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Players wary of ‘unfair’ Royal St. Georges

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It’s the first Open Championship for two years, but a trip down south to Royal St. George’s hasn’t got every golfer excited for the week ahead, with some high-profile players not exactly thrilled with the venue.

The ever candid Brooks Koepka spoke on Tuesday about the course, where he made it clear that it’s not one of his favorite courses, with the many blind tee shots not to his liking.

“It’s not my favorite venue that we have played. I think Portrush and St Andrews are definitely the favorites. I haven’t seen all 18, I’ll see the back nine today. But quite a few blind tee shots, kind of hitting to nothing. Fairways are quite undulating. I don’t know, it’s not my favorite of the rotation, put it that way.

“This one, it’s just not as exciting. I don’t know why. Whether it be a couple shots to nothing, a couple of blind tee shots or shots in where you can’t really see much. I’m not too big of a fan of that.”

Bernhard Langer, who finished in the top-3 here three times in his career, is another who isn’t a fan of the English golf course, telling the Daily Mail on Tuesday that: “It is, to me, the most unfair of all the courses on the rota.”

It’s also fair to assume that the course isn’t number one on Rory McIlroy’s list of favorites either, who speaking on a podcast last year, stated: “Can’t we just skip St George’s and go straight to St Andrews?”

However, it seems the Irishman has had a change of heart over the course, as speaking to media this week, McIlroy revealed that after playing a softer Royal St. Georges at the weekend, the venue seems improved to him:

“Even before all the rain, the course was quite lush and green and we weren’t seeing the bounces that we’re accustomed to getting here,” he said. “I walked away after the weekend thinking this is a much better golf course than I remember.”

As for the big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau, it appears that the 27-year-old is prepared to dial it back this week in order to stay out of the “diabolical hay” surrounding the fairways.

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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. geohogan

    Jul 19, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    PGA players who think golf should be fair, should be selling cars, not golfing.

  2. Paul

    Jul 14, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Tour players appear to whine a bit much if the course isn’t exactly what they want. Blind tee shots shouldn’t be that big of a problem for any of them. They can always go to Family Fun Center if they want something less challenging.

  3. Jack Nash

    Jul 14, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Brooksie doesn’t like it? Scratch him off any betting list then. He says the same thing about other players going into majors so he doesn’t worry about them. Guess he’s one of Those Guys now.

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Every record Collin Morikawa broke with his historic Open win

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Collin Morikawa’s Open win was historic for a myriad of reasons.

Firstly, Morikawa is only 24 years-old. Some of the most skilled golfers in PGA Tour history go their entire career without matching the accomplishments that Collin already has under his belt before his 25th birthday. This may sound hyperbolic, but the young Californian’s Hall of Fame case might already be bulletproof.

Morikawa won the PGA Championship at Harding Park only eleven months ago. With yesterday’s win, the two-time major champion joined Tiger Woods as only the second player ever to win both the Open and the PGA Championship before the tender age of 25. Safe to say he’s in pretty good company.

Here are some of the other records that Morikawa achieved yesterday, courtesy of the great Justin Ray.

The list goes on. On second thought, we weren’t being hyperbolic, “historic” feels like an understatement.

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Justin Thomas daggered Bryson ‘Mr. Physics’ DeChambeau over driver dilemma

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Bryson’s now-infamous comments on how his driver “sucks” after round one of The Open continue to send shockwaves through the golf world.

For those keeping track at home, Cobra tour rep Ben Schomin, publicly responded first. Schomin explained that Bryson isn’t exactly the easiest player to work for, and that Cobra continues to do everything humanly possible to meet his needs.

Of course, Brooks Koepka could not pass on the opportunity at a subtle dig, proclaiming in his post-round interview that he “loved” his driver.

Justin Thomas was the latest to poke fun at golf’s most polarizing star. Thomas commented on an instagram post from @Ziregolf,

“Never would’ve though swinging at 135+ mph it’d be hard to drive it straight… You’d think mr physics would know that!”

Dylan Frittelli also commented on the same Instagram post, saying “Indians and Arrows again?!”

PGA Tour pros such as Luke Donald and Jason Dufner, who weren’t even on-site at Royal St. Georges, also got in on the action.

Whose to say what the big-hitting former U.S. Open champ will do next to trigger his peers, fans — and even sponsors — alike. We’re just happy to be along for the ride.

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Collin Morikawa’s ‘secret’ to winning the Open? Burgers

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Collin Morikawa dazzled the crowd at Royal St. Georges last week with an incredible ball-striking display that propelled him to win his second major title at just 24 years of age.

The Californian is from the new breed of golfers who take fitness and athleticism very importantly, which makes his diet revelation last week all the more surprising.

Asked by media the secret behind his success on the links, Morikawa revealed a burger a day was his ritual.

“The secret? I never do this, but I had a burger for four straight days. So my body is probably feeling it. I know my body’s feeling it.”

Morikawa, who abstains from alcohol during tournament weeks, will now toast his victory by drinking out of the Claret Jug and will let caddie JJ Jakovac decide what the contents will be.

“We’ve been staying at the hotel right by the course. Every night I see all the caddies drink, and I’m like ‘Man, I really want to drink, but I hold back. I hold back on tournament week.

It’s JJ’s (caddie JJ Jakovac) birthday. I’m going to let him decide (what drink to put in the Claret Jug).”

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