Jun
15
2016
Tuesday at 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont: Winning score speculation and walk & talk
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

[Ed. note: OK, I’m seriously I’ve been procrastinating so much lately. I don’t know what’s gotten into me. I’ve never procrastinated like this EVER. No joke. Well, I apologize for the rambling. And I haven’t actually gotten to the good stuff yet, but shouldn’t take me along after my nap. I can’t keep my eyes open. And I should probably not publish this, but you know how I like to live life on the edge! I need to edit out most of the rambling. I should just do it now. ]

Man, don’t you kind of wonder what Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler were talking about in the above picture during their practice round Tuesday? I’m sure it wasn’t anything too riveting — and hopefully it was something other than golf, but I don’t know, obviously.

What I hope is happening is that Rickie is convincing Rory to join SnapChat. I mean, Rickie has put on his A-game snapping this week. Only three Tour pros that I know of at least have been active per usual on the best social media app (at least in my experience so far) to give fans an inside look at Oakmont this week. I mean, do I even have to tell you who they are? Rickie, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman.

Guess who else gets to SnapChat for a change (and if only one week out of the year for now)? Yep, the media! Holy crap, it’s been so crazy, exciting and unexpected that I’ve felt compeltely rejuvenated from the sort of not-as-enthusiastic as I used to be and just feeling like I can’t get out of this rut (and to be honest, needing a new challenge or something).

By that, I mean instead of feeling like I have to go to write the same boring story about how Rory McIlroy would really like a U.S. Open win at Oakmont because it would make him feel like a more complete player, etc.  — which don’t get me wrong, I’m going to show you the exact quote because it is indeed a good one.

“I’d be very proud if I won on a golf course like this,” said Rory McIlroy. “As you said, the majors that I have won have been soft and under par and more suits my style of game. But to be able to win on a course like this with the conditions the way they are, it would probably be my, I don’t know, maybe my biggest accomplishment in the game. But definitely would make me feel like a more complete player, I guess.

“I think with experience, you learn what a good score is on that particular day or, if you’re not playing so well, how to just grind it out and make pars and try to get it in the clubhouse at a respectable score. And I feel like just over the years I’ve learned how to do that
a little bit better. That just comes with playing tournaments and being experienced and knowing what the conditions are like.

“But I definitely feel like I’m a more disciplined and more experienced player than I was a couple years ago. I can see nothing but a benefit of that this week.”


But the point is, I’ve felt like I haven’t had any other options lately than write the same story that 80 guys are also writing for their outlets and why would you got to my site for that crap? You probably wouldn’t. OK, sure if I feel like getting creative and also adding my opinion/twist, that’s great, but really, that’s not always going to happen. I used to manage to do it all somehow — I mean the big stories and the more interesting stuff you don’t get to read elsewhere, but I also had interns in the past and I was younger with more energy and no life.

Instead, I wanted to attend Rory and Jason Day’s pressers because I was interested in what they had to say. As I said, I”m obviously going to pull some quotes that stand out, but I don’t have to sit there and write some lazy BS story that isn’t that interesting. I mean, I’m still just so excited about these new regulations. I know, I know, this is going to get old if I write about this every day, but it’s a BIG deal.


I’m not surprised the USGA was the first to implement these gutsy and pleasantly surprising regulations, because, well, I’ve always found the USGA to be the most welcoming of all the big golf organizations (after all, they were the first to credential me in 2010 under my site and said it definitely qualified under their credential policy, etc.), and I’ve never been made to feel like a fourth-class citizen.

I actually was thinking about this yesterday, and I tried to remember if I had ever had issues with the four organizations (Augusta National — you can’t do anything and we know that, so yeah, hard to get in trouble because it’s clear: DO NOT BRING YOUR PHONE EVEN OUTSIDE OF THE MEDIA CENTER. IT CAN’T EVEN BE IN YOUR POCKET; OTHERWISE YOU MIGHT END UP IN A CELL-PHONE HOLDING CELL. I wish I were kidding.); USGA, R&A and PGA of America (just to remind people who are confused by this sometimes, it’s a completely different organization than the PGA Tour) that hold the majors.

