I share some behind-the-scenes nuggets in the video above. I have more info and quotes on the topics I mentioned, but I’ll have to update this post with them later since I’m about to miss the last shuttle to the parking lot!
It was a productive day at East Lake, but for now, here’s a mini Q&A I did with Jordan Spieth (after
stalking running him down in the parking lot) — it’s hard to believe he just turned 20 the other month — it’s like he’s 20 going on 35.
Thanks to the fine folks of Aberdeen Asset Management and Visit Scotland, WUP is in Scotland this week covering the Scottish Open and playing some of the great courses in the area. Keep up with my Instagram, YouTube and Twitter for (more real-time) behind-the-scenes coverage of the event and my adventures.
I sound like a broken record constantly apologizing for the delay in posting recaps and reviews, but the days are packed and so are the nights (and no, I’m not just going out on the town and getting smashed), so refer my social media channels. It’s a bit of a different week for me, which is a fantastic change of pace, not to mention scenery. I decided to sacrifice my beauty sleep and catch up, so here we go!
Thanks to the fine folks of Aberdeen Asset Management and Visit Scotland, WUP is in Scotland this week covering the Scottish Open and playing some of the great courses in the area. Check out my Instagram, YouTube and Twitter for more behind-the-scenes coverage of the event and my adventures.
Hello from Inverness! Apologies for the delay on posting this, but we had a late dinner (amongst several Ryder Cup greats, no less) and I was absolutely knackered when I got back to the hotel last night.
Besides, I’m sure most of you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, in which case you’ll have seen some of the following photos and videos. For the rest, you’re in for a treat! — at least I think so. I mean, I’ve been here for just over 24 hours and I’m in love with the Scottish Highlands without even having played golf yet. It might have something to do with the gorgeous weather.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, keeping it in the fairway is premium for players this week at Merion, especially if they want to be in contention coming down the stretch on Sunday. Precision off the tee is crucial even more so than an average U.S. Open — though even if you look at the stats for recent champs, they ranked poorly in driving accuracy — because the rough isn’t graduated as it has been in the last few years.
So, if you miss the fairway even by an inch, you’re not likely going to reach the green and how far players advance the ball is going to depend on how bad their lie is in the thick, long grass (and if it rains on Thursday as the forecast predicts, then it’s going to be even tougher).
A month ago, Merion desperately needed some hot, 80-something degree days to firm up the track for U.S. Open-esque conditions, but going with the theme of the season, Mother Nature keeps spoiling the fun in the sun. The U.S. Open didn’t exactly get off to the best start on Monday.
The horn blew before 6am and play was delayed until 11am, and then it was intermittently suspended throughout the day, meaning players haven’t had the most ideal of practice rounds (if you follow any on Twitter, then you’ve gotten a pretty accurate glimpse of the morbidity of things).
With darkness closing in during the last minutes of daylight at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Columbus, PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie stood over a five-footer for birdie on the third playoff hole — more important, a putt to clinch his place in his first major next week at Merion. And, in it went.
In a playoff that started with eleven other Tour pros who shot eight-under gunning for the seven remaining spots, Guthrie secured the 15th and final one on the third extra hole, the par-4 10th at The Lakes Golf & Country Club.
Everybody’s talking about the damaged greens at the usually pristine Quail Hollow Club. It’s only Wednesday and the state of the greens is the most popular topic of the tournament. Just walk out to the putting green — quite a few of the players will tell you that it’s the best one on the course. They’re half-joking, but there’s some truth to it. Which is a shame for the well-run tournament that’s a favorite among players, caddies and the media.
After the thunderstorms finally passed on Wednesday afternoon at Kiawah Island, players scrambled to practice — it’s been difficult because of the multiple weather delays Monday-Wednesday.
I walked the back nine with K.J. Choi, Charlie Wi and Aaron Baddeley (appreciate it, guys!)the best way to get to know a course. I took pictures of all the holes from the tees. I’ve done my best to upload as many as I can in the gallery below, but I’ll put the rest on Flickr and/or Facebook.
I also took a few videos, too. Here’s one of Aaron Baddeley showing Charlie Wi how to hit a wedge out of the deep rough…watch and learn, folks.
Even though I’m not finished sharing my thoughts and unloading all the tidbits from my notebook, I’m recovering from a major Open hangover, not to mention those voices chirping in my ear via talkback for about 12 hours a day. Huh? Yeah, I have a new appreciation of TV/radio people wearing an earpiece 24/7. I mean, I already have the voices in my head and then I had to separate those from the ones in my ear while I was working as a presenter/reporter for @The Open Live…GET OUT OF MY EAR. GO AWAY.
Sorry. Never mind.