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‘Full Swing’ producer reveals why European players were easier to work with than U.S. players

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With the PGA Tour/Netflix golf documentary now in ‘Full Swing’, opinion and reviews have been coming in thick and fast.

Our own Matt Vincenzi has been listing short reviews on his Twitter feed as he works his way through the episodes, taking into account the views from both sides of the golfing fence, whilst plenty in the golfing media and the players themselves have put forward their view.

Amongst the golfing media, golf social media personality Paige Spiranac has been lauding the show, and invited co-executive producer Chad Munn onto her podcast, Playing A Round, to discuss how the series is laid out, those players that surprised Chad the most, and what’s next.

Over 35 minutes, host Spiranac grilled Munn further than the actual show, discovering it was Brooks Koepka that surprised him the most.

“It’s like a wrestling heel,” said Munn. “But he came in and sat down and was just so open and vulnerable about what he was going through, you know, injuries and his game and how much he wanted to be back there winning and how much that meant to him.”

Episode 2 was welcomed for it’s honesty and grit by Matt amongst others, while the vast majority of the other shows have been praised.

Spiranac wanted to know whether the PGA Tour or DPWT players were the easiest to work with. Munn had no doubt:

“The European players were like the easiest to work with”

By all accounts, their “nonchalant” character helped in the smooth flow of shooting, something Munn put down to the tour itself.

The DP World Tour “has done a lot with the players on social media and had a really good team that did that” he said.

Munn also revealed it seemed to take the PGA players more time to drop their guard, something he puts down to the Tiger effect.

“I want to say that corporate but they all like learn from Tiger Woods and watch how he was and there’s like a seriousness to it and a guardedness and, like, look, they’re kind of CEOs of their own businesses, so they have a lot to lose if things go wrong.”

If there was any thought that the series would present golf in an unfavourable light, particularly during such a tumultuous period in its history, think again.

In typical example, despite believing the episodes “lack nuance,”  the Independent concludes it’s review stating: “Full Swing delivers something fresh to a sport that has found itself at boiling point.”

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‘Most overrated course in the world!’ – Major champ rips ‘awful’ Pinehurst No. 2

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While it’s still early in the 2024 U.S. Open, it appears that most players and fans are enjoying the test the Pinehurst No. 2 provides.

Rory McIlroy, who got off to a strong start in round one, raved about the course after shooting a bogey-free 65 (-5).

“It sort of brings me back to links golf when I was a kid a little bit. The greens are a bit more sort of slopey and there’s a bit more movement on them. But there’s options. You can chip it. You can putt it. I’d love if we played more golf courses like this.”

However, former Open Champion, Mark Calcavecchia, is not a fan of Pinehurst No. 2 and expressed those sentiments on X.

When asked to expand upon his opinion, Calcavecchia explained why he doesn’t like the course.

Round two of the U.S. Open is underway and it seems as if we will get some fireworks over the weekend.

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‘The lack of creativity with questions is kinda boring’ – Brooks Koepka opts to skip media requests at U.S. Open

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After his first round at the U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka declined to have a traditional post-round interview. Instead, the five-time major champion opted to do a text message interview with Golf Channel/Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch.

Lynch’s first question was to ask why Brooks decided to do the interview over text.

“I opted not to do ‘em just because I didn’t feel like it. Same questions every week. The lack of creativity with questions is kinda boring. I know I’m not a media favorite either so it’s not like anyone will notice. LOL.”

Lynch followed up by asking if creative questions would create more “bulletin board” material for Koepka.

“No, definitely not. It’s a major. I have enough self-motivation. I could think of way more creative questions than ‘Do you think the course is borderline? What happened on those bogeys? What went well?’ Then some LIV versus PGA Tour questions.”

Koepka will look to build off of a solid first round at Pinehurst No. 2 where he shot an even-par 70.

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AimPoint under attack again as footage from U.S. Open enrages golf fans

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On Thursday’s first round of the U.S. Open, the putting technique “AimPoint” was once again under attack due to the slow play it seems to create.

The video that drew attention this time was one of Viktor Hovland and Max Homa parading around the green simultaneously.

Gabby Herzig of Sports Illustrated wrote,

“I’ve been anti-AimPoint since my junior golf days when girls would stomp all over my line to read their 4-foot putts. We’ve reached a new level of disgrace. Literally what is happening here.”

The popular X account wrote, “Imagine playing behind these lads on a Saturday afternoon ?”

Whether or not you’re a fan of AimPoint, there’s no denying it looks a bit ridiculous at times.

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