I thought hard and I still couldn’t even come up with an instance where I had been warned for breaking a regulation or doing something silly as take a picture and post it on Twitter during s practice round! Maybe I have, but I honestly am wracking my brain.

But that’s not the point, now at every tourney I show up to that isn’t a regular PGA Tour event, I ask for clarification on the regulations because I’d rather cover my ass than do something I’m not supposed to — and it is actually really freaking annoying that people just seem to assume that I enjoy openly defying the rules with no regard! Well, hmmm, weird I’ve never been reprimanded at any of the majors. Sure, I push the envelope at times, but I don’t think rules simply don’t apply to me by any means.

These other major golf organizations might feel pressured to follow suit or else they’ll be seen as completely “out of touch” and other not so flattering descriptions that go hand-in-hand with golf. Right now people who cover other sports are wondering WTF , why is this such a big deal? We dealt wth this years ago, whatever! We like all the coverage we can get! And I mean, that’s like the NBA even. Golf needed to lose that stuffy, uptight image, like five years ago. Wait, no, that would be too soon because then they would have kept up with other mainstream sports.


For the record, I keep having to tell every media person (well, not the younger ones who have used these apps) I’m Snapping because, naturally, every single efffing person asks me if I’ve been Periscoping all day! Well, that shows me they don’t really know anything about Periscope, but yeah, there aren’t that many of us in the media center who are social-media savvy. I just say, no, I’ve barely used Periscope–it’s not good unless there’s interaction, etc. and walking down the range showing viewers guys hitting balls just isn’t interesting. It is if a player will interact and do what Ernie Els did when I ran into him at Wentworth last year and he got really into it. It was great! He enjoyed it, viewers enjoyed it. Everybody won!

Then I’ve been hearing a lot cracks about SnapChat with people saying, “I’m too old” for that or just making fun of it. It’s obvious they have no idea how it works. Yeah,  I used to think I was too old for it, too. But then I heard it wasn’t being used the way it had been when it first launched, and I just tried it out and I love it. People really do enjoy SnapChat, too. Golf Digest gets ridiculous number of views. I can’t even imagine how many Rickie Fowler gets. I’m only starting out, so I’m only around 600 views, which is measly, but gotta start somewhere. And you guys are NOT too old. If you download it and try it out or at least actively spectate the stuff Rickie is showing, you’ll get the hype.

I didn’t get all the rage in early December 2015 and just shrugged it off, like all these guys, but once I actually put effort into using it and found more people to follow, I realized how fun it was. Besides, I know you all love pictures and short videos, so that’s why it’s surpassed Twitter in number of users. It’s also non-intrusive and you can just quickly stop looking at someone’s snaps with a simple swipe and tap make it fast forward to the next snap if something doesn’t look appealing to you. Whatever, it’s easy and cool and awesome for storytelling.

OK, sorry, I need to stop talking about these effing regulations because I’m finding myself annoying, too! And I need to start writing about the stuff I spent all afternoon gathering. Oh, it was difficult! No, but I wish I would’ve come across a player who I feel like would’ve been game for something for a few minutes, but hasn’t happened yet. Wednesday!

(My bad, it’s late and I am now delirious. Dammit.)


 

Oh, so this just goes to show how people don’t read pertinent info sent to them in their emails. Because I feel like I’ve basically been going around being so pumped about the new media regs and no one else knows. Because they don’t have to be ultra-paranoid like me and we clearly don’t read pertinent emails. I came across this gem in to the media info email we received form the USGA SIX days ago!

