN JOHNSON WORLD JUNIOR HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND

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Skylar Thompson

Trent Phillips of Inman, S.C., and Skylar Thompson of Buford, Ga., will take leads into the final round of the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship after a sunny but breezy second round produced plenty of drama.

Skylar Thompson leads the girls division of the Dustin Johnson World Junior​ (Complete Leaderboard: Boys, Girls)

Phillips rode the proverbial roller coaster throughout the day, offsetting two birdies and an eagle with three bogeys and a double en route to shooting 73. Phillips made birdie on the par 5 18th hole, pushing him to 4-under for the tournament and giving him a one-stroke lead over Teddy Tetak, whose play highlighted the day.

Tetak began play four shots back of Phillips but made a pair of eagles, including one on No. 18 that allowed him to card a 70, a total that equaled Greenville’s Levi Moody for low round of the day.

On the girls side, Skylar Thompson entered the day tied for the lead and overcame a double bogey on the opening hole to build a two-shot lead after 36 holes. Thompson shot a 74 Saturday, highlighted by a torrid stretch on the front nine that saw her birdie three of four holes. Thompson is even par for the tournament.

Canada’s Emily Zhu, who shot a one-over 73, is Thompson’s closest pursuer, two strokes back heading into Sunday’s final round.

The event’s 104-player field, which includes boys and girls divisions, is comprised of the game’s next generation of stars. Players from 19 states and five countries are participating in the 54-hole tournament.

Play will conclude with Sunday’s third round.

Trent Phillips and Skylar Thompson Lead Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship After Round 1

Trent Phillips of Inman, S.C., shot a 31 on the back nine en route to a 5-under par 67 at TPC Myrtle Beach to take the first round lead in the boys division at Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship Friday.

Trent Phillips shot a 67 to take the round 1 lead at the Dustin Johnson World JuniorSkylar Thompson of Buford, Ga., and Natalie Petersen of Holly Springs, N.C., shot matching 2-under par 70s to take a three-stroke lead in the girls division.

(Complete Leaderboard: Boys, Girls)

Phillips started the day slowly, making bogey on the third and fourth holes, but quickly caught fire. He played the final 12 holes in seven-under, highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 14th. Phillips’ birdie on the 18th gave him a two-shot lead over Aman Gupta of Concord, N.C.

The event’s 104-player field, which includes boys and girls divisions, is comprised of the game’s next generation of stars. Players from 19 states and five countries are participating in the 54-hole tournament.

Play will conclude with Sunday’s third round.

Newly minted World No. 1 Dustin Johnson was on hand to welcome players to his event and the hit Golf Channel show Morning Drive is broadcasting live from the tournament all weekend. Charlie Rymer and Chantel McCabe are anchoring the network’s coverage.

Eight of the top 10 junior boys and 11 of the top 12 junior girls in South Carolina are playing in the tournament. Twenty participants have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate golf this fall.

With the support of Johnson, who secured the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings with his win at Riviera Country Club on Sunday, the tournament will provide participants a PGA Tour-like experience, and the chance to challenge themselves against their peers from others parts of America and the world.

The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship is being sponsored by Founders Group International, the Dustin Johnson Golf School, and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.

Johnson’s involvement with the tournament reflects his long-time commitment to junior golf, particularly in South Carolina, where he grew into one of the world’s best players. Through the Dustin Johnson Foundation, which is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, Johnson has donated more than $250,000 to junior golf, sponsoring numerous events throughout the state and helping cover entry costs for kids who need financial assistance.

DUSTIN JOHNSON WELCOMES PLAYERS TO HIS WORLD JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

Dustin_Johnson_World_Junior2Eighty-degree weather with nary a cloud in the sky? Check. Golf Channel broadcasting live? Check. The No. 1 ranked player in the world in attendance? Check.

Dustin Johnson welcomed players to the World JuniorThe opening round of the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship got underway on an idyllic Friday morning at TPC Myrtle Beach, highlighted by the presence of Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 ranked player in the world and tournament host.

DJ made a surprise appearance at the Thursday night banquet, bringing the U.S. Open Trophy along with him and taking pictures with every player.

The reigning U.S. Open champion was back home on the range at TPC Myrtle Beach Friday morning, appearing on the popular Golf Channel show Morning Drive alongside Charlie Rymer and Chantel McCabe.

Morning Drive will be on-site all weekend, covering one of junior golf’s fastest rising events.

DUSTIN JOHNSON TAKES OVER NO. 1 SPOT IN WORLD GOLF RANKINGS

Dustin Johnson, who lists Myrtle Beach as his hometown, has grown into one of golf’s brightest stars during his decade on the PGA Tour, and he can now – officially – lay claim to being the best player in the world.

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Dustin Johnson poses with the trophy during the final round at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 19, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA – FEBRUARY 19: Dustin Johnson poses with the trophy during the final round at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 19, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson, who calls Myrtle Beach home, is the No. 1 player in the world Johnson dominated at famed Riviera Country Club over the weekend, cruising to a 5-stroke victory at the Genesis Open. The win, his 13th on Tour, vaulted Johnson to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings, making him just the 20th player to do so.

While history will record this as the week DJ took over golf’s top spot, the reality is he has been the best player in the world for much of the last year.

Since winning the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, Johnson has been dominant, winning four times, all against extremely strong fields. In his last 17 starts, DJ has 14 top 10 finishes, a run that is, dare we say, Tiger-esque.

Johnson, who starred for the Coastal Carolina University golf team, continues to maintain close ties with the Myrtle Beach area. His namesake foundation and the Dustin Johnson Golf School are based here, and the second annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship will be played this weekend at TPC Myrtle Beach.

While DJ, who just announced he and fiancée Paulina Gretzky are expecting their second child, continues to build on what looks like a Hall of Fame career, he has maintained his strong ties to the Myrtle Beach golf scene.

Drew Viney and Wint Phoo Aung take Medalist Honors at Qualifier

Drew Viney (right) fired a -1, 71 to take medalist, while Zachary Reuland (left) shot even par 72 for 2nd place and earning a spot in full field.

Drew Viney of Pinehurst, N.C., and Wint Phoo Aung of Bluffton, S.C., won the boys and girls qualifiers for the second annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship Saturday at Myrtle Beach National’s SouthCreek course. (Full Leaderboard)

By virtue of their wins, both Viney and Aung earned a spot in the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, which will be played February 24-26, 2017 at TPC Myrtle Beach. Zachery Reuland of Rock Hill, S.C., shot an even par 72, one-stroke back of Viney, to earn a spot in the boys field as well.

Viney, who started his round on the 10th hole, shot a one-under par 71 that was highlighted by an eagle on SouthCreek’s 16th.

Reuland closed a round that featured dramatic swings with a flourish. The freshman birdied his first two holes of the day but proceeded to bogey six of seven holes during the middle of the round. He rallied to birdie three holes in a row on the back nine to secure second place.

Aung shot a four-over 76, good for a two-stroke win over Bailey Davis of White Plains, Md.

Fifty-six players from six states, Canada and Spain competed in the qualifier.

The Inaugural Dustin Johnson World Junior

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