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Golf fans react to rough at Torrey Pines ahead of 2021 U.S. Open

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The rough at the U.S. Open is usually one of the biggest talking points ahead of a U.S. Open, and this year is no different.

Fans got their first look at the rough this week, with Callaway Golf posting a video of their staffer Xander Schauffele in the thick stuff at the back of the 18th green.

The video has whet the appetite for those that love to watch the best in the world suffer, but not everyone is convinced that the rough will be as penal as it appears in the video.

Check out the video below.

 

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Some users commented saying “thick”, “juicy” and “cabbage”. However, other users are a little more suspicious, with one suggesting Xander quit on the shot and another saying that the USGA will always back down and cut the rough the day before the event.

What are your thoughts on the early rough at Torrey Pines, WRXers?

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Brooks Koepka

    Jun 13, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Is it just me or does Xander Schauffele look like a little kid in this video? Terrible video angle ?

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Brooks Koepka reveals what Bryson said to cause his eye-roll reaction

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Ahead of this week’s Palmetto Championship, Brooks Koepka has been sharing his perspective of his ongoing feud with Bryson DeChambeau, which he describes as “good for the game”.

The feud erupted a couple of weeks ago when a leaked video showing Koepka’s complete disdain for his rival went viral.

Many golf fans have been wanting to know if Bryson had said anything to Brooks to provoke the strong reaction, and Koepka has this week explained what went down to incite his now-famous eye-roll reaction.

“As far as that goes, he didn’t say anything to me. He wasn’t speaking to me. He was, I guess, either signing his scorecard or wherever he was, and I was just to the right of the media tent, or I guess right in front of the microphones where you guys all were.

I don’t want to say he was like screaming – he was saying something about how he hit a perfect shot and it shouldn’t have been there, and it was just very, very loud. I don’t think the mics picked up on that, but it felt like just so that the fans could hear.

With the media right there, you kind of know, hey, look, we’re all kind of in this area, just tone it down, and it was just so loud. Then I think he realised that he had gotten right behind me, and he toned it down a little bit. I just lost train of thought, which I think was pretty obvious.”

The 31-year-old also took the time to explain why he feels the ongoing feud is good for the game, even though he can understand why some traditionalists may find the affair not to their taste.

“The fact that golf’s on pretty much every news outlet for about two weeks pretty consistently, I think that’s a good thing. It’s growing the game. I get the traditionalists who don’t agree with it. I understand that, but I think to grow the game you’ve got to reach out to the younger generation.

I don’t want to say that’s what this is, but it’s reaching out to a whole bunch of people. It’s getting golf in front of people. I think it’s good for the game.”

As for how the rivalry will impact the chances of the U.S. side at the Ryder Cup, Koepka sees no issues occurring at Whistling Straits later this year, as he doesn’t expect the two to be teamed up.

“There’s only eight guys that are playing, four guys are sitting, whatever. I mean, I play with one other guy. If let’s say I don’t play with Bryson or Bryson doesn’t play with me, he takes care of his match, and I would take care of my match, and I don’t know how that has any effect.

What you do off the golf course doesn’t have any effect on the golf course.”

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‘Clowns’ – Tour pro hits out at fans saying Jon Rahm won the Memorial

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Jon Rahm’s withdrawal at the Memorial due to a positive Covid-19 test provoked a strong reaction from golf fans at the weekend, with many upset with how the situation was handled.

Some fans on social media even wanted the winner’s trophy handed to Rahm, who held a 6-shot lead at the time of his WD, and that take elicited a very strong response from Dylan Frittelli.

Following Patrick Cantlay’s win on Sunday evening, Frittelli took to social media where he branded those fans as “clowns” and before this week’s Palmetto Championship explained why.

“I described some people as clowns, talking about how Jon Rahm actually won this tournament, and it’s simply not true. Patrick Cantlay is the winner of the tournament. End of story.”

The South African added how each player on Tour has signed up to play by the rules and that it’s foolish to believe that any player would be exempt from those rules.

“I think it’s quite silly for people to go out there and think you can do something, whether it’s play professional golf, play another sport or work in business and not follow the rules. We’ve signed up to play by the rules.

If Jon Rahm picked his ball up, walked over the hole and dropped it next to it and tapped it in, I think a lot of people would be unhappy that he broke a rule.”

 

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5 big names who failed to qualify for the 2021 U.S. Open

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The field for the 2021 U.S. Open is set, with 156 players ready to tackle the iconic Torrey Pines South next week.

Following last week’s Memorial Tournament, the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking who were not already exempt received invites, and earlier this week, players battled it out for the final places at qualifying.

Here we’ll take a look at 5 big names who you may be surprised to see won’t be teeing it up next week at Torrey Pines.

Jason Day

The 2015 PGA Champion’s 10-year streak of appearing at the U.S. Open will come to an end next week, as Day’s inconsistency and injuries over the past 24 months finally catches up with him.

Day withdrew from last week’s Memorial, citing a bad back, and decided not to enter the qualifying process. The 33-year-old will also be more disappointed than most to miss out, considering he has two wins at this year’s host venue.

The Aussie currently sits 70th in the OWGR, but it’s not all bad for Day with his wife, Ellie, expecting their fourth child.

Rickie Fowler

Many fans will be disappointed by the absence of Rickie Fowler next week in what would have been a home U.S. Open for the native Californian. The 32-year-old has hit some form in recent weeks, which gave him a shot at qualifying, but a slow start in the sectionals ultimately cost Fowler, who ended up missing the playoff by one stroke.

Next week’s U.S. Open will be the first Fowler has missed in 11 years, and just like at the Masters, he told media that he’d likely tune in to the event over at Tiger’s house.

Brandt Snedeker

The times are changing, as yet another long time fixture at U.S. Opens will be missing out this year, and in all honesty, Snedeker was never really close.

The 40-year-old has appeared at every U.S. Open since 2013, but he has now slipped to 135 in the OWGR and missed a playoff in qualifying by five strokes.

Keegan Bradley

One of the most surprising names to miss out on a spot next week is Keegan Bradley, who has not only been a regular at the event but who has also been in decent form in 2021.

The 2011 PGA Champ has four top-25 finishes in his last five starts but still languishes at 73rd in the OWGR and suffered a similar fate to Fowler at qualifying, missing the final playoff by one stroke.

Lucas Glover

Missing his first U.S. Open since 2008, the 2009 champ Lucas Glover missed out on this year’s event mainly in thanks to a mixed bag of results over the last couple of years.

Glover was another who attempted to go through qualifying to earn his spot at Torrey Pines but finished four shots out of the playoff, condemning him to an unwanted week off.

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