Media mobile device policy

Accredited members of the media at the U.S. Open may use mobile devices while on the course or in the media center. The following regulations will apply:

Phone calls allowed away from play only or in Phone Zones
Phone must be in Silent mode, NOT vibrate
No photography while near play (except as noted below)
On non-competition days, photography and live video streaming are allowed on the property, including the golf course, except:
No video streaming inside the ropes
No video streaming outside the ropes if doing so might distract or disturb a player
On competition days (including any playoff), photography and live video streaming are allowed on the property, but not on the golf course.
From June 13-19, plus any playoff day(s), video streaming of interviews from interview room or flash area is not allowed.
Social media reporting is allowed, except no play-by-play or activity that competes with live scoring or other USGA intellectual property is allowed.
Texting and emailing are allowed for coverage/business needs in areas where players are not disrupted
Designated USGA monitors will be on grounds and we ask that you comply with their requests immediately
Violation of the above policy may result in loss of privileges.


 

OK, I swear that is the LAST time I utter a word about the damn media regulations. I’m  actually now sick of talking about it. OMG, how did I just waste two hours basically writing about nothing. Sorry, I’m just delirious, please bear with me.

I do have some interesting tidbits I collected Tuesday afternoon, like what some “big-name” caddies think the winning score will be (go to Wednesday’s post), which aspects of game will be most vital to doing well, some favorites. Oh also, guys, I hate to break it to you, but I wouldn’t bet on Brooks Koepka. I feel like many of you have tweeted  at me that you guys like him as your dork horse. Sorry, I’ll explain below.

First, the weird collection of Snaps from Tuesday, but there are some good ones, too. It was just a weird day. Whatever, I need to stop writing and rambling and sleep a few hours, so I can finish this properly. I’m so sorry and embarrassed for not shutting the F up about media regulations. Like, WTF. I’ll start posting about the actually interesting stuff as soon as I can!


Like I said before, this is why I haven’t been Periscoping much — just twice. But everyone thinks that is the only app that does video or something! Sorry, it’s just kind of funny. Oh, by the way, I’m going to go nuts and check out Facebook Live for the FIRST TIME EVER. So exciting. Oh, if you want to watch, please go like my Facebook page.

OK, I’m not sure the Periscope I did on the fly with Luke Kerr-Dineen walking around Oakmont and you know occasionally showing the rough and the bunkers, etc. was very interesting. However, I do think Luke and I had a great conversation that might have been fun to hear?Like in a podcast, but since I Haven’t taken the 10 minutes to figure out how to start a podcast yet, I’m going to do Peri-casts! Taking requests on people you would like to hear from — not players, though. I”m going to try to get a few today, but I don’t need suggestions for guys because it has to be the right time, someone I’m comfortable with, etc.

I’m actually kind of worried what we said and I’m afraid of listening. Luke and I might be the most opinionated non-middle-aged golf writers out here. We both basically call it like we see it. The only thing missing this week is Shane Ryan, dammit!

Man, I loved when Luke got into the golf media a few years ago because suddenly, he became the most detested millennial because he would just randomly tell off the “dinosaurs” and then, one dinosaur was basically complaining to ME (!!!) about the whole “incident.” Sorry, I am laughing out loud because, yeah, basically, it’s been nice to have more young people in the interview room. (Now we just need more WOMEN!) And crap, bearing the weight of all the hate was tiring for years! Now I’m glad there are more of us to spread the uhhh ageism around!


 

One big thing: Obviously being able to use all this social media is actually kinda novel to me. I mean, I quickly figured out how Periscope works best last year. Basic rule: Interaction is key. Like when I ran into Ernie Els on the range last year at Wentworth and he thought the app was so cool and got into it. It was just great timing! Or Robert Rock talking strategy on every hole and just answering your questions at Royal County Down for the Irish Open — which was so beautiful and amazing in general, so I think people enjoyed it — and also the Scottish Open at Gullane.

