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Preview: Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open

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By Joe Romaine

GolfWRX Contributor

As late summer winds down and a chill fills the nighttime air, Friday night lights, falling leaves, and frost-delays push early-morning tee times aside. Golf clubs that were permanently stowed in the trunk of the car for quick summer access are now idled in the garage beside the leaf-blower and snow shovel. Fall has unquestionably arrived. And although football season is into its second month and the FedEx and Ryder Cups have concluded, there is still much golf to be played.

This week’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas is the first of the fall series and epitomizes the importance of these late-season events for the next PGA Tour season and well beyond. Since Justin Timberlake teamed up with the Shriners for this tournament, there is no question that it has gained momentum. Not only have the strength of the fields gained steam, but the actual tournament has gained some cache and will garner even more attention next year. In 2013, this event will begin the 2014 PGA Tour season and offer FedExCup points accordingly. This schedule change will only further the strength of the field and enhance the quality of golf after the 2013 FedExCup season.

Although this tournament will be under a new light next season, it does have a rich history of strong champions. Started in 1983, its list of champions reads as a who’s who of the golfing world. Azinger, Zoeller, Norman, Strange, Love, Cook, Appleby, Furyk, and some guy named Tiger. It should be noted that this tournament provided the first (of many) PGA Tour victories for Woods and Furyk. Along with the great list of champions provided by this PGA Tour stop are the unforgettable moments it has provided. In 1991 Chip Beck placed his name in the annals of professional golf by firing a scorching 59 during his third round. Even more memorable, however, is how Jonathan Byrd finished the 2010 edition of the Shriners. On his fourth playoff hole, battling darkness, Byrd holed his tee shot from 204 yards — an ace to win a PGA Tour event.

What makes this year’s Shriners an especially compelling event is the diverse cast of characters involved. This week’s field includes six major champions accounting for 10 titles, six winners from the 2012 PGA season and multiple Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup veterans. This may be due, in part, to the layout being historically very accommodating to players hungry for success, and very conducive to lower scores. TPC Summerlin ranks in the top 15 percent of the easiest courses visited each year on Tour.

The players this week can be placed into three main categories; veterans simply searching for momentum heading into 2013, veterans looking to regain lost form or even a first victory and players looking to find some solid ground on which to build a career.

In the first veteran category, Robert Garrigus, Ryan Moore and Nick Watney appear to be poised for success this week and in very good form after successful FedExCup runs. Some big-name veterans in search of even a glimmer of their former selves this week are Stewart Cink, Jason Day, Camillo Villegas and Trevor Immelman. This group of major champions, former Ryder Cup and President’s Cup members and FedEx playoff tournament winners have had a very lackluster 2012 and will look to gain any sort of momentum they can to carry over into 2013.

There are also quite a few young players looking to add their names to the illustrious list of first-time winners in Las Vegas. Players such as Harris English and Brian Harman jump out as having had enough success this season to warrant keeping an eye on this week.  Other, well, not-as-young players seemingly capable of their first victory this week are Tommy “Two-Gloves” Gainey, Ricky Barnes, William McGirt, Kevin Stadler and Ken Duke, who’s had a very solid, albeit quiet, 2012 season. If the history of this tournament can teach anything, whether the victor is a veteran regaining form or a young player tasting victory for the first time, the win will provide a great springboard for the 2013 PGA season and well beyond.

As the days inch shorter and the shadows on the 18th green grow longer each afternoon, the cold, grey skies of winter are right around the corner. But even as the playing season draws to a close for most of the country, there is still some great, meaningful golf to be played. The Justin Timberlake Shriner’s Hospital for Children Open is a welcome respite for players and fans alike.

Will a weathered veteran grind out the victory or will an up-and-comer steal the spotlight and enjoy victory for the first time? Take a break from raking leaves, grab a warm cider or the latest pumpkin spice latte from the nearest barista, and enjoy the drama sure to unfold.

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Joe Romaine is a high school math teacher and golf coach in sunny Arizona. His days are spent thinking about golf, watching golf, and relating golf to his students' math curriculum.

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  2. Jon

    Oct 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    This is ridiculous. After the Ryder Cup, fans use this fall season as something to try and nurture their wounds after another American meltdown. It’s the same as drinking fine liquor and champagne all New Year’s Eve, waking up with a hangover, and pushing down a few PBR’s (cue John Daly) to ease the pain.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open

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Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (par 70; 7,440 yards) in Southhampton, New York. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock for the first time since 2004 when Retief Goosen won (he failed to qualify for the 2018 event).

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Phil Mickelson, who has two top-5 finishes at Shinnecock Hills, will seek to fill out his career Grand Slam with a win this week. Also, it’s Tiger Woods’ 10-year anniversary of winning the legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines — that was his most recent major championship victory.

Also in the field are headliners Dustin Johnson (now ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 3), Jon Rahm (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 5).

Brooks Koepka (No. 9) is the defending champion; he won last year by four shots for his first and only major so far in his career.

Check out our photos from Shinnecock Hills below!

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Spotted at Shinnecock: #RVLife, superb staff bags, stellar stampings

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We’re on the famed grounds of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the second major of the year. With the U.S. Open returned to such a visually and historically rich venue, it may be a bit tough to focus on equipment.

Nevertheless, we spotted some cool stuff, Tuesday, as the players move ever closer to the second major of th eyear.

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#RVLife propronent, Jason Day’s putter cover is incredible.

Michael Greller displays an essential caddie skill…

Face of Tiger’s wedge. Do these look like standard TaylorMade MG grooves to you?

Greatest side panel on a bag ever?

Who isn’t happy to see “Woods” on USGA tournament signage?

Shintaro Ban’s unique dot stamping is, well, money.

A look at the Bridgestone U.S. Open staff bag and headcovers.

Kenny Perry: Still gaming R7 irons.

Scott Gregory with some solid wedge stamping.

What is this lead taped and war torn beauty?

All our photos from Tuesday

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