But majors are different. Guys are more focused and intense and I never want to disturb them or be annoying. At a regularEuropean Tour event like the ones I did last year, the players are so chill and will initiate conversation and welcome you to Periscope their entire practice round. It’s very weird because it just doesn’t happen like that on the PGA Tour.

instead of getting up close shots of guys teeing off (from right behind the rope) and some great banter between two of — or only? I don’t know, not more than 5 really, though — the most fun/funny Tour pros. Today is the day!

But what I want to know is what you guys want to see more of? Which platforms seem to work the best, etc?


 

Jason Day pretty much always gives great pressers. He just says it ias it and isn’t afraid to just say what he’s thinking without saying anything offnesive or whatever. Basically, he’s genuine (and wow, we are so lucky that the Big Three are all good, interesting interviews and great guys),

Despite Day’s headline-making “cold,” he didn’t have his A-game for his presser on Tuesday at Oakmont, he had his A-plus game.

Highlights:

Q. Jason, I saw a full-on headline that you’re battling a cold. I guess we should ask how you’re doing. When you think back about Chambers and the physical issue you had that day, was that a total nightmare?

JASON DAY: Yeah. Chambers was — you can’t control vertigo and stuff like that. With people that have vertigo, they kind of understand what I kind of went through. But battling a — I mean, this shouldn’t be a news and noteworthy that I’m battling a cold. I’m at the back end of a cold. You can probably hear it in my voice, but I’m fine. I’m going to do fine. It’s not an excuse. I’m going to be ready for the start Thursday.

“It’s just that things happen. I was just going to say that I’ve never been more stressed in my life than right now. It’s just because being No. 1 in the world, having a lot of expectations on you, having to practice so hard to keep that No. 1 spot, trying to win as many tournaments as I can puts a lot of stress and pressure on your shoulders. Sometimes your immune system gets a little heated, and you’re more susceptible to getting some illnesses that way. It doesn’t help that my father-in-law was sick during the Memorial, so that kind of passed it along to me.

“So it is what it is. People ask me how I feel, I usually tell them how I feel, and that’s just me being honest. I’m not trying to make any excuses this week. I just want to know that I was battling something. And usually, I tell people how I prepare. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to prepare Saturday, Sunday, but I feel pretty rested, which is a good thing for me.

“I think I’m going to need that rest this week with how tough the golf course is. So I’ll be ready come Thursday.”

Thank you, Jason! My work hubby Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune asked that question and he did it well. It’s an art. On Monday night we were at dinner and Teddy just starts telling me about this ridiculous “story.” And how it’s apparently news that Jason Day has a cold. We laughed, it was ridiculous.

Well, Jason’s answer to the question was spot on. You could hear he was congested, but it’s not worth an actual headline and post, unless there’s some absurdly interesting or bizarre story behind it. Now, on the other hand, having vertigo and collapsing on the golf course in the middle of the US Open? Yes that’s news! That could even warrant TWO posts. Anyway, whatever, it was just funny and Day is unintentionally hilarious a lot.

Q. You just touched on it there, how you like the tough stuff, everyone sort of whining and winging about how tough it is, the rough, et cetera. Does that play into your hands?
JASON DAY: I’ve always said it ever since I started playing major golf, is that you have to come in to Major Championships and your attitude has to be on point. You have to have a good attitude regardless of what situation is.

I mean, you saw it last year at Chambers Bay with a lot of the professionals complaining about the greens. That just doesn’t help. This year, we got tough rough. The greens are tough. Practically the whole course is tough. You just got to go with it and try and play your best and hope for the best sometimes attitude is huge. I think when you’re in stressful situations like you are at U.S. Opens, where this is usually the toughest course we play every single year, you have to come in with a positive attitude regardless of what the outcome is.

If you miss a cut, it sucks, but you’ve got to come with — if you’re going to have a bad attitude, you may as well not even tee it up that week because you probably won’t play good anyways. That’s just one less person you have to worry about at the end of the week.

Exactly. I mean, I’m sure we could eliminate half the field by Thursday morning. Basically, the U.S. Open is one massive ingenuous mind-f**k. It’s actually brilliant. Things are always juuuust on the edge (with exceptions of course) to make these Tour pros go nuts for a week. And it’s shows who has the mental fortitude to overcome all the things guys bitch about and the guy who keeps the most positive attitude instead of bitching about how this pin was so ridiculous or just complaining about the USGA in general usually will be someone who prevails. Sorry, I’m having trouble keeping my eyes open. But the mental aspect is so much more important than any other week.

So I guess all those guys who WD’d from the sectional qualifier in Columbus before it started just knew they had no chance. But you don’t know what will happen until you give yourself a chance, to basically quote Jason Allred, who always has just such a good,story and he’s so nice that you just want him to do well.

Q. Good morning, Jason. Is there such a thing as a few holes or stretch of holes that are gettable here? And the converse, what might be the stretch of holes that are maybe the most difficult or where you have to be the most careful?
JASON DAY: The two starting holes, 1 and 10, are difficult. Then you have 3 is difficult. 9 is very difficult. And then I believe, what is it, 15, the long par 4 down the — 500-yard par 4. Those are the kind of ones you kind of have to watch.

It’s just really tough because you can’t hit a bunker here. It’s hard to say that, but you can get lucky if it just trickles in the front edge of the bunker and you can get out, but if you hit it with any sort of speed going into a bunker, it’s going up the lip, and there’s just no chance of getting to the hole.

So it’s like 15, for example, I might hit a 2 iron off there and not hit a driver just because, if I miss it left in the Church Pews, I’m going to have to lay up if I get unlucky, or if I get upper left of one of the Church Pews, if I hit it right, I’m bringing in that bunker, and then I have to lay up. If I go over it, then I’m bringing in that hazard.I may as well hit a 2 iron down the center and hit a 4 iron somewhere up around the greens rather than hitting a driver and then having to lay up to the best I can and having a pitching wedge or 9 iron in there trying to save par. I’d much rather be around the greens and try to give myself the best opportunity.

I think you can lay back here at this golf course. You can try and overpower it. There are some holes out there that you can hit driver and go after, but the rough is so thick, it’s just a premium on hitting fairways this week.I think if you can dial it back a little bit, give yourself opportunities on the fairways, you’re definitely at an advantage hitting a 7 iron rather than a wedge out of the rough this week. We always say each and every week, it’s a bomber’s course. For the most part, it’s a bomber’s game, our generation. It’s not like that this week.

I played last Friday, and there was this shot that I hit ten feet out of the rough. You just cannot hit it in the rough in certain places, and I don’t want to do that. So I’m going to try and do my best to hit the fairways and try and get it on the green the best I can.

I don’t know if I knew this:

Q. Jason, Jordan Spieth came agonizingly close to winning his second Masters title earlier this year. Golf can be unforgiving at times. What moment in your career had you down the most, and how did you recover from it?
JASON DAY: People always joke that I wasn’t really going to quit, but I was going to quit before my first Major Championship at Augusta. I was done with golf. I didn’t like it. I was okay with that.

Probably right before then, 2011, I just didn’t feel good on the golf course. And no matter how much talent you have or how nice of a bloke you are, if you’re not enjoying your job, you don’t want to do it regardless, and it doesn’t matter what people say if you’re going to quit or not. It’s totally up to the person, how they felt.

That time, where I was struggling on the golf course, and more mentally, I really felt like I was going to walk away from the game. And that’s probably the hardest time I’ve ever had to be on the golf course was right around that time. Kind of after that, I just slowly got on my feet. Obviously, finishing second that year at Augusta definitely helped getting me back on my feet.

It’s tough. Golf is a very hard game. You’re out there, you’re an individual out there, and you’re kind of by yourself hitting. It’s not a reaction sport. You’re out there, and if you’re in the lead or if you’re not playing well, no one’s going to be there. No teammate is going to be there to pick you up when you’re playing bad and helping you along the way. It’s all you.

It’s a very mental game. You can get very fragile at times. When you’re fragile, anything can set you off, and unfortunately, it’s a game where those are the times where you kind of have to push through. If you can push through those times, hard times, come out better on the other side, you’ll most likely succeed from there.

Man, he’s gotten so good at his pressers! Yeah, so once upon a time, it was pretty painful watching Jason on Sundays basically as he was saying gag away golf tournaments. I just remember every time he was leading on Sunday, you could see him start pressing and then implode. It was not fun, but he’s obviously gotten over it and learned from those experiences and now he can’t stop winning.

Q. Jason, Dustin Johnson obviously had a bad go at Chambers at the end of the tournament last year, and he’s had a few of those, and he has not crossed over the line with a Major. Can you talk a little bit about how difficult that is when you have setbacks like that? Along the lines of what you’ve just been talking about.
Obviously, Jordan had the issue at Augusta, but he already had a Masters in the bag and the U.S. Open, so it was maybe a little less difficult to deal with.

JASON DAY: It’s always easy from the cheap seats to say I should have hit it there. It’s so easy to say that, but it’s hard to do it when you’re under pressure and you’re trying to win a tournament. A lot of fans, a lot of people around the world just don’t realize how tough it is to win, especially trying to hit a little golf ball that size and get it in a hole 400 yards away. You know what I mean? It’s very, very difficult sometimes, and we’re trying to do it the best we can. Unfortunately, sometimes it just doesn’t work our way.

I was there when Dustin Johnson, when he three-putted at Chambers Bay. I putted out first, trying to give him the opportunity, if he holed that putt, because it was very holeable, give him the opportunity and the glory to fist pump or do whatever he wanted to if he holed that putt to win the U.S. Open.

And then he hit the putt past, and then I’m sitting there going, okay, that’s a pretty difficult putt coming back up. I didn’t realize he’d hit it that hard. He missed a putt. He went in there pretty quick. He lined up pretty quick and hit it and then unfortunately missed it.

Cheap seats, love that! OK, now time for him to analyze Jordan’s meltdown at “the Masters”:

But with what Jordan did at Augusta this year, it just goes to show that the best players in the world — we’ve gotten so used to seeing Tiger do it so easy and so effortlessly that we forget sometimes how hard it is to win a golf tournament. And Dustin, I think he’ll definitely get one. It’s just all in how you view those values.

If you think about it while you’re out there and go, the last time I was in this position, I coughed it up or I played bad, that’s the wrong attitude. Walk in with values like that and say yep, what did I do wrong last time? Maybe I three putted the last hole. This time, I’m going to try and hole it, but I’m going to try to mosey it down there some way. You’ve got to learn from it, try to get better for the next time. If you can learn, you can always improve. If you can improve, you can always win more.

So it’s just, for him, he’s just got to look at those values and say they were learning curves and hopefully, from there, he can win some.

As you may recall at Chambers last year, Day was paired with DJ and he was very classy about putting out first to get out of the way, so DJ could potentially have his moment.

Q. Jason, just to follow up on that, did you think Dustin was going to make that putt to win?
JASON DAY: Yes. (He said it without absolute conviction. Not PC, BS.)

Q. Why? And also, because it was fairly treacherous, do you think that makes it any easier? ***
JASON DAY: It obviously had some speed. I think he got a little unlucky with the ball staying there. I think it should have came back down below the hole. But how far was it, 15 feet? Something like that, right?

Q. I think it was 12.
JASON DAY: Twelve feet. So I mean, from 12 feet, even though it is down the hill, I mean, the scenery there was — the grand stands and everything, it was just set up for a finish like that. With him holing the putt. Not obviously three-putting. And, you know, I definitely thought he had — he’s a good putter. I think he’s a good putter with how long he hits the ball. He’s got a good touch. I think he’s a good putter. He wouldn’t have so many good finishes in major championships without putting good. I honestly thought he’s going to hole this putt and the crowd’s going to go nuts and this is going to be me looking from the outside going that should have been me. And obviously, it didn’t work out that way for Dustin. But I honestly felt like he should have won that event.

I think if it went to 18 holes on Monday, it would have been a very exciting match between Jordan and Dustin. I don’t know who would have won, but it would have been exciting. Obviously, in my head, I thought that he was going to hole it.

And this was another good answer. Man, I’m like just copying and pasting his entire presser because it was so good.

Q. Jason, at the PLAYERS tournament, you used the irons a lot and went away from the 3 wood. Was that by design, maybe set up for this tournament, or was it just that day? And will the driver be a big part of your game this week?
JASON DAY: No, I totally sucked at the PLAYERS Championship. I was terrible off the tee, so I decided to use a 2 iron instead of 3 wood because I really — I mean, I probably need to hit a 3 wood out here, maybe a couple times. More so, I’m going to hit irons off the tees, I think.

And driver, I can keep — I think I can only hit it maybe four times maybe during the round, four or five times. I mean, I can hit it anywhere I want, but, I mean, obviously, that wouldn’t be the greatest game plan in the world.

But I’m trying to limit that as much as possible because I think, once again, I want to hit fairways. If I can hit fairways, I give myself — doesn’t matter how far it is. If I hit the 2 iron into the green, I’m going to hit 2 iron into the green because it get me up around the green somewhere. I think if I can get myself up around the greens, hopefully my short game will be nice and sharp that I can get up and down.

I just don’t want to have to hit my driver or make a mistake off the fairway and then having to lay up, you know, 60 yards trying to get out of a bunker and just get it out and having a 9 iron or pitching wedge and trying to make par that way.

Sooner or later, it just doesn’t work out. No matter who you are as a wedge player, trying to get up and down with a wedge in your hand into these greens, probably the most difficult thing to do. With how firm and fast the greens are going to be, where the pin locations will be, it will be tough to get any sort of wedge close. So I’ve just got to try to give myself the opportunities, and hopefully that’s more irons off the tee this week.


Brooks Koepka was a popular “dark horse” pick at the U.S. Open. After all, he’d finished second at the Bryon Nelson and then T2 in Memphis last week.) Well, I’d probably advise against putting money on him. So, I was already concerned Monday when I saw him at the range bashing drivers for hours. First, he was crushing them one after the other and then later, his swing coach Claude Harmon III was present to watch and work with him. Koepka looked frustrated. Very frustrated.

It’s just not common to see a player grind that hard on Monday. The veterans will always tell you to conserve your energy because the U.S. Open is just a long, tiring week, and you don’t want to be spent by the time the actual tournament starts.

OK, so after Monday, it was like okay, maybe he just needed to work out some kinks. But THEN, he looked extremely frustrated again as he pounded more drivers on the range. It was also especially weird because Jason Day and Rory McIlroy both said they were only hitting around five drivers. So, why would Koepka be spending THAT much time trying to work out his inaccuracy with his driver (particularly under press)


Thanks again for your continued support. Again, another reminder…

The various mediums/platforms I’m using this week: SnapChat (username: stephwei — this is SO perfect for what I’m trying to achieve), Twitter, Instagram, Periscope (best way is via Twitter, but username is @StephanieWei), YouTube, Facebook — I’ve heard great things about Facebook Live and will try that out.

But please give me a Follow, Like, etc., on those aforementioned outlets — not just because I’m trying to get more followers — since I’ll be able to post and update those quicker than I do here, where I take extra time to include stuff I didn’t on social media or go more in-depth into a topic.

What would you like to see more of? What would you like to see less of? Which platforms do you like the best? What do you not see that you would like to see? Etc. Any constructive criticism is much appreciated!